• Is There a Russian Conscience? A European?

    When I was a graduate student at Columbia University's Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it? Those who held the organic view argued that the change from czar to commissar was only…

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  • The Jewish State in a Morally Sick World

    Let's drop the names “Hamas” and “Israel” and make a list of the characteristics of two imaginary warring entities. We'll call them Entity A and Entity B. Entity A: –Declares that its raison d'etre is to annihilate Entity B. –Sends missiles to explode in the most populated parts of Entity…

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  • America Won’t Be Good without God

    On page 563 of his latest biography — John Quincy Adams: American Visionary — author Fred Kaplan (biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Gore Vidal among others) cites this insight of the sixth president: Christianity had, all in all, he believed, been a civilizing force, “checking and…

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  • Why the Left’s Preoccupation with the Redskins?

    Given how much evil there is in the world; given how many signs of moral, intellectual and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why the American Left is preoccupied with the name Washington “Redskins.”…

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  • LA Mayor Exemplifies America’s Decline

    Last week, during the official celebration of the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, told a jammed Staples Center that “there are two long-standing rules for politicians . … They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and…

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  • Pope Francis: Pets Can’t Replace Children

    Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged. The pope criticized “these marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being … convinced us: It's better not…

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  • Who’s Racist?

    No day passes without a Democratic politician, a left-wing commentator, or, if I may be excused a redundancy, a left-wing academic labeling Republicans and conservatives racist. Given the power of repetition, one consequence is that many Americans, especially young ones, believe that one side of the political spectrum — the…

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  • A Young College Grad Calls My Show

    Last week, on my radio talk show, I received a call from Jeff, a 21-year-old in North Carolina. I have abridged it and edited it stylistically. JEFF: I wanted to respond to your question about America being feared in the world. You brought up Syria. I think it's a little…

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  • Why the Left Doesn’t Care about Bad Economic News

    Most conservatives, and just about all independents, have a huge misperception of the left. They think that the gulf between conservatism and leftism is primarily about means, not goals. This perception is wrong. It is their goals that are irreconcilable. And until conservatives, independents and the Republican Party understand this,…

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