Archive | November, 2015

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #25: Economics and Thanksgiving


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I highlight some economics lessons we can learn from the Pilgrims. A Facebook exchange earlier this week reignited an ongoing frustration of mine – how few people possess even a rudimentary grasp on basic economics –  or if they do, they chose […]

Turning the Constitution into a Campaign Slogan


If you hang around in Republican circles, it won’t take long before you hear the term “constitutional conservative.” Republicans like to hold themselves up as the torchbearers for America’s founding principles. They fancy themselves true patriots, in contrast with those rascally Democrats who “hate America.” But as much as they talk about the Constitution, a […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #24: Why Not War?


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why I became a foreign policy non-interventionist. Not so long ago, I was an unapologetic war-monger. There wasn’t a war I didn’t support. Vietnam? Check. The invasion of Grenada? Check. Gulf War I? Check. The invasion of Iraq? Hell yes! […]

133 Words or Less: Safety or Compassion?


I don’t find the issue of Syrian refugees nearly as cut and dry as it seems most Americans on the Internet do. It’s not unreasonable to have concerns about allowing thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S., considering the very real threat that terrorists could sneak in among them. The fact that some people entertain […]

133 Words or Less: Terror as a Jobs Program


When you decimate a region’s economy with years of war, warrior becomes the only viable job option. Conventional wisdom holds religious ideology motivates ISIS fighters. Recent interviews by Lydia Wilson prove this an oversimplification. He was working as a laborer to support his huge family when he hurt his back and lost his job. It […]

It’s Time to Break the Cycle of Violence


I’ve always had this odd fascination with street gangs. A mentality utterly alien to my own drives gang members. I don’t understand it. In many ways it repels me. But I find I can’t look away. As a result, I can sit and watch episode after episode of the TV documentary series Gangland. You can’t […]

Thoughts From Maharrey Head #23: Through Thomas Jefferson’s Eyes


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the relationship between the states and the federal government through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson. Nov. 10 marked the 217th birthday of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. Thomas Jefferson secretly drafted the Kentucky resolutions in response to the Alien […]

Is Insisting on Following the Constitution “Too Dogmatic?”


At the Tenth Amendment Center, we hold to the following mantra. “Follow the Constitution, every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.” Recently, I’ve had a couple of people tell me that’s “too dogmatic.” OK, let’s consider this quote by Benjamin Franklin in an essay titled Morals of Chess. “If it is agreed to play […]