Politics (page 8)

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    Human freedom

    Carlo Lancellotti has done the English-speaking world a great service in translating and commenting on the work of Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce. Consider “Augusto Del Noce on the ‘New Totalitarianism'” from the summer 2017 issue of Communio, which elucidates Del Noce’s views on ‘scientism’ and transcendence. In…
    Joseph Coletti, December 17, 2018
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    Shining a light on legal corruption

    While allegations of illegal government corruption are generating headlines, Derek Hunter reminds us at TownHall.com that some forms of corruption remain legal. What I don’t like is when people whose salaries we’re all paying use more of our tax dollars to pay off people they’ve harassed and keep…
    Mitch Kokai, December 17, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on constitutional lawyer and political pundit David French’s concerns about cultural threats to free speech. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes a case against political “whataboutism,” using the current N.C. absentee ballot controversy as a prime example.
    Mitch Kokai, December 17, 2018
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    Bringing back congressional earmarks

    With Democrats set to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports on their plan to revive a discarded piece of past federal budgets. House Democrats are eager to revive the notorious earmark, which is any provision that allocates cash to…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    America’s intolerable tolerance

    If you attended this week’s John Locke Foundation presentation from David French, you heard a preview of his latest column for National Review Online. French contends today’s America is “intolerably tolerant.” When you think of the sheer vindictiveness of what happened to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, it takes…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators have loosed restrictions on the state’s targeted tax incentive program for economic development. Jon Sanders explains why that’s a bad idea during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops offers a firsthand account of North Carolina’s charter school development process. UNC-Chapel Hill business…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    More fiscal notes, please

    We’ve been generally supportive of the General Assembly’s approach to budgeting, even as we’ve cautioned against overspending and continued to seek reforms in the process. Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene highlight North Carolina in their summary of a useful report from the left-of-center Center for Budget and Policy Priorities on…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2018
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    Shining light on budget differences

    Unlike many of their media peers, editors at the Washington Examiner issue no complaints about this week’s televised shouting match featuring President Trump, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer, and House counterpart Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, Pelosi didn’t seem to be enjoying the show she had done as much as…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2018