Indiana Writers Group

Franke: The Mathematics of Voting

Posted: June 3, 2024

by Mark Franke Now that the primary election season has passed but the November campaigning cycle is not yet up and running, there is time for detached reflection on how our democracy works. Or doesn’t. The past month was an unusual one for us residents of my hometown, Fort Wayne. In the Republican primary there were Read the full article…


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Franke: The Draw of Small Towns

Posted: May 29, 2024

by Mark Franke “Counterurbanization,” a term new to me, is the phenomenon that Americans increasingly are moving from large cities to rural areas. This reverses a trend in the other direction, one that began with the Industrial Revolution and continued until just recently.  So why the change? And more important, what will its effect be Read the full article…


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Keating: Concerning the United States’ Protectionist Tilt

Posted: May 28, 2024

by Maryann O. Keating, Ph.D. President Biden, Ex-President Trump and their advisors view international trade as a nationalsecurity threat. They indicate that unfettered international trade has hollowed out the U.S.industrial base, harmed American workers and allowed China to dominate importantindustries. History repeats itself. In a 1791 Report on Manufacturers, Alexander Hamilton argued for anational economic policy fostering Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: May 26, 2024

Globalism for All “You can predict the actions of a large government, corporation or institution by imagining it being run by a cabal of its enemies.” — unknown A MANTRA HERE, and thank you for having indulged it all these years, is that we are against higher taxes not only because we can’t afford them but because they Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: May 22, 2024

‘Winning’ Is only for Losers YOU REALIZE, DON’T YOU, that this Sunday’s Indy 500 won’t be an actual race? It will be more of an exercise — a spectacle, if you will — in adeptness at fudging rules and regulations to one’s advantage, that and quickness in changing tires and refueling. That’s because there is nary a nut or bolt Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: May 17, 2024

A Mayoral Statement: Governing by Semaphore AN ECONOMIST FRIEND has introduced me to the contract theory of “Signaling.” Very useful. You are going to need it the next time you hear an important official pronouncement. The most well-known model involves job applicants signaling their ability level to potential employers. They might do this by presenting education credentials or Read the full article…


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