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The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

Why Obama Must Embrace the Veto Strategy

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Barack Obama understands that the country wants a president who acts. And as the new, Tea Party-tainted Congress is spoiling for confrontation, now is the ideal moment for a true veto strategy.

Alexander Hamilton's Religion: A Temperate Example For Today's Fractured World

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Which Hamilton -- the pious Christian, the deist, the skeptic, the religious free-marketeer -- would pass judgment on the secular/religious debates of contemporary America?

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Let's Have a Red-White-and-Blue Friday

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Something to think about if you're out shopping on Black Friday is that many of the products sold at retail stores were made in China.

The Great Political Party Tango

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

History buffs, take note: the odds are you won't see anything like this again even if you live to be 100.

Jefferson vs. Hamilton Again, Thankfully

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

We need the good sense, and the political will, to ensure that Jefferson and Hamilton continue to thrive in the public arena. This will require comparable acts of statesmanship.

America Was Founded as a Protectionist Nation

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Historically, protectionism has been, in fact, the real American Way; this pattern even predates American independence.

President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.

Father Time: Dave Brubeck Plays the Blue Note

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Going to see Brubeck's late show at the Blue Note on a Saturday night feels, in 2010, almost as improbable as going to the ballpark to catch Mickey Mantle, or attending a lecture by Alexander Hamilton.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

Rand Paul: Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Rand Paul's thinking on refusing to serve minorities and other issues is one dimensional. It's hard to admire a mind that can't accommodate real world solutions to problems.

Liz Cheney Announces New "Unpatriotic Seven": Alexander Hamilton "Irate"

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Following Liz Cheney's call to remove the "Al-Qaeda Seven," here's a list of seven additional U.S. officials whose work on behalf of enemies of the state would make them unfit to serve their country.

Understanding Dick Cheney: The Power of the Undefeated Ex-VP

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.

Student Blogger Shut Down and Sued by Butler University Over Free Speech

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

Jess Zimmerman is a junior at Butler University. Last year he wrote criticisms of Butler's administration in an anonymous blog. We now have the first case of a university suing a student over online free speech.

Alexander Hamilton: Unclaimed Son to Founding Father

Allison Rockefeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Allison Rockefeller

Hamilton arrived in 1773 and began his stunning ascent in a whirlwind, epic tale of crisis and opportunity, from unclaimed son to Founding Father. Doesn't New York set the greatest stage for this kind of story?

Who's Responsible? We Might Never Know

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The mistakes or missteps of President Bush lie not merely in his administration's lack of transparency, but in its disregard for the establishment of goals.

Alexander Hamilton's Scorn: Reflecting on AIG, Goldman, Hank Paulson and Bob Rubin

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

While many are criticizing the gross AIG taxpayer-funded bonuses of senior executives, the truth is that this kind of corruption is relatively small time -- even at $165 million -- and was predictable.

How Big is This Bailout?

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

It's not the government's job to make stocks go up. It's their job to ensure stability and confidence to counter the fear and panic now so prevalent all over the world. Markets will find their own equilibrium when that happens.

Rush, Right Misguided on "Nationalization"

Andrew Belonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Belonsky

The right and Republicans have found an enemy far more terrifying than terrorism. It's insidious. It's dangerous. It's un-American. It's, it's nationalization! Oh, the horror!

Does Obama Know What He Is Doing?

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Let's not lose sight of the fact that, like Cheney, these political and business leaders all think they know what they are doing.

Federal Spending Out of Control

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

It is not the "government" that hands out these bailout packages and money for projects. We must recognize that government has no money that isn't ours.

The Meeting and the Dinner: The Historical Significance of Today's Powwow on the Bush Bailout

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The meeting today between Bush, McCain and Obama has me thinking back to the most famous meeting among three political leaders in U.S. history.

The Founding Celebrities

Eric Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Burns

Alexander Hamilton was no less ambitious than Ryan Seacrest, but to Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers, fame was different then from what it is now.

Juno's Michael Cera Re-Enacts Historical Duel Between Alexander Hamilton And Aaron Burr

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Michael Cera, winsome young star of Juno and Superbad, recently stretched his acting muscles by portraying a famous bewigged figure from American hist...