Socialist dream failed in Ripon

1800s utopian commune called Ceresco was established - and collapsed - just blocks from where GOP was later founded.

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Great Lakes' natural fluctuation

Climate change has been blamed over the years for the rise ... and fall ... and rise again of lake levels

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Harmful history of government set-asides

Preferential contracts undermine the truly disadvantaged, and programs are prone to fraud

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Melody McCurtis distributes supplies to the needy in her Metcalfe Park community in Milwaukee. PHOTOS COURTESY OF METCALFE PARK COMMUNITY BRIDGES PHOTOS

The Cost of Shutting Down Wisconsin's Economy

Partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day

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Civil Society in a Time of Pandemic

We have a chance right now to renew civil society, strengthen our social fabric, revitalize localism and show our political elites that we can indeed govern ourselves. Read more here.


Badger Institute President Mike Nichols talks to Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce

Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dave Eckmann interviews Mike Nichols of the Badger Institute. Listen here.


Universal licensure recognition works

Accepting out-of-state credentials should continue after the crisis ends. Read more here.


Now is not the time for widespread 'compassionate release'

Move would stress support and health care systems throughout the state. Read the article here.


Outside government: compassion, innovation, flexibility

Wisconsinites rush to help neighbors in need during crisis, prove fundamental goodness of civil society. Read more here.


Diggings Magazine Spring 2020

Great Lakes' natural fluctuation
Environmentalism is a conservative value
A reasoned response to the COVID-19 crisis
Harmful history of government set-asides
Paving the way for Tesla
Socialist dream failed in Ripon
Frontlines: Building something that lasts


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