Called “arguably the greatest American in the 20th century,” during his 95 years, Norman Borlaug probably saved more lives than any other person. He is one of just six people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And yet Borlaug, who died three years ago today, is scarcely [...]
The wisdom of enforcing the First Amendment against government efforts to squelch speech—even corporate speech—was made real to supporters of same-sex marriage last week. T-Mobile, the cell phone powerhouse, announced it was contributing $25,000 to the campaign supporting Initiative 74, the Washington State ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In doing [...]
If you take the rural Tennessee back roads that meander east out of my home county of Rutherford and into Cannon County, you’ll soon find yourself at the front gates of Short Mountain Distillery, a 300-acre farm that produces authentic, small-batch Tennessee Moonshine, Bourbon, and Whiskey. Short Mountain is one of six new distilleries that [...]
Poetry, says Plato, has no good place in a well-ordered society. The power it exercises over people can be dangerous, he believes, and the crowd it attracts is often undesirable. It could corrupt the young. Modern Americans may sympathize with this position if they fail to examine their assumptions about poetry. They may dismiss poetry [...]
In the post-recession environment of high unemployment and slow growth, there has been a lot of talk about the need to protect American jobs and to rein in the trade policies of other countries (read: China) that are viewed as “unfair.” It’s an understandable outgrowth of domestic frustration and worry, but it betrays a misunderstanding [...]
America is a great country, but its greatness doesn’t come from its power or its resources. It comes from the American Dream — the idea that anyone can come up with a good idea and, through perseverance and the sweat of their brow, can make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities. [...]
Few things are as enduring and permanent in American politics as the administrative state. The endless list of federal agencies—including such vital commissions as the “Board of Tea Appeals”—gives crushing weight to Milton Friedman’s quip, “Pick at random any three letters from the alphabet, put them in any order, and you will have an acronym [...]
If you’re on the government teat, perhaps you shouldn’t expect it to lactate cigarettes. That’s the commonsense position Jackie R. Whiton took as a clerk at a Big Apple convenience store in New Hampshire a couple of months back. When a young man tried to purchase a couple packs of smokes with his Electronic Balance [...]
In a recent post for the American Enterprise Institute, Mark J. Perry argued that concert and sports fans who get upset at ticket scalpers have it all wrong. “Everybody seems to despise them: musicians, music and sports fans, promoters, sports teams, and concert venues,” he wrote. “You would think they were talking about Osama bin [...]
In a crudely-titled op-ed published on the Daily Beast last week, author Stephen King joined the ranks of the super-rich demanding higher taxes. After taking several cheap shots at Governor Chris Christie’s, R-N.J., weight, King expresses frustration at the governor’s suggestion that rich people concerned about tax revenue should simply write voluntary checks to the [...]
A Vet for Freedom talks health care.
Our fascination with super-sized families.
Imagine a 17-year-old who does not want to attend college (or at least not right away); who finds parsing Macbeth maddeningly immaterial; who yearns to learn a practical skill and put it to use; who feels his personal strengths are being ignored and wasted. Too often, such a pupil has no other options. He has no educational choice.
The fact that John Updike, who died January 27 at age 76, spent so much of his time reviewing books rather than writing more novels says something about how important he considered literary discussion and debate. We’re likely to see less of both with the announcement that the Washington Post is ceasing publication of its Sunday stand-alone book review section.
A “new era of responsibility” has quickly emerged as the tagline for President Barack Obama’s inaugural address. Yet new eras of responsibility seem to begin every four years in Washington. La plus ça change…
With wars, famines, plagues and even pirates besetting Africa, the continent desperately needs the world’s help. Although it hasn’t gotten much attention—or praise—for its efforts, the U.S. has been providing lots of help in recent years. In fact, for all its flaws, the beleaguered Bush administration deserves credit for elevating Africa to more than a foreign policy footnote.
There seems to be no dirtier word in the English lexicon today than “neocon”. To the Left, neoconservatism is tantamount to fascism or Nazism; to the traditional Right, it is pure heresy. But the recent glut of obituaries is premature. The neoconservative school of thought still has a lot to teach us.
The man sitting next to me is having a rough day. Bleary-eyed, shirt untucked, hair in mild disarray: He looks like life is moving faster than he’d like. Apparently, he thinks so as well; he’s reading a piece of Jehovah’s Witness literature on “How to Take Control of Your Life.” He’s sucking down his second beer with obvious relish, and it’s enough to make me think about getting a pint. But I won’t. Because we’re on a bus, and it’s 6:45 in the morning. Just another day on Foothill Transit, Line 187: the Murder Bus.
Having exhausted bluster, jingoism, personal attacks, incessant accusations of media bias and outright dishonesty, the appeal to history seems to be the only arrow left in the neoconservative quiver. Yet given how poorly people comprehend current events, is it hard to believe that history won’t be that cruel to George W. Bush?
Churches today risk losing their tax exempt status when they preach about politics from the pulpit. What most Americans don’t realize is that this state of affairs is a result of past partisan posturing, not constitutional principle.
A little more than a month has passed since the FBI released its cache of evidence against Bruce E. Ivins, the Army microbiologist accused of planning and executing 2001’s anthrax attacks-by-mail. A closer look at what we know doesn’t exactly instill confidence in the Bureau’s case.
In the minds of many, Obama’s accomplishment represents the fulfillment of the dream Martin Luther King Jr. articulated in August of 1963. Yet while Obama’s skin color may indeed make his nomination unprecedented, whether his candidacy actually embodies the principles that make Dr. King’s dream inspiring to so many is another matter.
The fascinating untold story of Big Dairy, Big Government, and the war on unboiled milk.
Tax policy has unforeseen consequences, oftentimes most hurting those it is designed to benefit. Strip club taxes are a case in point.
With the recently-passed FISA legislation, Congress has in large part forfeited its ability to check the power of the Executive. This should worry us much more than any specific rights we might have lost as citizens.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Joseph Hammond
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Emma Elliott Freire