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Rep. Ted Lieu, Candace Owens, TDS, Trump Derangement Syndrome, racism, Hitler

In Lieu of Good Judgment

Politicians often dare . . . too much.  But what did Rep. Ted Lieu dare to be last week? Candace Owens’ appearance before the House Committee on the Judiciary caused quite a stir. The subject was hate crimes and white nationalism, and she offered a wider perspective: “We’re not talking

white privilege, Jussie Smollett, Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal

Systemic Refocusing

Everyone comes into this world with advantages and disadvantages.  In the last century, public morality focused on the disadvantaged. Government policy changed dramatically, aiming to help those lacking many obvious advantages. But that focus got fuzzier and fuzzier as the ranks of disadvantaged people remained, even grew larger. Progress was

Betsy Devos, education, special olympics, funding, budget, debt, spending,

Make Others Pay?

Special Olympics has found a way to get kids and young adults with disabilities to feel something important: Able. Three decades ago, as part of a community service requirement, I spent one day each week working with physically and intellectually-challenged adults at Easter Seals in Little Rock, Arkansas. I loved

Rachel Maddow, Russia, investigation, Mueller Report,

The Anti-Orange Man Cult

How do you know you are in an end-time cult? When you won’t accept the complete and utter failure of your prophecies when they come a cropper. So, am I talking about the classic Leon Festinger, Henry W. Riecken, and Stanley Schachter study in social psychology, When Prophecy Fails: A

ethics, post-modernism, age, science, academy, college

Trans-philosophical

Joona Räsänen is a Finn and a “bioethicist” who teaches philosophy at the University of Oslo. But we are not going to talk ontology or mereology or modal logic, here — not intentionally, anyway. The subject is “trans-ageism.” A hotter topic in philosophy? Räsänen has had a paper published in

Bernie Sanders, Finland, health care, socialism, single payer, costs, spending

Finns Fail at Fix

Finland’s government-run health care system is a mess.  This normally wouldn’t faze me much. I have to navigate our American mess, er, system. But Finland’s medical service delivery system is relevant to Americans — as is Denmark’s and Norway’s and Sweden’s — because the current crop of Democratic presidential hopefuls

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Green New Deal, socialism, Greta Thunberg,

The Ominous Linkages

What does a 16-year-old Swedish girl have in common with a popular 29-year-old U.S. Representative? Environmentalism and socialism. The young woman is Greta Thunberg, who spear-headed a “global movement of schoolchildren striking to demand climate change action.” The Representative is AOC, er, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who last month launched her

North Dakota, initiative, citizen initiative, ballot initiative, democracy, suppression

March Sanity

“A public debate on the merits of a measure can reveal its flaws,” the Bismarck Tribune calmly and reasonably editorialized yesterday, “and then we have to trust voters to do the right thing.” “Why are some legislators so afraid to allow North Dakota voters to decide what is in their

socialism, comedy, tragedy, Bernie Sanders, democratic socialism

The Hilarity of a Serious Threat

Is today’s politics tragic or comic? Take the current Democratic Party obsession with socialism. There is nothing more tragic than full-blown socialism: mind-control and the snitch society; purges and mass starvation, with millions upon millions dead. But give them credit: the trendy new Democrats say they’re only for the Nordic

Elizabeth Warren, housing bubble, crash, regulations, finance

Warren’s No Socialist

Senator Elizabeth Warren knows that when people trade, both sides gain. She made that clear last year, in a fascinating interview in The Atlantic. But then she went blithely on, saying that she could fix markets by creating a “level playing field.” Markets create value, but Mrs. Warren asserts that

Bill Clinton, impeachment, sexual, #metoo, sex, scandal

#YouToo?

“Will Democrats regret if they don’t open an impeachment investigation?” NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Heather McGhee, a distinguished senior fellow at Demos. “It’s important, right?” Ms. McGhee responded. “And we can have, you know, Bill Clinton impeached for obstruction of justice about a sexual affair,” she

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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