Additional Info on Health Reform

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Here is some additional information to consider when determining whether or not the health care reform is a net benefit for Americans.  I will only highlight the major points.  To see a more thorough list, check out the information provided by the Tax Foundation (the source of information provided below): The major…

The Coronation of Robert the Bruce: March 25, 1306

The Stone of Scone imprisoned lay, Trapped in Westminster’s chair tray, Scotland sparked not liberty’s ray, When Bruce was crowned at Scone. After the death of William Wallace in 1305, the cause for Scottish independence seemed all but lost. Claim to the Scottish thrown was divided between Robert the Bruce and John Comyn (who naturally…

Probability of Filling Out a Perfect Bracket

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern The Wall Street Journal Online hosted an article on the mathematics behind the perfect NCAA men’s college basketball tournament bracket.  Assuming that each game were a true toss-up, the probability of filling one out with 100% accuracy would be one in nine million trillion! Yes, nine million trillion. In the real world,…

The Battle of Stow on the Wold: March 21, 1646

Yet now, division reigns over England, And no sword can be pulled from hardest stone, To softly quiet storms before death’s lean hand Slays the rights of Englishmen, and claims the throne As military anarchy. The Battle of Stow on the Wold was the Royalists’ last hopeful stand during the First English Civil War.  Parliamentarian…

Robinhood Ethics

This is one of his best – Hot off the press! I reckon that I’m insufficiently ‘progressive.’ Don http://www.cafehayek.com/ …………………………………. 10 March 2010 Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) Capitol Hill Washington, DC  20500 Dear Mr. Sanders: You accuse Wall Street Journal editorialists of being hypocritical in supporting tax cuts while simultaneously opposing what you call your…

Liberty of Conscience

To the wheel he innocent went, And to his mockers shame, Swore his vindication, then lent A prayer to lift their blame. Read on Landmarks of Liberty of the touching heroism of Jean Calas that spread the idea of liberty of conscience throughout France. E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

San Francisco 1905: Before the Regulators

This is a strangely fascinating film from a streetcar in San Francisco 1905, before the earthquake, that illustrates what it means for an order to emerge out of seeming chaos. There are a thousand accidents waiting to happen that do not happen, namely because of rational individual planning and self interest. In some ways, it…