History (page 7)

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    The Nixon pardon revisited

    Jay Cost of National Review Online writes in praise of the 39th American president. This weekend mark[ed] the 45th anniversary of arguably the most amazing moment in the history of the presidency. President Gerald Ford issued former president Richard Nixon a full, unconditional pardon for any crimes he…
    Mitch Kokai, September 10, 2019
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    New text reminds us America is a ‘land of hope’

    Historian (and former JLF Headliner) Wilfred McClay discusses themes from his new textbook in the latest edition of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis. McClay’s American history survey is titled Land of Hope. First, there is the theme of America as a land—not just an idea, but also a people…
    Mitch Kokai, September 6, 2019
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    Progressives and the Constitution

    Jay Cost of National Review Online probes progressives’ attitudes about our nation’s governing document. Last week, conservatives in the Twitterverse had a good chuckle at the expense of MSNBC host Chris Hayes for something he said about the Electoral College on his show. “The weirdest thing about the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 5, 2019
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    Language and ‘cultural appropriation’

    Alec Dent writes at National Review Online that the evolution of language doesn’t amount to negative “cultural appropriation.” Late last week, BuzzFeed published an article on the phrase “sksksksksk,” which was . . . about as silly as you’d imagine. The long and short of its argument? Among…
    Mitch Kokai, September 4, 2019
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    “The origin and catalyst for momentous and foundational ideas of western liberal democracy.”

    That’s how a John Locke scholar characterizes a recently discovered manuscript by our namesake.  A recent article in the Guardian describes how the manuscript came to light: Dated to 1667-8, the manuscript titled “Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others”, was previously unknown to academia. It had been owned…
    Jon Guze, September 3, 2019
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    Tan-suit anniversary and media mishaps

    Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner comments on an interesting anniversary from the Obama era. Five years ago, former President Barack Obama revealed at a White House press briefing that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Members of the press and a handful of right-wing…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2019
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    Hood analyzes new nationalists for National Review

    John Hood’s latest column at National Review Online delves into the beliefs and goals of new nationalists. [W]hat really frustrates me isn’t the persistence of special pleading across shifts in partisan control — which is, as Burke pointed out, a predictable manifestation of unalterable human nature. It’s that a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 28, 2019
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    NYT revives the ‘King Cotton’ thesis

    Recent “HeadLocke” guest Phillip Magness writes for National Review Online that a new high-profile project from the New York Times revives a discredited historical argument. “I say that cotton is king, and that he waves his scepter not only over these 33 states, but over the island…
    Mitch Kokai, August 28, 2019