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Social media debate is healthy

The year is 1968. The United States is in turmoil. There is strong disagreement over the Vietnam War, Civil Rights debates are in full swing, Robert Kennedy was recently assassinated, and Lyndon Johnson has chosen not to seek re-election. The Democrat primary is approaching. And ABC is about to be outdone by its two larger […]

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Economics Politics

‘Coolidge’ – we need more Silent Cals

Amity Schlaes has done a great service to the United States of America with her biography on Calvin Coolidge. We often know much more about the history of war than the history of peace. And we often read more of leaders who try to make a name for themselves rather than leaders who strive to […]

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Economics Employment

‘Factory Man’ shows an important part of history

I remember driving through Mount Airy, N.C. one time, showing the town to some colleagues who were visiting from outside the area. We were mainly trying to showcase the more “fun” parts of the town, such as the tourism attractions for Andy Griffith fans and the open-face granite quarry, but it was hard to avoid […]

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Economics Politics

What the Wright Brothers can teach us all today

The Wright Brothers changed the world in so many ways. A few weeks ago I read David McCullough’s book on the Wright Brothers, and last week my family visited the Wright Brothers Memorial Museum in the Outer Banks. What really impresses me about them is that they revolutionized the world literally on a shoestring budget. […]

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Politics

Conservatism is still needed in the post-Cold War period

In the James Bond movie “Skyfall,” the discussion turns quite philosophical when in a court scene “M” asks a profound question: “So before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves: ‘How safe do you feel?’” The scene is immediately afterward met by a typical James Bond shootout. The backdrop of the movie involves a subplot in […]