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Random Thoughts

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional — which means that decency is likely to become less common.

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Kamala Harris Goes to Washington?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, September 25, 2014

News broke Thursday morning that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has handed in his resignation.  Holder has been a loyal member of Obama’s cabinet from day one, but now Obama must find someone just as loyal to replace him; let the speculation abound.

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Old and in the Way?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall.com
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, "We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic."

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Policy “Crimes”

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

STANFORD – When the Berlin Wall fell a quarter-century ago this November, pundits led by Francis Fukuyama proclaimed the end of history – the triumph of democratic capitalism over all rival systems. America’s economic success and the collapse of communism fed the narrative. The long political, intellectual, and, at times, military confrontation that we knew as the Cold War was over.

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The Libertarian: “Classical Liberalism and the Democratic Party”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What do liberals and libertarians have in common?

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Some Economic News for Both Gubernatorial Candidates to Tout

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Elections are, in a sense, a public relations battle.  Candidates often need to take the same news and spin it in the direction that best benefits their narrative and vision.  

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Obama and Islam: A Tale of Three Speeches

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Speeches -- even or especially when they are intended to obscure the truth -- reveal something of the convictions of the speech giver and clarify his opinions about the character of his audience.

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Zeke Emmanuel on Optimal Life Expectancy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Like Arnold Kling, I found some of the information in Ezekiel Emanuel's article on aging troubling. But also, like health policy analyst Greg Scandlen, I found Ezekiel Emanuel troubling. I first saw reference to his article in a Tyler Cowen post and read the whole thing through. It shifted my prior.

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The Buckley Program Stands Up for Free Speech

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The William F. Buckley Program at Yale University lately showed bravery unusual for an academic institution. It has refused to be bullied by the Muslim Students Association and its demand that the Buckley Program rescind an invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak on campus September 15.

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Notable & Quotable: Thomas Sowell on 'Greed'

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From economist Thomas Sowell's "The Vision of the Anointed" (1995):

Among the many other questions raised by the nebulous concept of "greed" is why it is a term applied almost exclusively to those who want to earn more money or to keep what they have already earned—never to those wanting to take other people's money in taxes or to those wishing to live on the largess dispensed from such taxation.

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