Category Archives: general interest articles

Stepping out of Our Comfort Zones

[Note: This is the text I used when making a keynote speech on October 16, 2016, as part of a “Building and Crossing Bridges Together” event sponsored by nine human rights-related organizations in Iowa City, Iowa.] It is a great … Continue reading

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State of the City

[Note: This is the text I used when delivering Iowa City’s “State of the City” speech during the City Council’s formal meeting on the evening of February 16, 2016. A video of the delivery can be viewed at: https://icgov.org/news/2016-state-city ] … Continue reading

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Historic Landmark Designation for 2 Small Cottages?

Background Note: At its formal meeting on the night of February 9, 2015, the City Council of Iowa City decided not to give historic landmark designation to two small working class cottages on S. Dubuque St. The cottages are located … Continue reading

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A Road to Serfdom? Rethinking Hayek’s Libertarian Map

In her Iowa City Press-Citizen column of April 11 (“Emancipation from Taxation”), Beth Cody presents another of her many spirited defenses of the Libertarians’ thinking about government and taxation. Readers of that newspaper will not be surprised to learn that … Continue reading

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Discovering Where Our Interests Reside

As any college professor knows, not every undergraduate is a good student. Other enticements lead many a potentially good student down convoluted paths of self-discovery. That certainly was the case for me when I was an undergrad at the University … Continue reading

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Beginning a Career: Confronting the Urban Environmental Crisis and Becoming a Technical Expert, 1971-79

One has to start somewhere; that is, in a context over which one has very little control. From that point on, one can exercise discretion; that is, choose one direction over another. Having graduated from the University of Notre Dame … Continue reading

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Resist the Attack on Public Sector Employees

For a slightly different version of this column, see Jim Throgmorton, “Resist the Attack on Public Employees.” Iowa City Press-Citizen (March 10): 9A. An attack is well underway. It is an attack on, not just public sector employees, but on … Continue reading

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