Monthly Archives: March 2013

Freedom in Film: For Greater Glory (2012)

“You cannot fight for something you don’t believe in,” says the wife of General Enrique Gorostieta, the reluctant hero of For Greater Glory. “I may have issues with the Church,” her husband replies, “but I believe in religious freedom.” Nearly … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fiction: The Leopard

Last weekend, while the Irish were celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, Italians celebrated National Unification Day, memorialized by Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard. This “great book,” often called Italy’s Gone with the Wind, follows the private thoughts of a scientifically … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Commuter Rail to Salem and Tax Increase Warnings

Nearing the end of March, events in the Capitol have slowed down a bit. Despite that, Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein still speak to our elected leaders in the legislature, bringing free-market and fiscally responsible perspectives to issues under … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Shenandoah (1965)

“We never asked anything of the state and never expected anything,” declares Jimmy Stewart in the 1965 classic Shenandoah. If you love the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge, check out this Civil War story. The themes of … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Virtual Schools, Tobacco Taxes, and Land-Use

We are a month and a half into Oregon’s 2013 legislative session. Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein are in the capitol several days each week, bringing free-market and fiscally responsible perspectives to issues before numerous committees. On Tuesday, Steve … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fiction: Antigone

“I know my duty, where true duty lies….When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed.” Antigone seems as if she should have been an Early Christian martyr, but she wasn’t. The deeply reflective heroine of Sophocles’ third Theban … Continue reading

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Can the Queen of Sciences Dialogue with the Dismal Science?

The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty says indeed it can―and it should. Many people “with a heart” and a mission for serving the poor, leading congregations and faith-based charities, or running social service nonprofits don’t have … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Braveheart (1995)

In all of cinema history, perhaps the most famous single use of the word “Freedom” can be found in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995). The story is well known: Scottish hero William Wallace (Gibson) compels his fellow clan leaders to take … Continue reading

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