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primary elections should happen at the same time across the country

In Kentucky, this past Tuesday was Primary Day. The day every registered voter, in the appropriate party, could go to the polls and say who we want to run to represent our party in the General Election. While political parties, as such, need to be abolished, and voting is borked, that every state holds its […]

May 21, 2015 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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a simple restructuring of elections

In close follow-up with my desire to see political parties abolished, we also need to rethink how voting is done. In the United States, you can only vote for a single candidate for most positions (town councils are an exception). You do not have the opportunity to say anything more than a binary yes|no to a […]

May 19, 2015 · antipaucity · 4 Comments
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political parties should be abolished

John Adams and George Washington, among many others, both warned of the dangers of political parties. There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be […]

May 16, 2015 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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vision for lexington

Over the past 5 years, I have witnessed some of the growth Lexington KY has started to undergo. From a population in the city proper of about 260,000 in 2000 to 295,000 in 2010 to an estimated 315,000 in 2015, While there seems to be something of a plan/vision for the downtown area, the majority of […]

May 8, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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more coolidge

More choice excerpts from Coolidge by Amity Shlaes (review): The constant apprehension was, so long as then-existing legislation remained in force, that the unit of existing monetary relations would be changed. Such an apprehension is the surest ground for panic which can be offered. The panic which resulted when this fear became more specific was […]

May 7, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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coolidge by amity shlaes

Calvin Coolidge is my favorite president. Has been for a long time. So when I saw Coolidge at my local bookstore recently, I was very excited to grab a copy and read Amity Shlaes rendition of his life. In just the first 18 pages is enough to inspire anyone to love the man we call […]

May 1, 2014 · antipaucity · 5 Comments
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kingmakers by karl ernest meyer and shareen blair brysac

Karl Ernest Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac present what should be a fascinating history of the modern Middle East in their recent book Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East. I have been interested in Middle Eastern history (ancient and modern) for many years, and so was excited to see this book as I […]

April 23, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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why nations fail by daron acemoglu and james a robinson

I first came across Why Nations Fail at my local Half Price Books. After seeing it on the shelves a couple times, but still being unsure about whether I really wanted to read it or not, I reserved it at my local library. Now I wish I had bought it (and likely will) – Daron […]

April 16, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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redecentralizing school

I have a very long–term interest in education. As I look at the current public education “system” in the US, I can see a variety of major problems. The biggest problem, endemic of any system built around the premise that the only people who should be together all day long should all be “similar”. Somewhere […]

February 8, 2013 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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more irrational gun maneuvering – president obama living up to [my] expectations

I was harshly criticized a few years ago when I pointed-out Mr Obama’s anti-gun stances. While several good things for gun owners did happen in his first term, irrational exuberance over the recent shooting in Connecticut has led Vice President Biden to say the following: “The president is going go act,” said Biden, who is […]

January 9, 2013 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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