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  • What the American Founders Meant by Equality

    What the American Founders Meant by Equality3

    The Declaration of Independence famously proclaimed that “all men are created equal.” Thanks in part to that prestigious endorsement, “equality” has become a widely held social ideal. But what most modern-day egalitarians promote is far removed from the kind of equality that the authors of the Declaration were referring to. Many today invoke “equality” to

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  • The Deleted Scene From Superman II That Made It a Much Better (and Darker) Movie

    The Deleted Scene From Superman II That Made It a Much Better (and Darker) Movie1

    One of my early childhood memories is watching the movie Superman II on television. One scene in particular left an indelible impression. The film’s villains, three Kryptonians named Zod, Ursa, and Non, terrorize a rural town. A boy rides off on a horse to get help. Zod, the leader, sees the boy trying to escape. At that

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  • What Thought-Leaders Can Learn from St. Augustine

    What Thought-Leaders Can Learn from St. Augustine1

    Public discourse is at a nadir. There is plenty of debate, especially over politics and morality. But it is generating way more heat than light. People on all sides are frustrated with their opponents. “Why don’t they see the light?” For any single interlocutor, one possible answer is that the person is not actually seeking

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  • The Five Virtues of a Good Writer

    The Five Virtues of a Good Writer2

    The great journalist and author Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993) offered the following excellent advice to writers: The reader who seeks to write well and think well should aim first at the essential qualities—coherence, clarity, precision, simplicity, and brevity. Euphony and rhythm are of course also desirable, but they are like the final rubbing on a fine

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