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Those Poor Socialist Countries

Gene Berkman writes:

Rather than screw the poor, capitalism has created the most prosperous societies in human history. The socialist regimes are all charactized by depravation and loss of liberty. When government grows, it takes resources from the civilian economy, and makes everyone poorer.

From Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Statistics:

Life expectancy:

France [...]

With Religion and Science, Ignorance Is Not Mutual

The results showed that religious identity is negatively correlated with scientific literacy. Non-religious Americans were the group with the highest scientific literacy. Non-Christian religious Americans scored higher than Christian Americans. Earlier, the The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found in a study last year that non-religious Americans have greater religious literacy than religious Americans do. [...]

Video: 11 Year Old Speaks Out at the Statehouse to Save Ohio Libraries (June 25, 2009)

A young patron of the public library in Delaware, Ohio came down to the Ohio Statehouse today to explain why she opposes proposed state budget cuts of 50% to the state’s libraries:

Hi, I’m Celie and I like my library. I just love to go down there and pick up a book. It’s just [...]

A Pint-Sized Stimulus Package: Summer Reading Club and Lunch Program

Lately, there’s a lot of attention being given to bailouts for banks and rescue for big corporate automakers, but there’s a more enduring sort of stimulus package that has my enduring respect. Each summer my neighborhood library, the Northside Library here in Columbus, launches a joint summer reading club and free lunch program for kids [...]