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William L. Anderson teaches economics at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

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Oil Profits and the “Gassy” Political Classes

In the wake of the twin behemoths, Katrina and Rita, gasoline prices went past $3 a gallon for the first time in U.S. history. Even accounting for inflation, the nation saw its highest prices ever at the pump. It ...

The Progressive Era, Part 1: The Myth and the Reality

Part 1 | Part 2 One of the most enduring set of myths from U.S. history comes from the political and social developments in what is called the “Progressive Era,” a period lasting from the late 1800s ...

The New Deal and the Courts, Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 No matter who is appointed to replace retiring members of the Supreme Court, the larger issues will remain unchanged, as they have been for nearly seven ...

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 When Janice Rogers Brown was renominated to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Court of Appeals this year, the New York Times demanded that Democrats filibuster ...

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The system of laws and courts in the United States today hardly resembles that system that came about in the wake of the founding of this ...

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In the next few years of the George W. Bush administration, it is almost certain that there will be a number of contentious battles between Democrats ...

The New Privileges of U.S. Citizenship

Last month one of us celebrated a good friends official swearing in as a U.S. citizen. After a decade-plus ordeal of wading through red tape and jumping through Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) hoops, this woman exclaimed, Thank God, ...

Derivative Crimes and Federal Injustice

One of the common complaints levied against criminal justice in the United States is that criminals often are acquitted because of “legal technicalities.” For example, defendants who seem to be guilty find charges dismissed because police did not properly ...
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