Esther Goldberg

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Esther Goldberg is a lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia.


What the Hell Is John Kerry Up To in Syria?


In an extraordinary column, the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin reports that our intrepid Secretary of State John Kerry, whose brilliant negotiating skills were responsible for the disastrous Iran Nuke Deal, is currently working on yet another cease-fire agreement in Syria with the Russians, all of his previous attempts having come to naught. This endeavor is […]

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The Children of Darkness: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen


Had Leonard Cohen’s fans understood that he was a culture warrior, it’s unlikely that he would have achieved the pinnacle of popularity as a pop star, for they would have been greatly offended. Leonard Cohen was politically incorrect, but his followers lacked the cultural context that gave depth and meaning to his work. Early on […]

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What’s Wrong With Them? The Misguided Establishmentarian Right


Amongst Republicans there are two kinds of Trump-haters: the never-Trumpers who boast that they’ll never support him, and the non-never-Trumpers who say they’ll do so, but only by holding their noses. By their timidity, the latter reveal the tragic flaw that has prevented Republicans from winning elections. They’ll advance their arguments in favor of the […]

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It Takes a Certain Kind of Stupid to Be a Political Commentator


Do journalism schools have a course called Stupidity 101, or is this something one picks up like a virus after working in the industry for a few years? I’m talking about the kind of stupidity that’s not found in folks who have real jobs or small businesses. Folks who have to worry about the slings […]

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Hillary: Demonic Possession or Natural Depravity?


When I saw the headline in the National Catholic Register, “World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91,” I was struck by a coup de foudre. “François,” I remarked to my husband. (His name is Francis, but my Quebec roots were asserting themselves.) “If we assume demonic possession, the mysteries that have surrounded Hillary […]

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A Meditation on the Void and the Presidential Election


There she stood in the doorway I heard the mission bell And I was thinking to myself ‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell’ —“Hotel California,” The Eagles I was delighted last Saturday to come across an article in the Wall Street Journal that was about something unrelated to contemporary events. Only, in […]

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A Haircut, an International Peace Conference, and a Sick Old Woman


Is it like this In death’s other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone. —The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot We learned yesterday that the socialist president of France, M. Hollande, spends $132,000 per year — or about $11,000 per month — […]

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We Need to Talk About Hillary Clinton


Along with its efforts to demonize Donald Trump, the mainstream media has mounted an effort to prove that Hillary Clinton is not the heartless robot she appears to be. True, she communicates the same level of humanity as a 200-pound cockroach, but the New York Times has a solution. It suggests a woman whose health […]

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Understanding the Libertarian Case for Free Trade


Much is being written these days about “free trade” (generally said to be good) versus “protectionism” (generally said to be bad). Not only is this a false dichotomy, but few economists bother to tell us what they mean by the term “free trade.” A notable exception is my friend, and eminent Libertarian economist, Pierre Lemieux. […]

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The Neocoms and the Souls  of Our Children


I’m talking about Neocommunists, of course. It’s the name that, in a recent article, I proposed to give to the former neocons who’ll now vote for Hillary Clinton, or whomever the Democrat nominee might be. Even Bernie Sanders, the man who brought his wife Jane to honeymoon in the Soviet Union in 1988. The Neocoms […]

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