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Volume 25, Issue 4: January 25, 2022

Jordan B. Peterson (The National Post)
Jordan Peterson just shook the dust off his feet as he left the University of Toronto. For one good reason: “Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity mandates”—the acronym of which, as Peterson, with caustic wit, points out is: DIE. And it’s killing academia. And the culture at large. And now businesses, too. How long can this last? READ MORE »

Victor David Hanson (American Greatness)
Soaring crime. Roaring inflation. Meritocracy libeled and the political order devolving into tribalism. In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” And we are on the edge of doing so. But we can’t blame barbarians at the gates. Our maladies, thanks to a cruel woke ideology, are self-inflicted by America’s elites. When will they stop hurting us all? READ MORE »

Tomas J. Philipson (The Wall Street Journal)
The single most important take-away from the Covid pandemic? Public-health officials and politicians can’t assess trade-offs between the harms of prevention and the harms of disease. But the science is clear. Excessive prevention, in the form of lockdowns or school closures, has been more costly to society than the damage done by the illness. READ MORE »

Ivan Eland (The American Conservative)
The Russians have massed 100,000 troops near Ukraine, and Western media continue to question what Vladimir Putin intends. But to be honest, has unneeded NATO expansion after the Cold War helped create the present crisis? And, what are our options now? READ MORE »

Gary M. Gales (AIER)
If you care about liberty, you need to care about the massive expansion of federal government powers. And you also need to care about our Founding generation, who well knew the threat to liberty posed by Big Government. “The liberties of the people,” wrote Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), “are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power.” Will Americans have the understanding and courage to avail ourselves of such wisdom? READ MORE »

The Challenge of Liberty
Classical Liberalism Today
Edited by Robert Higgs, Carl P. Close

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