Tag Archives: Early American History

National Defense Authorization Act in the Context of a Social Contract

social contract (also social compact) noun an implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits, for example by sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection. Theories of a social contract became popular in the 16th, … Continue reading

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Square Deals for Occupy Wall Street

Markets are sacred. Its a defining principle of American economics; at least rhetorically. Americans hold fast to the idea that markets are more efficient than command economies. That’s probably true in most instances. The history of the twentieth century seems … 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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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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History Sucks – Where’s My Dishwasher?

* We were going to have commentary on the recent developments in Yemen, but would rather stay off too many lists. Score one for the Terrorists I suppose * Where is my dishwasher? I stood yesterday in my apartment (built … Continue reading

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Relevant History on the Electoral College

One could say a lot of different things about GOP plans to change how electoral votes are awarded to presidential contenders in the State of Pennsylvania, but the history remains the history. In a piece printed in the Washington Post’s … Continue reading

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Constitution Day – Why I’m Proud to be an American

Its Constitution Day! Well, yesterday was the observance, but September 17th is the actual date. Today is actually probably more important than July 4 in the pantheon of American holidays because today is America’s holiest day. It is the day … Continue reading

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History Class Sucks – How We Can Fight That Statement

We've heard our students mumble in the hall outside that “history class sucks.” I personally like to stand outside the classroom on the first day wearing my aviator shades and standing quietly while the students complain about crashing, and how … Continue reading

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