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Against Fatalism: New Article at Quillette

May 26, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Money isn’t everything. And as pervasive as it seems in politics, we shouldn’t let moneyed interests become equally as pervasive in our ambitions. This is the subject of my latest article at Quillette.

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Ukraine: The Best Argument Against Nationalization

March 8, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Take it outside…the state!

The state should never own or control major industries or enterprises. When it does, the result is almost always corruption, kleptocracy and a political culture that benefits the most privileged and criminal elements of society. Ukraine is a clear, and very sad, example of this fact.

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Finally, A Presidential Candidate We Can All Believe In

February 26, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Friends, countrymen, Americans – I’ve finally done it. I’ve found a Presidential candidate worthy of all our dreams, hopes and desires. There is one candidate, one light in the depths of our political moment, who can guide us all to the America we know we can become.

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Political Leaders: The Worst Among Us?

January 18, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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American media commentators, in their infinite wisdom, often pontificate about how our political leaders should be made up of the “best and brightest.” But does this ever actually happen? Sure, great people may attain the heights of political office, but that’s if we’re lucky. A strong moral character is not hallmark of the state – even in liberal democracies. Schools often teach children that government exists for the sake of benevolent public service. In preaching this, they do our kids a massive, Wilsonian disservice. Many of our greatest authors, from Mark Twain to Nathaniel Hawthorne, embody an anti-authoritarian tradition, one that was eager to point out the propensity of the powerful toward scapegoating, moral panics and state aggression.

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Stacking the BRICs: An Interview with Kenneth Rapoza of Forbes

January 8, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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At the dawn of the 21st century, the term “BRIC” entered the world’s political and economic vocabulary. Shorthand for Brazil, Russia, India and China, the term came to signify the emergence of countries that would challenge the political, economic and perhaps even military dominance of the developed west (e.g. the US, UK, France). In the last 15 years, through the War on Terror, the Euro crisis and other geopolitical flashpoints, these countries have played an increasingly important and even disruptive role on the world stage.

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Regulate This: Dodd-Frank’s Effects on Community Banks and Credit Unions

January 6, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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When people spout idle talk of how “de-regulation got us into the mess of 2008” and how the government needs to sort things out to stop the “evil banksters” from wrecking the economy again, it makes me wonder if they’ve actually looked how regulations impact the economy. And though it’s still very early to make any decisive determination about the bill’s effects, a recent study of Dodd-Frank shows the results are mixed, at best.

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Essential Video: Jonathan Haidt Helps You Choose the Right University

December 27, 2015

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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2015 was a big year for scandals and protests on college campuses. It seemed like every week there was another instance of students demanding a “safe space” from potentially dangerous and exclusionary events and guest speakers. If not, there were calls for “trigger warnings” for works of literature (even Ovid’s Metamorphoses in one instance). How do we sort all of this out?

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What Christmas Music Is Worth Saving?

December 23, 2015

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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I hate Christmas music.

Ok, not all of it. It’s complicated. Let me explain.

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Essential Video: George Will on Trump, Immigration and The Fed

December 18, 2015

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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George Will is one of the most essential voices of the American right. Along with Ross Douthat of The New York Times and most of the staff of The American Conservative, Will is uniquely gifted at presenting a sensible, coherent picture of modern conservatism. Even if you sit to the ideological left of the long-time Washington Post columnist, there is great value in hearing and grappling with what he has to say. And if you dare to venture out of your comfort zone (or should I say, safe space?), you might just hear some things you agree with.

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Just a Theory: Donald Trump Is Working for Hillary Clinton

December 10, 2015

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced his intentions to ban all travel from Muslim countries until our intelligence services can figure out “what’s going on.” The reaction from the press (aside from glee at the click-bait just given to them) was to highlight how this “throws the Republican primary into chaos.” Reactions from other Republican candidates consisted of the usual face-saving measures intended to distance themselves from Trump’s remarks. Liberals were predictably outraged. But these reactions all hinge on one assumption: that Donald Trump is making a serious run for President of the United States.

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