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Socialism and the Welfare State: A Betrayal of Truth and Nature

In a virtuous and practical community or civilization, or broadly any environment where people are competing and endeavoring to survive, the natural course is both intuitive and logical, one generally served by man's instincts: that course is the pursuit of sustained life by all practical (and, insofar as possible, ethical) means. Any arrangement which seeks to modify the natural condition, which seeks to renegotiate man's inherent responsibilities, or to redistribute the product of his labor, presents not only a distortion of incalculable risk, but a virtually unlimited number of violations of law and ethics.  Any such distortion, therefore, presents the distinct threat of decadence, lethargy, or even social ruin. For this reason, it is incumbent upon any and all who seek to renegotiate the terms of life, liberty, and property, who intend to defy instinct and nature, to strictly enumerate those impositions and the standards by which success and failure are to be measured (and
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Understanding the Causes of the War between the States

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A Sentence for Wealth

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60 Years Later: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

As we approach the sixty-year mark since that fateful day in Dealey Plaza, I deem worthy some considerations surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I intend not to dishonor the thirty-fifth President of the United States, nor to distract from the solemn remembrance of November 22nd, 1963, but to shed some light on the lesser-known aspects surrounding that day and the assassination itself. It is important that we commemorate this historic tragedy and that we pay our respects to the lives lost on that day, including those of John Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit; yet it is also essential that we endeavor to unearth the truth surrounding those two murders, for the sake of their families as well as the sake of recorded history. As there has been but one trial surrounding the assassination, and not one in the case of Officer J. D. Tippit, it has been up to ordinary Americans, and other concerned persons of the world, to do their own research and to launch their own inve

Elementary Overview of the Conflict in Israel

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The Abstractification of “Intrinsic Value”

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Core Considerations

As fields of study, history, philosophy and economics are matters of perspective, fallible assessments of truth. In reality, they are the attempt at capturing the essence of life, the product of affection, avarice, preference, passion, and — in their highest forms — love. They are mankind’s best effort at seeking to understand, or otherwise distort, the most fundamental questions before us: what drives human action, and what is  our purpose on planet earth?