The cultural mandate and the final frontier

“Space,” proclaimed the memorable opening to the original Star Trek series, is “the final frontier.” The image of the frontier, and its historic importance to Americans especially, has been part of our national discourse since at least historian Frederick J. Continue Reading...

Europe is (again) in economic trouble

With some Americans wondering whether the United States is headed for a recession, it’s worth looking across the Atlantic to see what is happening to the economies of Western Europe. Alas, there are many indicators that much of the old continent is headed, yet again, for a significant economic slide. Continue Reading...

Trump backs off his decision to tax Bibles

Is President Trump finally beginning to understand how tariffs harm Americans? On Tuesday Trump said he was backing off his September 1 deadline for 10% tariffs on some Chinese imports. “We’re doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. Continue Reading...

Freedom vs. the new freedom: Reflections on the early Drucker

Peter Drucker’s first book, The End of Economic Man (1939), attempted to explain the growing appeal of fascism and Marxist communism in the first half of the twentieth century. For example, he wrote: The old aims and accomplishments of democracy: protection of dissenting minorities, clarification of issues through free discussion, compromise between equals, do not help in the new task of banishing the demons. Continue Reading...

Magic cards and market forces

Back in the 1990s, the debut of Magic: The Gathering marked a new form of gaming: collectible card games. While many may remember it similarly to Pogs, for example, Magic survived where Pogs did not. Continue Reading...