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Moral Bankruptcy

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Monday, November 19, 2018

People who follow politics, even casually, learn not to expect high moral standards from politicians. But there are some outrages that show a new low, even for politicians. Among the consequences of Democrats' recent election victories, especially at the state and local levels, is the election of officials who have publicly announced their opposition to charter schools, and their determination to restrict or roll back the growth of those schools.

Analysis and Commentary

How Ritualized Apologies Are Undermining Freedom Of Expression

by Ilana Redstone Akresh, John Villasenorvia Quillette
Sunday, November 18, 2018

“I want to apologize. I recognize that this moment is a deeply painful one—internally and externally,” wrote Facebook’s VP of public policy, Joel Kaplan, in a Sep. 28 note to Facebook staff. This followed the publication of photographs showing Kaplan’s attendance at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kaplan’s presence in the hearing room led to a wave of objections voiced on internal message boards by Facebook employees. 


China’s Crackdown On Muslims In Xinjiang Is Sure To Backfire

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Monday, November 19, 2018

After repeated denials, Chinese officials finally admitted last month that they have set up internment camps in the far-western province of Xinjiang, where up to one million ethnic Uighurs, almost all of whom are Muslim, are being held. Under China’s anti-terrorism law and ‘religious affairs regulation,’ the government in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region publicly introduced the ‘Regulation on De-extremification.’ What it describes is a new gulag, where re-education and the suppression of Uighur identity is its main goal.

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The Classicist: The Things That Divide Us

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Monday, November 19, 2018
Examining the sources of America’s deep political chasm.
Analysis and Commentary

A.J. Jacobs On Thanks A Thousand

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 19, 2018

Journalist and author A. J. Jacobs talks about his book, Thanks a Thousand, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Jacobs thanked a thousand different people who contributed to his morning cup of coffee. In this conversation, Jacobs talks about the power of gratitude and different ways we can express gratitude in everyday life. He and Roberts also explore the unintended web of cooperation that underlies almost every product we encounter in a modern economy.

Analysis and Commentary

Freedom Of The Press And Of Speech: True And False

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 16, 2018

Is freedom of the press a right or a privilege? Ted Olson thinks it’s a privilege. Why CNN should have lost and Dennis Prager should lose. I haven’t seen such a muddled discussion of freedom of speech and of the press in a long time. On the left, we have CNN and others claiming that freedom of the press means that Jim Acosta can’t legally have his White House press pass revoked. On the right, we have Dennis Prager claiming that by not showing some of his videos, various private firms are denying his freedom of speech.

Analysis and Commentary

Democracy Dies In Trivia

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, November 16, 2018

“Democracy Dies in Darkness” is the motto of the post-Trump Washington Post. This pompous and self-congratulatory bit of virtue-signaling is meant to proclaim the essential function the media play in protecting the political order against the supposed threat of tyranny embodied in Donald Trump. The hypocrisy of a media that wear its progressive ideology on its sleeve, and that blatantly skew their coverage of the president at a 90% negative clip, has exposed the motto as mere marketing to the leftist choir.

In the News

A Californian Is The Top Republican In The House. Can His Party Recover Back Home?

quoting Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Friday, November 16, 2018

Three years after he first bid for the job, Bakersfield Rep. Kevin McCarthy has finally landed the top Republican leadership position in the House of Representatives.

In the News

Debate Over American Exceptionalism Is Over

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Hill
Thursday, November 15, 2018
American nationalism was indicted as a cover for xenophobia and racism in the midterm elections. Yet, absent U.S. nationalism’s strongly positive side, the related concept of American exceptionalism fails.
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The Libertarian: Why School Choice Matters

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 15, 2018

A libertarian defense of educational freedom.


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