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From One Nightmare to Another 50 Years Ago

A few hours after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, I met with several other Binghamton University students to plan a memorial event of some kind.  I don’t recall how many faculty were there, but I vividly remember one, Ed Wilson, a sculptor.  After deciding to hold a (needless to say) peaceful march that weekend, we came up with language for posters and, as was the practice back then, waited for a mimeograph machine to make copies. As we waited, Ed told of how he had met with Sen. Robert Kennedy a short while earlier, getting his...

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MN Rep. Keith Ellison boycotting NFL over new national anthem policy

In an attempt to neutralize the polarizing controversy over NFL players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, NFL owners approved a new policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they are on the field and if they do not, they will subject their teams to a fine. The policy gives players the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they prefer. Rep. Keith Ellison said he will boycott the NFL this year because of the “unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban.”...

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This Memorial Day, remember the men of the Mi Amigo

In Endcliffe Park in my hometown, Sheffield, there is a memorial to Lt John Kriegshauser, John Humphrey, Robert Mayfield, Charles Tuttle, Vito Ambrosio, George Williams, Lyle Curtis, Melchor Hernandez, Harry Estabrooks, and Maurice Robbins. They were the crew of the Mi Amigo, a B17, which crashed there on the afternoon of February 22, 1944. Remember them today. ...

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Back in the USSR: What life was like in the Soviet Union

Even though capitalism is the superior economic system, polls show alarming numbers of younger Americans preferring socialism or communism. The excellent new book, Back in the USSR: What life was like in the Soviet Union by José Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente, reveals the grubby truth of life under those dismal systems. ...

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Milton Friedman: Giving Thanks for Free Enterprise

Milton Friedman (1912-2006) was one of the greatest economists of the 20th century. But, along with his academic work, he was a gifted writer of economics for a lay audience. For a number of years, he wrote a regular column for Newsweek, alternating with the Keynesian economist Paul Samuelson. Friedman was also interested in the politics of a free society, as well as its economics. Indeed, he argued that a free society needed a free economy and vice versa. In this column from Thanksgiving, 1974, Friedman looks at private enterprise proved itself superior to 'common' ownership in the early years of...

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