Ryan McMaken

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Privatize the Public Monuments

When I was a student at the University of Colorado, I regularly walked by the Dalton Trumbo memorial fountain which, of course, was named after the communist Stalin-sympathizing novelist and screenwriter.  Once upon...

To Fix Healthcare, We Need to Repeal a Lot More than Obamacare

I've always been willing to accept a repeal of Obamacare that was less than perfect, and I've never subscribed to the idea that only a total and complete repeal of Obamacare should warrant my support.  Even a small tax cut is...

The US Is Not 'One Nation' — And It Never Was

Patrick Buchanan is an informative and interesting writer. On foreign policy, especially, he's long been one of the most reasonable voices among high-level American pundits.  When it comes to cultural matters, however, Buchanan has long held...

Court Declares Child Should Die Rather Than Receive Privately-Funded Health Care

In a government-controlled healthcare system, the state determines who can receive treatment and when. This has long been admitted. But, what is less often discussed is that once a patient finds himself within a state-run healthcare facility, the...

Studying the Climate Doesn't Make You an Expert on Economics and Politics

In response to the Trump administration's announcement that it was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, some of his critics declared that anyone who likes "science" would have supported the accord. Not surprisingly, Neil deGrasse Tyson rushed...

Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

During the 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders refused to answer questions about Venezuela during an interview with Univision. He claimed to not want to talk about it because he's "focused on my campaign." Many suggested a more...

The Pope's Favorite Straw Man: 'Individualism'

Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has repeatedly attacked what he now calls the "liberal-individualist" or "neoliberal" vision of the world. With last week's statement to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Francis has...

3 Lessons Learned from Wisconsin's War on Foreign Butter

In February, a number of Irish citizens were surprised to find out that selling Kerrygold butter — a line of butter produced in Ireland — is a criminal offense in Wisconsin. Irish Central reports:  Under a 1970 law all butter sold in the...

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Since Donald Trump's election, some leftists have been trotting out analyses showing that many states that voted for Trump are also states where federal spending plays a disproportionately large role in the statewide economy. In other words, many of...

Federal Spending Grew Far Less Under Obama Than Under Bush

Now that 2016 is gone and President Obama is a thing of the past, we can take a look back at just how much government spending grew during his tenure. It seems that in his eight year tenure, Obama never managed to top the enormous increases...

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