Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses FDR's New Deal and how Roosevelt’s decisions reset the balance of power away from Congress and the states toward a strong executive branch. They also shifted the federal government away from the founders’ vision of deliberation and moderation toward war and action.
‘Eat Less Meat” is the typical headline used to present a new United Nations report on climate change released Thursday. The report correctly points to the need to improve global food systems, but pundits are fixating on the supposed need for people in rich countries to change their dining habits radically. This is an ineffective and unachievable policy response.
We do know that enhanced trade and technological change transmitted through markets have led to the loss of middle-income jobs and weakened the economic basis for the community in many parts of the developed world. It may be this, coupled with the flight of those who can leave, that is more responsible for the social disintegration of the community.
With the news cycle on fire – protests in Hong Kong, mass shootings in America, a dead Manhattan billionaire whose suicide is the stuff of conspiratorial fantasies – the temptation is to wonder how our political daily discourse might differ had the 2016 election turned out otherwise.
On August 1, 1944, the Polish Home Army rose against Warsaw’s German occupiers. The Soviet Red Army, in force on the Vistula’s eastern bank, had told the Poles that it would attack the Germans as soon as they rose. Instead, the Russians stood by as the Germans killed virtually all 16,000 Polish fighters along with some 200,000 civilians, and destroyed old Warsaw. Germans and Russians faced each other at that location consequent to the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of August 1939, in which the two had effectively jointly erased Poland from the map.
Against impossible odds, Hong Kong youngsters and their supporters among the population, are making a remarkable stand for Liberty. Ten weeks and counting, they are resisting a proposed law permitting extradition of Hong Kong residents to China and demanding the right to elect their leaders, not having them picked by China.
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says he has confidence that the Department of Justice will get to the bottom of what really happened at the New York jail where Jeffrey Epstein died. Yoo also notes that the investigation should continue into the child trafficking ring.
The best form of education will help students open their minds and think in a rigorous way, said Raghuram Rajan, Advisor, Krea University, in a televised message from the US to the inaugural batch. “It will give you a sense of how you will embark on the process of thinking. That is the only way we can prepare you for a world that is dynamic, where the old truths are forever questioned,” he said.
One of the truly weird features of the modern Left, especially its major political candidates and media figures, is the propensity to engage in the politics of personal confrontation and physical threats against President Trump, his supporters and others on the Right. As Victor Davis Hanson wrote in a recent column for FOX News, former Vice President Joe Biden has bragged on two occasions that he would like to beat up President Trump.
Angela Warren always assumed her father, a native of El Salvador, entered the United States via airliner. It took an assignment in her high school ethnic studies class to learn that he crossed the border alone at 14, terrified of being caught. When he reached the American side, he fell to his knees and gave thanks.
Early on, some accused the emerging field of ethnic studies as lacking academic rigor. Now, critics are focusing on the language that is included in the glossary of a draft curriculum proposed for California students. Critics find the terminology pedantic, obscure and sometimes ideologically one-sided.
California’s new ethnic studies curriculum is making national headlines. The state’s overhaul is heavy on academic social justice gobbledygook like “cis-heteropatriarchy” and, with its placement of capitalism alongside hateful ideologies like white supremacy, short on truth.
California recently passed the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair). Under CROWN, employers and public schools may not ban “natural” hairstyles historically associated with black culture, such as braids, locks, and twists. To justify the need for CROWN, the preamble claims American history is “riddled” with laws and societal norms that have denigrated blackness and associated racial traits such as “kinky and curly hair.”
How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “I am in Bali, Indonesia, with my family. It’s quite a long way from D.C., but 22 years ago I built a house here with my five best friends in the world. One of the best crazy things I’ve ever done!”