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Sophie Scholl, White Rose, Nazis, Germany, Third Reich

Ever Again?

Today marks a solemn anniversary. Seventy-six years ago — on Feb. 22, 1943 — three German students at the University of Munich were tried for treason by the Nazis, convicted and then executed, all in one day. The method of execution: guillotine. Days earlier, Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie

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The Opposite of Freedom

Do your young adult children need the government to take over their lives for, say, a year, to whip them into tip-top citizenship shape? Forced service could be the new rite of passage into adulthood. Right after our kids finally get through high school or college, slap 12 months of

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New Green Deal, socialism

Greenlighting Socialism

Can we blame U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), really?  A decade of quantitative easing, along with trillion-dollar annual deficits run up recently by congressional Republicans, have paved a debt-ridden road upon which she hopes her massive Green New Deal (GND) might glide. We can derisively point to the now-withdrawn FAQ,

e pluribus unum, democracy, racism, collectivism, individualism

Pigment Politics

“VOTE LIKE YOU,” read the Election Day sign from last November, pictured above Dan Balz’s Sunday Washington Post column about identity politics. The implication is clear: one should vote for the candidate with the same skin color, of the same race as your own. Uh, really? We do want our

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Socialism Doesn’t Work, But…

“Socialism” — we all want to be sociable, right? Last week’s anti-socialist moment was not limited to the president’s promise that America would never go socialist, as I noted this weekend there was also Panera Bread’s abandonment of its quasi-charitable Panera Cares (“pay-what-you-want”) fast food chain. Isn’t that a bit

Velfredo Pareto, economics,laws, socialism

Test of Humanity

It has been a big week for socialism — or, rather, anti-socialism. The high point was probably President Trump’s State of the Union Address, in which he opposed not only the murderous, ruinous regime in Venezuela, but also the rising tide of socialism in the Democratic Congress — with Senator

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Evergreen State Blues

One of the things many people no longer understand about these United States is its — their — peculiar genius: decentralism. The extreme of this is that contentious notion of state nullification of federal law, which most “smart” people deride (contra Jefferson and Madison) as itself made null and void

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Hat Hate

I will concede — at least “arguendo”  — that President Trump is awful. But I will not concede that he is uniquely awful. His Tweets and signature verbal provocations aside, he is arguably better than his predecessors.* Arguably. Which means that his cribbed campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” affixed

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The Obstruction

The federal government “shutdown” — now on reprieve — has been and continues to be a rather strange charade. Various political players make motions towards one another, and we, the people, are supposed to guess the real meaning.  Which is usually conceived as All about President Trump’s “Wall”; All about

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Toxic Smile?

Smirking is a subset of smiling. But what is a grimace?  Nick Sandman, the offending Covington, Kentucky, Catholic high school student who triggered so much outrage last weekend, smiled. The effrontery! Seeing a snippet of video, a social media mob formed, leaping to the conclusion that young Mr. Sandman was

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Inclusivity Not Included

The 3rd annual Woman’s March strolled by over the weekend — a tiny fraction of its former self.  Two years ago, close to a million protesters converged on Washington, D.C., while this year’s event “appeared to attract only thousands,” The Washington Post reported, “mirroring lower turnout at marches . .

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Skepticism in Order

It is not a question of “belief,” says Anastasios Tsonis.  In “The overblown and misleading issue of global warming,” this emeritus distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee explains that in a “scientific problem ‘believing’ has no place,” going on to clarify:  “In science, we either prove or disprove.” And

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