Banned Books: A Violation of the 1st Amendment?

The 1st Amendment, as most people you meet on the street can tell you (at least, I should hope they can), can be summarized by the freedom of religion, press, assembly, petition, and, of course, the freedom of speech. But just how far does freedom of speech extend? Throughout US history, many levels of authority have tried…

Big Government Supports Big Business

One thing that consistently irks me is when small government advocates are labeled as “corporatist” or being “pro big-business.” This label usually comes from the political left and serves as a criticism to those who favor less government regulation. The belief that favoring less regulations means you are in support of corporations and big-business is…

Forever Cyborgs

Human beings are ingenious creatures. For all of history we have found ways to create tools that make our lives a great deal easier. These have varied from the first primitive bows to more complex items such as cars. For the most part, these mechanical enhancements have been outside of the “human form,” though some…

Looking Past What is Seen

One of the biggest concerns people have is the state of the economy, more specifically having jobs available. Whether it’s blamed on cheap labor in foreign countries or increased mechanization, many people are fearful of a declining job market. The concern for jobs has kept alive beliefs in harmful economic fallacies because people are focused…

Lincoln: Hero or Villain?

As a disclaimer I would like to note that I am not a defender of the Confederacy, or any regime that would support slavery. My goal is to simply demonstrate how one of the most well regarded presidents made some very questionable decisions. The following questions were taken from a blog by Clyde Wilson, a…

The Liberty of Education, Part 3: Is Free Community College Education Really Free?

Today, politicians take the question of the importance of education to the extent of attempting to understand its financial worth. Presidential contender Bernie Sanders, an independent-socialist Senator from Vermont, has contended that a free community college education for students would make the United States more globally competitive.  Yet Sanders’ plan incurs many significant disadvantages: How…

The Liberty of Education, Pt. 2: Examining Vergerius’ Arguments

Education “records of the great achievements of men; the wonders of Nature; the works of Providence in the past,” according to Vergerius. As a result of students’ lack of attentiveness to their education, Vergerius discusses the solution to the next generation’s “ignorance towards wisdom”; specifically, he believes that the ideal education should contain the studies…

Lessons from John Q and the Need for an Organ Market

In the film “John Q”, John’s son Michael is in need of a heart transplant to live. John quickly finds out obtaining a new heart for Michael is near impossible and his son will likely die waiting for a transplant. Desperate to get the needed heart for his son, John goes to the extreme measure…