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Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers

Great colonial thinker Rev. Samuel Mayhew, like Sam Adams and Samuel Rutherford, delves into the Scriptural limits of submission to Earthly authority and the teaching in Romans 13. His sermon produced one of the Revolution’s most powerful slogans: “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” A powerful election year sermon, then and now.

Britain Should Put the EU Out of Its Misery

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard You may have heard of the “Brexit” – Britain’s opportunity to leave the EU via a referendum. As early as this June, British voters will be asked this question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the...

How Biotech Might Reshape China’s Future

by Rebecca Keller Three years ago, most of the world thought “CRISPR” was the name of a refrigerator drawer. Now, the revolutionary gene-editing technique is not only used by researchers the world over but is also widely discussed by the mainstream media....

Capitalism Promotes Equality

by Barry Brownstein Highway traffic began to slow outside of Boston as we made our way to the airport. My wife was driving, so I took out my $100 Android phone and opened Google Maps. Google Traffic instantly showed me, in real time, the best route to avoid delays and...

In Praise of Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee dropped out of the 2016 Presidential race last night, which probably makes good sense from a political perspective. But it’s a sad moment nevertheless. America needs good men. Mike Huckabee is one of the best. In an age of scoundrels, he is a...

Why Europe’s Great Experiment Is Failing

by Ian Morris The slow-motion crisis of the European Union finally seems to be coming to a head. “Europe could lose its historical footing and the project could die quickly,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned in a speech at this year’s World...

Socialism is a Form of Slavery

by Richard W. Rahn Do you know what socialism is? Hillary Clinton struggled to find an answer when recently asked. Socialism is a system in which the government owns or controls the means of production, and allocates resources and rewards. Sen. Bernie Sanders proudly...

Thoughts on the Cruz Victory

Last night Ted Cruz won the largest number of votes ever cast for a candidate in the history of the Iowa caucuses. Moreover, he did it in an eleven-candidate field. This time a year ago — and six months ago, and three months ago — most of you thought he...

Election Sermon Series: The Church’s Flight into the Wilderness

One may not agree with all his interpretations of the Revelation, nor with each of his applications, but Sherwood clearly saw the scriptures as living and as applicable to his day. And his sermon was neither viewed as establishing a religion nor as running afoul of the rights of the church to freely express her opinion on a current matter. Furthermore, he heralded the call for the church to resist tyranny.

Poll: 81% Want Severe Restrictions on Abortion

Last week’s Roe v. Wade anniversary may seem to many pro-lifers a sad reminder of how little progress has been made for the cause of life in 43 years. But a new Marist poll shows a massive shift in opinion from four decades ago, one which the law will eventually have...

Falling Birth Rates, the Immigration Crisis, and Biotech

by Patrick Cox For months now, the topic of immigration has dominated the news. Limits on immigration appear to be the central issue in upcoming elections across the Western world. While the movement of people between nations has obvious demographic consequences,...

Mapping Russia’s Strategy

by George Friedman There is an old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In geopolitics, this is especially so, but the pictures in this case are actually maps. Many people think of maps in terms of their basic purpose, showing a country’s geography and...

OPEC and the Saudis Cannot Defeat US Shale

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Hedge funds and private equity groups armed with $60 billion of ready cash are ready to snap up the assets of bankrupt US shale drillers, almost guaranteeing that America’s tight oil production will rebound once prices start to recover....

The Recession of 2016

by Richard W. Rahn There will be a recession in the United States and much of the rest of the world in 2016. After reading the above sentence, you should be thinking, what possibly could the writer know that the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve and the...

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Eric JacksonRod Martin is a man of uncommon vision and character. Ever since I first worked alongside Rod in the early days of PayPal, I’ve been struck by his powerful vision for the future. Rod understands the intersection of technology, politics and culture in a way that few others do. Eric JacksonFormer Chief Marketing Officer, PayPal.com; Author, The PayPal Wars; Founder and CEO, CapLinked.com