Monthly Archives: October 2011

Relevant History – Occupy Wall Street’s the Cause, What’s the Effect?

Be very careful what you wish for. We’ve all heard that phrase told to us as little children, and then later, with more dripping irony, as adults. No matter what the end goal of an action, you have to deal … Continue reading

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Editorial – Is There Really a Crisis at All?

“Look Ma’, ain’t nothing gonna change, everything still remain the same, I can’t do what ten people tell me to do, so I guess I’ll remain the same.” – Ottis Redding, Dock of the Bay Ottis was right. Ain’t nothing … Continue reading

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Relevant History – Progressive Progress Stalls After a Century

We know this is a late post seeing as how we’ve been in presidential campaign season for five years or so now, but this is the most appropriate time. Ninety nine years ago today, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech, a … Continue reading

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“Ir” relevant history? – Academia Makes Historians Irrelevant

In a recent Chronicle article, Professor Anthony T. Grafton of Princeton University argues that history departments all over the country need to do better by their graduate students. Since the 1970s the rate of PhD production in the field of … Continue reading

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Relevant History – Tariffs Have Worked Before, Could They Work Again?

Its time to take another look at tariffs. There, I said it, and I feel better for it. Tariffs were historically an enormous part of American fiscal policy. In 1792, tariffs on imported goods accounted for 95% of the Federal … Continue reading

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Editorial – Trains and Rockets on October 4th

When we talk about where we’re going, we have to talk about October 4th. We’re always talking about where we’re going. October 4th might be about where we’re going as a country, as every year we seriously begin to consider … Continue reading

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