Steve Lovelace

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The Problem with Rivers

Rivers make terrible borders. They’re fine in the short term, but over the centuries, rivers move and change. If you’re an 18th century explorer surveying the wilderness, it’s pretty easy to come across a...

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Television Inflation

When it comes to money, the more you print, the less it’s worth. This is a basic law of economics, and it doesn’t just apply to the money supply. If there are only three...

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Student Government Fiascoes

Back when I was in student government, our biggest problem was apathy. It was hard enough getting people to know that we existed. It was even harder to get them to care. That’s why...

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A Sunny Day in Klyde Warren Park

Dallas has a new park. Built atop the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Downtown Dallas, the Klyde Warren Park is the city’s latest attraction. I went down there early on a beautiful Saturday morning to...

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How Weird Al Invented Reality TV

“Weird Al” Yankovic is a national treasure. For over 30 years, he’s made humorous parodies of pop hits. From Michael Jackson to Nirvana to Lady Gaga, Weird Al’s career has changed with the times....

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Who’s Afraid of Big Government?

You often hear politicians complaining about Big Government, even though they work for the government. Our fear of government in the United States borders on pathological. After all, there’s nothing wrong with government per...

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Friday, Black Friday

I can’t believe the news today. Walmart has announced that its Black Friday sales will start at 8pm on Thursday. In other words, on Thanksgiving evening, right after dinner. Holding big Christmas sales on...

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Creativity and Compromise

We generally think of creativity as something that should never be compromised. There’s a kernel of truth to this, as many good idea have been squashed and perverted by faceless bureaucrats. Likewise, trying to...

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Tales of Addison Oktoberfest

Every year, my friends and I go to the Oktoberfest in Addison, Texas. Addison is a suburb north of Dallas that contains a gazillion bars and restaurants. The Addison Oktoberfest is big, taking up...

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A Casual Vacancy Review

J.K. Rowling has come out with her first post-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy. And while it’s not fair to compare The Casual Vacancy to Harry Potter, it’s almost impossible not to do so....