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We are a group of Acton, Massachusetts citizens who have been involved in local town politics, attending Town Meetings, and participating in various boards or committees, and who are committed to the open and free exchange of ideas.

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Blog post by AllenN
Republicans are generally for free trade. They supported efforts to make trade deals like Bill Clinton's NAFTA, because more trade reduces costs to consumers. There is really no question that in the short term, lower prices are a boost to our...
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Blog post by AllenN
I despise public-sector unions. They are socialist organizations whose sole purpose has become increasing the pay and benefits of their members. These organizations (of police, fire, and teachers) could actually be fantastic groups helping to...
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Blog post by AllenN
I'm up in Canada (Quebec City) on vacation, and am doing a lot of walking around for fun and exercise. I have my headphones on, but no Acton Forum t-shirt! And as I get around, I have been witnessing a subtle but dangerous mind-control experiment...
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Blog post by AllenN
People who believe in socialism around here are very quick to draw a line between socialism and communism. Socialism, they say, is really just a benign system that is fairer than capitalism, sort of a compromise between the two systems...and who...
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Blog post by AllenN
Acton Town Meeting has a sorry history of approving Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for questionable purposes, from rehabilitating old pianos with no historical value to transferring public funds into private pockets under the guise of "...
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Blog post by ThePhilosopher
“Through my involvement in Lions, I received a greater awareness of the outside world and of the many opportunities that exist to serve other people,” said President Jimmy Carter. He also spoke to his time as a Lion as being as close to being an...
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Blog post by AllenN
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) had an opinion piece published in the WSJ today (http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-senate-is-supposed-to-work-1464643132) which clearly explained his vision for how the Senate should work in our...
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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal Conservatism 707 Lots of presidential news, some of which deserves some comment. First, let me state up front that I am not a Donald Trump supporter. I will vote for him, but he wasn't my pick among the Republican candidates. That being said...
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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 706 As kids, we are taught about the virtues of sharing. Let's take that lesson to its logical conclusion. Let's pretend that sharing becomes the norm and the goal in our society. What happens? People who "have" are strongly...
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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 705. A recent exchange on The Philosopher's blog post (http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/thephilosopher/closing-liberal-mind) with reader Mike Acton resulted in some interesting points being made by both sides. At the end, Mike...
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