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Tyranny’s Days Are Numbered

Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator for half a century, died Friday night. “Although Castro was beloved by a legion of followers,” The Washington Post acknowledged, “detractors saw him as a repressive leader who turned Cuba into a de facto gulag.” Many on the American left — especially in Hollywood —






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In the Black

“Black Friday,” reads a meme making the social media rounds. “Because only in America [do] people trample each other for sales one day after being thankful for what they already have.” Thankfulness is vital, I agree. But I’ve been up at the crack of dawn to “cash in” on Black






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Thanksgivings, 1623 AD

The Pilgrims we were taught about in school deserve a Paul Harveyesque “Rest of the Story” treatment. Most students were not told about how they tried communism before they wised up, though I actually had a teacher who made a point of it. Yes, initially, the “community” owned everything, and






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Inconvenient Cash?

Everywhere I turn these days, I am hearing something about the push to get rid of cash. Yes, cash. Greenbacks. Federal Reserve Notes. You might think that getting rid of cash is a no-brainer. Cash makes up only 11 percent of the money supply. Most of the money stock is






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The Venezuela Chaos

I have friends who call themselves anarchists. Their theory? Government is always merely an open conspiracy of some to live at the expense of others. Republicanism, on the other hand, proposes that if we limit government, we can hone it down to the level where there is no conspiracy, and






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Fear and Freedom

“If Libertarian Gary Johnson doesn’t win the presidency,” I posted to Facebook last Monday, “I’m leaving the country.” Well, Johnson didn’t win. And I wasn’t kidding. I’m writing this from a Parisian café. Of course, I was also tongue-in-cheek, since — spoiler alert! — I am coming home next week.






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Votes Without Poison

Strange election. So . . . round up the usual suspects! Immediately after Hillary dried her tears and conceded, out came the Tweets, then the analyses: the “third parties” are to blame! Over the weekend, I focused* on one such election post-mortem. The basic idea is not altogether wrong: minor






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The Wisdom of the Founders

“At a certain point, you have to let go for the democracy to work,” President Barack Obama told HBO’s Bill Maher last week, praising “the wisdom of the founders.” “There has to be fresh legs,” he continued. “There have to be new people. And you have to have the humility






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A Brexit Effect?

Before the Brexit vote, the likelihood of British secession from the European Union garnered a mere 25 percent chance. That was according to European betting markets, which are usually more accurate. In June, the Brits voted Brexit. Donald Trump has made much hay of this, understandably. On Tuesday, the odds






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Are We Special?

“Cringe-worthy,” said Kyle Clark, co-anchor of 9NEWS in Denver. He was mocking the 10-foot tall, carved, wooden Trojan Horse replica that Amendment 71 opponents are wheeling around the Rocky Mountain State. Clark admits that Amendment 71 “would make it harder to change Colorado’s constitution,” but doesn’t seem to have any






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Don’t Kill Colorado!

America has lots of problems. Colorado isn’t one of them. Search the Internet and confirm that the Rocky Mountain State is the fourth best state “to make a living”; sixth best for homeowners; third on CNBC’s “Top States for Business”; and even holds a coveted first place in “arts engagement.”






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The Best Case for Trump Isn’t

I support neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump for the presidency. Still, I do understand several reasons to vote for Trump, including, most obviously, “he’s not a Clinton.” The most persuasive strategic reason given for voting for the man, however, and the one that has most purchase with me, is






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