Author: Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Profile: — Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.


July 20, 2013

Wake up, Gulliver: The Lilliputians are almost done

Filed under: American Economy,Politics In General - 20 Jul 2013

Jonathan Swift’s classic novel Gulliver’s Travels—and in particular the novel’s first section in which the tiny Lilliputians immobilize Gulliver by binding him with thousands of tiny, threadlike ropes—serves as a literary metaphor for today’s American economy. While our friends on …

May 8, 2013

Happy Birthday to a Great President

Filed under: History - 08 May 2013

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger’s thorough biographies of key figures in the era of America’s founding. In reading “The …

April 17, 2013

Republicans Need To Grow Up About Taxes

Filed under: Taxes & Taxation,The Republicans - 17 Apr 2013

Republicans are flailing about these days, trying to rebrand themselves before the next election cycle. A certain amount of introspection and internecine debate is inevitable after suffering a stinging loss against an opponent with a dismal record. One thing the …

March 20, 2013

Medicare: Did You Really Pay For That?

Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of entrepreneurs when he got carried away at a campaign event and told any American who had built up a successful enterprise, “you didn’t build that.” An even greater backlash awaits any politician …

March 2, 2013

The Spendaholics’ Offensive

A primary meme of the Democratic Party in 2013 is that the federal government doesn’t have a spending problem. That is what President Obama reportedly said to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in their January budget negotiations. Acting on that …

February 22, 2013

Erasing Reagan? The Illiberal War on Truth

Filed under: History,Liberalism, Marxism & Communism - 22 Feb 2013

The prospect of four more years of Barack Obama in the White House has caused several conservative voices (among them, The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger, Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer, and noted Ronald Reagan scholar Paul Kengor) to opine …

January 13, 2013

Economic Outlook for 2013: ZIRP, Zombies, and the Japanization of the American Economy

Filed under: Economics - 13 Jan 2013

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

I recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, let’s turn our attention to a time more crucial to our well-being: the future in which we will live.

January 7, 2013

A Nostalgic New Year’s Look at the ’50s

Filed under: American Society & Heritage,History - 07 Jan 2013

New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m feeling nostalgic this year. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the decade of my childhood—the …

December 24, 2012

Christmas Thoughts, 2012

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 24 Dec 2012

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

The gentle spirit of Christmas brings a sense of fresh promise and renewal every year. The remembrances and commemorations of the birth of an innocent baby have a softening effect. Christmas provides a respite, even …

December 14, 2012

Compromise or Gridlock in Washington: Two Unpalatable Alternatives

Filed under: Politics In General - 14 Dec 2012

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

As soon as the elections were over, a wave of commentaries extolling the virtues of compromise appeared in the press. The common theme is that it is time for Democrats and Republicans alike to end partisan …

December 3, 2012

Long Live the Twinkie! (Twinkie Killers, Part 2)

Filed under: Economics,In The News - 03 Dec 2012

Can the Twinkie and other famous Hostess brands be saved? I hope so, and I’ll offer my own two cents’ on one possible way of doing so. First, though, I’d like to address two of the criticisms of my previous …

November 28, 2012

Blasted Twinkie Killers!

Filed under: Economics,Politically Incorrect Reality - 28 Nov 2012

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at

Drat! I’m bummed—saddened by the news that the Hostess company, home of the Twinkie and other venerable sugary snacks, is shutting down.

I’ll bet I haven’t eaten more …

November 16, 2012

Obama: The Second FDR Rather Than the Second Carter

Filed under: History,Liberalism, Marxism & Communism - 16 Nov 2012

I’ve thought a lot over the last few years about an axiom attributed to Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” The question to me was whether the presidency of Barack Obama would “rhyme” with that of Jimmy …

November 11, 2012

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

Filed under: Uncategorized - 11 Nov 2012

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at

Dear Mitt,

I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In the midst of the disappointment that I share with …

October 16, 2012

Alex Karras, RIP

Filed under: Courts, The Law & The Judiciary - 16 Oct 2012

Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on October 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the stepdad of “Webster.”

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