Low Information and High Expectations: Can they fit together in government?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Better Government |

By Richard Rowland The Declaration of Independence makes crystal clear that We the People form government to serve our needs. We the People also elect representatives to serve the republic. Then they supervise those same elected people. That is to say, they can fire them if they don’t serve We the People properly. Accordingly, We the People can be likened to a Great big Board of Directors, overlooking those who were elected to get the job of...

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A New Year for All: Special Thoughts on Liberty and Happiness

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Better Society, Blog |

By Richard Rowland On January first and for a few days thereafter every year the conventional greeting will be “Happy New Year”. It seems to me that such a greeting is a bit vacant of meaning. To many it is simply a way to fill uncomfortable silence. Like the check-out person at the grocery store who always says to you, “Have a Good Day” after she finishes the transaction and you are leaving. Strange as it may seem to...

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Constitution 201: The Transformation of America’s Political Institutions

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Better Government, Blog |

By Stephen Zierak This lesson is taught by Dr. Kevin Portteus, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, and faculty advisor for Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program.  Dr. Portteus teaches courses in American political thought, and American political institutions.  He is also a visiting graduate faculty member at Ashland University.  Dr. Portteus’ book, Executive Details:  Public Administration and American...

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Video: Up & Down (The Basics)

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Better Government |

You’ve doubtless noticed that we’ve spoken a lot lately about measuring things via an UP & DOWN analysis–in other words, does a particular action move us UP toward individual liberty or DOWN toward big government tyranny?  The basis of the idea comes from the American Founding and the principles expressed in the Declaration and Constitution.  But the philosophy is even simpler than that.  In this new video, we look at...

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Voting: Party or Principle?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Better Society |

By Richard Rowland The Problem: Fat and Sassy Many of our so-called “political leaders” are concerned about the obesity of individuals out there in the public. They seem intent on saving them from their own “misbehavior”.  Yet, the governments that these folks operate are so morbidly obese in their own right that they are close to death—which for a government would be akin to going bankrupt and disappearing. But the politicians who...

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