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Younger Winston

Daniel Johnson: Why the World Needs a Younger Winston. “There is no hope without fear,” wrote Spinoza in his Ethics, “and no fear without hope.” Today, the West is haunted by fear. It was Spinoza, together with Locke, who won […]

Sex

The Nation: Sex and the GOP. In the media spectacle that is the 2010 midterm elections, women of the GOP are playing starring roles. They have figured prominently in nearly every plot and subplot that holds any real interest or […]

Intellectuals and Society III

Jeremy Rabkin reviews Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell. Previous links about the book here and here.

Ridicule

Street Clowns, Enlightenment Secularists and the Jesters of Late Night Television by Yervand Kochar. French mystic Eliphas Levi had the most profound, yet, mostly ignored observation about his compatriot Voltaire when he said that Voltaire was a great man but […]

Confrontation

Pamela Geller on her recent confrontation with Bob Beckel.

Nobel-Worthy

A different take on the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey story linked to here.

Public Will

Tim Cavanaugh: Public Employees vs. the Public Will. “Many state and local governments have made the mistake of courting the votes of public employees by fattening salaries and benefits, all the time imagining that pension-fund investments could only go up,” […]

Exactly Right

Lawrence Auster has it exactly right. Obama told the Muslim world in Cairo in 2009 that “I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” It’s […]

A Makeover

Good advice. With his job approval rating sinking to the mid-40% range, Barack Obama needs a makeover. I’ve never been a big fan of the president, and his ratings suggest a majority of Americans are coming around to my point […]

White America

The Village Voice: White America Has Lost Its Mind. About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel. It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white […]

Debate

Mickey Kaus on last night’s Brown vs. Whitman debate.

Deficits

WSJ: The Pelosi-Reid Deficits. Blame Congress, not presidents Bush or Obama, for our perilous fiscal situation. Read the column here.

States Next

CNBC: States Are Poised to Be Next Credit Crisis for US. See here.

Proud

The Washington Times reviews Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Proud to Be Right. You can browse inside the book here.

Contempt

David Zurawik: Is Obama launching a new fall attack on Fox News? Last year at this time, President Obama and his top White House advisers were about to launch a disastrous campaign against Fox News. I say disastrous because the […]

Cosmology

Cosmology, Cambridge Style: Wittgenstein, Toulmin, and Hawking. See here.

Islamophobia

The “Islamophobia” Weapon by Robert Spencer. “The Muslim world is going through an unprecedented difficult and trying time,” said the Secretary General of the 56-state Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, on Friday. One might reasonably have thought that […]

Not Surprising

Atheists do better than Evangelicals on a religious knowledge quiz.

Consequences

Reason reviews Libertarianism, from A to Z, by Jeffrey A. Miron.

Bigmouths

God’s Bigmouths by Christopher Hitchens. See here.