Category Archives: A nation in distress

Capitalism – a defense

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U.S. Coins and Paper Money

Capitalism. By many, it is seen as a great evil. For the last four years, I have seen an increase in the number of students who self-identify as socialists. This semester is no exception. Although the summer semester is only in the first week of courses, I’ve already been asked how I can support capitalism. This is not a new question and is one that I answer at least three times during the average semester. And each time I am asked, I not only defend capitalism but explain why it works. I also explain why capitalism is the only economic principle where true personal liberty is protected and thrives.

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Artificial constructs within American Liberalism

Artificial constructs have been around since the birth of political parties within early modern Europe. A simplistic definition of an artificial construct is something that is not real, but has a meaning that can be seen or understood by the observer. The appeal of using artificial constructs is that they do not have to be based on actual fact. They simply must give the appearance of being grounded in some element of truth. They also must be easily explained and presented in such a manner where there can be no real discussion of the facts.

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The death of civil discourse

Civil discourse has been a long-standing tradition in American politics and society. Since the campaign season that began in 2007, civil discourse has suffered a slow and agonizing death. Last night I had an experience that not only infuriated me but led me block someone who had “friended” me on Facebook. It wasn’t that I disagreed with this person’s opinion as much as I objected to personal attacks because I did not share their view of racial relations or economics within the United States. 

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