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The Syrian Refugees and ISIS; Whom Shall We Fear? Does Paris change how we should respond?

I’ve heard many reasons and justifications for using the might of the United States military against ISIS. They are a stronger, more lethal jihadist group than any other other we’ve faced. Russia and France are already engaged in this fight, and with the United States, we should be able to crush them once and for all. ISIS hates us; they hate anyone and everyone who does not believe the morbid, horrific, and downright evil things they do. Their hatred seems unrivaled to any other today, and they are undeterred by our suffering. Indeed, they are undeterred by the suffering...

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Saving the Syrian Refugees Won’t Hurt the Economy Doing the right thing won't cost us in the long-run

Written by Matthew La Corte Research Associate at the Niskanen Center This article was first published at the Foundation for Economic Education.  Saving the Syrian Refugees Won’t Hurt the Economy As the US plans to resettle 10,000 Syrians next year, many are eyeing the news with concern. Critics fear that refugee resettlement, though a compassionate program, will prove to be a far too costly endeavor. Yet economic evidence clearly suggests that, despite upfront costs, the long-run impact of resettlement will be neutral — and could actually trigger modest economic stimulus. From a humanitarian angle, it is hard to argue...

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Responding to the Syrian Refugees How should a libertarian Christian respond?

Responding to the Syrian Refugees I’ve seen many Christians on the religious right demanding that the US not receive Syrian refugees, and even showing stories about how this is really an attempted Islamic invasion into the Western world … and Europe is first. There are even stories about how Austrians are making gun runs out of fear of this invasion. And anyone who suggests that we help the refugees (particularly because our government is responsible for the mess in Syria), they are immediately labeled a flaming liberal/progressive/socialist kowtowing to ISIS in the name of tolerance and will be the...

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Libertarianism, Libertarianism, and Libertinism The most common mistake made by Christian critics of libertarianism

Libertarianism, Libertarianism, and Libertinism No, you’re not going insane. Yes, the title of this post has the word “libertarianism” twice. That is because some one, some where decided that there were two completely different and totally unrelated libertarian-isms which, so far as I can tell, remain largely confused. And to top it all off we have a final -ism which continues to be confused with the particular -ism to which I defend on this site. The most common mistake that Christian critics makes of libertarianism, is the idea that libertarians have no moral code, and that the reason why...

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How Should We Respond to Free Speech? Part 4 of 4 in a series on free speech

Free speech can be controversial and offensive. It can introduce ideas we aren’t comfortable with or reaffirm moral trends that we don’t like. It can speak about politicians who may be violating their oaths, or supporting their ideas instead. It can speak against all government, some government, or none of it. Our offense to a particular idea isn’t indicative of it being morally defunct, only that it’s outside of our comfort zone. Free speech has been in the news a lot lately  from Sony’s decision to not release a satirical political movie (a decision they later rescinded) to protests and hashtag activism both for and against law enforcement and concerns over a growing police state in America. It’s very easy for us to look at an issue and take the polar opposite extreme in order to show our disagreement with that issue. This is happening with the polarization of the nation on the topic of law enforcement. Polarization doesn’t help either side. It puts the greatest distance between two sides with no hope of coming together, just like opposing ends of a magnet. Polarization is to the free flow of ideas what isolationism is to our relationship with other countries. Which begs the question, if polarization is not a liberty-minded response to free speech, then what is? How does our society typically respond? Today in the Rio Rancho Observer,...

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