We’re in a new Cold War. Hong Kong, like Berlin before it, is the first battlePosted: August 17, 2019 Filed under: Asia, China, Foreign Policy, Global, History, Hong Kong, War Room | Tags: Cold War, Communism, Freedom Leave a comment
Continued American silence will convince China that it can advance on other fronts. We must show Beijing that Hong Kong’s freedom isn’t up for grabs.
Marion Smith writes: Would the United States have let the Soviet Union invade West Berlin? Never. Yet America is on the verge of allowing Communist China to enslave the free city of Hong Kong. If this happens, it will be one of the greatest abdications of U.S. moral leadership in history.
Right now, Communist China is massing paramilitary forces on its border with Hong Kong. The purpose appears obvious: Intimidate the pro-freedom movement that has brought parts of the city to a standstill in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Beijing’s rulers have labeled Hong Kong’s protesters “terrorists,” while stating that “those who play with fire will perish by it.” The echoes of the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago are unmistakable.
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These developments are eerily familiar to the Soviet Union’s attempts to dominate West Berlin. Yet the United States always made it clear that we would defend the city. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan even traveled there personally, proving by their presence that America stood with its residents.
Compare that with today. The best President Donald Trump can muster is a tweet: “Everyone should be calm and safe!”
A new Cold War
It’s time to admit that we’re in a new Cold War. The blockade of Berlin in 1948 was widely seen as the opening salvo of the decades-long struggle between freedom and communism. With Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong already well underway, maybe now we’ll admit that another struggle has arrived. The Soviet Union is gone, and America’s new adversary is the Chinese Communist Party.
Yet unlike the first Cold War, this time it’s unclear whether America has the will to win. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Is Jonah Goldberg Turning Into a Libertarian? It Sure Sounds Like ItPosted: July 8, 2018 Filed under: History, Reading Room, Think Tank | Tags: Freedom, Jonah Goldberg, Libertarianism, Liberty, Nick Gillespie, Reason.tv Leave a comment
The Suicide of the West author explains his anti-Trumpism, evolution on culture-war issues, and growing attraction to libertarianism.
In his new book, Suicide of the West, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg talks of what he calls “the Miracle”—the immense and ongoing increase in human wealth, health, freedom, and longevity ushered in during the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution.
At turns sounding like Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, and economist Deirdre McCloskey, Goldberg writes, “In a free market, money corrodes caste and class and lubricates social interaction. Capitalism is the most cooperative system ever created for the peaceful improvement of peoples’ lives. It has only a single fatal flaw: It doesn’t feel like it.”
As his book’s title suggests, Goldberg isn’t worried the world is running out of resources. He’s troubled by our unwillingness to defend, support, and improve customs, laws, and institutions that he believes are crucial to human flourishing.
“Decline is a choice,” he writes, not a foregone conclusion. While he lays most of the blame for our current problems on a Romantic left emanating from Rousseau, he doesn’t stint on the responsibility of his own tribe of conservative fear-mongers and reactionaries. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] ‘Don’t Be a Sucker’: Post-WW2 Anti-Fascist Educational Film, 1947Posted: July 2, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Education, History, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: 1940s, American exceptionalism, Anti-fascism, Bill of Rights, Don't Be a Sucker, Educational Film, Fascism, Freedom, Liberty, propaganda, Subversive, video Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Freedom 101Posted: February 5, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: 1960s, American exceptionalism, Barry Goldwater, Democratic Party (United States), Freedom, JFK, Liberty, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Republican Party, RFK, Ronald Reagan, United States, USA, video, White House Leave a comment
A video crash-up covering the political landscape of the 1960’s, featuring MLK, RFK, JFK, Malcom X, Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater.
[VIDEO] Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016Posted: August 15, 2016 Filed under: Education, Law & Justice, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Appalachia, Cato Institute, Economic freedom, Eminent domain, Freedom, Patrick Michaels, property rights, Public policy, Reform, Regulations, Taxation, United States Leave a comment
How free is your state? Find out! The Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 index from the Cato Institute measures freedom across a range of over 200 policies and across personal, regulatory and fiscal dimensions.
Source: Cato Institute
[PHOTO] Statue of Liberty & One World TradePosted: November 13, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Mediasphere, The Butcher's Notebook, U.S. News | Tags: America, Flag of the United States, Freedom, Liberty, Liberty Bell, New York, One World Trade Center, Photography, Staten Ilsand, Statue of Liberty, Twitter, United States, United States Capitol Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Penn Jillette on Being Offended: Outtake from ‘Can We Take A Joke?’Posted: October 16, 2015 Filed under: Education, Humor, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Can We Take A Joke?, comedy, Fire, First Amendment, Free speech, Freedom, media, Offended, Penn Jillette, Speech Codes, TheFire.org Leave a comment
[VIDEO] The Philosophy of Liberty is Based on the Principle of Self-OwnershipPosted: September 18, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Freedom, Liberty, Ownership, Property, Self-Ownership Leave a comment
Texas Dept of Public Safety’s New Tourism AdPosted: May 7, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Crime & Corruption, Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets, Humor, Law & Justice, Self Defense | Tags: Freedom, Freedom of speech, Guns, Islamism, Jihadism, Lone Star State, Pamela Geller, Rick Perry, satire, Ted Cruz, Terrorism, Texas, Tourism Leave a comment
Today is World Press Freedom DayPosted: May 3, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Asia, Censorship, Diplomacy, Global, Mediasphere | Tags: First Amendment, Freedom, Freedom of the press, journalism, media, news, World Press Freedom Day Leave a comment
by 尊子 (jun tze) | apple daily @ 3may15
today is world press freedom day
‘Paris Est Charlie’: L’arc de Triomphe TonightPosted: January 9, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Breaking News, Censorship, Global, Mediasphere | Tags: Charlie Hebdo, France, Freedom, Freedom of speech, Freedom of the press, Islamism, JE SUIS CHARLIE, L’arc de Triomphe, Liberty, Paris, Paris Massacre, Terrorism, Twitter 1 Comment
mashable.com – #JeSuisCharlie pic.twitter.com
Milton Friedman on EqualityPosted: November 6, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: equality, Freedom, Heritage.org, Liberty, Milton Friedman Leave a comment
Umbrella Up, Hong Kong Makes TIMEPosted: October 1, 2014 Filed under: Asia, China, Global | Tags: Freedom, Hong Kong, media, Time, Umbrella Revolution, Universal suffrage 1 Comment
[VIDEO] Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks at YalePosted: September 18, 2014 Filed under: Censorship, Education, Mediasphere, Politics, Religion, Think Tank | Tags: Ayann Hirsi Ali, censorship, Freedom, Intolerance, Islam, Jihadism, Liberty, Muslim Students Association at Yale, William C. Buckley Jr. Program Leave a comment
Womens-rights activist and Islamic critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at Yale University earlier this week, at the invitation of the university’s William F. Buckley Jr. Program for an event titled “Clash of Civilizations: Islam and the West.” Ryan Lovelace covers the event for NRO