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    Today’s Jacobins

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online compares today’s American political leftists to a group of 18th-century French radicals. By mid 1793–4, the radical Jacobins had successfully completed their hijacking of the French Revolution. They openly enacted agendas that might have seemed impossible in the heady days of…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
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    Who Was the Author of the Declaration of Independence?

    Thomas Jefferson, right? It depends. At the time of the adoption of the Declaration of Indpendence by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1776, Jefferson was not recognized as the author. As Matthew Wills notes in his thought-provoking text “[t]he document was drafted by a committee made up of John Adams,…
    Kory Swanson, January 31, 2019
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    Democratic socialists and totalitarians

    Ronald Radosh explains in a Washington Free Beacon column why “democratic socialists” aren’t as cool as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might lead you to believe. When it comes to understanding the crisis in Venezuela, the new self-proclaimed democratic socialists revert to the old trope of Stalinist era lefties. In the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 29, 2019
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    Gridlock is Good for the Economy

    Although legislative gridlock is a top concern of the American public, Investor’s Business Daily argues that gridlock saves the American tax payer a lot of money. Among other things, rates of spending are checked, and other potentially costly programs are held at bay by the lack of consensus. However,…
    Kory Swanson, January 15, 2019
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    A reminder of Reagan’s last presidential warning

    John Fund of National Review Online turns the clock back 30 years to revisit Ronald Reagan’s final words as president. Ronald Reagan was characteristically upbeat and optimistic when he addressed the American people for the final time as president 30 years ago this past Friday. His farewell address…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    When Apple chose Austin over Raleigh for its major new expansion project, some N.C. economic developers fretted about another “loss” for the Tar Heel State. Jon Sanders analyzes Apple’s decision for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the significance of a recent federal…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2019
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    Facism, Exorcism, and Maintaining Your Sangfroid

    Speaking to those on the left who unreflectively believe the specter of Facism has reared its head in the United States and elsewhere, Mark Lilla offers cautionary advice in response to a critique of a recent essay he wrote on the French Right. For those concerned about the antiliberal forces gaining…
    Kory Swanson, January 3, 2019
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    Reading a classic

    Casey Chalk urges Federalist readers to make at least one resolution this new year: Read The Iliad with your kids. There are many reasons — its cultural influence, its conservatism, its relevance to religious belief, and its portrayal of human virtue (and vice) — you should push this…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2019