History (page 9)

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    Democratic socialists and totalitarians

    Ronald Radosh explains in a Washington Free Beacon column why “democratic socialists” aren’t as cool as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might lead you to believe. When it comes to understanding the crisis in Venezuela, the new self-proclaimed democratic socialists revert to the old trope of Stalinist era lefties. In the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 29, 2019
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    Gridlock is Good for the Economy

    Although legislative gridlock is a top concern of the American public, Investor’s Business Daily argues that gridlock saves the American tax payer a lot of money. Among other things, rates of spending are checked, and other potentially costly programs are held at bay by the lack of consensus. However,…
    Kory Swanson, January 15, 2019
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    A reminder of Reagan’s last presidential warning

    John Fund of National Review Online turns the clock back 30 years to revisit Ronald Reagan’s final words as president. Ronald Reagan was characteristically upbeat and optimistic when he addressed the American people for the final time as president 30 years ago this past Friday. His farewell address…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    When Apple chose Austin over Raleigh for its major new expansion project, some N.C. economic developers fretted about another “loss” for the Tar Heel State. Jon Sanders analyzes Apple’s decision for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the significance of a recent federal…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2019
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    Facism, Exorcism, and Maintaining Your Sangfroid

    Speaking to those on the left who unreflectively believe the specter of Facism has reared its head in the United States and elsewhere, Mark Lilla offers cautionary advice in response to a critique of a recent essay he wrote on the French Right. For those concerned about the antiliberal forces gaining…
    Kory Swanson, January 3, 2019
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    Reading a classic

    Casey Chalk urges Federalist readers to make at least one resolution this new year: Read The Iliad with your kids. There are many reasons — its cultural influence, its conservatism, its relevance to religious belief, and its portrayal of human virtue (and vice) — you should push this…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2019
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    About that era of greater civility

    Philip Wegmann of the Washington Examiner offers a history lesson for those who decry today’s political incivility. Obama and Clinton certainly weren’t sinless when they squared off during the 2008 Democratic primary. He said, “She’ll say anything and change nothing.” She said he was an empty suit full…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2018
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    Bush and the world order

    Yuval Levin devotes a National Review Online column to placing George H.W. Bush’s life in context. In the wake of this weekend’s sad news, many have noted that George H.W. Bush strikes us now as a figure from another era. Bush’s career spanned that era, and his death…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2018