Posted April 27, 2015, by Mary Grabar.  News from the Alexander Hamilton Institute, as spring makes its way slowly up North.  .  .

The Opening Reception and Dinner, Copyright Tom Loughlin Jr.The Opening Reception and Dinner, Copyright Tom Loughlin Jr.A record-breaking 140 students, scholars, board members, and community members attended the opening night banquet and keynote address of the Alexander Hamilton Institute’s Eighth Annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium, held at Turning Stone Resort, in Verona, New York, April 16 to 18. Michael Munger, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at Duke University delivered the keynote address: “The Entrepreneurial Virtues.”  On April 17 and 18, fifteen panelists from areas as diverse as history, law, finance, economics, and philanthropy discussed in six sessions “Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Rule of Law: How to Return America to Prosperity.”  Sessions included “Property Rights, Uncertainty, and Freedom,” “Taxation and Entitlements,” and “Rule of Law and Regulation.” AHI President Richard Erlanger, an entrepreneur himself, opened the colloquium by speaking to the urgency of the topic given the alarming decline in overall entrepreneurial activity in the United States over the last several years.

Read more: AHI News: Menges Colloquium on Entrepreneurship

The Dissident Prof at the Russell Kirk Center, Oct. 2014The Dissident Prof at the Russell Kirk Center, Oct. 2014Published March 20, 2015: by Mary Grabar We are happy to announce that after a nearly two-year long process Dissident Prof has been awarded status by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

I am delighted to quote from the IRS letter:

“Dear Applicant,

“We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code.  You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. . . .

    “We determined that you are a public charity under the Code section(s) listed in the heading of this letter.”

For contributors’ information:

    Public Charity Status: 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi)
    Effective Date of Exemption: February 29, 2012

(I am told that any contributions made after the “Effective Date of Exemption” are tax deductible.  Please note as you file your 2014 returns!)

It was a difficult and expensive process, and one that took a lot of time and energy.

But now we are ready to dedicate our energies to “resisting the re-education of America” by continuing to post articles, offer talks, and publish guidebooks.  If you are able, I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution.

With your help, Dissident Prof will be able to:

Read more: Dissident Prof Announces Tax-Exempt Status!

George WashingtonGeorge WashingtonPosted February 16, 2015, by Mary Grabar: It's Presidents' Day.  Which one?  George Washington.  (And in the north we used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday on his birthday as well.)  The Dissident Prof would like to remind our political leaders of the proper duties and attitudes of a president, as opposed to a monarch, or a plutocrat, or a celebrity... Herewith, a passage from George Washington's Farewell Address addressed to Fellow Citizens:

Read more: Contraries: President's Day, Feelings for Valentine's, FREE College

White House Civil Rights MeetingWhite House Civil Rights MeetingPosted January 23, 2015: by Mary Grabar: It was the Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday last Monday, and "Prison Abolitionist"/Communist/Black Panther Angela Davis came and spoke on three campuses in Georgia and North Carolina and then pocketed a cool $20,000 for one of those speeches from the bourgeois taxpayers.  Former real model for the FBI's most wanted list spoke to an overflowing crowd at Kennesaw State University on Sunday.  Many in the community objected, but university officials predictably cited such high-falutin principles as academic diversity.  But there is nothing academic or scholarly about leading the audience in a chant of "No justice, no peace, no racist police," as the Marietta Daily Journal, reported. Her words of wisdom also included “And we also have to say to our friends in Europe, look at the example of the United States of America. Look at what happened in the aftermath of 9/11. Look at the fact that all over the country now, people who practice Islam are the targets of a racism that has been built on the histories of anti-black racism. And as a matter of fact, I think that black people in this country have a special responsibility to stand up and say ‘no.’”

Read more: Contraries: Davis, Selma, State of the Union

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