The Tyranny of the Majority

"Which is better - to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?" — Rev. Mather Byles (1706-1788) Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This...

Censorship: A Global Pandemic

"Palestine will be free!" chant the protesters. "From the river to the sea. Some says that's a call for genocide — another holocaust — elimination of Israel and all Jews. So, should the chant be illegal? The House of Representatives just voted to make it illegal at...

News From Around the South, 5/13 to 5/20

SOUTH CAROLINA: Penn Center School Looks to Raise A New Generation of Activists ST. HELENA ISLAND — Emory Campbell was uncharacteristically late and looking a bit harried as he entered Penn Center's Hampton House on the first day of March. Campbell was there, as were...

Free Speech for Me But Not For Thee

Can an idea be dangerous? Can a dangerous idea be expressed? Can the government punish ideas it deems to be dangerous? These are not questions one regularly asks in America because of our rich tradition of protecting the freedom of speech from infringement by the...

The Wide Awakes: The Young Americans Who Marched the North to Civil War

History is really the only thing I can do,” Jon Grinspan says, smiling. “I worked in restaurant kitchens, I did other things, but really history is it. If I ever have to stop, I don’t know what I could do. It’s like I’m a one-use tool.” He’s being modest. But he...

It’s Time to Make the U.S. House More Representative

Way back in 1929, the number of House members was set at 435 by the Permanent Apportionment Act. Little did those voting to pass the law realize how permanent it was to be. In 1929, the population of the U.S. was about 122 million. Each member of the House represented...

News From Around the South 5/6 to 5/13

NORTH CAROLINA: Despite Top Court Ruling, Plaintiffs Try Again to Save Asheville Civil War Monument ASHEVILLE - Despite recently losing their case less than two months ago in the North Carolina Supreme Court, plaintiffs attempting to stop the city's removal of the...

Is Your Car Spying On You?

"I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Last week, Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Edward Markey of Massachusetts...

The Civil War of a Mexican Border Outlaw

Juan Nepomuceno Cortina’s reputation as a Mexican bandit, murderer of U.S. citizens, and incessant raider won him heroic stature among Tejanos (Mexican-American residents of Texas). Yet his actions generated disdain from Americans nationwide from 1859 to 1877. He...

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