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    Against ‘Justice Democrats’

    David Marcus of the Federalist offers an unusual comparison between a group he labels “Justice” Democrats and neoconservatives. Neoconservatives, who were in many ways the dominant foreign policy manufacturers of the 1970s through the 2000s, never had much of a popular constituency. There were never tens of millions…
    Mitch Kokai, June 25, 2019
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    Baby Boomers Indicted

    In a previous blogpost, I cited Economist Lyman Stone’s American Enterprise Institute paper, Red, White, and Gray. In a summary published today at the Atlantic, Stone draws some harsh conclusions about my generation: The political ascendancy of the Boomers brought with it tightening control and…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Biden and the segregationists

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist explores Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s history working with segregationist senators. … [T]he historic record shows Biden was far more than merely “civil” with segregationists. His early interactions can be more accurately described as obsequious. Biden hadn’t negotiated with political rivals to push…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Hamilton and today’s debt

    Jim Grant argues in the latest Barron’s that the nation’s first Treasury secretary would object to the current state of federal government debt. Nobody cares about the deteriorating federal finances, but who doesn’t adore Hamilton? Logically, you can hardly ignore the deficit, while paying as much as $1,691…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Coleman Hughes on Reparations

    Though he’s still just an undergraduate, Coleman Hughes has already established himself as an original and articulate thinker, especially when it comes to the topic of race relations in America. He testified today at the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Bill H.R. 40 (the slavery reparations bill). You can read his…
    Jon Guze, June 21, 2019
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    ZIP code school assignment a vestige of enslavement?

    I did not have an opportunity to watch the Congressional hearing about reparations, but this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education caught my eye. The author writes, Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College, in North Carolina, presented evidence for reparations based on postslavery abuses.
    Terry Stoops, June 20, 2019
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    Biden’s past comes back to bite him: Segregationist edition

    Toby Harnden of the Washington Examiner highlights another aspect of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s political history that might not play well with today’s Democratic primary voters. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential front-runner, singled out two notorious segregationists who were his party colleagues in the Senate in the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    In Case You Missed It

    Monday was the birthday of one of America’s great inventors. Ruth Graves was born on June 17, 1903, and in 1938 she invented the chocolate chip cookie. From her biography on Wikipedia: In 1930, [Graves] and her husband bought … the Toll House Inn … [l]ocated about…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019