How The West Was Restored

How The West Was Restored was published in CHRONICLES, November 2009. He had finally done it. He had mastered the physics of time. He was ready to visit the past. He had made his first fortune in U.S. Treasury bond futures in the early 1980’s. Wall Street had thought that the Reagan tax cuts would drive up interest rates because…

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Letter to the Editor

This article appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of The Independent Review Paul R. Gregory’s account of Lenin’s suppression of dissident voices (“The Ship of Philosophers,” The Independent Review 13, no. 4 [spring 2009]: 485–92) offers no explanation except that dictators fear dissent. Lenin, however, had an additional reason to brook no dissent. In 1917, he had startled the Marxist world when he…

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Correcting A Legal Transaction

Correcting A Legal Transaction was published in CHRONICLES, October 2009 The trial was fixed. The judge knew it. The rancher had the town buffaloed. The jury would deliver the verdict the rancher wanted. The judge was concerned that the rancher’s rowdies would use the verdict for a lynching. The rancher didn’t want any more nesters around. The nester’s wife was…

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Growing Up In America Series – Privilege Displaces Equality

Privilege Displaces Equality was published in CHRONICLES, October 2009 None of us growing up in Atlanta in the 1940s were under the delusion that we were equal. We were aware of a myriad of differences that had nothing to do with race or gender. Some were better football players. Others were better baseball players. Some could run faster. Others were…

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Growing Up In America Series – Measuring Decline By Prices

In 1939, the year I was born, gasoline was ten cents per gallon. A new car cost $700. A new house cost $3,850, and the average rent was $28 per month. Harvard tuition was $420 annually. A loaf of bread from the bakery was eight cents. Hamburger was 14¢ per pound, eggs were 19¢ per dozen, coffee was 40¢ per…

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How things change out from under us

Anyone who has been around for awhile and who pays any attention to news sees many disturbing changes. Recently I read a news report that two children, ages seven and eight, had an altercation at school during recess. They were carted off handcuffed by police. The teachers or principal had dealt with the boys’ disagreement by bringing in the police.…

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