James Banks
James Banks

is a Rochester-based writer. He is a former contributor to "The American Interest" Online and has written for "The Weekly Standard," "The Intercollegiate Review" and other publications. He works in web communications and is a doctoral student at the University of Rochester.

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Nov. 15, 2013

Casinos in New York Are Governor Cuomo's Newest Plan to Fleece the Poor

Governor Cuomo's "New" New York is one where the government grows richer by swindling its citizens out of money that they don't have.

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Nov. 12, 2013

4 Reasons Why Ending the War On Drugs Would Be a Huge Mistake

Ending the War on Drugs would lead to higher medical costs, lower education attainment and income, fewer workplace rights and more vulnerable communities. And this is only the beginning.
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Nov. 6, 2013

Gun Control Debate: The Argument That Every Gun Owner Needs to Start Making

Gun rights advocates shouldn't argue for gun ownership because guns make us safer; they should argue for gun ownership because guns are fun.
Oct. 29, 2013

Hate Sitting All Day? This Designer is Breeding the World's Perfect Chair

Cats, dogs, horses ... and chairs? A scientist is taking the best characteristics of chairs from around the world to create a new, "thoroughbred" chair. We think he deserves a sitting ovation.
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Aug. 8, 2013

Them's Fightin' Words: The Case For Bringing Back the Duel

Dueling is a very American activity and is worth bringing back.
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July 23, 2013

Royal Baby Aside, the British Monarchy is Worth Celebrating

The British monarchy is not worthy of Americans' loyalty, but it is worthy of their respect.

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July 22, 2013

Mandatory National Service? Thanks But No Thanks

National service always sounds good in theory, but in practice they would probably be high maintenance bureaucracies which would frustrate their participants.
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July 11, 2013

Sanford, Weiner, Spitzer: Our New Emperors With No Clothes

Why is it that are dignitaries are so frequently without dignity?
July 6, 2013

5 Underrated Cities For Millennials to Make Their Summer

All the places where you wanted to travel, but no one told you to ask about.
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June 7, 2013

Tax Free NY: No State Taxes Isn't Upstate New York's Solution, Seceding From NYC is

Tax-free zones and other gimmicks aren't what upstate New York needs. Upstate New York can only recover and thrive if it gets independence.
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June 1, 2013

Bradley Manning Trial: Yes, He Is Guilty. Yes, He Should Be Punished.

Bradley Manning violated every obligation he had as a member of the intelligence community when he submitted classified documents to Wikileaks. He should be punished.

May 29, 2013

Tesla Motors (TSLA) Stock: Business Is Booming, But Can Electric Car Make a Difference?

Tesla is posting record profits, but to become the Ford of the 21st Century they should look to driverless car technology to get all Americans into the backseat.
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May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013: Every 18 Hours, a Service Member Commits Suicide

On Memorial Day, the wars abroad are winding to a close, but there is a new war at home that civilians and military personnel have not been able to confront: the skyrocketing rate of suicide.
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May 15, 2013

5 Survival Tips For Washington-Bound Interns

A brief primer on surviving in the capital.
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May 12, 2013

Gun Control Debate: 5 Reasons Millennials Should Teach Their Children to Shoot

Everyone should teach their children how to shoot, and here's why.
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May 8, 2013

3 Most Insane Things the CIA Has Ever Done

Who else but the CIA could have come up with some of these weirdo plans?

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May 5, 2013

The Graduation Speech Someone Should Give Millennials, But Won't

Mediocrity was good for your parents and it is good for you as well. Remember, it is OK to be only OK.
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April 30, 2013

The Rape Victims No One Wants to Hear About: Prisoners

Rape is most prevalent in American prisons, but it is also here where it is most ignored.
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April 25, 2013

Are Domestic Terrorists More Aligned With the Political Left Or the Right?

The worst domestic terrorists were not right wing nutcases; they were leftist radicals.
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April 13, 2013

Gun Control Debate 2013: Why Do Americans Love Guns So Much?

Gun owners should not have to prove anything about public safety to justify owning their guns in the first place. Gun ownership speaks for itself.