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The Declaration and a Revolution Today

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2012-07-03 19:41

The Declaration and a Revolution Today
By Edward Hudgins

July 3, 2012 – Americans are again celebrating Independence Day in traditional fashion, enjoying themselves with family and friends, picnics and fireworks. But this joy is tempered by America’s sad political and economic situation.


Four Facts for Conservatives about Immigration Policy

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2012-06-21 04:09

Four Facts for Conservatives about Immigration Policy
By Edward Hudgins

June 20, 2012 - Last week President Obama announced that his administration will not deport as many as a million illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Recent Comments:
ummm, Neil...? — by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2012-06-25 03:47
You Can't Blame Conservatives — by Neil Parille on Sat, 2012-06-23 15:51
Snap... — by Robert on Sat, 2012-06-23 05:44

An Older Dad of Babies on Father’s Day

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2012-06-17 00:28

An Older Dad of Babies on Father’s Day
By Edward Hudgins

June 15, 2012 - This is my second Father’s Day as the daddy of Sophia and Allegra, my 17-month-old fraternal twin girls. I never thought I’d meet the right woman but—wow!—I did and thus, well into my fifth decade, we decided to become parents. The day the girls were born was the most wonderful and memorable of my life.

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Joys of your life! — by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2012-06-21 04:32
Whoops! — by Olivia on Thu, 2012-06-21 02:25
Lady S — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-06-20 07:02

Ayn in India

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2012-06-10 16:28

Ayn in India
By Edward Hudgins

June 8, 2012 - A recent article by Ammu Kannampilly entitled "India's unlikely romance with Ayn Rand," published by the Asian-based DAWN media group, calls attention to a trend that really isn’t so surprising. With free-market reforms in recent decades, India has become a fast-growing economy with new entrepreneurs and a middle class of millions. One would thus expect an interest in Atlas Shrugged and Rand’s advocacy of capitalism.

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Selfishness in India — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2012-06-15 15:59
The spread of the individualist idea — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2012-06-13 17:36
Apparently George Orwell's... — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-06-12 19:18

New Yorkers Shrug

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2012-06-10 16:18

New Yorkers Shrug
By Edward Hudgins

May 31, 2012 - Over the past decade New York State has lost 3.4 million residents, with incomes totaling $119 billion, according to the Tax Foundation. This loss more than offsets the 2.1 million who moved into the state between 2000 and 2009.

Recent Comments:
NYC plus NYS — by F L Light on Fri, 2012-06-15 04:27
Fleeing New York — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2012-06-14 02:08

California’s Choices: Austerity, Expropriation, or Liberty

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2012-05-26 04:44

California’s Choices: Austerity, Expropriation, or Liberty
by Edward Hudgins

May 16, 2012 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown announced that his state’s budget deficit will be $16 billion, up from earlier estimates of $9.2 billion, on a budget of $92.6 billion. So what to do?

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Linz... — by Marcus on Wed, 2012-05-30 22:13
Ed — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-05-30 09:21
Yes, let's hope — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-05-30 07:00

SpaceX’s Entrepreneurial Triumph!

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2012-05-26 04:40

SpaceX’s Entrepreneurial Triumph!
By Edward Hudgins

May 25, 2012 – Today SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft, its Dragon capsule, into orbit and berth it with the International Space Station. This is not only a triumph for Elon Musk, the company’s founder and visionary, and his team. It also is a giant step toward a future in which space is open to all humanity through the efforts of the private sector.

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Freedom Barely Tolerated — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2012-06-11 02:41
I think... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-06-06 07:06
Absolutely — by Robert on Fri, 2012-06-01 15:18

Gay Day for Gays.

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2012-05-11 14:35

Gay Day for Gays
by Edward Hudgins

May 10, 2012 -- President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage is likely to mean that in a decade or two this will no longer be a major public policy issue. Individuals of whatever gender will be able to enter into marriage contracts.

Recent Comments:
Nick Clegg gets out his whip for gay marriage! — by Marcus on Sun, 2012-05-27 18:45
Luke — by Richard Goode on Sun, 2012-05-27 13:24
Pedophiles — by Frediano on Fri, 2012-05-25 18:47

France Fried: The 2012 Elections & Return to Socialism

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2012-05-08 22:24

France Fried: The 2012 Elections & Return to Socialism
Edward Hudgins

May 8, 2012 – French voters guillotined the reelection hopes of center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy in favor of Socialist François Hollande, putting France on a faster road to national collapse.

Recent Comments:
Just as free men are escaping — by Mark Hubbard on Sun, 2012-05-13 00:48
Euro Disney! — by Damien Grant on Sun, 2012-05-13 00:18
Two Wretched and Hopeless Alternatives — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2012-05-11 14:18

Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, and my Thom Hartmann interview

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2012-05-08 21:55

Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, and my Thom Hartmann interview
By Edward Hudgins

On May 2, 2012, I appeared on “The Big Picture,” a TV show hosted by Thom Hartmann, to discuss the recent controversy surrounding Rep. Paul Ryan’s views on Ayn Rand.

Here’s the video, with my segment from time mark 35:25 through about 42:25.

