There was a time, within living memory, when the achievements of others were not only admired but were often taken as an inspiration for imitation of the same qualities that had served these achievers well. Somewhere along the way, all that changed. Today, the very concept of achievement is de-emphasized and sometimes attacked. Following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, Professor Elizabeth Warren of Harvard has made the downgrading of high achievers the centerpiece of her election campaign against Senator Scott Brown.

Those of us who love liberty, regardless of whether we call ourselves libertarians or conservatives, know all too well the depths of intellectual and moral squalor in which egalitarian ideology is mired. Still, we would be well served to familiarize or perhaps reacquaint ourselves with some theorists of yesteryear who fought the same battles that engage our energies today.

One such theorist is the nineteenth century American conservative sociologist, William Graham Sumner, whose devastating critique of the egalitarian fantasy is well worth a look.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has yet to extend an invitation to Ron Paul or Sarah Palin to speak at the GOP convention to be held in August in Tampa, Florida.  

At the Nebraska state convention held July 14 in Grand Island, Nebraska, Congressman (and still candidate) Ron Paul hoped to guarantee himself a speaking slot by winning a majority of the state’s 32 delegates. Republican Party rules say that candidates can't be entered officially as nominees unless they've won a majority of delegates in five states. Paul fell just short of that goal, putting his position as a featured speaker at the mercy of Mitt.

Rather than considering carefully the conclusions from a study that the president's tax plan would further slow the economy, the White House instead attacked its authors.

A March 2012 survey of November’s likely voters suggests that a person’s faith plays a considerable role in the issues he cares about and his decision about which presidential candidate to support. 1,005 adults, randomly chosen from across the 48 continental states, were screened regarding voter registration, voting intent, and perceived importance of this year’s election to select a base of 647 likely voters.

What could bring together the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and one of Virginia’s most conservative state representatives? The specter of drones filling the skies of the United States. In a joint statement released July 17 by Virginia Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU, the seemingly disparate pair announced plans to work to fight the unregulated use of drones by law enforcement in the Old Dominion.

The 2012 presidential election is becoming as testy as everyone knew it would. In fact, it is becoming downright ugly. This, however, should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to what President Obama’s campaign has promised on than more one occasion in the past.

As a contentious “farm” bill rages in Congress, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) argued Tuesday that unemployment insurance and food stamps (which are included in the legislation) are the two “most stimulative” measures to boost economic growth.

 A Georgia school district is being targeted by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation over what the group claims is the district’s continued violation of the First Amendment’s supposed ban on religious expression in government institutions. The FFRF's assault on the Houston County, Georgia, school district began in June after a number of individuals supposedly complained that the graduation ceremony at Veterans High School in the community of Kathleen included prayer and religious music, reported Georgia Public Broadcasting. Later, more complaints surfaced about similar content during the graduation ceremony at nearby Perry High School.

A drone being used by the United States Special Forces has the potential to remain airborne indefinitely if engineers can get the science right. Using lasers beamed from the ground to the unmanned aerial vehicle, the military could send a continuous source of power to the drone allowing it to fly without landing for refueling.

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