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Month: November 2010

Jefferson’s First Principle of Association

Originally Published in Flourishing July/August 2010 “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”   —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816. Larry Summers served briefly as a Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton,… Read more Jefferson’s First Principle of Association

The Virtue of Saving vs. J.M. Keynes

Originally Published in Flourishing July/August 2010 “If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coal mines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on the well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig up the notes again (the right to do so being obtained, of course, by tendering for leases of the note-bearing territory), there would be no more unemployment,…the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become… Read more The Virtue of Saving vs. J.M. Keynes

Washington’s Purposeful Will

Originally published in eFlourishing Issue 34, October 27, 2010. I’ve just recently joined a professional development collaborative led by John A. Warnick, founder and CEO of the Purposeful Planning Institute, based in Denver. John A. was formerly a partner in the Denver office of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, a prestigious international law firm. The Purposeful Planning Institute provides its collaborators with weekly and monthly conference calls and regular on-site training sessions at varying locations around the country. I expect to add to my understanding of issues related to intergenerational… Read more Washington’s Purposeful Will

Thank you, Dr. Lindzen

Originally Published in eFlourishing Issue 6, March 2, 2010 Over the past twenty plus years, Dr. Richard Lindzen has been one of the scientists most maligned by the global warming orthodoxy. Dr. Lindzen, an atmospheric physicist, is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT. Naturally, that qualification didn’t prevent his being labeled (should I say libeled?) as a “global warming denier” and an “oil industry puppet” by global warming alarmists. Incidentally, I don’t feel either of those charges are true. More to the point of this essay, Dr. Lindzen’s criticisms… Read more Thank you, Dr. Lindzen

Recommended Reading

Originally Published in eFlourishing Issue 8, March 16, 2010 Michel Grandin was ten years old when he saw the plane go down on June 10, 1944. It had been strafing a German convoy, when the pilot apparently misjudged the height of an approaching tree line – one of those infamous and ancient hedgerows of Normandy.  Michel’s father forbade him to run to the crash site, though he, a local carpenter, and the village priest did so. While these French patriots waited in the nearby woods, German soldiers policed the scene… Read more Recommended Reading

Governed by Principles, Not Gangs

Originally Published in Flourishing November 2010 Once again, we approach the end of silly-season, that time in our lives when politicians excuse themselves of responsibility for their screw-ups, and renew their promises to make everything right. What irritates me about elections, though, is that our candidate choices seem to know very little about our nation’s history or its fundamental founding principles. Perhaps this time it will be different, but recent history doesn’t offer a lot of hope. According to former President Bill Clinton, the right to vote is “the most… Read more Governed by Principles, Not Gangs