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  • Lecture posted March 4, 1993 by Russell Kirk The Meaning of Justice

    The word "justice" is on everyone's lips nowadays, and may signify almost anything. We hear the cry "Peace and Justice!" from folk who would destroy existing societies with fire and sword. Other folk fancy that perfect justice might readily be obtained by certain financial rearrangements -- as if anything in this world ever could be perfected. One thinks of the…

  • First Principles Series Report posted June 23, 2006 by Daniel L. Dreisbach The Mythical "Wall of Separation": How a Misused Metaphor Changed Church–State Law, Policy, and Discourse

    No metaphor in American letters has had a more profound influence on law and policy than Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation between church and state." Today, this figure of speech is accepted by many Americans as a pithy description of the constitutionally prescribed church-state arrangement, and it has become the sacred icon of a strict separationist dogma that…

  • Backgrounder posted July 9, 2007 by John S. O'Shea, M.D. The Crisis in Hospital Emergency Departments: Overcoming the Burden of Federal Regulation

    There is a deepening crisis in America's hospital emergency rooms. More and more patients are show­ing up for care without the ability to pay for it. The burden on taxpayers and private insurance policy holders is increasing, and doctors and nurses are often overworked while operating in an environment of complex and confusing overregulation, increased liti­gation, and…

  • Backgrounder posted September 17, 2010 by Joshua D. Archambault Massachusetts Health Care Reform Has Left Small Business Behind: A Warning to the States

    Abstract: Implementation of the Massachusetts health care reform has largely failed to address the needs of small businesses and their employees. Given that small busi­nesses generate most new jobs, this breakdown also consti­tutes poor economic policy. As other states take up health care reform under the implementation deadlines of Presi­dent Barack Obama’s health care…

  • Issue Brief posted April 18, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. The Immediate Aftermath of Boston: No Time to Stand Still

    The act of terrorism in Boston is still fresh in Americans’ minds. The finest law enforcement personnel in the world are working night and day to determine who did this cowardly act and perhaps why. There is no good reason for such barbarism; no one’s faith or political ideology can adequately justify it, no matter how twisted the reasoning. As the nation waits for the…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2010 by Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D. Risking Big Changes with Small Reforms

    (Article originally written for the New England Journal of Medicine ) As the prospects for health care reform ebb and flow by the day, one school of thought holds that making modest adjustments rather than enacting large-scale reform could help to avert controversy and command more broad support. Perhaps --but…

  • Backgrounder posted May 24, 2004 by Brian M. Riedl Another Year at the Federal Trough: Farm Subsidies for the Rich, Famous, and Elected Jumped Again in 2002

    Taxpayers funding Washington's $20,000-per-household budget have long known they are not getting their money's worth. Farm subsidies are among the most wasteful uses of taxpayer dollars. The budget-busting $180 billion farm bill enacted before the 2002 elections not only encourages the crop overproduction that depresses crop prices and farm incomes, but also…

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