There is a Bear in the Woods: Enter Putin

Putin’s rise to power was a quick as it was unexpected. In less than a decade, Putin managed to move from a position of a faceless government bureaucrat to the President of Russia. While at first glance this remarkable rise to power could be seen as chance or good luck, it was the result of meticulous planning and cold political calculations. Continue reading There is a Bear in the Woods: Enter Putin

Beware the Fiscal Musket

If the Department of Defense sent our troops abroad with muskets and bayonets, everyone—Republican and Democrat, from die-hard Trump supporters to the followers of Bernie Sanders and everyone in between – would scratch their heads and wonder how they could be so naïve. Why then, do the Department of the Treasury, Labor, Commerce, HUD, the SEC and all the other agencies that grapple with the most important macroeconomic forces in this country, get a free pass? How can anyone expect them to solve today’s economic problems using yesterday’s tools? Continue reading Beware the Fiscal Musket

Bear in the Woods: Series Announcement

In keeping with the mission of FBB to provide well researched informative material, We are happy to announce that we will be publishing a suite of articles outlining the history of Russia since the end of the Cold War and providing an analysis of their supposed motives and long term foreign policy goals. Continue reading Bear in the Woods: Series Announcement

The Draft in America: History and Background

This Sunday, after months of being placed on the backburner and allowing the important to be overtaken by the urgent, John and Winston will finally square off in an Oxford style debate over the issue of the Draft in America this Sunday. In preparation for this post, we thought that it might be helpful to provide some background and a brief history of the draft in the United States. Continue reading The Draft in America: History and Background

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: The History of the National Park Service

There is something uniquely American about the wilderness. It greeted us when the first European settlers landed on America’s eastern shores; it fed us and was the source of our national wealth through timber and produce as those first settlers expanded up and down the east coast; it challenged us, resisted us, and fed us as we expanded west with our young nation; and, even in the modern digital world we’ve created, it continues to seduce us. It seems only natural that we, as a society, would want to preserve and protect these natural treasures which are so integral to our culture and which, in the minds of many Americans, rival or even surpass Europe’s cathedrals and the Egypt’s pyramids. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: The History of the National Park Service