Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, is the author and editor of several books, including The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction) and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway).

Fighting Violent Extremism by Teaching Tolerance

 

Although terrorism understandably has become the focus of U.S. foreign policy, the problem of religious intolerance and violence is far broader. As Islamic extremism has erupted throughout the Middle East, most dramatically in Iraq and Syria, Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities are being driven from their historic homes. What to do? U.S. “public diplomacy” […]

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Why the Meltdown Over Kavanaugh

 

The end of the world is coming. At least, that is what the Left believes will happen if the Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It will be the legal equivalent of Armageddon. Head for the hills, or Canada, for refuge! No doubt the appointment matters. Right-leaning presidents have squandered many opportunities to […]

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Democratic Litmus Tests: Abortion and Nothing But Abortion

 

There was a time in American history when people did not look to the Supreme Court to decide the legality of abortion. That didn’t stop Americans from debating the issue. By 1973, many states were liberalizing their laws. Even Ronald Reagan proved less than doctrinaire when he signed legislation dramatically loosening restrictions on abortion in […]

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Religious Persecution Again Rises Worldwide

 

Religious persecution is on the rise worldwide. Real persecution, including death and prison for people of faith. American Christians fear that they are glimpsing their future. Activists hostile to religion are using control of cultural institutions, business, and government bureaucracies to punish believers. Still, what happens elsewhere is different in kind. Every year hundreds or […]

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The Supreme Court and the ‘Travel Ban’

 

I believe the misnamed travel ban is stupid policy. If the president is worried about terrorism, he should ban Saudi citizens. Saudi Arabia provided fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers, Saudi citizens financed al-Qaeda, the royals contributed some $100 billion to spread intolerant, terrorist-friendly Wahhabism around the world, including in America, and the regime is […]

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Harley-Davidson Deserves Trump’s Wrath — Mostly

 

You have to love President Donald Trump. As a businessman he was ruthless in squeezing every last dollar from every opportunity. He famously refused to pay his bills, forcing others to sue him. And he routinely used bankruptcy as a weapon against his creditors. Moreover, to lower costs he produced his products in at least […]

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Anti-Blasphemy Laws Are Blasphemous

 

The profane long has coexisted with the sacred. During earlier ages the secular authorities often sought to protect established faiths by punishing blasphemy. Even where organized religion is dying, the rule sometimes lives on. In October, Ireland will vote on whether to eliminate a clause banning blasphemy from its constitution. The provision, and the corresponding […]

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Should U.S. Trade Troops in South Korea for Norks’ Nukes?

 

The summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un remains off, for now. But the president suggested that he might reverse course again. Especially after the surprise meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, anything seems possible. A Trump-Kim tête-à-tête could fail spectacularly, but it would offer an opportunity […]

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Celebrating 200 Years of Communism

 

Anniversaries are a traditional opportunity for reflection. Two centuries ago Karl Marx was born. Considering the consequences of his life I wonder if I should reconsider my opposition to abortion. He wasn’t a very nice person, as Paul Johnson detailed in his book The Intellectuals. Nor was Marx much of an intellectual. Worse, the consequences […]

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Tax Reform for Progressives

 

Tragic are the moral dilemmas facing liberals. They believe in a redistributionist, socialist state. But they don’t want to live with the consequences of a redistributionist, socialist state. What is a good progressive to do? They can write “The Ethicist” in the New York Times Magazine. Kwame Anthony Appiah is kind of Ann Landers for the […]

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