Category Archives: Cascade Website

Freedom in Film: Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot is the longest running motion picture ever, watched by more than 30 million visitors to Colonial Williamsburg since 1957. One of the most technologically advanced films of its day, it was recently remastered and … Continue reading

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Federal Education Carrots Turn into Sticks

The debate over Common Core educational standards and the new Smarter Balanced high-stakes tests is heating up in the state capitol. The carrot of better educational outcomes is being overshadowed by the stick of losing lots of federal cash. Critics … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Tax Freedom Day

Watchdog.org published this guest article by Cascade’s publications director Kathryn Hickok for Tax Freedom Day 2015. By Kathryn Hickok | Watchdog Opinion “Are you working to live, or living to work?” Well, maybe you’re working for runaway government spending. According … Continue reading

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Are Taxes Really the Price We Pay for Civilization? No.

Twenty-four years ago, economist Mark Skousen penned a powerful little essay, “Persuasion Versus Force,” that might just change how we look at taxation forever. One early paragraph makes the central point: “Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “‘Taxation … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fiction: The Taxman Cometh

As April 15 approaches, here is a reprint of our “Freedom in Fiction” review of a side-splitting satire on the IRS. Enjoy! Who would have thought the IRS could be this funny? Award-winning television reporter Marvin Kalb compares Oregon author … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Gettysburg (1993)

April 9, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House. The battle resulted in General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia and signaled the end of the Civil War. In memory of this … Continue reading

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Should Science Fairs be Compulsory?

The Oregon Legislature is currently considering a bill that would lower the compulsory schooling age from seven down to five or six. I testified against it in the Senate Education Committee recently, and you can read my formal testimony here. … Continue reading

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Gasoline and Greed

By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I … Continue reading

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A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to students in grades … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 3 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Social problem films are not generally “feel-good” movies, in the sense that viewers feel comfortable with their feet up, eating popcorn, laughing with … Continue reading

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