Gated City Upon a Hill

In New York City you will find about a quarter-million African-born immigrants, most of whom trace their origins to Ghana. Though they are far from birth home, many still consider themselves part of Ghana’s Ashanti ethnic group and are card-carrying members of the Asanteman Association of the USA. The motto of which, Kum Apem a, […]

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Make America Serious Again

In a recent article in Canada’s National Post, Rex Murphy excoriated the state of politics and ideology in the United States, and more specifically the Green New Deal: 21st-century American politics is the era of the child. To wish is to do. The replacement of education with self-esteem sermonettes, the stripping of intellectual competence from […]

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Gutenberg’s Press

Before Johann Gutenberg’s press, most medieval Europeans depended on oral communication to spread just about any message. Perhaps only 30 percent of Europeans were even literate. Gutenberg changed all of that—and changed history. Before Gutenberg, the creation and spread of ideas were painstaking, slow, halted, and inviscid. After Gutenberg, ideas could be generated and spread […]

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When Congress Turned On to Globalism

July 1967. The Summer of Love. The Doors and Jefferson Airplane topped the charts. Young people flocked to San Francisco to turn on, tune in, and drop out. “All across the nation, there’s a whole generation with a new explanation,” the pop balladeer told us. Indeed, wild utopian ideas were not confined to San Francisco. […]

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A Fine and Dangerous Madness

To make sense of the recent spate of hysteria on the Left, it helps to understand how their minds work—or, as they like to say, connect the dots. The shortest route between an isolated instance (Jussie Smollett, John Wayne) and a knee-jerk cry of racism, sexism or some other pet -ism is from one neuron […]

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Explaining the Left, Part VI: Do Leftists Believe What They Say?

Truth is not a left-wing value. I first discovered this as a graduate student studying the Soviet Union and left-wing ideologies at the Russian Institute of Columbia University School of International Affairs. Everything I have learned since has confirmed this view. Individuals on both the left and right lie. Individuals on both the left and […]

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Leftist Arguments Are About Power, Not Truth

In “White Privilege Doesn’t Mean Anything,” Mark Bauerlein notes that accusations of white privilege are made “not to signify a social and historical condition, but to control a situation.” He’s right. But leftists argue this way for a reason. It’s not just that “white privilege” is an ad hoc explanation for more than 50 years […]

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Who’s Afraid of Socialism?

As Democrats now openly flirt with programs like a $30 minimum wage, Medicare for All, confiscatory tax rates for top earners, and a “Green New Deal” their hard left turn is no longer a matter for esoteric discernment. It’s fairly clear. Yet, using a well-worn playbook, Republicans can only lamely counter that these policies are […]

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Progressing America Into the Abyss

Leftists self-identify as “progressives.” Yet anyone with a scrap of sanity and a rudimentary understanding of their philosophical antecedents, as well as their injurious policy prescriptions, objectively identifies the Left not as “progressive” but as “regressive.” Their incessant, implacable lust to destroy the American Revolution’s novel birth of individual freedom and replace it with an […]

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Attack of the Watermelon People

Supposedly, the “Green New Deal” is “green” because it would help the environment. But a close reading of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed resolution reveals a deal that looks more red than green. The freshman congresswoman from New York released more specifics of her sweeping idea this week. In simpler times, we called extreme environmentalists “watermelons,” […]

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