The Earth Belongs to the Living, Not to the Dead

What if your grandfather had gone on a wild spending binge, long before you were born, and put himself millions of dollars in debt to people who knew he could never pay? Would it be your obligation to work double-shifts all your life to pay that debt back? And if you died before paying it off, would it become your baby’s obligation? I think most of us would answer those …

The Blow That Killed America 100 Years Ago

“There is a lot of ruin in a nation,” wrote Adam Smith. His point was that it takes a long time for nations to fall, even when they’re dead on their feet. And he was certainly right. America took its fatal blow in 1913, one hundred years ago; it just hasn’t hit the ground yet. This is a slow process, but it’s actually fast compared to the Romans. It took …

We Do NOT Have a Federal Government

us federal government What was “Federal”? Nearly all of us use the word federal to refer to the United States national government, as distinct from the state governments. This has been an error on our part. Federal was a description, not a name. It would be fair to use federative in its place. It described a type of government, not a particular organization. For example, when we say “my friend has a fast …