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Analysis and Commentary

Dreams From His Grandmother

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Monday, June 30, 2008

I think we are beginning to see the full measure of the Obama general campaign strategy, framed along ten or so key directives that can allow the election of the most leftward candidate in American political history...

Analysis and Commentary

Racial Differences Are Real?

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Is it just a stereotype that some groups do better at some things than other groups do?...

Analysis and Commentary

Celebrate public good - the real one - on July 4th

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, June 27, 2008

Throughout history, political thinkers have fretted about the public good (or public interest, common good, general welfare, etc.)...

Analysis and Commentary

The Unbelievably Annoying Problem of Christian Moral High Ground

by Mary Eberstadtvia National Review Online
Friday, June 27, 2008

Dear Distinguished Atheist Friends (that’s Lieber Herren Doktoren Atheisten Freunde auf Deutsch!),...

Analysis and Commentary

Everything can’t be mind construction

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Thursday, June 26, 2008

A central topic of philosophy throughout the ages has been whether human beings can trust their minds, including their sensory awareness and thinking...

In the News
In the News

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 30, 2008

Professor Philip Bobbitt describes the “wars of the 21st Century” as wars against terror — against modern market-state terrorism, against the distribution and assimilation of weapons of mass destruction, and against the forces that create human catastrophes, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing...

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Thinking the Unthinkable: A World Without Nuclear Weapons

with William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia New York Times
Monday, June 30, 2008

When Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev talked at the 1986 Reykjavik summit about giving up all of their nuclear weapons within a decade, it was dismissed as a trick or more frightening proof that the American president was out of touch with strategic realities...

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Kling on Hospitals and Health Care

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, June 30, 2008

Arnold Kling EconLog talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the death of his father and the lessons to be learned for how hospitals treat patients and our health care system treats hospitals...

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Start worrying and learn to ditch the bomb

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia Times (UK)
Monday, June 30, 2008

During the Cold War nuclear weapons had the perverse effect of making the world a relatively stable place...

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God bless America ... you, too

with George P. Shultz, Hoover Institutionvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, June 30, 2008

The natural and technological wonders of the Bay Area - marred only by the unnatural heaviness of gray air laden with fallout from distant fires - were relished last week by ambassadors to the United States from more than 40 countries on a five-day "Experience America" trip...

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Book Reports: Lessons in Economics

with David R. Henderson, Milton Friedman, Gary S. Beckervia Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Anyone who's ever used a copy of the 1993 "Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics" knows how handy and readable it is...

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Barack Obama may recruit defence chief Robert Gates

with William J. Perryvia Times (UK)
Sunday, June 29, 2008

In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House...

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Setback for Philadelphia Schools Plan

with Paul E. Petersonvia Washington Post
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Six years ago, the Philadelphia School District embarked on what was considered the country's boldest education privatization experiment, putting 38 schools under private management to see if the free market could educate children more efficiently than the government...

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Yes, Newspapers are Doomed

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, June 29, 2008

The number of general-purpose newspapers has been declining in cities ever since the growth of television, and the decline accelerated after the Internet was developed...

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It Doesn’t Always Compute

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Two of the Three in the Axis of Evil — Korea and Iraq –seem no longer to be acquiring weapons of mass destruction...

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FDI curbs threaten world growth

with John Abizaidvia Inter Press Service (Italy)
Saturday, June 28, 2008

The United States and other beneficiaries of foreign investment are seeking to restrict it, a leading US think-tank says in a report, warning that this "protectionist drift" could roil capital markets and stifle global economic growth for years to come...

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MoJo Convo: Iran Panic? Talk About It With the Experts

with Daniel Pipesvia Mother Jones
Saturday, June 28, 2008

MoJo writer Laura Rozen asked an Israeli intel correspondent, an Iranian American activist, an arms expert, a former peace negotiator, and an anti-war intellectual:...

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Kindling

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, June 27, 2008

I broke down and bought a Kindle...

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Coalition releases anti-torture statement

with George P. Shultzvia United Press International
Friday, June 27, 2008

A bipartisan group has asked U.S. President George Bush to reinstate pre-Sept. 11, 2001 standards for treating prisoners...

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Former US defense secretary visits Kinmen

with William J. Perryvia Radio Taiwan International
Friday, June 27, 2008

A former US defense secretary paid a visit to Taiwan's outlying island of Kinmen on Thursday...

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Americans See Education Benefits, but Don’t Realize U.S. Falling Behind

with Eric Hanushek, Hoover Institutionvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 27, 2008

Americans see the link between a country’s education system and its economic prosperity...

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The noble bumpkin

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Free Lance-Star (VA)
Friday, June 27, 2008

WHAT EXPLAINS the Left Coast and the red heartland, conservative country folk and liberal city dwellers?...

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North Korea takes step in right direction, Shultz says

with George P. Shultzvia Stanford News Service
Friday, June 27, 2008

George Shultz, a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution, said North Korea made a good first step by disclosing details of its nuclear program and destroying the cooling tower at its nuclear facility in Yongbyon on June 27....

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Opinion: America’s moral center says ‘no’ to torture

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia Associated Baptist Press
Friday, June 27, 2008

An unprecedented bipartisan coalition of religious, political, and military leaders recently released a document expressing our shared rejection of torture and prisoner mistreatment by -- or in the name of -- the United States...

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Commentary: Sarko Wrong on EU Enlargement

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Business Week
Friday, June 27, 2008

At the end of the last European Union summit, Nicolas Sarkozy said something that surprised hardly anyone after the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty: "For the enlargement of the EU to continue, we need the Lisbon Treaty."...

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A neverending story: The world at war

with Niall Fergusonvia Miami Herald
Friday, June 27, 2008

The title of this three-part PBS documentary series is no sloppy typo but deliberate wordplay on H.G. Welles' 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, which describes a devastating attack by Martians armed with death rays and robotic fighting machines that leaves most of the world's great cities in ruins...

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Is war a male phenomenon?

with Niall Fergusonvia Star-Ledger (NJ)
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Any student of history is forced to study war...

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Utah soldiers arrive in Afghanistan as violence surges

with Larry Diamondvia Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday, June 26, 2008

When word began to spread, last summer, that the Utah-based 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion would be heading back to war, the difference between its two possible assignments couldn't have been more stark...

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Davenport: Obama: The Tax Man Cometh

by David Davenportvia townhall.com
Thursday, June 26, 2008

For months, Senator Obama has said he was the candidate of change, without ever explaining what that meant...

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Imperialism and/or Democracy

with Niall Fergusonvia American Chronicle
Thursday, June 26, 2008

In this most fascinating of his trilogy about the American Empire, Johnson writes of our end, and attributes it to Militarism and the breakdown of constitutional government...

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Update: Leading Economists and Educators Debate the Economic Implications of the Crisis in American Education

with Eric Hanushekvia PR Newswire
Thursday, June 26, 2008

The results of a new national poll about education and the economy will be among the topics of discussion at a policy forum on June 27th hosted by ED in '08 Chairman Roy Romer and Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington...