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The end of war?

Why war

Why wars are so common

Sex makes babies; war makes heroes

Who’s the traitor now?

If Edison had come before Gutenberg . . .

The best story wins

A Martian anthropologist visits Earth

Who said bipartisanship is dead?

Immigrants all


What would you do . . .

What does America owe the world?

Franklin on humility

The meaning of Thomas Jefferson

Two cheers for socialism

The ghost of Karl Marx

The emigre and the turncoat

What's in a name?

Bradbury’s butterfly

Urban renewal, Chicago style

The battle over voter turnout

What is government for?

From the files of the Grand Inquisitor

The golden age

How big should a country be?

What do you call a problem no one wants to solve?

This day in history: September 24, 1869

Moralism in politics

Don't touch that thermostat!

The art of apology

Is a right a right?

Lee a traitor?

How many friends do you have?

The third-worst new law in Texas

Why history?

Altruism and interest

The Balboan delusion

Are some lives worth more than others?

Wars ending badly

The Great Plains winter of 1886-87

From the files of the Grand Inquisitor: Jefferson

From the files of the Grand Inquisitor

Cloudy, with a chance of revolution

Covid and the two principles

One revolution requires another

To fix climate change and other stumpers . . .

Gold, silver, paper, crypto

Freedom of opinion is not to protect dissidents

So, we dropped an atom bomb. But what is an atom bomb?

Is inequality actually a problem?

Be careful what you wish for

The end of humanity?

Pro wrestling and critical race theory

Go west, young man

Appall your grandchildren!

Brands's 5th law (part 3 of 3)

Brands's 5th law (part 2 of 3)

Brands's 5th law

Did Harriet Beecher Stowe write Uncle Tom’s Cabin?

Jefferson v. Adam Smith

Washington's parting gift

The last battle of the Civil War

Trump v. Twitter

Brands's 4th law

Much earlier than covid, and much more lethal

The Dems want DC statehood

Inventing human rights

Love thine enemies

From the files of the Grand Inquisitor

Who says the parties can’t agree on anything?

Patriots or anarchists?

To judge or not to judge

Capitalism: Can't live with it, can't live without it

Do not try this at home

What was the Battle of the Alamo really about?

A simple solution to America's statue problem

Who’s the true conservative now?

Evangelicals for Trump? The Roots Run Deeper than You Think

The Trial that Gave Us Freedom of the Press

Reparations: How to Turn a Terrible Idea into a Good One

The Founders against the Filibuster

Brands's 3rd law (part 2 of 2)

Brands's 3rd law

When the Indians Won

The Beginning of the End

Not 1619, but 1662

Now you see him, now you don't

Martin Luther, Founding Father

Moments that Made America

Brands's 2nd law

Brands's 1st law of history

Everybody uses history, some better than others.