History (page 7)

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    The importance of protecting the Constitution

    James Buckley writes at National Review Online that people must understand and respect the Constitution’s safeguards in order to protect them. In my view, the serious problems we face these days are in major part the result of our abandonment of the Constitution’s limits on federal authority. American…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2019
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    French considers Notre Dame’s impact

    David French of National Review Online reflects on the impact of the fire that gutted Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. On March 9, 1996, I walked into the great cathedral on the morning of my wedding day. The gravity of the moment was starting to sink in, and I…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2019
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    Walter Williams bemoans millennials’ embrace of socialism

    Walter Williams‘ latest column at DailyWire.com focuses on millennials’ misguided approach toward socialism. If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it’s their solid support for socialism and socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Socialism has produced tragedy wherever it…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2019
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    “Gettysburg and Us: Reflections on the Civil War and our current state of division”

    That’s the title of a recent City Journal post in which  E.M. Oblomov compares the current conflict between left and right with the older conflict between North and South. Here’s an excerpt: Our current politics is sometimes described as a “cold civil war,” but I don’t think that’s…
    Jon Guze, April 9, 2019
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    Martin Center column recalls ‘radical experimental’ mountain college

    Anthony Hennen writes for the Martin Center about an interesting piece of North Carolina’s higher education past. Just east of Asheville, Black Mountain College (BMC) was founded in 1933 and survived for 24 years until closing due to funding issues and a lack of students. But before it did,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2019
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    Martin Center president highlights atypical American history textbook

    Jenna Robinson’s latest Martin Center column focuses on a history textbook that bucks current trends. From the very beginning, it’s clear that Wilfred M. McClay’s Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story isn’t a typical textbook. The title alone alerts readers that McClay’s book will not…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2019
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    “The Perils of Zero-Sum Worldviews on the Left and Right”

    That’s the title of a thoughtful post by Ilya Somin on the Volokh Conspiracy blog. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but here are a few excerpts: Some may find it surprising that the perpetrator of the recent horrific New Zealand terrorist attack that killed fifty…
    Jon Guze, March 20, 2019
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    Attacking history doesn’t make the present any better

    Victor Davis Hanson muses at National Review Online about those who engage in “waging war against the dead.” The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019