Thought For the Day: Debates About Differences of Opinion On How To Interpret Evidence Are Good and Healthy Because These Discussions Further Our Understanding of Complex Issues

“Debates about differences of opinion on how to interpret evidence are good and healthy because these discussions further our understanding of complex issues. If we all agreed that something was true, then there would be no point in conducting research and writing about it.” – Reading from Krause, S. (2007). Thinking critically about research. The process of research writing

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Thought For the Day: The Strongest Argument For Free Enterprise Is That It Prevents Anybody From Having Too Much Power

“The strongest argument for free enterprise is that it prevents anybody from having too much power. Whether that person is a government official, a trade union official, or a business executive, it forces them to put up or shut up. They either have to deliver the goods, produce something that people are willing to pay for, are willing to buy, or else they have to go into a different business.” – Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

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First Principles: This Falsehood of the Tongue Leads To That of the Heart, and In Time Depraves All Its Good Disposition

“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” -Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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Thought For the Day: Covid Didn’t Crush the Economy; Government Crushed the Economy

“COVID didn’t crush the economy; government crushed the economy.” – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem

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First Principles: The Principle of Spending Money To Be Paid By Posterity, Under the Name of Funding, Is But Swindling Futurity On A Large Scale

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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First Principles: The Same Prudence Which In Private Life Would Forbid Our Paying Our Own Money For Unexplained Projects, Forbids It In the Dispensation of the Public Moneys

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” – Thomas Jefferson (1808)

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Thought For the Day: Declares the Lord: I Will Put My Law Within Them, and I Will Write It On Their Hearts…I Will Be Their God, and They Shall Be My People

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” – Book of Jeremiah 31:33

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First Principles: Natural Liberty Is A Gift of the Beneficent Creator To the Whole Human Race and…Civil Liberty Is Founded In That; and Cannot Be Wrested From Any People, Without the Most Manifest Violation of Justice

“…(N)atural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator to the whole human race, and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice.” – Alexander Hamilton, in The Farmer Refuted (1775)

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Thought For the Day: The Greatest Happiness of Life Is the Conviction That We Are Loved – Loved For Ourselves, or Rather, Loved In Spite of Ourselves

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo, novelist and dramatist (26 Feb 1802-1885)

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First Principles: We May Define A Republic To Be…A Government Which Derives All Its Powers Directly Or Indirectly From…the People

“We may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society…It is sufficient for such a government that the persons administering it be appointed, either directly or indirectly, by the people.” – James Madison, in Federalist Papers #39

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