Natural Rights: A Matter of Origins

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Natural Rights: A Matter of Origins Within the general category of “natural rights”, there are two underlying schools of thought. Both believe that human beings posses certain rights and that these rights cannot be infringed, even by legitimate government action. (This is not to say that … Read More

Render Unto Caesar

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Render Unto Caesar: An Exposition of Matthew 22:15-22 As an advocate of limited government and an advocate of government by biblical standards, I am frequently asked about Jesus’ words when He tells us to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Many Christians have difficulty reconciling this … Read More

Symbols, Symbolism, and Flag Burning

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Symbols, Symbolism and Flag Burning I just watched a video clip of baseball player, Rick Monday, saving the American flag from the match of a protestor at a major league baseball game in 1976. As I watched, it occurred to me that there are millions of … Read More

The Central Question of Political Science

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies The Central Question of Political Science   The central question in the study of government and politics is this: “What is the proper role of government?”   What should government do about the poor? Should government ban abortion, or should government protect the practice? What should … Read More

The Importance of Principles

An IPS Commentary By Katie Herche   The Importance of Principles During my first year at Las Positas Junior College I decided to take an economics course. The class was microeconomics, and my professor was a well-educated woman who earned her Ph.D. at Berkeley. Because I had debated in high school, I already knew that economists had differing views and … Read More

Government and Ethics: Less is More

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Government and Ethics: Less is More In an effort to curb truly unethical behavior, we have created a mountain of laws and regulations that make previously ethical and acceptable actions illegal. Income reporting requirements and limitations on honoraria are just a few examples of regulations designed … Read More

Why the Fluoride Debate Misses the Point

By Mike Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Why the Fluoride Debate Misses the Point This article addresses the issue of community water fluoridation, not from a medical or scientific standpoint, but from the perspective of individual rights and liberty. This commentary ignores the issues relating to the safety or efficacy of fluoride. I will leave the medical and … Read More

Why Conservatives and Christians Lose Elections

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Why Conservatives and Christians Lose Elections The 2006 elections are over. Conservatives, Christians, and those with traditional values won a few, but lost many, many more. There were many hotly contested races—races in which Christians and conservatives invested fortunes of time and money… but still lost. … Read More