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5 Facts about Michael Novak

The theologian, scholar, and writer Michael Novak died yesterday at the age of 83. Novak was one of the most influential Catholic thinkers of his generation, and an indefatigable champion of free enterprise, democracy, and liberty. Continue Reading...

Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Labor Secretary

UPDATE: Andy Puzder withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, so we’re updating and reposting this article with the information for the new nominee, Alexander Acosta. Note: This is the fifth in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Frederick Douglass

February 14 is the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), one of America’s greatest champions of individual liberty. Here are five facts you should know about this writer, orator, statesman, and abolitionist: Portrait of Frederick Douglass / Public domain 1. Continue Reading...

When Nixon tried to control prices

Note: This is post #21 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. President Nixon had a problem—inflation was out of control. So in 1971 he attempted to implement a drastic solution: he declared price increases illegal. Continue Reading...

Can prices predict the future?

Note: This is post #20 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Prices can convey information about events. But can they even predict the future? Can we predict Middle East politics based on the price of oil futures? Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Ronald Reagan on freedom

Today is the 106th birthday of Ronald Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States. Reagan was a great lover of America and one of the most eloquent advocates of liberty in modern history In honor of his birthday, here are six quotes on freedom by President Reagan: President Reagan at a Reagan-Bush Rally in New York / Wikicommons “Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about African American History Month

Every February Americans observe National African American History Month, a time set aside to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to American history. Here are five facts you need to know about the history of the observance: Virginia Civil Rights Memorial / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) 1. Continue Reading...