Month: March 2021

“Big government” and other lies we live by: How one Orwellian concoction consumed America

“If people lived without accepting lies/ they would ripen like apples, and be scented like pippins/ in their old age,” wrote D.H. Lawrence in his poem “Beautiful Old Age.” Unfortunately, living with accepted lies is just an everyday part of being American.

Patently misleading words and phrases that could have come straight out of Orwell’s “1984” have long polluted our political language, yet continue to be taken at face value and used routinely. The most consequential has been the replacement of “war” by “defense” in the titles of the War Department and the secretary of war cabinet post in 1949,

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Secure entry, air ionizers among summer improvements planned by Kalamazoo schools

KALAMAZOO, MI — Parents and students should expect to see more construction at Kalamazoo school buildings this summer, funded through the bond issue approved by voters in 2018.

The summer to-do list for Kalamazoo Public Schools includes another $2.4 million in campus improvements, including new school buses, a new secure entryway and remodeling at multiple buildings. The Board of Education approved the purchases at a meeting Thursday, March 25.

Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, presented the purchases to the board, stressing the importance of taxpayer-funded bonds to pay for district-wide improvements.

“I want to express my appreciation

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NCAA Tournament Predictions: Goldman CEO Picks Gonzaga, Bill Ackman Likes Baylor

relates to Goldman CEO Likes Gonzaga, Ackman Takes Baylor in NCAA Challenge

According to titans from the world of business and finance, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the favorites to cut down the nets in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Half of the 52 participants in the Bloomberg Brackets for a Cause competition picked the Zags to win it all, and 44 people selected them to at least make the championship game. Only six see a team other than the top-seeded Bulldogs winning the West Region.

Bullish on the Bulldogs

Wall Street sees Gonzaga winning the men’s NCAA basketball tournament

Source: Data compiled by Bloomberg

There is strong reasoning behind some of

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Why AERC Remains One of the Few Venues for Real Intellectuals

Starting Friday, the Mises Institute will be hosting the Austrian Economics Research Conference, an event I consider one of the highlights of the year. What makes AERC a particularly unique event is that it provides a platform for Austrian scholars—and intellectual allies—to present new, important work and to have it engaged with sincerely and honestly by other serious intellectuals. At a time when universities have become the most intolerant institutions toward intellectual freedom, environments like this have never been more important.

Another unique advantage of AERC is that it is not isolated to ivory tower academics, but instead encourages intellectual

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