The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Lessons from The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

It is January 15th, 1919.  You’re in Boston, Massachusetts shortly before lunchtime.  Sitting at 529 Commercial Street is a three-year old tanker owned by the Purity Distilling Company, a subsidiary of United States Industrial Alcohol.  At 50 feet high, housed within the steel body of this five-story behemoth is 26,000,000 pounds of sticky, sweet molasses; one of the most popular sweeteners…

Hawaii Overprint Bank Note

Hawaii Overprint Banknotes

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the military brass quickly came to the realization that if the islands were to be captured, the invading army would have access to a large amount of United States banknotes, held by individual citizens, businesses, banks, and institutions, which they could then use throughout the world as there was…

Che Guevara

Unless You Are a Proud Bigot and Anti-Intellectualist, You Probably Shouldn’t Be Walking Around with Che Guevara On Your T-Shirt

I believe in wild, autonomous levels of individual freedom.  Provided you aren’t harming anyone, neither your neighbors nor the government have the moral authority to prevent you from seeking your own happiness.  It is immoral for parents to force their children into marriages, as still goes on in parts of the world.  It is immoral…

The Tuskegee Experiment

The Tuskegee Experiment

An Example of Why a Free Press Is Vital to the Lifeblood of a Free Nation Imagine you go to the doctor.  He discovers that you have a deadly disease that will cause you great physical harm if left untreated and, ultimately, an early death.  Your brain will begin to degenerate and, eventually, your heart…