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    A history lesson for Churchill critics

    Ben Shapiro explains at National Review Online why critics should reassess their antagonism toward famed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. This week, former astronaut Scott Kelly got himself into hot water with the political Left. How? In an attempt to lament the Republican celebration over the confirmation of…
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2018
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    Federalist columnist defends the Enlightenment

    Robert Tracinski of the Federalist responds to an argument that the Enlightenment has fallen short of providing an “ideal of rational justification.” Enlightenment ideas have a long track record, and a review of that record demonstrates that the ideal of rationality is not an illusion. It is a…
    Mitch Kokai, October 2, 2018
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    Changing narrative about the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings

    Jonathan Tobin reminds us at National Review Online that the popular political narrative about the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas involves some historical revisionism. For Democrats, Thomas’s 1991 confirmation illustrated the political establishment’s contempt for women. For Republicans, the attacks on Thomas were a smear…
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2018
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    “Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate”

    That’s the title of a recent WSJ piece by Shelby Steele. Here are a few excerpts: How did the American left—conceived to bring more compassion and justice to the world—become so given to hate? It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation…
    Jon Guze, September 25, 2018
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    Another failed European empire?

    James Stavridis writes for Bloomberg that the European Union needs help to avoid the fate of the old Austro-Hungarian empire. Walking the streets of Budapest along the banks of the Danube, one is constantly reminded of the glories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The grand buildings hearken back to…
    Mitch Kokai, September 24, 2018
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    Senate, Supreme Court, and power

    Jay Cost argues at National Review Online that the federal government’s upper legislative chamber and its highest court hold more power than the Founders would have been likely to support. In the context of 1787, the design of the Senate made a great deal of sense. Yes, it…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2018
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    Remembering Adam Clymer’s Carolina Journal connection

    As you peruse accounts of veteran New York Times reporter Adam Clymer’s recent death at age 81, you might enjoy revisiting his 2008 conversation with Carolina Journal Radio. The conversation focused his book on the politics surrounding the controversial Panama Canal treaty. Kokai: A lot of people will…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Carolina Journal Radio marks its 800th weekly episode by highlighting some of the most interesting figures to appear on the program over the past 15 years. Among the notable interviewees: Fred Barnes, Arthur Brooks, Charles Cooke, Steve Forbes, Robert George, Jonah Goldberg, Mary Katharine Ham, Andrew McCarthy, Deroy Murdock, Charles…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2018