Author: John Plucenik

Land of the “Mostly Free”

A few days ago, the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal released the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. While the report indicated record levels of rising economic freedom throughout the world, the United States declined yet again for the seventh straight year, ending up twelfth on the list. Amidst the ranks of countries like Estonia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom, the U.S. has been categorized as “mostly free” according to the index’s designations. What is the cause of this problem? Sen. Rand Paul addressed this issue at the Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Economic Freedom forum, “This year...

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Crime of a Voice

Somewhere out in the Louisiana backwoods, there’s a duck hunter huddled under a misty evergreen waiting for his prey to poke out into his rifle sights. He waits, fueled by the familiar rewards of diligence and discipline. The only sound around him is the gentle babbling of a nearby stream and the ghastly wind blowing between the trees. The only smells are from the dew on the tree bark and the earthy must of the dirt clutched beneath him. Yet he waits on in silence as a bead of sweat drips down from his temple. Such is the way...

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The Digital Anesthetic

As an observant college student at Penn State University, a school boasting more than 40,000 attendees, I am almost constantly surrounded by a great number of others whether it be in the classroom, in line for lunch, or walking across campus. There is a spirit within Penn State that is hard to pinpoint, but it is something you detect almost immediately upon arrival. The best way I can describe it is something that sparks a flame within you to reach beyond yourself and touch the lives of others in a positive manner. This spirit is dying. And I’m not...

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Virginian Cloak and Dagger

After Republican Governor candidate Ken Cuccinelli recently lost the Virginia election race against Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe, it is understandable that those on the right may be pointing the finger at the Libertarian vote. Libertarian candidate Robert C. Sarvis did in fact secure 145, 762 votes, equaling to 6.6 percent of the total. Assuredly had even just about 38% of these votes went toward Cuccinelli instead of Sarvis,  the Republican candidate would’ve been able to squeak out with a win. It seems pretty clear then that Libertarian voters are part of the problem right? Well let’s take a closer...

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2035: Gender and Racial Equality “Achieved”

Dateline: March 12, 2035. A milestone in the effort for international peace and tolerance has been achieved today, as the Free Peoples Party of America has announced that racial and gender employment equality in America has finally reached its apex. This morning, employment equality statistics from fppa.gov have reported across the sectors a 100% racial and gender equality index score. The score is calculated by the aggregate employee registration filings of businesses, non-profit organizations and numerous workforce industries. All 432 races and ethnicities officially documented in The United States have been found to be equally represented. “It’s another giant...

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