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Whitewashing the Jihadists

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The US government’s spin on Islamist violence—that the perpetrators aren’t Muslims—is both condescending and wrong.

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Omens from the Seventh Century

by Edward N. Luttwak via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The early caliphate so idealized by Islamists was no golden age, but a time of instability and violence.

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Expensive—But Worth It?

by Carson Brunovia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

California could be pricing itself right out of an economic recovery.

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In Nobody’s Pocket

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Poorly paid politicians are easily corrupted. Offering them a competitive salary would be a price worth paying.

The Bill of Wrongs

by Andrew Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Visitors to the National Archives, please check your reverence at the door.

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A Lesson In Rhetoric

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, January 26, 2015

On Facebook yesterday, an economist friend wrote that, in criticizing work by Thomas Piketty, he was claiming that Piketty is arrogant. He asked me (and others) if I thought that it was a good idea for him to make a joke linking Piketty's presumed arrogance with his being French and an intellectual.

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We Are Lucky

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, January 26, 2015

One of my pleasures in travel in the United States and Canada is running into, and having short enjoyable conversations with, immigrants from Ethiopia. A little game I play, when I have an interaction with someone--typically in a cab, at a retailer in an airport, or in a hotel--who looks Ethiopian, is to say, "Let me guess where you're from."

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University's Free Speech Policy Is the Exception, Sadly

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, January 24, 2015

The good news is that on January 6, the University of Chicago published the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression.” Chaired by law professor Geoffrey R. Stone and consisting of six other professors, the committee forcefully affirmed the centrality to the university’s mission of the principles of free speech. The bad news is that the good news is news at all.

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Power Corrupts AND Attracts the Corruptible

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'm traveling this morning from Pennsylvania to Newark Airport to Toronto and so I'll be brief.

Featured Commentary

Our Parties, Part One

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia City Journal
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our parties are the Democrats and the Republicans as electoral and governing bodies, liberals and conservatives in ways of thinking. Increasingly, Democrats are liberals and Republicans are conservatives, the phenomenon known as polarization, by which we more and more divide ourselves politically, in our parties, by our ways of thinking. We tend to think as partisans facing opponents.

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