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The Real Tea Party Movement

The New York Times broke a big story last month when it published its findings from a survey of Tea Party supporters. The “attitudes of those in the movement have been known largely anecdotally,” wrote Zerninke and Thee-Brenan, the authors of the exposé. The media depiction of the Tea Party hasn’t been particularly favorable, partially because the Tea Parties […]

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Healthcare is No Free Market

“Our health care system is in need of major reform, but we need to go more in the direction of free enterprise and free market principles,” said Congressman Jimmy Duncan (R-TN). Tea party supporters, vocal opponents of what they call “ObamaCare”, echo the same sentiment: health care should be a free market. Democrats have taken […]

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Why We Need Green Jobs

The recent heavy snowfall in the Washington D.C. area has given rise to some alarmingly naive comments from conservative pundits and Republican senators. America has come to expect the kind of shaky logic being used from Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest of the conservative media cohort, but it is frankly distressing to hear Senators Jim […]

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The Year in Review 2009, Part 3: Culture and the Media

Part 3: Culture and the Media With the first month of 2010 coming to a close, we’re back to present the final chapter of the Year in Review 2009. Pop culture and the media. 2009 was a year of media frenzies. The White House engaged in a battle against Fox news, which it described as […]

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The Year in Review 2009, Part 1: New Governments

2009 was not exactly the most memorable year. If anything, it’s notable for being one of the gloomiest years of late. Bank accounts are drying up, foreclosures are through the roof, and unemployment is the highest its been in nearly three decades. In all parts of the world, there aren’t many who can look back […]

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The Bailout and Stimulus of the American Economy

For an overview of the financial crisis of 2007-2009, please read An American Financial Collapse: What Happened on Wall Street? Since it became clear that the U.S. was in the midst of an economic recession in 2008, the federal government has invested trillions to promote economic stability and, eventually, growth. These investments can be classified […]

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Twenty First Century Hate: Extremism in Germany

The Nazi party didn’t die with Hitler. Neo-Nazism is still present around the world, but especially in Germany. Many Germans are disgusted by the far-right group while others still adhere to the group’s rhetoric. Despite the country’s calculated efforts to stamp out its extremist past, the neo-Nazi movement remains alive and well in Germany, forging […]

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Capitalism, All Rights Reserved

Reconsidering Socialism as a Solution, not a System “All socialist utopias come to grief with roast beef and apple pie” – German sociologist Werner Sombart, 1905 Americans like getting what they want, when they want it. They like their roast beef and apple pie. They don’t like socialism. Why not? Because when we have food […]

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Honest Politics

Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did. -Walter Mondale, Democratic presidential candidate, 1984. After pledging his honesty to the American people by being forthright about tax hikes in the 1984 presidential race, Walter Mondale went on to receive the lowest number of electoral votes in the […]

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The Demise of the Expert

The idea of an “expert” is simple enough: one who spends time studying and practicing a particular field in order to gain more knowledge in that field than the average person. This “learning” could include personal education through extensive research or hands-on experience, possibly with higher level education through a university or some similar program. […]

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