All Cornering History Articles

Putting Events and Big Ideas in the Context of History

  • Creative Destruction

    Creative Destruction.  When you first hear this term, it seems somewhat counterintuitive or oxymoronic. On a second go round; you might wonder why we need to create destruction or why that destruction needs...

  • The Changing Entrepreneur

    The word entrepreneur is tossed around a lot today, but it’s meaning changes depending on the context.  The concept was first introduced in 1723 by French economist Richard Cantillon but was more...

  • The Lessons of Civic Republicanism

    Thomas Jefferson is known as the author of the Declaration of Independence, and the articulator of the separation of church and state. These high profile accomplishments tend to overshadow his other important...

  • Children of Light or Darkness?

    When Reinhold Niebuhr wrote The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness in 1944, he was discussing democracy, which was coming under attack during world war two.  He did this through the...

  • Voting unRighted

    What is that classic phrase?  The one we use to describe a system that is seemingly moving forward, but always ends up moving backwards?  Is it “one step forward, two steps back”? Sometimes...

  • Opportunity Cost: Snowden and the NSA Leak

     "Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you...

  • Ransoming the US

    In the 1960’s, John Crowe Ransom looked back at the post Civil War South, and discussed how at the time the South was Reconstructed and Unregenerate.

    The South had just had the practices...

  • Is It Really All About Supply?

    As a staunch follower of Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say aligned himself with the tradition of classical political economy.  However, he quickly diverged from Smith,...

  • What Would Adam Smith Say?

    Is the division of labor still maintained today as Adam Smith defined it?

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