FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and the Evolution of Freedom

One of the most impactful speeches in American history has just passed its 80th anniversary—Franklin Roosevelt’s famous 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech.   The speech introduced cognitive dissonance into Americans’ understanding of freedom that is still cited today as justification for expanding government power over citizens’ lives. If we want to advance our “General Welfare,” as…

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Why removing the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles is a bad idea

In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of American police, street protests have broken out in multiple countries, calling attention to deeper issues of systemic racism. While this is a praiseworthy development, vandalism of public property has occurred, with protestors defacing, destroying and knocking down statues of historical figures…

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Did the Lockdown Save Lives?

For two to three months, Americans have suffered the loss of liberty, security, and prosperity in the name of virus control. The psychological impact has been beyond description. We thought we could count on basic rights and freedoms. Then over a few days in March, it all ended in ways hardly anyone could believe possible.…

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