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Whenever I talk about history, my robot brain thinks about the future. In that context, what happened Wednesday, January 6, made me think about my students. As such, I thought about their voice and presented them with a writing prompt for extra credit. My verbal invitation to them was, "This is your world now, more than it is mine." Then, I pointedly asked them their opinion about what happened at our nation's capital.

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At one point this summer, Smyrna Mayor Derek Norton’s neighborhood looked “like a combat zone,” he recalled. The culprit? The liberal use of fireworks, which exploded in popularity after the Georgia Legislature passed a bill legalizing them in 2015.


It would be hard to find a better example of free enterprise at work than what happened in the wake of last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol. It also shows just how much control U.S. corporations have over the lives of Americans – and politicians in particular.