Is Free College Tuition a Good Idea?

Higher education is a great thing. It fosters intellectual curiosity, directs our occupational efforts into things that are economically and culturally beneficial, and enriches humanity’s standard of living. So should the cost of tuition be free to students? President Obama thinks so. Last year he proposed that at least two years of community college should…

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Has the DOJ Become the Thought Police?

In Orwell’s 1984 we were introduced to the Thought Police, a secret police tasked by the fictional superstate of Oceania to surveil the population to root out and arrest those members who might display inclinations for disrupting the status quo. This was understood by readers of the novel to be a frightening, albeit fantastical vision…

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A Brief Guide to the Morality
of Government Action

It’s really quite simple: just ask yourself, “Is this action something that I would willingly do to another person had I the capability to do it myself?” That’s it. Government action, like any other collective action, is beholden to the same moral standards that you would ascribe to yourself or any individual. The government earns…

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California’s Manufactured Water Crisis
and Ineffectual Solutions

California, where I live, is in the midst of a severe drought, with 2013 being the driest calendar year in the state’s history. Naturally, people are distraught over all the implications, from agricultural irrigation to effects on wildlife habitats to personal home use. The prevailing reaction has been a call to conservation and up until…

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Confession of a Climate Change Skeptic

It is to my great shame that I confess to being a climate change skeptic. I say this with the knowledge that it is quite fashionable, these days, to style a self-proclaimed skeptic as a pariah and to castigate him for his alleged ignorance and contempt for nature. Open and honest dialogue is frustrated in…

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The Isla Vista Murders
and the Politicization of Tragedy

In an article I wrote last year I explored the debate on gun control, in general, following the political groundswell that seemed to support harsher restrictions and outright second amendment violations following the Newtown school shooting. Here, I will explore the implications of the immediate politicization of similar tragedies, touching on the reactions to the…

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Why Bubbles Burst:
Austrian Business Cycle Theory

In the early 2000’s a bubble formed in the U.S. housing market in which housing prices rose dramatically, new housing projects were being constructed at increased rates, and speculative buying of homes and mortgages became the latest get-rich-quick scheme.  By 2008 the bubble burst and real estate prices dropped dramatically, affecting subsequent industries and triggering…

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Same-sex Marriage in a Free Society

With the Supreme Court debating the merits and legality of both the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8; that state’s voter referendum prohibiting same-sex marriage; now is an especially relevant occasion to consider the legal definition of marriage from a framework of individual liberty.

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Minimum Wage:
Economically and Morally Bankrupt

President Obama, in his most recent “state of the union” speech, addressed a topic that, though it has been disproven countless times, is so politically popular that future politicians will doubtlessly echo it beyond the lifetime of the present Union: “Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time…

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