• Primitive accumulation in the news

    Adam Smith and other classical political economists used the term “primitive accumulation” to refer to the process by which capital was concentrated in the hands of some people, who became the employers of other people with only their labor to sell. As depicted by Smith …

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  • What are the 10 best days of your life?

    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. —Ralph Waldo Emerson   If someone asked you to describe the 10 best days of your life, how would you answer? Most people start off listing the days their children …

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  • Timing the American experience

    My parents’ generation timed it just right. Born in the thick of the Great Depression, they were taught from an early age how to pinch a penny. Though they were little at the time, they experienced the sacrifices of World War II. My father was …

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  • October surprises

    When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the …

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  • Anti-abortion plan raises costs for women

    A prominent anti-abortion scholar recently made public what abortion-rights advocates have long suspected: One puwrpose of restrictive abortion laws is to impede access to the procedure by making it less affordable for women. Veering from traditional arguments — such as claims that the restrictions are …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: Non-violent offenders shifted into probation to free up space

    Preliminary studies show that legislation enacted last year has freed up prison space for dangerous offenders by shifting more non-violent offenders into probation. The legislature passed Act 570 of 2011 to control skyrocketing growth in the Arkansas inmate population, which had doubled in 20 years. …

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  • ‘The Kitchen Debate’

    In the summer of 1959, then-Vice President Richard Nixon flew to Moscow to speak at the opening of the American National Exhibition. The exhibit was intended to showcase the advantages of American capitalism to the Soviets. Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, accompanied by an …

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  • Success of ‘Bronco Billy’

    “Bronco Billy” Anderson, a true pioneer of the motion picture industry, was born in 1880 in Little Rock. His actual name was Gilbert Maxwell Aronson, but he was known as “Max” until moving to New York about 1900. Aronson joined a theatrical group called the …

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  • Columbus Day: Time to abandon ship?

    In Fourteen Hundred Ninety-Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In the year of our Lord Two Thousand Twelve, they’re trying hard his day to shelve. Even under the best of circumstances, the national Columbus Day is a beleaguered holiday (22 states don’t give their employees …

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  • Communism on parade? High school marches to Marx, Lenin

    Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.   “What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for a comment on a shocking story: A band at a high school …

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  • Can Arkansas electorate have votes back?

    Editorial from Northwest Arkansas Times, Sept. 23, 2012   State Treasurer Martha Shoffner — a walking, talking free advertisement for term limits — is back in the news. Making news from one of Arkansas’ low-level constitutional offices like treasurer or auditor or land commissioner is …

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  • Value for value

    I watched as a man walked up to the donation table. “Would you like to donate?” the lady asked. “Giving something for nothing ain’t our way,” the man replied. “We give value for value. But I did bring in some fudge that my wife made …

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