Islamic State, Islamic Empire? [Hub Debate]

The United States has said that the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIS poses a threat to the entire region. As ISIS continues to occupy areas of Syria and Iraq, allegedly conducting mass killings among the populations there, is there a role for American intervention? Why or why not? There is no easy answer to this problem. For starters, there isn’t anything that can be “done” short of an all out war, if we were to do anything. But they are truly threatening, and there will be dire consquences, for…

The Politico Reading List: Rep. Jeremy Peterson

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the fourth in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Representative Jeremy Peterson represents Utah’s 9th Legislative District, which covers part of Weber County. He was quick to respond when I asked what he was reading this summer. He doesn’t have a list, but gave just one title. Given that it’s one of the great classics in English literature and a…

Living Through Tyranny and The Reformer’s Burden

As we watch our nation’s influence in the world ebb, our citizens’ dependency on government programs escalate, and our economic engine become mired in crony capitalism, it would not be out of the question for us to hear calls for reform.  In fact, it seems the voices calling for a ‘reset’ in Washington have only grown louder over the past decade as these unmistakable markers of decline become more obvious and prevalent by the month.  Yet, despite the rhetoric and the fervor, we have not seen a man rise to…