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Tag: History
  • Young Americans for Liberty at Mississippi State partners hosts Lily Tang Williams

    Young Americans for Liberty at Mississippi State University is proud to have partnered with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in hosting Lily Tang Williams on campus. We were able to use the recruitment materials to clipboard for the event, and we had great reception from students. The event itself was a blast and a …

  • Are Marxists actually conservatives?

    Marxism is typically seen as the far left on a linear political spectrum. But is there a sense in which it’s actually conservative? I don’t mean, of course, “conservative” in the way we typically use it. Obviously, Karl Marx and communism are not about free markets, low taxes, and the Constitution. Rather, I mean it …

  • Libertarians and the American Civil War

    Lately the media has been buzzing with articles trying to tie libertarians with neo-Confederates and racists. Most prominently, Jack Hunter, a pundit who until recently served as Sen. Rand Paul’s social media director, was attacked by neo-conservatives at the Washington Free Beacon.   This is nothing new. Libertarians have often debated the morality of the American …

  • Politics of the 1960s and today: History repeats itself?

    I know we’ve all heard that history repeats itself, but within our political atmosphere I feel this is even more true and obvious. I recently read the Sharon Statement, which was seen as a sort of counterbalance to the Port Huron Statement. It made me think of the current happenings in the last few weeks, …

  • Sen. Rand Paul’s remarks at Howard University

    View the video of Sen. Paul’s remarks, along with the Q&A session, here. I’d like to thank President Ribeau, the Howard University faculty, and students for having me today.   Some people have asked if I’m nervous about speaking at Howard. They say “You know, some of the students and faculty may be Democrats…” My …

  • The Ugly Truth behind Daylight Saving Time

    As I set my clock back one hour to signal the end of Daylight Saving Time, I could not help but wonder why we have this practice. Why does everyone (minus Arizona) set their clocks back and forth once a year? So I decided to take a brief look into the history of this peculiar …

  • Doug Casey’s Gripes with the U.S. Constitution

    Doug Casey, a highly respected and brilliant libertarian author and investor, has an always interesting and informative weekly column on his website called ‘Conversations with Casey.‘ A recent topic of discussion was the U.S. Constitution. Below are some of the best excerpts: “It [the commerce clause] was meant to keep the legislatures of the states …

  • Timeline of US-Iran Relations

    As the mainstream media continues to pollute the air waves with misinformation and blatant lies about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, it is important to have an understand of US-Iran relations during the 20th century, and the proper intellectual background necessary to prevent another war, in Iran.  This video is a must-see for all Americans, and in …

  • The Educational Smear of the Antifederalists

    While sitting in class the other day, I overheard several classmates of mine preparing to take a US Government exam. The conversation struck a particular chord with me due to one comment that was along the lines of Classmate 1: Patrick Henry, what was he? Federalist or Antifederalist? Classmate 2: He was crazy, so what …

  • Romanticizing the Past, Jeopardizing the Future

    Reminiscing over the “the good ole’ days” is common, especially during tough economic times. Back when people worked harder, educated themselves, and had a superior sense of morality than your 21st century average Joe. Everything was laid back. Life was good. That is, until you have to go out in a blizzard to chop firewood, …