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00:07 Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts. I’m Trevor Burris. 00:09 Aaron Powell: And I’m Aaron Powell. 00:10 Trevor Burrus: Joining us today is Michael C. Munger, Professor of Political Science at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. His new book, a collection of essays, is called Is...

What if I told you that some people were better than others? I don’t mean better at tennis or better at singing or better at math.  I mean a better breed of person, entitled by nature to exercise authority over you.  I’m guessing you would reject...

Every political ideology has three elements: a vision of hell with an enemy that needs to be crushed, a vision of a more perfect world, and a plan for transitioning from one to the other. The means of transition usually involve the takeover and deployment...

In August 1989, Poland’s parliament did the unthinkable. The Soviet satellite state elected an anti-communist as its new prime minister. The world waited with bated breath to see what would happen next. And then it happened: nothing. When no Soviet tanks deployed to Poland to crush the...