Indiana Writers Group

Franke: The Real Threat to Democracy

Posted: July 18, 2024

by Mark Franke “In a democratic republic, the organs of state are separate and may even at times work at cross-purposes, with one acting as a balance for the other. In an autocracy, these organs must be deprived of their autonomy …” These words are taken from the preface of “The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Read the full article…


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Franke: Reaganism Without Reagan

Posted: July 12, 2024

by Mark Franke Each month a handful or two of conservative friends gather to discuss a predetermined topic chosen the previous month. We have the conceit of calling our group Socratic but I suspect Socrates would not grade us favorably should he chance onto one of our meetings. We do try to use the Socratic Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: July 10, 2024

Government ‘Journalism’ ECONOMISTS TELL US that life is a matter of trade-offs rather than solutions, as anyone over age 50 on a diet can attest. So I’m warming to the idea of the government funding media. It can’t be worse and it might be more informative in a perverse way. Here’s the plan before us: Indiana, Read the full article…


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Snow: ‘Money and the Rule of Law’

Posted: July 8, 2024

by Nathanael Snow, Ph.D. Money has a social function and is an emergent institution. Together with private property, the rule of law, and free exchange that allows for price discovery money improves the processes of coordination, cooperation, and innovation that generate flourishing in our lives. Money reveals profit and loss (Mises 1951), directing the activities Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: July 5, 2024

‘Nobody Is Coming to Help’ I’VE BEEN FIGHTING modal verbs for some time now. A modal verb, as only you grammar nerds know, is an auxiliary verb used to express ability, permission or necessity, e.g., someone “must,” “should,” “ought” do something.  In today’s political context, modal verbs are a “tell,” that is, they signal that the user is in the habit Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: July 1, 2024

Reality Makes a Comeback WE ARE SUSTAINED by the hope there will be a day when reality overcomes romance in guiding our civic affairs. That is, the romantic notion that everyone can live in harmony and abundance regardless of culture, system or effort will eventually be modified by the need for secure borders, safe streets and running water. Joe Read the full article…


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