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Fatherlessness

Yesterday was Father’s Day; tomorrow, I’ll attend my father’s funeral. Ample opportunity to reflect on missing Dad . . . and dads. My father was two months shy of 85 years. He lived a long, full life with a loving wife of more than 60 years, six children he adored






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Nero’s End, Hospers’ Beginning

Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide on this day in June, 68 AD, ending Rome’s Julio-Claudian Dynasty, later written about with verve by Suetonius and Robert Graves. Also on June 9, James Oglethorpe received a charter from the British crown to start the Georgia colony (1732); William Jennings Bryan resigned his






Dr. Michael Hurd

Dr. Michael J. Hurd

The initiation of violence at the Donald Trump rallies foreshadows the force to come when socialism — an ideology of force — continues to gain ground in what was once the land of individual liberty, private property, freedom of association and freedom of speech. Michael J. Hurd, “Why Violence Against






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Founding Fathers

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee presented the “Lee Resolution” to the Continental Congress. The motion was seconded by John Adams, but was tabled for several weeks. The motion was finally passed on July 2, 1776. During the 1916 Republican National Convention (June 7 – 10), Senator Warren G.






Carl Menger

Carl Menger

The propensity of men to trade must accordingly have some other reason than enjoyment of trading as such. If trading were a pleasure in itself, hence an end in itself, and not frequently a laborious activity associated with danger and economic sacrifice, there would be no reason why men .






La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld

Sincere enthusiasm is the only orator who always persuades. It is like an art the rules of which never fail; the simplest man with enthusiasm persuades better than the most eloquent with none. La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales, (1665, 1678), 411th maxim.






Rose Wilder Lane

Rose Wilder Lane

Life is a thin narrowness of taken-for-granted, a plank over a canyon in a fog. There is something under our feet, the taken-for-granted. A table is a table, food is food, we are we — because we don’t question these things. And science is the enemy because it is the






Vaclav Havel

Václav Havel

Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. Václav Havel, Letter to the downthrown Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubček (August 1969), as translated in Disturbing the Peace (1986), Ch. 5: The






Mario Vargas Llosa

Vargas and Vaughn

On March 28, 1936, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa was born. This recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature ran, in 1990, for the presidency of Peru, but lost to Alberto Fujimori. His novels include La casa verde (The Green House), La guerra del fin del mundo (The War






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Booker T. Washington

The world cares very little what you or I know, but it does care a great deal about what you or I do. Booker T. Washington, Address to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Boston, Massachusetts (30 July 1903), printed in “Account of the Boston Riot,” Boston Globe (July 31,






Stendhal

Stendhal

“There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.”






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re: Solutions

Today’s the traditional day for New Year’s “Resolutions,” but instead of resolutions, how about some solutions? Sure, Thomas Sowell has sagely reminded: there are no solutions in social life, only trade-offs. But, utopian perfection aside, let’s agree that some changes would be better than others, and, let us resolve to






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