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Peter Thiel on “The Straussian Moment”

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 23, 2019


Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, discusses his essay “The Straussian Moment,” describing how the ancients believed in the power of the intellect and the weakness of the will, but how today we believe the opposite. We want machines to do the thinking, because we don’t trust rationality. Also, Thiel gives his overview on the current American political scene and discusses whether he will endorse President Trump in 2020.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

Believe It Or Not, Democracy Will Live Or Die At The Shopping Mall

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Globally, malls have become renewed public squares. They also are where a revived Chinese democracy movement is finding a home. Demonstrators, peacefully gathering , singing songs of freedom and waving Hong Kong flags, are defying Beijing by packing into places like the Amoy Plaza megamall.

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Area 45: Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer On House Republican Policy

interview with Gary Palmervia Area 45
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

What do House Republicans plan to showcase this fall in the way of ideas and initiatives?

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The Libertarian: The Beauty Of Roman Law

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ancient Rome created a body of law more sophisticated than anything the world had ever seen — and it’s still relevant today.

In the News

Condoleezza Rice: Trump Admin’s ‘Commitment To Human Rights’ Not ‘As Strong As I Would Like’

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Breitbart
Friday, September 13, 2019

During a portion of an interview aired on Friday’s edition of PBS’ “Firing Line,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated that the Trump administration’s commitment to human rights and democracy isn’t “as strong as I would like” but there have been “flashes” of such a commitment in Venezuela, Syria, and with the Taliban.

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The Libertarian: The Electoral College And The Republican Sensibility

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The much-maligned system for picking presidents stems from the Founders’ mistrust of majoritarianism — and is still better than the alternatives

Analysis and Commentary

‘The Only Plane In The Sky’ And ‘Fall And Rise’ Review: Out Of The Blue On Sept. 11

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 6, 2019
A remembrance of beauty persists alongside the horrors that mark Sept. 11, 2001. A storm had swept across the Northeast the day before, giving rise that morning to a rare meteorological phenomenon known as “severe clear.”
Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: As The Field Narrows

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Friday, September 6, 2019

And then there were ten. That is: Ten Democrats who have qualified to participate in the next presidential primary debate on September 12. Although the field has narrowed, the candidates’ drift toward far-left progressive policies continues—particularly when it comes to efforts to deal with climate change.

In the News

CNN's Insane Town Hall Posse

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Powerline
Friday, September 6, 2019
It used to be that those who peddled apocalypse sporting their placards in the service of some cult on a flyblown city corner were an object of amusement. One could compile a book of cartoons with variations on the theme. Now the theme has become Democratic Party orthodoxy. The Democratic presidential candidates must all bow before it, as they did earlier this week in the course of CNN’s “climate change town hall.”
In the News

Trump's All About The Base, But He Likely Needs More Than That — Here's Why

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia HPPR
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Many heads got scratched this week when President Trump doubled down on his erroneous claim that Alabama had been in the path of Hurricane Dorian.


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