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    Chinese communism resembles all other types: Some are more equal than others

    Therese Shaheen writes at National Review Online about fundamental contradictions baked into the brand of communism employed in the People’s Republic of China. The forced encampment by the Chinese Communist Party of nearly 2 million members of minority groups in China’s western Xinjiang province is perhaps the largest…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    Exposing a COVID-19 ‘obesity trap’

    Jack Butler writes at National Review Online about an unhealthy side effect of the coronavirus pandemic. … [T]wo aspects of the coronavirus era have become clearer. Both of them concern weight, and both suggest that one of the key ways our society reacted was an obvious mistake —…
    Mitch Kokai, 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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    Martin Center column critiques UNC governing boards

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center accuses UNC System governing boards of “fiddling while reason burns.” The “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) paradigm is sweeping through academia. Its increasing use as an ethical basis for enacting university policies is no small matter. Rather, it is monumental: it signals a…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    Coke, baseball, and disturbing changes in America

    Clarice Feldman of the American Thinker ponders disturbing changes in two staples of American life. Until very recently, it would have been hard to imagine anything more iconic of American life than Coca Cola and baseball. Today both remind me of Benito Mussolini’s corporatist – aka, fascist —…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    Voter ID remains popular despite Democrats’ attacks

    Kerry Picket writes for the Washington Examiner about the continuing popularity of voter identification. According to an Associated Press poll, 72% of respondents support showing a photo identification in order to vote. Between the parties, 91% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats support the policy. A similar result…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    Biden’s green energy plans raise questions for union allies

    Rebecca Rainey and Eric Wolff write at Politico about concerns from one of President Biden’s traditional allies. President Joe Biden touted his $2 trillion infrastructure plan as a “once-in-a-generation” effort to tackle climate change while creating millions of “good paying jobs.” Some unions warn that it may ultimately…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021