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What if individuals loved their lives... — by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2012-05-26 04:37
excellent — by Damien Grant on Wed, 2012-05-16 23:17
Exactly right, Ed — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-05-16 10:26

Newt's Failed Presidential Campaign

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2012-05-02 19:03

Newt's Failed Presidential Campaign
By Edward Hudgins

May 1, 2012 – Newt Gingrich is an American tragedy, a capacity and a potential wasted. The failed candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination would be appalled to think of himself in these terms, but his inability to see his own flaws is at the root of the tragedy.

Recent Comments:
In life... — by Robert on Fri, 2012-05-04 15:42
Well... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2012-05-04 07:37
Excellent commentary — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-05-02 22:55

Taxed to Shrug

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2012-04-18 03:41

Taxed to Shrug

April 17, 2012 -- On Tax Day 2012 we’re greeted with the news that some 1,800 Americans, a record number, last year renounced their citizenship or turned in Green Cards. The principal reason was to avoid high American taxes. Particularly onerous is the fact that the United States, unique among advanced countries, taxes its citizens on income that they earn while working overseas.

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Case in point... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2012-05-24 10:37
My point.... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2012-05-24 10:05
Small States Are Best...with a Twist — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-05-06 00:26

Tax Day: Penalizing Producers

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2012-04-18 03:28

Tax Day: Penalizing Producers
By Edward Hudgins

April 17, 2012 – Productive individuals find themselves more and more under assault by governments seeking to expropriate their wealth. This is the logical consequence of our mixed economy, which is part free-market capitalist and part welfare state with government command and controls. Tax day is a good time to take stock of how and why government is emptying the pockets of producers.


Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson and Christopher Hitchens!

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2012-04-14 01:02

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson and Christopher Hitchens!
By Edward Hudgins

April 13, 2012 -- What an interesting coincidence! The author of America’s Declaration of Independence and Christopher Hitchens, the late journalist, intellectual, and author of a book on Jefferson, share an April 13th birthday!

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That was humorous, btw, LP — by gregster on Fri, 2012-04-20 12:17
And forget not... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2012-04-20 10:51
Hitch and Jefferson — by Tom Burroughes on Sun, 2012-04-15 18:52

ObamaCare's War on Personal Responsibility

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2012-04-11 19:47

ObamaCare's War on Personal Responsibility
by Edward Hudgins

April 9, 2012 -- Obamacare mandates that all citizens purchase health insurance. But Supreme Court justices ripped into the administration’s “purchase or be punished” law during oral arguments over Obamacare's constitutionality. So the administration is distancing itself from the now-disreputable term “personal mandate” by calling it a “personal responsibility clause.”

Recent Comments:
Medical Billing — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2012-04-12 09:24
Another KASS Ed-Op-Ed! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-04-12 09:09
Do they get it for free? — by Marcus on Thu, 2012-04-12 08:28

Rick Santorum: The Most Anti-Reagan Republican

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2012-01-06 22:39

Rick Santorum: The Most Anti-Reagan Republican

By Edward Hudgins

January 6, 2012 - With his virtual tie in the Iowa Caucuses, Rick Santorum is the final flavor-of-the-week conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

While it might be tough for voters to decide which Republican candidate best represents the principles of Ronald Reagan, it is easy to determine who is antithetical to the Gipper’s values: that opponent of liberty is Rick Santorum.

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Michael — by Stephen Berry on Sat, 2012-01-14 08:04
Michael — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2012-01-14 06:46
Ross — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2012-01-12 21:01

The Four "Cs" of Christmas

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2011-12-22 20:27

Winter 2011, The New Individualist -- The revelries of the December holiday season inevitably are accompanied by sober inquiries about the "true" meaning of Christmas and, too often, somber pronouncements that kill our buzz when a’buzzing we should go.

Recent Comments:
Ed — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2011-12-31 02:30
It is a great photo Ed. Is — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2011-12-29 19:02
Anticipatory possessive apostrophe — by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2011-12-29 17:27

Christopher Hitchens Remembered

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2011-12-18 00:23

Christopher Hitchens Remembered
By Edward Hudgins

December 16, 2011 – I first met Christopher Hitchens in the early 2000s at the Americans for Tax Reform’s weekly meeting of conservative and limited-government activists, which Hillary Clinton deemed the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

Recent Comments:
Linz — by Richard Goode on Wed, 2012-01-18 15:52
Chance is not the same concept as causelessness — by 0 on Wed, 2012-01-18 09:13
Michael — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-01-18 07:08

Steve Jobs vs. the Anti-Capitalists

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2011-10-07 04:42

Steve Jobs vs. the Anti-Capitalists
by Edward Hudgins

October 5, 2011 – I hope I’m only one of many to see the irony. On the day that Steve Jobs, one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in our history, died, packs of ignorant and possibly malicious protestors roamed Wall Street demanding the death of the system that made Jobs possible.

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Steve Wozniak waits in line for iPad 3 — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-03-23 10:01
Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish society — by Marcus on Sat, 2011-11-19 12:30
Ditto — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2011-11-11 23:16

Rip Their Lungs Out!

