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Bruce Edward Walker

Editor-at-Large

Bruce Edward Walker is the former managing editor of MichiganScience, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication that explores science, technology and related policy matters, and currently a free lance writer and editor-at-large for the Center.

Walker has more than 25 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on cultural subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including Lewis Carroll’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and Ken Kesey’s "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," as well as dozens of reference-book essays on musicians, authors, scientists, filmmakers and philosophers.

Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. He has published articles in The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Royal Oak Daily Tribune, The Freeman and Religion & Liberty. He has edited publications for the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Yacht Club, Buick Motor Division, McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing and Gale Research, and additionally has contributed essays to reference series published by Omnigraphics and Cengage.

Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Midland, Mich.

The Cellphone 'Sin Tax'

13.51 percent a month in Michigan. … more

Capitalism Kills ... Poverty

New report from The Economist details progress. … more

DIA Gins Up PR Battle Against Kevyn Orr

City-owned artwork isn't being sold. … more

Cable Unbundling Bill a Bad Bet

"Television Consumer Freedom Act" isn't necessary. … more

Tearing Down Steve Earle's Walmart Song

Angry, threatening lyrics perpetuate economic myths. … more

No Place for Alarmism on Earth Day

Can Earth survive those who want to save it? … more

Shlaes' 'Coolidge' a Must-Read

New biography details Silent Cal's fiscal prudence. … more

Mini Antennas May Revolutionize TV Viewing

Aereo looking to expand into Michigan. … more

Thatcher and 1980s Musicians

Former prime minister handled criticism with aplomb. … more

Paul Williams RIP

Rock journalist made it on is own, with no subsidies. … more

Internet Sales Tax Legislation

Bad for businesses and customers. … more

The Dark Side of the Moon

The bright side of capitalism. … more

It Was 50 Years Ago Today ...

"Please Please Me," The Beatles and capitalism. … more

Motown on the Slab

A review of Charlie LeDuff's "Detroit: An American Autopsy." … more

It's Only (Capitalist) Rock 'n' Roll

But I like it ... … more

Pope Francis and the Free Market

Papal encyclicals, the Iron Curtain and personal liberty. … more

Michigan Gets Flying Monkeys for $40 Million

"Oz" defends its own corporate welfare while slamming others. … more

Time to 'Sequester' Arts Subsidies

Let people keep their own money, choose their own art. … more

Long Live Rock: Technology Throws a Lifeline

The market, not subsidies, helps music evolve. … more

And the Academy Award Goes To ...

A fresh look at a timeless classic. … more

Government Funding of 'Scientific' Research

Lots of benefits for politicians, little for taxpayers. … more

On Breughel and Brussels Sprouts

Why public funding for the arts, or food, is still a bad idea. … more

Mendacity Writ Large

Walter Duranty, the Pulitzer and 'truthiness.' … more

A Tale of Two Stalins

A review of two very different books. … more

Grand Rapids TV Viewers May Experience Blackouts

Disagreement between broadcasters, cable company. … more

Jacques Barzun, R.I.P.

Historian, writer, philosopher, anti-statist. … more

GQ Hit Piece on GR ArtPrize

"Like fairgoers sampling sideshows at a carnival." … more

Teaching Teachout on the DIA Deception

Art museums shouldn't receive public dollars. … more

Grand Traverse Residents 'Occupy' the Boardman

Objections to removal of dams gets heated. … more

Liberal Clichés 101: Abstract Democracy and Unity

Jonah Goldberg's new book. … more

Ray Bradbury: Poet of Science and Sanity

A reflection on the author's life and work. … more

Michigan Poets

New book offers a free market look at the arts. … more

Governments Already Impose Hunger Games

Plenty of parallels between new movie, reality. … more

'Commercial-free' Radio

Bruce Walker, former managing editor of MichiganScience and currently the managing editor of the Heartland Institute’s InfoTech and Telecom News, writes in Tuesday’s Washington Times that true fans of National Public Radio would be more than happy to pay for the service in order to replace government subsidies. … more

Public Radio Claims Hide Actual Costs

Despite claims that public radio only costs U.S. citizens $1.35 a year, the real-world costs are far higher. I interviewed several public radio station employees recently, and discovered state taxpayers cover far more of the costs it takes to bring “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Car Talk” to listeners.  … more

RNC Chairman Candidate Favors Net Neutrality

Saul Anuzis has announced he’s running for chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. The former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party pits himself against sitting RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
As a staunch advocate for net neutrality, however, Anuzis rows against the tide established by the majority of his party. … more

Taxpayer Dollars, Not Politics, Makes the Difference in Broadcast News

The fall fundraiser for public radio supposedly ended in October, in the middle of the Juan Williams' firing imbroglio. And yet this morning, Nov. 11, my local NPR affiliate here in mid-Michigan was still interrupting programming to request listener donations. … more

Media Missed Opportunity to Enlighten Public on Current Climate Change Science

The Fourth Annual International Conference on Climate Change, held in Chicago May 16-18 and sponsored by The Heartland Institute, provided three days of news-intensive stories that should've taken precedence over nearly every other story of last week's news cycle.  … more

Dark Side of the Mitten

Once upon a time a band named Pink Floyd was a fixture on the Billboard album chart. For 741 weeks, the band's "Dark Side of the Moon" reigned as one of the top-200 selling albums in the United States. The album's themes range from mortality to madness.
Sadly, the album now comes to mind when you think of Michigan. The state's unemployment rate is 14.1 percent for the month, making it the nation's highest for 48 months straight. … more

Alex Chilton R.I.P.

The recent death of Alex Chilton apparently wasn't as much from a heart attack as it was a lack of nationalized health insurance, if one is to believe Facebook comments prompted by a recent article by Keith Spera of the Times-Picayune. … more

Elegy for Cities Embracing Smart Growth

With apologies to John Lennon, I imagine a city without cars.
Exhaust fumes replaced by fine boutiques and fern bars.
All the people walk to workplace and shops,
And the streets are patrolled by mo-ped cops.
All city life is one of perfect precision,
Nothing's out of place if you have a Grand Vision… more

'Pirate Radio' Capsizes From Lack of Weight

"Pirate Radio," in theaters now, is a silly and inconsequential movie that represents a missed opportunity to show the negative impacts of government overreaching into what should be a private enterprise. In this instance, British government bureaucrats stymie a broadcast outlet for rock music in the mid-1960s. … more

Removal of Boardman Dams Has Negative Environmental and Energy Impacts

The road to hell is paved with the shells from proverbial eggs broken in the service of producing an idealized omelet. In the case of Grand Traverse County, enough eggs are being broken to warrant the attention of the folks at the Guinness Book of World Records. … more

Terror on the Boardman River

As a senior in high school in 1976, I had the opportunity to view the 1968 Halloween horror film classic, "Night of the Living Dead" at the local university campus. A gentleman seated next to me asked for my opinion about halfway through the film, sparking a lengthy conversation on montage and mise-en-scene. The gentleman excused himself shortly thereafter, and appeared on stage as guest speaker upon the film's conclusion. The speaker was none other than the film's writer/director, George Romero. His last words to me before leaving were something along the lines of "You seem pretty sharp, kid. You might want to think about making horror movies yourself." Little did I know it would take me more than 30 years to realize that kind advice. Instead of populating my latest video with flesh-eating zombies and serial killers, however, this Property Rights Network video relates the horrors experienced by property owners on the Boardman River outside Traverse City. Of the four dams on the river, three have been slated for removal by city and county officials. … more

Smoking Bans Violate Property Rights

Common sense can be found almost anywhere outside Lansing -- especially as it pertains to property rights and smoking bans. … more