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Boycotts and Moral Convictions—A Dangerous Double Standard


At the most basic level, commerce is simply a matter of exchange between two parties, both of whom consider the exchange beneficial. It should be uncontroversial to observe that this perceived benefit is often not merely material or financial. Human beings are not simply material utility-maximizers. We are moral beings with higher-order duties, responsibilities, and […]

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Rotten to the Core


Very little introduction is necessary here; the headline and sub-headline say it all. And in the interest of brevity, because we’ve a lot of ground to cover just in recounting a small sample of the ugly revelations continuously pouring out of WikiLeaks’ document dumps against the Clinton machine and the Democratic Party, we’ll just get […]

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Not Just One Civil War


On Sunday’s Meet the Press, NY Times columnist Tom “I can’t believe people still take me seriously” Friedman suggested that “maybe the (Republican Party) just needs to crash and burn. This version of the Republican Party needs to die so out of the ashes, just as a new Democratic Party came out of the post-McGovern, […]

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A Vote for Hillary Is a Vote for Single-Payer


Throughout this election cycle, Hillary Clinton has insisted that she doesn’t favor single-payer health care. Prepare yourself for a shock — she’s lying. As early as 1994, she described the future of our medical delivery system thus: “I think the momentum for a single-payer system will sweep the country … if it’s not successful the […]

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Why Donald Trump Should Sue Hillary Clinton


Sunday If you look up the fake-sounding but real name “Jessica Drake” on even a mild porn site, you get your choice of “Jessica Drake–Anal,” “Jessica Drake–Threesomes,” “Jessica Drake–Lesbian,” and some that I cannot repeat in this wholesome magazine. But a quick look tells you that this extremely long-in-the-tooth “porn star” has done just about […]

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Rolling Stone Goes to Trial


Journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely has been on the stand in Charlottesville’s federal court the last few days, defending her indefensible acts. “It was a mistake to rely on someone whose intent it was to deceive me,” she cried, weeping at her own misfortune. Nicole P. Eramo, a former associate dean of students at University of […]

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Partial-Birth Murder Is What Truly Disqualifies Hillary


In the twelve-step world there is a joke: the 12 steps keep us from killing ourselves and the traditions keep us from killing each other. America is a society of rules, and America is a society of traditions. The rules protect us from each other and the traditions supposedly protect us from ourselves. Donald Trump, […]

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Speaking Truth to Power Becomes Sucking Up to Power


Despite a past Democratic nominee inventing the internet, the current party standard bearer struggles terribly with gizmos, gadgets, and other doohickeys associated with interweb technology. Hackers CC the emails of since-removed DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and current DNC chair Donna Brazile to, well, everyone. But Hillary Clinton wants us […]

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Should a Catholic Vote for Hillary or Trump?


Homily preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., on the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (EF), 16 October 2016, at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Manhattan. Almighty God has been very good  in giving us as the day’s Gospel passage that of Our Lord’s famous admonition to “render to Caesar what is […]

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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Puppies


London I am in jolly old London for a Spectator debate over America’s presidential candidates, Donald Trump and What’s Her Name. London is resplendent as ever, and my wife is patrolling my behavior lest I hazard our bank account by popping into Anderson & Sheppard to order another suit and seek psychiatric refreshment at this […]

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