Author: Christian Lopac

The Philosophy Behind the Obamacare Debate

Much of the United States focuses yet again on the controversy surrounding “Obamacare.” For the moment, pundits and cable news channels have moved away from the government’s dismal economic record, the war in Afghanistan, or the American intelligence community’s pervasive global spying. But throughout the discussion of “Obamacare,” there persists one point that must be addressed: the argument that placing healthcare in the hands of the government is an unwise action because of the inefficiencies that government always brings with it. This is not to suggest that government intervention in the healthcare market, or any market, will usher into...

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Consider Freedom During the Shutdown

The government shutdown continues and pervades the American media. The airwaves and fiber optic cables relay the cries of both Democrats and Republicans. Some bemoan strife and tension, while others rally around the seemingly impending doom presented by “Obamacare.” This isn’t to attack the media as a whole. After all, this is what one expects from them. Rather, anyone concerned with the cause of liberty must step back from the political fighting for a moment and ask some questions. Simply put, we must ask ourselves to what degree the government’s services are actually necessary. Obviously, we cannot cover every...

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No Control

Once again, our nation has witnesses the effects of a mass shooting. Although obviously and logically different, many aspects of this shooting are the same as others: a disturbed man with a history of treatment for mental illness went into a work-related area and started killing. Although much of the current inquiry centers around “flaws” in the Navy’s security scheme, statists and opponents of liberty are already dredging up more pro-gun control arguments in reaction. Beneath the gun control debate lies a fundamental truth. Once we identify and realize this truth, there lies little room for absurd gun control...

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The Education Problem’s Core

Education endures as one of the common themes discussed in American politics and life. Controversy regarding the Common Core curriculum constitutes the discussion’s current manifestation. Unfortunately, too many neglect realizing the greater issue at hand with Common Core. Greater perspective shows that while Common Core possesses flaws, these issues are no more than small illustrations of greater problems within the American educational system. But what is this “Common Core” cited by the media and pundits? Many declared its fundamental problems by pointing out observations such as that, under Common Core, three times four equals eleven. The Washington Post debunks...

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Syria: A Toxic Mess

Some humanitarians implement their ideas through charity, love, and intellectual means. Other humanitarians do so at gunpoint. We often apply the term “government” to the latter group. Throughout modern history, we see government embarking on missions of humanity and aid. The United States government has done so in many parts of the world, and it now stands to do the same in Syria. A guise of humanity cannot cloak the ever-present gun. Government’s “humanitarian” interventions present a dubious moral and practical problem. On Wednesday, the media reported that roughly two hundred died when the Syrian government attacked a section...

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