Category Archives: Politics

Opera and Politics Seminar

Tweet Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University Dates: 10/6 & 10/13/2014 Day: Mondays, 5:30-7pm $30 for OLLIs Location: Garden & Arts Center at 44th St & University Ave Great art forms can speak profoundly to perennial issues…


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Asking the Right Questions

Tweet Politicians manipulate the facts to suit their political needs. It is the job of the press to sort competing claims to the truth and thus inform the public. Alas, they do a lousy job. This poor performance, bias aside, is largely due to their inability to ask the right questions and their poor analytical…


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Dr Ben Carson’s Speech at the National Prayer Breakast

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Tweet Benjamin Carson is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. On February 7 he spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast with the President and the First Lady in attendance. The affair displays the usual insensitivity to non-Christian faiths typical of such events which stems from inadvertence not malice.  Carson’s speech is in his own words not politically correct;…


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Post Conventions Take-Away Message

Tweet Now that the quadrennial political rituals have been observed and and something serious like the NFL has superseded them  consider the following observation: Each party alleges, and its enthusiasts agree, that it has never done anything wrong, and that its opponent has never done anything right. Any failures, catastrophes, or absurdities during its tenure are blamed on late-appearing…


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Instead of an Election Lets Have a Lottery

Tweet A new survey finds that two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court justice. This lack of awareness was why Churchill was so down on democracy: The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have…


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Body – The Universal Language

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History Minus 101

Tweet The following is attributed by CBS News to Senator Lamar Alexander (R Tenn): In talking about consensus building, Alexander described himself as a “very Republican Republican,” but he said senators do their jobs with excessive civility. He rejected the notion that Congress is overly divisive and cited more egregious examples from U.S. history — Vice…


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Unreasonable Health Insurance Premiums

Tweet New York Times columnist and Nobel prize winner in economics Paul Krugman is famous for his dedication to fiscal stimulus as an escape from our current economic woes. No matter how much money the government pumps into the economy he wants more if the result is not what is desired. Thus he is indulging…


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Milton Friedman’s 98th Birthday

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Tweet Milton Friedman was born July 31, 1912. He died in 2006. This brief excerpt from a speech given decades ago is eerily apposite. It also is pure Hayek. There’s not a thought in this clip that isn’t almost word for word from Hayek.


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Hayek in Brief

Tweet Frederich Hayek (1899-1992) was one of the most profound and influential thinkers of the 20th century. His most famous book is The Road to Serfdom, which though first published in 1944, is currently the #1 bestseller at Amazon.com. That this book is so widely read and so widely ignored by the leaders of the…


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