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Cowards All Around

Just-retired Scot Peterson is a millionaire, thanks to the generous taxpayers of Broward County, Florida. You know Peterson as the sheriff’s deputy assigned to protect students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, who, instead of entering the building where the shooter was mowing down 17 unarmed students and teachers, protected

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Seattle, taxes, homeless tax, business

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is …

A half a year ago, when trying to make sense of the much-publicized search for Amazon’s “HQ2” — a second headquarters city, away from Seattle — I concentrated on the subsidies that cities and metro areas were apparently throwing at Amazon. It all seemed desperate, indecent. But there was a story

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Grading Democracy on the Curve

Voters, we are told, are amazingly ignorant. So, what to do? “Ultimately, the ideal democracy is one in which as many citizens as possible vote,” writes Dambisa Moyo at The Guardian, “and the voters are armed with the most objective information. Yet today only a fraction of the electorate are

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A Sanctuary from Centralization

Defiance . . . nullification. It is a trend. I take it as a sign of our contentious times that we now witness states in open rebellion against centralized control from the Imperial City of Washington, D.C., while cities and counties are also rattling the chains set by their respective

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The Propriety of Cultural “Appropriation”

Young Keziah Daum committed a terrible crime. She wore a traditional Chinese dress and displayed it online. No wonder she was chastised by hordes of frothing guardians of cultural purity. Many Chinese themselves say they find the criticism baffling. Perhaps they are burdened by common sense. They are probably not

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Exit Strategy Advised

The First Amendment applies only against governments, but our free speech rights can be violated by nearly anyone. These days, these rights are most notoriously and routinely violated by mobs of students . . . attending colleges and universities nearly all of which depend upon taxpayer subsidies. David E. Bernstein,

Milo Yiannopoulis, Democratic Socialists of America, Churchill Tavern, New York, Nazi

Include/Exclude

The right of free assembly is central to a free society. Not everyone understands this. Last week, conservative/“cultural libertarian” provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis went into the Churchill Tavern in New York to dine with fellow gay journalist Chadwick Moore. Also in the establishment? The New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists

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The Centre Cannot Hold

The British may spell their words in funny ways, but their political problems do not seem all that foreign. Their left-of-center party has gone far left, Marxoid left; their right-of-center party has gone ultra-incompetent. A healthy majority of Brits disapprove of both parties. So, no wonder many Brits are looking

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The Cuban Slavery-and-Freedom Sandwich

How easy is it to mix freedom with just the right amount of slavery? New York Times reporter Azam Ahmed regards the attempt to mingle political opposites as noble or at least understandable. He doesn’t call Cuban Communism and its destructive effects “bad” — it’s a “unique tapestry.” He wonders,

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The Shallow State

Amidst all the talk of The Deep State, we are in danger of losing track of a parallel problem: the Shallow State — which, despite lack of depth, is very wide. I am referring to government employees who increasingly abandon any pretense of impartiality. And the public institutions that protect

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Fiddling with the Franchise

In 2013, Tacoma Park, Maryland, became the first place in the U.S. to allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections.* Now, Washington, D.C., Councilman Charles Allen, “inspired by the high-schoolers who are campaigning for gun control and filled D.C. streets last month in a massive protest that mesmerized the country,”

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Bias and Blindness

Neither stretching the truth nor ignoring it helps beat back implicit or explicit racism.  Yesterday, my Townhall.com column took the Washington Post to task for misstating the results of a recent GAO report. The GAO noted wide discrepancies between the percentage of students facing disciplinary actions who are black, male and

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