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Millions to Move 400 Villagers

Apparently, it takes a federal government to move a village. Thinning ice sheets have made it hard for the people of Kivalina, a seaside village in Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle. The Iñupiats who live there have lived off the sea, especially bowhead whales, for a mighty long time.

Racial Justice Advanced (Paul Jacob on the leading thinker on race today)

Racial Justice Advanced

don’t know if Juan Williams is right about who qualifies as America’s most influential thinker on race. But I hope he is. In a Friday Wall Street Journal op-ed, Fox News’s liberal-leaning political analyst and author of Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary (1998), argues that our country’s most important influencer of

Read the Most Popular Book in American History!

We are beginning our library, starting out with the obvious entry, Tom Paine’s “Common Sense.” Right now we have this book available for you in HTML, on this website. Soon we will produce PDF and ePub editions as well. Happy reading!

The Year You Made Us More Free

More important than which party controls the U.S. Senate, or which nine people don Supreme Court robes, or even who will be elected president of these United States come 2016, is something much more within our individual and collective control: what you and I do to protect and advance liberty.

… and a Happy New Year

Emanuel Leutze’s famous 1851 painting, “Washington Crossing the Delaware” may be viewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Thanks for Freedom

For two days my message has been about thankfulness. I’m going for the trifecta. This may disappoint Sheldon, a commenter at ThisisCommonsense.com, who pooh-poohed my earlier expression of gratitude. “It sounds as though one of the guests invited to your Thanksgiving table will be your very distant relative Pollyanna,” he

Thankful for Tomorrow

Tomorrow will be a day of Thanksgiving, a wonderfully unpretentious holiday in a terribly pretentious time. Thanksgiving is a national celebration about simply having enough food to eat and about eating it together . . . and recognizing, at least for a moment, how great that is. The “dining together”

The Unknown Citizen

No one knows his name. Or whether, when he was whisked away by several people who suddenly appeared in the square, he was rushed to the safety of friends or into police custody. He’s “Tank Man.” His claim to fame is largely symbolic, blocking a whole line of People’s Liberation

Prussia, feb 25

In Law #46 of February 25, 1947, the Allied Control Council formally proclaimed the dissolution of Prussia.

Memes to Shun

Wasn’t Rolling Stone once a clever and trendy magazine? Now it’s descended into history’s dustbin to publish a listicle showing just how low it can go. Jesse Myerson’s “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” scrapes the bottom of the memetic barrel, almost all the way down to Communism.

Thoughtful Kindness?

Bumper stickers. Now that’s free speech. Which I love. But that doesn’t mean I love all bumper stickers. Sure, some are cute, funny, occasionally brilliant. Others are just crude. But my least favorite bumper sticker might surprise you. The bumper strip that ticks me off the most reads: “Practice Random

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