Author: Christopher McDonald

The Case of the Despicable Donor

It has recently come to light that a political figure in Colorado state history may have been a part of the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred on November 19, 1864. At Sand Creek, between 70 and 163 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians were slaughtered by the Colorado and New Mexico state forces, led by the bloody-minded commander Col. John Chivington. Supposedly, the figure behind that commander was John Evans, territorial governor of Colorado under Abraham Lincoln. John Evans (1814-1897) is an eminent figure, and not just for his role as the second Colorado Territorial Governor from 1862-1865: he also helped to found...

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What is Still Not Seen

The French classical Liberal Frederic Bastiat penned a famous essay titled That Which is Seen And That Which is Not Seen. In it, Bastiat dealt with several basic fallacies in economic thinking. Given that Bastiat was perhaps the clearest economic writer in history, one would hope that the fallacies would have faded, but such is not the case. Fallacies repeat themselves over and over, subject to an intellectual form of Gresham’s Law: bad ideas drive out good. The fallacy Bastiat points out is the thinking that, because money is spent upon a particular purchase by someone, it must be...

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Ben Affleck: The Un-Socrates

In Athens, in the year 399 B.C.E., a man gave a defense of himself. Accused of teaching new gods, and of corrupting the youth of the city, he responded famously. An oracle of Apollo said that none was wiser than he, which the defendant took to mean that he am wise because he knew that he was not. That man was Socrates, and his awareness of his own limits was part of what made him a great man. His quest for wisdom made him an immortal figure for history, one of two deaths which fundamentally shaped Western civilization. Today,...

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