Publications Archive for All
Sep 1, 2011
Mitch Pearlstein's new book, "From Family Collapse to America's Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation," is now available.
Aug 28, 2011
In early August, hordes of youthful looters torched cars, assaulted passers-by, and smashed shop windows—carrying off flat-screen TV's, brand-name clothes, cameras and jewelry. These youthful marauders—who coordinated their looting and assaults by cell phone—seized the world's attention. The usual explanations of racism and poverty seemed to fall flat in accounting for their amoral free-for-all.
Aug 25, 2011
INSIDE: Seven Senior Fellows || American Experiment hires Communications Associate || Recapping the State Budget Deal || “I Would be Willing . . . Nay, Glad” || From Family Collapse To America’s Decline || Lawmakers take action on American Experiment priorities || Preparing All Minnesota Children to Read By Third Grade
Aug 16, 2011
Many conservatives define our public-school problems in terms of teachers unions, administrator organizations, colleges of education, and the rest of the educational establishment holding oligopolistic sway. In essence, they are looking to governmental change to fix what are, in large measure, the results of social and spiritual problems.
Jul 31, 2011
Minnesotans have just emerged from an unprecedented state government shutdown. We're so preoccupied with the battle we've endured that we may not be paying much attention to the knock-down-drag-out next door in Wisconsin.
Jul 28, 2011
The following are remarkably insightful first impressions of the military and political situation in Afghanistan by Army Capt. Pete Hegseth, a Minnesota native from Forest Lake—and I’m very pleased to announce, a newly named American Experiment Senior Fellow.
Jul 18, 2011
A reasonable reading of the following 34 brief essays in American Experiment’s newest symposium—What Governmental Services and Benefits Are You Personally Willing to Give Up?—suggests that more Americans than generally assumed may be seriously willing to sacrifice when it comes to major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. In the interest of balancing the nation’s skewed books, the columns similarly suggest that more people than routinely thought may be willing to forgo various exemptions and other tax breaks, including near-sacred deductions on home mortgage payments.
Jul 14, 2011
Top earners have more incentive to move from Minnesota to a lower tax state in 2010 than they did throughout the high-tax decade of the 1970s. Just as important, they have a stronger disincentive to move to Minnesota from a low-tax state today.
Jul 4, 2011
In 1926, on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, one of our most ridiculed and misunderstood presidents journeyed to Philadelphia to deliver a speech. The president was Calvin Coolidge. "Silent Cal" was known as a man of few words, but some of the words he did utter remain well worth our time and thought. Still others deserve to be put in context.
Jun 27, 2011
Don’t look now, but the fiscal mountain blocking our path is rockier than usually advertised. Why? Because even if House Budget chairman Paul Ryan prevails on every contentious detail of his long-term plan for prosperity, family fragmentation—more severe in the United States than in any other industrialized nation—will make it more difficult than generally assumed to balance our books.