History

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    The woke mob and the ‘wrong side of history’

    Steven Watts writes for the Federalist about challenging the political left’s approach to America’s past. “In times of change and danger,” wrote the novelist John Dos Passos, “a sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary present.” For the battalions of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2021
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    Biden, Cooper et al. need Canute thinking

    Case declines in Texas, Mississippi, and other states that got rid of strict executive orders to "fight" COVID-19 is publicly ripping off "the mask of the All-Wise Central Planner who can dictate even the progress of a virus." How? By showing that the case declines are "consistent with natural seasonality as well as expanding natural immunity along with vaccine-induced immunity …, the natural progress of the virus, not with mask mandates."
    Jon Sanders, April 6, 2021
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    Who are today’s Ronald Reagan and Johnny Carson?

    Over the weekend I sat down with a book I pick up occasionally and read a few pages chosen at random. I was too young to fully appreciate Johnny Carson’s humor and interviewing skills during his prime. It’s only through watching “The Tonight Show” on You Tube that I’ve become…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on the dispute between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers over Opportunity Scholarships. Donald Bryson’s CJ Opinion highlights the Scottish roots of freedom on National Tartan Day.
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    Revisiting Forrest McDonald’s Jefferson Lecture in praise of the Constitution

    In the office, Bob Luebke and I got into a recent discussion on the late historian Forrest McDonald (1927-2016). McDonald was a professor who spent much of his time at the University of Alabama and wrote extensively on early America and its founding. Luebke mentioned the…
    Ray Nothstine, April 5, 2021
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    The presidency our founders created

    Joseph Bessette and Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute remind us about the role the president is supposed to play in our constitutional system. … [W]hen it came time to craft a new constitutional order for the federal union, a more capable and independent executive was needed.
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    CJ’s Ray Nothstine explores 50-year-old ‘Hardhat Riot’

    Carolina Journal’s Ray Nothstine writes for Law and Liberty about the David Paul Kuhn book, The Hardhat Riot. Pat Buchanan is largely credited with coining the term “silent majority,” but he made another prescient observation regarding the antics of the student radicals of the late 1960s and early 70s,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2021
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    Cancel culture comes for Adam Smith

    Daniel Klein writes for National Review Online about a particularly poor target for the cancel culture crowd. The political left often invokes “race” to intimidate its opponents when arguing against them. That impetus may not be conscious, but the effect can be real. A case in point concerns…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2021