We Need a SERIOUS Immigration Debate (TAC)

It’s time for conservatives (and libertarians) to have a VERY serious debate about immigration.  The issue is way too important to leave to emotions and assumptions.

As Christians around the world celebrated the arrival of the Three Kings—the Magi of the Orient—on Epiphany, the president of the United States called for $33 billion to shore up America’s borders with $18 billion for the wall.  Would the Magi have been admitted in 2018? “Excuse me, Balthasar, but I need to see that your papers are in order.  Oh, I’m sorry, but your gift of myrrh exceeds our 3.2 ounces of liquid allowed.”

U.S. Economic History Syllabus, Spring 2018

OttesonH442, Economic History of the United States

Syllabus, Spring 2018.  Lane 125, 9:30-10:45, Tuesdays-Thursdays

Prof (such as he is!): Brad Birzer


H442 students, thank you so much for taking this course.  I’ve only taught it once before, and that was way back in 2001.  Roughly the time some of you were only aged one or two!  For what it’s worth, I grew up (in high school) reading everything I could from Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, Steve Forbes, Israel Kirzner, and Friedrich Hayek.  Yes, I was that guy in the 1980s.  Still, while I think I’m fairly good on entrepreneurial theory and the broad overview of American business and entrepreneurial history, I’m not an expert. So, again—thank you.


Assigned readings. 

You will be responsible for these as a major part of your midterm and final examinations.

  • James Otteson, THE END OF SOCIALISM (first half of the semester)
  • Robert Higgs, CRISIS AND LEVIATHAN (second half of the semester)
  • other articles, chapters, etc.—scanned and sent to you via email or dropbox

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TIC: Conservatism of Robert A. Nisbet

Robert Nisbet, in direct contrast to Russell Kirk, argued that conservatism was purely a modern ideology. For Nisbet, the entire history of conservatism began as a reaction to the French Revolution… Robert Nisbet When it came to the history of conservatism, the grand sociologist and man of letters, Robert Nisbet, disagreed with the mighty founder…

via The Conservatism of Robert Nisbet — The Imaginative Conservative

Temperance, Properly Understood

Today at The Imaginative Conservative, my look at the PROPER employment of temperance, the use of the created goods for the good! None of that silly no drinking nonsense. Guardini, Tolkien, Como (Italy), Como (Colorado).

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BLOODED: Brilliant Horror by Chuck Dixon

Dixon BloodedReview of Chuck Dixon, Blooded: A Novel with Teeth (Bruno Books, 2017).

Blooded is a gripping, driving, and, at times, disturbing story of a real estate agent who becomes stupidly amorous with a hookup in a bar.

No sin goes unpunished.

The next morning, he finds that his “score” is really a vampiress, and she’s turned him into a vampire as well.  Though we know next to nothing about the protagonist, we quickly and rather sympathetically follow his exploits as he has to figure out how to live this new life.

We learn of him—in a genius aspect of Dixon’s writing—only by the choices he makes from that fateful morning forward.  Does he embrace the new lifestyle?  Does he keep his old morality (which, from what little the reader knows, was already pretty shady)?  Does he remain a human who now has supernatural powers (and limits)?  Or, does he become the monster he must become to survive in this new form?

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The Elegy of Bruce Wayne–Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.  I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy.  I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

–Obituary for Bruce Wayne, taken from Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.


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