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Source: (WSJ) Senator Phil Gramm writes: When is the last time you heard a tax-reform advocate point out that today the top 10% of income earners in America pay a larger share of the overall tax burden than anywhere else in the developed world? The most recent study on the distribution of the tax burden among nations was conducted by …

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Written on Oct, 08, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Harvey Weinstein, Fox News, and the Power of Self-Interest By David French Here are his main points: How does it happen that Ailes and O’Reilly could thrive for so long at a network that at least seemed to grant Christians and social conservatives their highest and most powerful media platforms? Aren’t prominent Christians concerned with family values? And how does …

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Written on Sep, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Matt Ridley writes: Here is a simple fact about the world today: • climate change is doing more good than harm. Here is another fact: • climate change policy is doing more harm than good. These are both well-established facts, supported by a great deal of data, as I will demonstrate. Do these facts surprise you? It’s certainly not the …

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There is no point to the search for truth if a political community must remain morally relative toward it. Devolution of the public square into vile ventilation seems inevitable when truth is only the province of individuals and not the community. A morally confident society—one possessing faith in its first principles—can see a principled distinction between restricting the expression of …

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Source: (WSJ) Let’s Get Rational About Disaster Risk Anyone whose labors take him among America’s distinguished elder statesmen, especially those in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor, discovers that our most influential citizens all have one thing in common: a house in Florida. An unfortunate truth is that the value of their Florida coastal property would plummet if they were made to …

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The true God is the Father of the man John Evangelist could call Love Incarnate—and he is nothing but that Father. The true God is the Father of the man Dietrich Bonhoeffer could call The Man for Others—and he is nothing but that Father. The true God is the Father—and nothing but the Father—of the man who raised his friend …

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Free trade is the very opposite of elitism. Its benefits accrue disproportionately to the poor; its costs to the crony-capitalist rich. Matt Ridley, Principles versus rules in free trade

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… the dating market of urban centers (particularly as people marry like, rather than marrying “up” or “down,” a twenty-first-century trend economists term “assortative mating” 23 ). Smart people want to be around other smart people not just for work, but also for friendships and romantic relationships, and over time that results in highly stratified hyper-educated affluent places… Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,

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Written on Aug, 22, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

If the old communists lived long enough to see the world of today, they would be devastated by the contrast between how little they themselves had managed to achieve in their antireligious war and how successful the liberal democrats have been. All the objectives the communists set for themselves, and which they pursued with savage brutality, were achieved by the …

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Written on Aug, 21, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

From the point of view of ideology prevalent in Western societies, communism obviously did not have a good image, but the image it had was not the worst. It never incited the indignation that fascism did, the latter term having catapulted to almost diabolical notoriety and denoting the worst of political evil, always placed on the political Right. For this …

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