The Value of a Summer

The summer is drawing to a close, and I regret that I will shortly finish my internship at the Mackinac Center.  This internship has been a fantastic opportunity for me to sharpen my skills while working to promote free markets, and I consider it a great privilege to be considered a member of the Mackinac…

Beneath the Ivy

Beneath the ivy stones molder away; Light shineth out as the last golden ray. For all is autumn now under the birch, Lest snowy night ore’ take the cathedral church. It is a quiet autumn on our Western front, and beneath the ivy we may still glimpse the moldering remnants of our older world. Read…

Smoking’s Bottom Line

When Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm approved a private-business smoking ban in late 2009, many restaurant and bar owners voiced concerns over its potential effect on their businesses. The owners feared that smokers would reduce the time they spent at eating and drinking establishments, thereby hurting the industry’s bottom line. Over a year later, the argument…

A Frothy Mug in the Houses of Liberty

Free speech in the coffee houses of Europe and America birthed the rise of gentility, republican government, and liberty during a time of, as Beatrix Potter said, “swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta…” Whether philosophical men between sips passionately debated…

Old Buildings, New Ideas

As a photographer, I have recently been inspired while looking through pictures of the beautiful but crumbling remnants of once great buildings, specifically in the Detroit area. There is something about imagining the vibrant life that once lived within their walls and wondering at the transient nature of everything on this earth. There is something…

On Equality

Why, exactly, did the Founding Fathers assert that “all men are created equal?”  The statement is clearly false from a material perspective. People are born into widely varying degrees of material comfort and prosperity. Later in life, individual economic choices and work, or lack thereof, will necessarily leave some citizens with more possessions than others. Government’s attempts…