Archive | October, 2016

The Evolution of Sovereignty in American Political Thought: States’ Rights

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This is part 2 of a 2-part series examining the evolution of American political thought as it relates to sovereignty in the political system. You can read part 1 HERE. In the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, and continuing through the post-war era, Americans conceived and developed a revolutionary political idea. They came […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #68: Ask Me Anything II

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I answer listener questions. Listeners asked some great questions for this episode of Ask Me Anything. Issues covered include a quick walk-through of the relative authority of federal, state and local governments, whether the president has the authority to refuse to enforce […]

Gun People Need to Learn a Lesson from the Weed People

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Gun people talk tough. “They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hand.” But all the bluster disappears when talk turns to the Supreme Court and the possibility of an opinion that undermines the Second Amendment. The prospect of a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominee has turned millions of gun […]

Why I Don’t Care All That Much About the Presidential Election

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“This is the most important election of our lifetime!” “If [insert candidate’s name here] wins the presidency, it could mean the end of the Republic!” “[Insert candidate’s name here] will shred the Constitution and trample our rights!” I’ve heard these kinds of statements over and over again since the beginning of this election cycle. And […]

133 Words or Less: Crying Over Spilled Milk (Crony Capitalism Strikes Again)

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Two years ago, there was a milk shortage. Dairy producers expanded operations and cashed in on market conditions. But they overcompensated. Now we have a milk glut. As a result, prices tanked. Through the first eight months of this year, producers simply dumped 43 million gallons of milk. Prices now signal cut production. Inefficient dairy […]

133 Words or Less: Feelings Can’t Trump Economics

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Far too many Americans think their feelings trump economics. At no point does this become more clear than during a disaster when millions decry “price gouging.” Plenty of articles explain the economic importance of sharply higher prices during a crisis, both in protecting supply, and enticing goods and services into the affected region. (For example […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #65: What Is Equality?

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the insidious nature of identity politics, and the Lockean conception of equality. Virtually every political issue today eventually gets framed in terms of race or some other group identity. How useful is this? Can we really legitimately lump individuals […]