I’m well aware that my column is mostly of the “doom and gloom” variety, and perhaps some folks think that life cannot possibly be that bad — that it must be a negative reflection on me that I don’t have more positive things to talk about.

Reed Williams is a most unlikely Sagebrush Rebel.  Like his hero Ronald Reagan however, he has had it with those Reagan called “environmental extremists” and the federal bureaucrats who slavishly do their bidding so he is preparing a lawsuit to reclaim his energy leases that a federal agency…

Recent reports by the Associated Press and other news organizations depict a bleak future for American energy consumers.  Electricity prices are on the rise, and your wallet will soon know it.  Frustratingly, the reason those prices are going up have nothing to do with normal economics.

One of the many signs of the imminent collapse of the United States is that we can’t even agree on the meaning of treason any more.

With Congress on a never-ending spending spree, it’s no surprise there are some Congressmen pushing for an increase in energy taxes as a way to fill the hole they’ve dug for themselves.  This push to increase energy taxes is reflected in a tax reform proposal recently released by Ways and Me…

As we celebrate the ultimate sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of Americans who died in the defense of liberty, perhaps it is fitting that we pause for a moment of silence to contemplate the imminent loss of the Constitution which they had sworn to uphold.

Just like old times. Bonnie and Clod are back, with all the sturm, drang, thunder and lightning that made the Clinton years such good and not-so-clean fun.

It’s a big idea and it’s rightfully reaping big debate nationwide. Can and should states assume control of federally held public lands within their borders? Many colleagues and experts throughout the west have studied the issue intensively, and we now believe there’s no reason why we can’t.

There are several reasons Montana is lagging behind neighboring states when it comes to oil and gas development. While North Dakota maintains nearly 200 drilling rigs at any given time, Montana has struggled to keep rigs running. North Dakota issued over 2,500 drilling permits last year. Mon…

This might be the year of the state senator. That’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s how Barack Obama got his start. Several ambitious state senators are challenging incumbent Republican senators, and the prospect of surprises from the heartland terrifies the Republican establishment.

Is it just me, or has the culture war between right and left been escalating wildly over the past few months?

The militarized siege of a cattle ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada has drawn national attention as dozens of federal agents, armed with machine guns, sniper rifles, helicopters, and more, have descended on the ranch to seize cattle, people, and generally show everyone who’s boss.

The campaign to marginalize conservatives and their traditional values has many facets. Last week, we talked about the efforts in academia to restrict access to people whose beliefs are not in tune with modern liberalism, but that is just one small component of an ongoing multi-front war.

The old order changeth, and he who does not get out of the way risks getting runneth over. This applies to senators, baseball players, preachers, poachers, Volkswagen mechanics and anyone else who isn’t paying attention.

America has become a paper tiger with cardboard teeth, and nobody knows this better than Vladimir Putin. Who can blame him? Some of Barack Obama’s red lines are missing, and he can’t remember where he put them.

Just what we needed — another item to add to the ever burgeoning file labeled “Things that can’t possibly be true in America, but are anyway.” Consider this monstrosity:

Scene from the Nashville Tea Party, February 27, 2009, featuring a woman wearing a cowboy hat holding a hand-written sign reading “Remember: Dissent is Patriotic” Photo by Kevin Smith, from Wikipedia

Editor’s Note: Yuri Maltsev and Roman Skaskiw are co-author of The Tea Party Explained: From Crisis to Crusade, released in October by Open Court Press. Dr. Maltsev spoke with the Mises Institute about the new book and the Tea Party.

The New York Times, whistling past the financial graveyard, paused over the weekend to smear the Mises Institute, Ron Paul, our other scholars, hardcore libertarianism, and me. Why? Because our ideas and our youth movement are gaining real traction. It is in effect a compliment. They have ne…

Senator Baucus has one major piece of unfinished business he’s scrambling to complete before he officially leaves office. Last year, he took on the mammoth task of completely overhauling our nation’s tax structure—an undertaking that is sorely needed to help our economy and create jobs. More…

Whether green energy efforts go bankrupt or have unintended lethal consequences for wildlife, green energy efforts have seen significant struggles. To aid these companies in a market that would see them fail of their own accord, the federal government now allows wind turbines to kill protect…

Walter Block is at his finest when he subjects the most loathsome jobs and nastiest behaviors to a logical and libertarian scrutiny. Block’s Defending the Undefendable has needled and irritated an entire generation of readers and compelled many to re-examine long-held beliefs in favor of the…

    I was certain, the week before last, that I had written my final column on country ham.  I had no doubt that our readers had seen enough.

    Recently, in this column, I wrote about “country ham” and my quest for the Hillbilly Delicacy.  My column brought several responses.  Bill Coe sent along a link on EBAY where I could buy a ham from a grocery store just outside of Nashville.

    You know, Montana has everything a person could ever want.

    This week I attended my first Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    I have never been much of a believer in “luck”, especially “good” luck.  The way I was raised, you made your own luck, good or bad.

    Change is good, right?  Generally I believe that old saying is true, although sometimes change is hard.

Rachel Gundlach, a student at the University of Montana,  spent this summer working at the Fairfield Sun Times.After a busy summer of writing stories, helping with proofreading and editing, taking photos and selling advertising, Rachel has returned to school for her senior year. She was a we…

    As much as I enjoy this job, running the Sun Times, there is a part of me that misses slinging ink.