by | Mar 28, 2020

The plague has brought in some fresh air. For a number of years, I have led a small, devoted group of students in study of texts from the Chabad Chassidic tradition. The group is comfortable, friendly, and open. It has…

by | Mar 10, 2020

China’s government could be the coronavirus’ biggest victim. The crisis effect on China could be much like the coronavirus itself: Not universally dangerous, but especially so to those whose health is compromised already. While China has long appeared economically and…

by | Mar 5, 2020

Bad news, Bernie. Really bad news. When billionaire Mike Bloomberg joined the Democrat debate stage two weeks ago in Nevada, a brooding Bernie Sanders looked ready to pounce on him screaming, “Capitalist reptile!” The old codger glanced, grimaced, growled at…

by | Feb 12, 2020

Millennials love socialism. They like redistributive social policies. They want everyone “taken care of.” The purveyors of current American socialist policy are a communist, Bernie Sanders, and current “democrat socialists” aka “the Squad.” Millennials haven’t connected the totalitarian means being…

by | Feb 9, 2020

There is no more fundamental liberty than the right to respond to one’s creator. Belief in the transcendent obviously varies, which is good reason for the state to stand clear as people respond to something infinitely mysterious and powerful. When…

by | Feb 6, 2020

Consider what follows a thought experiment, or a hypothetical, if you will, as an August 28 Economist/YouGov poll of the Democratic primary race had Joe Biden holding a 24-to-20 advantage over Elizabeth Warren for the pole position, with just 14…

by | Feb 1, 2020

After Robert Mueller laid his egg in March, filing a much-anticipated report that contained no evidence of Trump–Russia collusion, John Brennan, Barack Obama’s CIA director, admitted, if only for a nanosecond, that he had blown it. “I don’t know if…

by | Feb 1, 2020

Lately I have been watching Netflix as fast as my old eyes will let me. Not just the usual Netflix about who was Himmler’s favorite accountant at Auschwitz or how gay Ernst Röhm was. Nor about Hitler sneering as Berlin…

by | Jan 28, 2020

The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground by Justus Rosenberg (William Morrow, 288 pages, $28.99) There’s a mini-trend just now in the book publishing biz. It seems to have dawned simultaneously on many 95-plus year-old veterans…

by | Nov 28, 2019

Hong Kong’s people used local elections to make their preferences clear. They want to live in a free society. No propaganda and threats from Beijing will change that. Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have decisively lost the…

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