Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson is executive director of the Center for Worker Freedom and president of 1st Amendment First. Mpatterson.column@gmail.com

Stan Lee and The Triumph of Imagination

 

Stan Lee died this past week. If you don’t know his name, surely you know his works. Stan was the co-creator of Marvel Comics, where he served as head writer, editor, editor-in-chief, art director, publisher and eventually chairman emeritus. And it was there in the 1960s that Stan launched what one chronicler called “the most […]

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Post Janus: An Opportunity, and a Challenge 

 

It’s arguably the greatest blow for liberty since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down forced-union fees for government workers yesterday in its Janus v. AFSCME decision, labor leaders shivered while liberty lovers loudly cheered (I am decidedly among the latter). However… Conservative outlets are rife with voices predicting the imminent and […]

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The (Purple) Monster at Your Door 

 

Sara Madill is a mother of four living in Duluth, Minnesota. In 2014, Sara was a participant in a state program called PCA choice, which provides a modest Medicaid subsidy for personal care attendants (PCAs) who care for a loved one in their home. In Sara’s case, she helped tend her sister Miranda, who suffers […]

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Mass Hysteria and Murder

 

The map is not the terrain. Students of the human psyche understand that people navigate this dangerous and confusing reality with the help of mental maps. These maps are constructed from memories, learned information, and a vast set of assumptions and beliefs. No person is immune from the tyranny of the mental map. We all […]

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Ghost of Stalin Haunts Wisconsin Campus

 

The great dictators of the world have long understood the essential link between thought and language. From Augustus to Stalin, those who would wield total political power have first sought to exercise control over speech, and thus indirectly the thoughts of the people. To that end, would-be totalitarians have always defined speech which they found politically unacceptable […]

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Breaking the Blue Wall

 

Minnesota is not a competitive state, electorally speaking. While Republican governors are not unheard of — thank you, Mr. Pawlenty — as far as presidential politics go, Minnesota is as blue as they come. In fact, in the post-War era, only the District of Columbia has a more reliable Democratic bias in presidential years; Minnesota’s […]

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Missouri’s Hateful 8

 

Political pundits and prognosticators are apoplectic over the rise of Trump. How could such a buffoon be taken so seriously by so many, they ask each other nightly on cable news and daily on op-ed pages. Don’t they know he’s not qualified for public office? That may be true. It also misses the point entirely. […]

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Halfway There: Wisconsin Becomes the 25th Right-to-Work State

 

Governor Scott Walker sat with rolled up sleeves at a table with a “Freedom to Work” sign emblazoned across the front. The invitation-only ceremony was held at Badger Meter, a manufacturing company near Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 9, 2015. To Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the other invitees, Walker […]

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