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Our Inflated Thanksgiving

INTERACTIVE GRAPH: What does the Federal Reserve have to do with your Thanksgiving dinner?

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 by CHUCK GRIMMETT

It isn't the cost of our food that's been rising; it's the amount of US currency in circulation. (See interactive graph.)

The True Meaning of Patriotism

Patriotism Is Not the Waving of a Flag

MAY 26, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Freedom--understanding it, living it, teaching it, and supporting those who are educating others about its principles--is what patriotism should mean to each of us today.

A Toast to the Holidays

DECEMBER 31, 2013 by DONALD SMITH

1991 was a wonderful year for liberty. Donald Smith's cause for celebration--that there are people willing to die to be free--remains true today. It's a cause for celebration, the usual nonsense of our rulers notwithstanding.

Reclassifying a Classic

A Christmas Carol Does Not Support a Welfare State

DECEMBER 24, 2013 by DANIEL OLIVER

A Christmas Carol remains a compelling story. But where it looks for salvation might surprise those who assume Dickens set out simply to indict business.

Ravioli and the Economics of Trade

DECEMBER 23, 2013 by JAMES L. DOTI

Those who benefit the most from tariffs can make heartfelt appeals--and have a far stronger incentive to lobby for them than the rest of us--who suffer from them--do.

Happy Capital Day?

Why not?

SEPTEMBER 02, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

This year on Labor Day weekend, I'll also be thinking about the remarkable achievements of inventors of labor-saving devices, the risk-taking venture capitalists who put their own money (not your tax money) on the line.

Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident . . .

JULY 04, 2013 by THOMAS JEFFERSON

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. . . .

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