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Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

Ideological orthodoxy, taken to its logical end, cannot produce a blueprint for the governance of a democracy. All it can do is sow hatred and division, opening the door for tyranny.

– Editors

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A Better Way to NATO

A Better Way to NATO

Professor James R. Holmes writes in The Diplomat (“A Clausewitzian Biew of NATO”) that it is time we put Europe on notice: if you are not going to pay to defend yourself, neither are we. We will match our spending levels to yours, but we will not fight your wars for you. Brilliant.

Let’s tell our “allies” in Asia the same thing. We will always stand by our friends, but friends don’t let frends…

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In Defense of a Messy System

In Defense of a Messy System

The folks at the Strategic Studies Quarterly offer a review of Louis Fischer’s new book defending both the US Congress and the Constitution. Read this review and you’ll be buying the book.

In writing Defending Congress and the Constitution, Fisher does not seek to be an apologist for the failings of Congress. On the contrary: he points us toward a reinterpretation of the various roles of…

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Visiting the Puzzle Palace

Visiting the Puzzle Palace

We focus much here on the problem of government dysfunction and waste, so it is only fair to point out examples of smart administration when they arise.

The Pentagon, which holds a special place in the conservative heart for the importance of its mission (the national defense,) also belongs in the conservative mush-pot for its inability recruit, train, arm, and field the US armed forces either…

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I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics ever since.

- Robert Downey, Jr.

A Time to Heal a Nation

A Time to Heal a Nation

Rabbi Hillel said “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?

As Americans we have been given great gifts, and in most cases gifts for which we ourselves did not have to work. It is only fitting that we reach out and seek to care for others around the world in need of food, of shelter, of safety.

But we must be mindful of a painful…

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Police and Liberty

To Name and to Name Not | National Review Online. Kevin Williamson at the NRO calls it: the police in Ferguson have become a greater threat to liberty than the looters. We’re all for law and order, but we must always be watching the guardians.

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Getting Beyond the Rhetoric

We need reasonable definition rather than passionate demagoguery: at what point does a police officer become a stormtrooper? 

ISIS beheads American journalist James Foley in graphic video posted online

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Freelance journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria by ISIS, and video of the execution was posted online as a warning to President Obama to stop air strikes against the terrorist group. At the end of the beheading, the video shows a second American journalist who ISIS threatens to execute…

"Leo, I am not frightened. I am going to blow them off the face of the earth with the fury of G-d’s own thunder. 

Get the commanders.”

— President Jeb Bartlet, The West Wing, “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc.”

Even Space is Politicized

Even Space is Politicized

SpaceX’s Musk Doesn’t Get It « AmericaSpace. If you want to know what is keeping America’s aerospace industry from becoming a horse that pulls the nation out of recession and into the future, read this article. The upstarts (SpaceX et al) and the old farts (Lockheed, Boeing, et al) are fighting it out for government launch business on Capitol Hill, not the market. Ridiculous.

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Book of the Week: Rise of the Warrior Cop

Book of the Week: Rise of the Warrior Cop

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
Radley Balko 

PublicAffairs; July 2013;
400pp Hardcover.

Given the events in Ferguson, it is clear that the time has come for us all to understand how our Boys in Blue are being turned into stormtroopers.

Balko is not one of those reporters who can be readily dismissed as a left-wing cop-baiter. His research has been widely…

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Solar Power Employs More People than Coal: So What?

Solar Power Employs More People than Coal: So What?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says there are more U.S. jobs in solar industry than coal mining
PolitiFact Rhode Island
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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has been widely quoted online as claiming that the solar power industry now employs more people than coal. On the surface, that’s a good thing, if for no other reason than legislators like Senator Whitehouse need worry less about upsetting people…

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Democracy, Policy, and the Experts

Democracy, Policy, and the Experts

The Death Of Expertise
Tom Nichols
The Federalist
January 17, 2014

The Internet has been accused of many things. It has been condemned as a destroyer of value. It has been reviled as the hiding place of gangsters and perverts. And now, in the pages of The Federalist, self-styled social science and public policy expert Tom Nichols accuses it of destroying expertise.

Nichols’ point, brutally…

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Must-Read: Kareem on Ferguson

Must-Read: Kareem on Ferguson

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, TIME, August 17, 2014. You may not agree with everything Mr. Abdul-Jabbar says in this op/ed (I don’t), but it is one of the more balanced pieces I have read about Ferguson and what it represents. We need more reasonable voices: they make diagnosing and fixing the problem much easier than demagogues.

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The Boycott Question

Last Sunday, an old schoolmate and I were discussing the fact that Starbucks recently felt compelled to disclose that, contrary to Internet rumors, its Jewish CEO had not made donations to Israel or to the IDF. My friend, who like me is Jewish, was bothered by the fact that the CEO had not made donations to Israel. I was bothered by the invasion of that individual’s liberty. No company, I…

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