Do You Believe The United States Is “Exceptional”

I know we have readers from around the world, here.  We are honored to have comments regularly from David in Australia.  To those readers, it may seem peculiar that there is something called “American Exceptionalism”.  Apparently, this is a view held primarily by politically conservative people in the United States. While I don’t claim to…
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A Convesation With Students

I had a long visit with some local college students the other evening.  It is not everyday students are interested in talking to an old guy like me. The event was attended by people of all ages.  After a little small talk one students ask, “Is it true you are with the Red River Freethinkers.”  That opened the floodgate. The…
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Why Are There Still Atheists?

It is a wonder that there are atheists.  It is hard to be out of sight of a church steeple in any town in the United States.  That visual advertising is everywhere.  Children by the millions are carted off to Sunday School every week.  Presidents of the United States end every speech with “God bless you. …
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Our Local Bishops Are Comedy Material

Recently, our two local Catholic Bishops released a list of not-for-profit organizations that people should not give money to.  Among these were organizations which provide health services for women and food for poor people.  To get on the Bishops’ bad list they only had to have a whiff of  association with abortion or gay rights. The Bishops…
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Christian Advocacy And Smoking

In my field of economics, the is a word called “externalities”. Externaities happen when there is a transaction between two people, or an activity by one person, and others are affected.  The field we call “pollution” is about externalities.  If we who drive cars actually paid for all the externalities we push onto others, it would cost far…
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