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How Bad Do You Want to Be Free?

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Ever since I was a small child, I have been intrigued by the Battle of the Alamo. For a time, the defenders of the Alamo were expecting reinforcements to arrive. But once word came that Fannin and his troops had been massacred, it was clear that help would not come. Travis, Bowie, Crockett and their men faced certain death and yet there was still an opportunity to escape. Why did they stay? Some of them had wives and children. Some undoubtedly had prosperous businesses. Why didn't they simply cut and run to fight another day? Why did they choose death above all else? The same was true with those who signed the American Declaration of Independence. It is easy today to view their action as patriotic. But we must remember that the ...

The Economics of the Drug War

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Does America have a drug problem? Yes. Is the drug problem undermining a part of the country's social and economic fabric? Yes. Are there steps that can be taken to help overcome America's drug problem? Yes. Should government be given more power and greater financial wherewithal to halt and reverse the drug crisis? No! For many Americans, the answer to the last question will seem inconsistent with the answers to the preceding questions. Unfortunately, this only demonstrates a pervasive misunderstanding of exactly what kind of drug crisis America is actually facing. And it is a misunderstanding that is often caused by the press and news media through their visually sensationalist coverage and biased reporting. First, some good news. America is not a drug-crazed society. In fact, most studies, including those of the government, suggest that experimentation and use of many drugs, even among the young, are on ...

An Open Letter to Russell Kirk

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Friends of mine recently shared with me your two articles, "Libertarians: The Chirping Sectaries" and "A Dispassionate Assessment of Libertarians." In these articles, you claimed that an unbridgeable gulf separated the moral and philosophical positions of conservatives and libertarians. You concluded, therefore, that there was little hope for these two groups to form a united front against the over-arching state in America. While I have only the utmost regard for your scholarship and your dedication to the principles of freedom, I firmly believe that much of what you wrote in your articles is erroneous. In the hope that you, and perhaps other conservatives, might re-examine and re-consider some of your antipathies towards libertarians and libertarianism, I am writing to share my thoughts with you. In so doing, I believe that it is ...