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  • Making Recess Fun — for Bureaucrats

    Making Recess Fun — for Bureaucrats1

    A mom who wished to remain anonymous recently went to her daughter’s Maryland elementary school to ask why the kids aren’t allowed to play tag, or even close their eyes, at recess. “We’d recently transferred from another district, and my daughter was taken aback by how many rules there were,” said the mom. There are

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  • Fathers Are Still Irreplaceable

    Fathers Are Still Irreplaceable2

    This weekend will mark my first Father’s Day as a dad—an occasion I will relish. Our 10-month-old daughter, Elsa, has a personality that is larger than life, and the bond I have with her, even at such a young age, is precious beyond words. One thing I have pondered often these past ten months is

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  • An Ode to the Fathers in My Life

    An Ode to the Fathers in My Life1

    Father’s Day is a day that brings up a full spectrum of feeling for me. This is true for several reasons: One, my relationship with my own father was complicated. Two, I’ve had many father figures who filled in where my father left a void: two grandfathers, a father-in-law, a stepfather, and, of course, my

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  • ‘Little House’ Libertarians and the Culture of Freedom

    ‘Little House’ Libertarians and the Culture of Freedom1

    It’s no coincidence that one of the first American libertarians was not a politician nor a political philosopher. Instead, she was a mother and a pioneer. Her name is probably familiar to you: Laura Ingalls Wilder. And while her influence on libertarian thought may come as a surprise, it makes perfect sense. When intellectuals write

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  • 1984 in 2024: Orwell Was Right

    1984 in 2024: Orwell Was Right1

    Americans still read George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” 75 years after it was first published on June 8, 1949. At the time, the year 1984 was far in the future; now it’s 40 years in the past. Yet our present feels more than ever like Orwell’s dystopia. The novel is set on Airstrip One, a totalitarian

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  • Lincoln’s 1838 Warning: The Threat to Liberty Comes From Inside the House

    Lincoln’s 1838 Warning: The Threat to Liberty Comes From Inside the House3

    In 1838, 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln delivered a Lyceum lecture, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions. The Lyceum lectures were part of a voluntary adult education movement. Lincoln was a new lawyer and member of the Illinois House of Representatives. It had been just over 60 years since the start of the American Revolution. Yet, Lincoln

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