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Why Can’t America Fill a Pothole?

Why Can’t America Fill a Pothole?

From left-wing Democrat to right-wing Republican, everyone loves infrastructure. We all want safe bridges, smooth roads, and world-class airports. So why can’t we have them? Why are America’s bridges falling down, our roads riddled with potholes, and many of our major airports dilapidated? Why can’t the United States build or repair infrastructure like European and Asian countries do? The answer is not complex. America doesn’t have better infrastructure because of two groups: environmental activists and labor unions. What has happened…

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Israel’s Legal Founding

Israel’s Legal Founding

Of all the countries that have come into existence in the last century, no country’s birth certificate is more legitimate than that of Israel. One reason is that many of the men who founded the country — Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinosky, David Ben Gurion, Menecham Begin, and Yitchak Shamir — were either lawyers or had legal training. They were obsessed with “making it legal.” Unlike almost every other country, lawyers, not generals, were the midwives of Israel’s birth — or…

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Why Isn’t There a Palestinian State?

Why Isn’t There a Palestinian State?

If Israel just allowed the Palestinians to have a state of their own, there would be peace in the Middle East, right? That’s what you hear from UN ambassadors, European diplomats and most college professors. But what if I told you that Israel has already offered the Palestinians a state of their own – and not just once, but on five separate occasions? Don’t believe me? Let’s review the record. After the breakup of the Ottoman Empire following World War…

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Who Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Who Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

If the Nobel Peace Prize was given out to people who truly made the world a more peaceful place, one group would win every year: the United States military—the US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines. Now, you may be thinking, how can you award a peace prize to a group whose purpose is to fight wars? Fair question. I’ll tell you how: because the reason we are free, the reason anyone on earth today is free, is ultimately thanks…

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Which One Are You: Ideologue or Pragmatist?

Which One Are You: Ideologue or Pragmatist?

One of the staple arguments of American liberals, from Presidents Woodrow Wilson to Bill Clinton, from education reformer John Dewey to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman is that they “don’t believe in labels.” Liberals are “pragmatists,” and “realists,” and “empiricists.” They only care about “what works.” Conservatives, meanwhile, are “ideologues” – or extremists, or dogmatists, or just plain lunatics – who are blinded by ideology. Here’s what President Barack Obama said on the subject: “What is required is a…

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How Do You Deal With Painful Truths? Left vs. Right #4

How Do You Deal With Painful Truths? Left vs. Right #4

At the core of left-wing thought is a denial of painful realities, the denial of what the French call les faits de la vie, facts of life. Conservatives, on the other hand, are all too aware of the painful realities of life, and base many of their positions on them. One example of this left-right difference is the differing attitudes toward human nature and responsibility for evil. When liberals blame violent crime on poverty, one reason they do is that…

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How Big Should Government Be? Left vs. Right #1

How Big Should Government Be? Left vs. Right #1

One of the most important differences between the Left and the Right is how each regards the role and the size of the government. The Left believes that the state should be the most powerful force in society. Among many other things, the government should be in control of educating every child; should provide all health care; and should regulate often to the minutest detail how businesses conduct their business — in Germany, for instance, the government legislates the time…

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Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say?

Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say?

I’m an atmospheric physicist. I’ve published more than 200 scientific papers. For 30 years I taught at MIT, during which time the climate has changed remarkably little. But the cry of “global warming” has grown ever more shrill. In fact, it seems that the less the climate changes, the louder the voices of the climate alarmists get. So, let’s clear the air and create a more accurate picture of where we really stand on the issue of global warming or,…

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Who Is Karl Marx?

Who Is Karl Marx?

Ideas have consequences. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. And sometimes catastrophic – like the ideas of Karl Marx. Born in Trier, Germany in 1818, Marx didn’t invent communism. But it was on his ideas that Lenin and Stalin built the Soviet Union, Mao built communist China, and innumerable other tyrants, from the Kims in North Korea to the Castros in Cuba, built their communist regimes. Ultimately, those regimes and movements calling themselves “Marxist” murdered about 100 million people and enslaved more…

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Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids

Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids

You may not realize it, but you are currently funding some dangerous people. They are indoctrinating young minds throughout the West with their resentment-ridden ideology. They have made it their life’s mission to undermine Western civilization itself, which they regard as corrupt, oppressive and “patriarchal.” If you’re a taxpayer—or paying for your kid’s liberal arts degree—you’re underwriting this gang of nihilists. You’re supporting ideologues who claim that all truth is subjective; that all sex differences are socially constructed; and that…

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