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The North Wind

Humans have no free will because of physics

Aaron Loudenslager April 12, 2012

You have no free will; free will is the greatest illusion known to all of mankind. Yeah, that’s right. I said you have no free will. Heck, I didn’t even have free will as to whether or not I...

Poker skills overcome luck in the long run

Aaron Loudenslager February 9, 2012

Online poker in the U.S. is being prohibited under the false premise that poker is a game of chance. Poker is not a game of chance. It is a game of skill. For this reason, online poker must be legalized...

U.S. college education needs to be tuition-free

Aaron Loudenslager February 2, 2012

Education is a powerful entity. It has the power to make individuals better off by increasing the amount of money they can earn during a lifetime. Most importantly, education can transform the individual...

Obama must support marriage equality

Aaron Loudenslager January 19, 2012

The GOP presidential primary season is already off to a quick start with Mitt Romney winning both contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, with South Carolina’s contest up next. The GOP candidates’...

Conundrum in Afghanistan

Aaron Loudenslager November 10, 2011

The war in Afghanistan is the longest war in United States history. It is even “officially” longer than the disastrous Vietnam War. This begs the question, where are the protests? Where is the anger...

Obama returns to progressive roots

Aaron Loudenslager September 22, 2011

Some believe in the superstition that Earth’s end will come about in 2012. I don’t believe in this absurdity in the least. What I do believe though, is that the presidential election of 2012 will be...

NFL lockout hurts unions

Aaron Loudenslager June 6, 2011

The fight for union rights has extended to possibly an unexpected arena, the National Football League. The NFL must end the player lockout and give fans a full NFL season, unless the league wishes to lose...

Radical changes are needed to save society

Aaron Loudenslager April 14, 2011

Plato once famously said, “There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world.” This quote isn’t meant to be interpreted literally. It...

Wells Fargo deal unfair to students

Aaron Loudenslager April 7, 2011

Last semester, I wrote a column about Wells Fargo and what I saw as deficiencies in its banking practices. Even writing that article, I gave them a chance and signed up for a checking and savings account....

Republicans stand in way of progress

Aaron Loudenslager March 24, 2011

I woke up this morning looking at the calendar thinking it was 2011. Then I looked at the headlines of various newspapers thinking it was more like 1894. Republican congressional candidates and their...

Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin

Aaron Loudenslager March 10, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has decided that the projected budget deficit for his state is so dire that it requires ending public employee rights to collectively bargain for anything besides wage increases....

Progressive, libertarian alliance great for USA

Aaron Loudenslager February 17, 2011

Early in January, global trends analyst Gerald Celente predicted that rapid wealth accumulation in the hands of the ultra-rich of the world will drive a worldwide youth resistance movement in 2011. The...

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