All Articles by Laurence Vance

Christian Worldview

Sniper Theology

There came out of the woodwork after George W. Bush’s immoral, unjust, and unnecessary invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq …

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Economics

The Libertarian Analysis of Obama’s Tax Proposals

For those of you who did not watch President Obama’s State of the Union address, you can read a transcript …

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Book Reviews

Ending the War on Drugs

Review of Dean Becker, To End the War on Drugs: A Guide for Politicians, the Press, and the Public (DTN …

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Book Reviews

The Defective Faith-Based Foreign Policy of Woodrow Wilson

George W. Bush was not the first president to have a “faith-based” foreign policy. Most people know that Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was the U.S. president from 1913 to 1921. Some perhaps know that he was the governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. But few probably know that he was the son of a Presbyterian minister, president of Princeton University—then a Presbyterian institution that had always been headed by clergymen until Wilson—from 1902 to 1910, and had a faith-based policy of his own.

But like the faith-based foreign policy of Bush, Wilson’s was shaped by a defective faith.

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Libertarianism

25 Reasons I Could Never Be Elected

Today, being the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, is election day. Aside from the fact that I don’t …

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History

The Heroic Anti-War Baptist Preacher Robert Hall

English Baptist minister Robert Hall (1764-1831) was the namesake and youngest child of fourteen born to a Baptist minister. One …

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Christian Worldview

Militarism in American Churches

Since the United States launched the unnecessary, immoral, unjust, and senseless war in Iraq in 2003, the Christian blasphemy occurring …

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History

The Great and (Un)Holy War

One would think that if there is any group of people that would be opposed to war it would be Christians. After all, they claim to worship the Prince of Peace. But such is not the case now, and such was not the case 100 years ago during the Great War that we now call World War I.

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Culture

Legalize Heroin–It’s the Christian thing to do

There, I said it: legalize heroin. For those in a state of shock, let me say it again: legalize heroin. And for those conservative Christians who want to use the power of the state to stamp out sin and vice, let me say it again: legalize heroin.

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Culture

The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools

Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you …

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History

Nuclear Christians

In a recent article of mine about Christians apologists for the state, its military, and its wars, I mentioned, for …

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Libertarianism

Shall we abandon the non-aggression principle?

It has been fashionable of late for some libertarians to broaden the libertarian non-aggression principle in their attempts to make …

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Culture

Drug Warriors Are Harmful: Debunking 7 Myths of Their Own Creation

My unusual title is because I am replying to an article posted at the Heritage Foundation’s blog, The Foundry, titled: …

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Theology

Militarism and Easter

On this Good Friday, Christians are focused on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as a propitiation for the sins of …

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Book Reviews

The Antidote to Military Exceptionalism

This talk was given at the Authors Forum at the 2014 Austrian Economics Research Conference at the Mises Institute. I …

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Book Reviews

Christians and the Communist Boogeyman

David E. Settje, Faith and War: How Christians Debated the Cold and Vietnam Wars (NYU Press, 2011), xi + 233 …

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Politics

Why Do Constitutionalists Support the Drug War?

The latest ruse of some conservatives to garner the sympathy, support, and votes of libertarians is to declare that they …

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Theology

Pray for Our Troops

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (1 …

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Libertarianism

Hard Questions on the Drug War

As I have maintained in all of my articles on the drug war, the war on drugs is a monstrous …

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Politics

Dismantling the American Empire

The WikiLeaks revelations have shined a light on the dark nature of U.S. foreign policy, including, as Eric Margolis recently …

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History

War, Empire, and the Military

Introduction to Laurence M. Vance, War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy …

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Book Reviews

God’s Own Party?

Review of Daniel K. Williams, God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (Oxford University Press, 2012), ix + …

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Libertarianism

You Can’t Have a War Without Soldiers

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound …

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Libertarianism

The Cult of the Uniform

There are a number of distinctly American symbols that evoke feelings of pride, nationalism, and patriotism. There is the Constitution. …

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Book Reviews

The Moral Case for a Free Economy

Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, by Robert Sirico (Regnery Publishing, 2012), 213 pages. Critics …

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Culture

Workplace Discrimination and a Free Society

Lately, it seems as though everyone thinks he is being discriminated against in the workplace. According to a national survey …

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Book Reviews

The Taste of War

Review of Lizzie Collingham, The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food (The Penguin Press, 2012), …

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Culture

Rosa Parks Revisited

Republicans are paying more attention to what they tweet after their latest attempt to pander to blacks to try and …

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History

Erasmus on the Just War

“The most just of wars brings with it a train of evils—if indeed any war can really be called just.” …

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History

Erasmus on Soldiers

“Who could possibly tell how many hardships these idiots of soldiers put up with in their camps? And they deserve …

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