Entries by Dave Buer

Why do we feel less safe?

If, since 1993, firearm-related homicides have declined by 39 percent, and nonfatal firearm crimes have declined by 69 percent, why do polls show that most Americans feel less safe today than before 9/11? One possible answer comes from an insightful Intellectual Takeout piece: As society breaks down through the dissolution of family, neighborhood bonds, and […]

3 Americans on train gave others the gift of courage

Fear is contagious. But so is courage. Courage is contagious, and it recently helped save dozens of lives in France. As you’ve probably heard, last week a terrorist with ties to radical Islam attempted to murder dozens of passengers aboard a high-speed train in France. Three Americans made sure that didn’t happen. Airman 1st Class […]

Abortion’s deserved decline

The recent uproar over Planned Parenthood’s callous treatment of unborn babies has certainly been appropriate. How can you not be outraged when one of Planned Parenthood’s top official’s words and demeanor convey a repulsive message along the lines of, “You know, I crush below and I crush beneath so I can preserve the organs, and, […]

Law professor on how Utah balanced religious freedom, LGBT rights

This week we had the opportunity to converse with Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Wilson talked about what Utah got right as it worked to balance religious freedom with LGBT rights in the 2015 general legislative session. Well, I think the most remarkable thing is you have […]

Reduce poverty with free market

Poverty is not created – it is the natural state of man. For proof, see human history. The question then becomes: How do we reduce poverty? This is the heart of economics: the study of rationing limited resources among unlimited desires. From feudal systems to mercantilism, all historic economic systems had one thing in common: […]

A glimpse of the years together

Imagine your spouse 20 years from now. Now, think about how they’ll look in 40 years. How about 60 years? Think about all the experiences you will have over the next decades. The children you might have. The grandchildren. The triumphs. The failures. Good health. Sickness. Stress. Relief. Pain. Joy. One lucky couple got a […]

Crowdfunding and ‘little platoons’

Want to see what a strong civil society looks like in practice? Then you need to meet Austin Niehus. Austin was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. The National Craniofacial Association defines Goldenhar syndrome as: A congenital birth defect which involves deformities of the face. Characteristics include: A partially formed or totally absent ear The chin may […]