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Analysis and Commentary

The Unbelievable Night The Berlin Wall Fell

by Peter M. Robinsonvia New York Post
Friday, November 8, 2019

Two scenes from the end of the Cold War: Scene one: On June 12, 1987, President Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate rising behind him, to challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union. “General Secretary Gorbachev,” the president said, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”


Impeachment Hangs On Whether Trump's Actions Were Illegal Or Merely Ugly

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Friday, November 8, 2019

In the first 175 years of the Republic, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now, in the last 57 years, we have impeached two presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and are on the verge of impeaching a third. It’s worth considering the modern rise in impeachments: Are presidents really that much worse, or is something larger afoot?


A Window into Modern Iran: 1 of 2: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives―A Selection (691) Hardcover – October 1, 2019

by John Batchelorvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Photo: English: Tanks in the streets of Tehran, 1953Date | 1953Source | | Unknown @BatchelorShow...

Analysis and Commentary

My Vivid Memories Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On this 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I’m posting a section from Chapter 3 of my book The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey. The chapter is titled “We Won, But...”

In the News

The Fall Of The Wall, 30 Years Later

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Powerline
Saturday, November 9, 2019
The fall of the Berlin Wall on this day 30 years ago was the most spectacular moment of the end of the Cold War, but in fact only represented the mid-point in the “last sad chapter” of this bizarre story, as Ronald Reagan once put it. The occasion of remembering the last day of the Wall is a fitting time to recall the broader sweep of events that surrounded it.
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Andrew Roberts: ‘We’re Lucky Churchill Was So Egotistical

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Guardian
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Andrew Roberts is a historian and journalist. He is a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and also has positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Lehrman Institute at the New York Historical Society. His latest book, Leadership in War, looks at nine leaders from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, examining how they performed in conditions of war.
In the News

30 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, Right-wing Extremism Is On The Rise As The East Lags Behind

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia ABC News
Saturday, November 9, 2019
In the evening hours of Nov. 9, 1989 the world watched as East Berliners climbed over the wall for the first time, celebrating a newfound hope and freedom.
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Setting Our Priorities Straight

quoting Michael Spencevia The Daily Star
Saturday, November 9, 2019
When job seekers look for new employees, they need a system to filter out the best candidates. Indicators of potential or skill are a key component. Nobel prize winning Economist Michael Spence refers to such indicators as “signals”.
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Bloomberg Bid Upsets The Electoral Calculus

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Liberty Nation
Saturday, November 9, 2019
The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has officially signed the paperwork to be a candidate in the Alabama Democratic presidential primary. Although this does not signify a definite intent to run, it amounts to far more than just dipping a toe in the water. This move has, however, created enormous shockwaves through the primary field, and if he goes ahead, could change everything we thought we knew about the final results.
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They Don't Know What Socialism Is...

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Saturday, November 9, 2019
How do you explain that so many Americans want socialism?