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2011-09-30 19:52

Rip Their Lungs Out!
By Edward Hudgins

September 30, 2011 -- This one will take your breath away and, when you recover, teach you a life-saving philosophy lesson.

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Outrage – backed by reason! — by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2011-10-02 22:11
Goodness Ed! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2011-10-02 09:46
Paraphrasing Rand -couldn't — by 0 on Sat, 2011-10-01 07:44

The 9/11 Islamist Attacks a Decade Later

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2011-09-11 01:30

The 9/11 Islamist Attacks a Decade Later
By Edward Hudgins

September 9, 2011 -- The first decade of the twenty-first century was defined by Islamists, who used planes as weapons against the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and who would have done the same to the Capitol or White House if not for the brave passengers who died in the process of stopping them.

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Richard Wiig — by 0 on Mon, 2011-11-21 22:12
Richard Goode — by 0 on Mon, 2011-11-21 21:50
Response to 911 ... — by Richard Goode on Thu, 2011-11-17 12:04

The 9/11 Islamist Attacks a Decade Later

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2011-09-11 01:01

The 9/11 Islamist Attacks a Decade LaterBy Edward Hudgins September 9, 2011 -- The first decade of the twenty-first century was defined by Islamists, who used planes as weapons against the World Trade


The Debt Battle in America’s Current Civil War

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2011-08-04 01:17

The Debt Battle in America’s Current Civil War
By Edward Hudgins

August 3, 2011—The major German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote that the debt-ceiling battle in Washington had a “civil war atmosphere.” But the war was not confined to atmospherics.

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Indeed... — by Robert on Fri, 2011-08-05 02:08
The answer in front of you — by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2011-08-04 15:40
Round Jack — by gregster on Thu, 2011-08-04 11:29

Apollo 11 Anniversary and the End of the Shuttle

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2011-07-21 01:31

Apollo 11 Anniversary and the End of the Shuttle

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first individuals to walk on the Moon. This and the subsequent missions to the lunar surface will always and rightly be celebrated among the greatest human achievements. They remain brilliant examples of the power of the mind.

Recent Comments:
Government efficiency and commercialization — by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2011-08-04 15:58
SpaceX — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2011-08-03 12:17
The last efficient government program? — by Frediano on Fri, 2011-07-29 17:00

Questions for Conservatives about Gay Marriage and Sock Drawers

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2011-07-02 12:36

Questions for Conservatives about Gay Marriage and Sock Drawers
By Edward Hudgins

July 1, 2011 -- With New York the latest state to allow gay marriage and others likely to follow, this issue will continue to consume public attention. Most conservatives strongly oppose such unions.

Recent Comments:
Ahh, my first insult from — by 0 on Tue, 2011-07-05 11:33
Ahh, my first insult from — by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2011-07-05 10:51
The reason for that piece of — by 0 on Mon, 2011-07-04 11:55

Al Gore's War on Children

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2011-06-24 16:29

Al Gore's War on Children
by Edward Hudgins

June 22, 2011-- I have long argued that the morally twisted beliefs of many environmentalists imply that humans are pollution and that the Earth would be better without us.

Recent Comments:
The Peaceful Pill Handbook — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2011-06-30 12:56
Out of the gene pool. — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2011-06-29 15:09
Hey-hey-hey! — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2011-06-26 23:38

After the Apocalypse, Try Reason!

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2011-05-28 02:35

After the Apocalypse, Try Reason!
by Edward Hudgins

May 27, 2011 -- Eighty-nine-year-old religious nut Harold Camping prophesized that the world would end on May 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. local time. A woman who believed him wanted to get a jump on Armageddon and avoid the horrors of fire and brimstone. So she slit her 11- and 14-year-old daughters' throats with a box cutter and then slit her own.

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Vandal — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2011-06-23 07:44
I would go so far as to argue — by 0 on Wed, 2011-06-22 19:12
Off-the-Rails Philosophy — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2011-06-22 16:42

Betting Against the End of the World

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2011-05-18 20:06

Betting Against the End of the World
By Edward Hudgins
May 17, 2011 -- Throughout human history and especially in recent centuries, cults of all kinds have predicted the end of the world. You’ve probably noticed that they’ve all been seriously wrong.

Recent Comments:
Ah! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2011-05-24 03:02
Zombies in the government — by Ed Hudgins on Mon, 2011-05-23 02:45
Ed — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2011-05-22 11:10

Archives: Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2011-02-06 16:46

Archives: Happy 100th Birthday Ronald Reagan!

February 6, 2011 marks the centenary of the birth of Ronald Reagan. Reagan will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents, a champion of limited government, and a strong opponent of communism.

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I watched a BBC documentary last night called.... — by Marcus on Mon, 2011-02-07 10:23

Tax Rates and the Sordid Soul of the Left

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2010-11-23 18:07

Tax Rates and the Sordid Soul of the Left
by Edward Hudgins
(Originally published by The Daily Caller.)

November 18, 2010 -- The first great post-election policy decision facing the lame-duck, Democrat-dominated Congress is whether or not to allow taxes to skyrocket. Usually referred to as the “Bush tax cuts,” the rates that have been operative for most of this decade will expire at the end of 2010, reverting to much higher levels.


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