America’s Apathy Toward Hong Kong Is A Crisis Of ConfidencePosted: August 15, 2019 Filed under: Asia, China, Foreign Policy, History, Hong Kong, Law & Justice | Tags: Apathy, Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, Liberty, propaganda, The Federalist Leave a comment
America’s relative silence over the Hong Kong protests and the impending Chinese crackdown is deafening, and telling. It’s also dangerous.
John Daniel Davidson writes: The protests in Hong Kong that began two months ago have now shut down the city’s airport—one of the busiest in the world—amid violent clashes with riot police in recent days. Chinese troops, we’re told, are amassing along the border even as Chinese propaganda outlets warned Tuesday that protesters were “asking for self-destruction” and Chinese officials decried the demonstrations as “deranged acts” that marked “the first signs of terrorism.”
In other words, it appears the situation is about to get much worse. Why has the American response to all this been so muted? Hong Kong is the most important city in the world right now, and the cause of the pro-democracy protesters is one that all Americans should rally behind.
Yet, rhetorically, it’s not even clear what side the United States is on. President Trump has been content to offer platitudes and unhelpful observations like, “We’ll see what happens. But I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way.” On Tuesday, he tweeted, “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
Okay, thanks for that, president of United States and leader of the free world.
This is the future liberals want… https://t.co/Rq83wuNPTU— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) August 15, 2019
News and social media have largely focused on other stories, like Chris Cuomo flying off the handle at some random guy in New York calling him “Fredo,” or whether the Clintons had Jeffrey Epstein assassinated, or how stupid the 2020 Democratic candidates look eating corn dogs and pandering at the Iowa Sate Fair.
[Read the full story here, at thefederalist.com]
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, protesters are waving the American flag and singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” They do this because they know that America is an idea and that the principles of our Founding are universal. 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
‘If you’re a lawyer arguing against free speech at the Supreme Court, be prepared to lose’Posted: June 19, 2017 Filed under: Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Berkeley, David French, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of speech, Lawsuit, Liberty, National Review, SCOTUS, Ted Wheeler, United States, University of California Leave a comment
Free Speech Wins (Again) at the Supreme Court
David French writes:
… Given existing First Amendment jurisprudence, there would have been a constitutional earthquake if SCOTUS hadn’t ruled for Tam. The Court has long held that the Constitution protects all but the narrowest categories of speech. Yet time and again, governments (including colleges) have tried to regulate “offensive” speech. Time and again, SCOTUS has defended free expression. Today was no exception. Writing for a unanimous Court, Justice Alito noted that the Patent and Trademark Office was essentially arguing that “the Government has an interest in preventing speech expressing ideas that offend.” His response was decisive:
[A]s we have explained, that idea strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”
Quick, someone alert the snowflakes shouting down speeches on campus or rushing stages in New York. There is no constitutional exception for so-called “hate speech.”
Indeed, governments are under an obligation to protect controversial expression. Every justice agrees. The ruling is worth celebrating, but when law and culture diverge, culture tends to win. The law protects free speech as strongly as it ever has. The culture, however … (read more)
Source: National Review
In two First Amendment rulings released this week, the justices argue they’re saving would-be censors from themselves.
Matt Ford reports: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two notable victories for free-speech advocates on Monday as it nears the end of its current term. The two First Amendment cases came to the Court from starkly different circumstances, but the justices emphasized a similar theme in both rulings: Beware what the free-speech restrictions of today could be used to justify tomorrow.
In the first case, Matal v. Tam, the Court sided with an Asian-American rock band in Oregon named The Slants in a dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The PTO had denied band member Simon Tam’s application to register the group’s name as a trademark, citing a provision in federal law that prohibits the office from recognizing those that “disparage” or “bring … into contempt or disrepute” any “persons, living or dead.” Read the rest of this entry »
[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] Is America an Imperialist, White-Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy?Posted: January 21, 2017 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Academic Left, American Enterprise Institute, Barack Obama, Capitalism, Christina Hoff Sommers, Democratic Party (United States), Donald Trump, Economic freedom, equality, Factual Feminist, Feminism, Free market, Imperialism, Liberty, media, news, Patriarchy, patriot, Republican Party (United States), United States, video Leave a comment
Gender scholars like bell hooks argue that American is an imperialist, white-supremacist, capitalist patriarchy. Is she right? The Factual Feminist responds. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Every High School Principal Should Say ThisPosted: August 29, 2016 Filed under: Education, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: America, Bernie Sanders, Character, Cultural Marxism, Democratic Party (United States), Dennis Prager, Diversity, High school, Identity Politics, Individual, Left-wing politics, Liberty, pluralism, race, School Principal, Teacher, United States Leave a comment
If every high school principal said this, it would change students’ lives and would change America. So what exactly should every high school principal say? Dennis Prager explains.
[VIDEO] Deirdre McCloskey: What are the Biggest Misunderstandings about Capitalism?Posted: June 29, 2016 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Capital, Capitalism, Equality under the law, Free market, Industrial Revolution, Liberty, Rule of Law, The Enlightenment Leave a comment
What are the biggest misunderstandings about capitalism? Deirdre McCloskey, professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, argues that contrary to common belief, it’s not the amount of capital that has been amassed which sets the last two centuries apart, but rather the explosion of innovation—which in turn has made the capital investment worth it.
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Tacitus: ‘The More Corrupt the State, the More Numerous the Laws’Posted: December 23, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, History, Humor, Law & Justice, Politics | Tags: Classical, Greece, Law, Liberty, Rome, Tacitus Leave a comment
CATO: Happy Bill of Rights Day!Posted: December 15, 2015 Filed under: History, Politics | Tags: American History, Bill of Rights, Civics, Civil Libertarianism, Civil Rights, Congress, Liberty, U.S. Constitution, United States Leave a comment
Today: 224th Anniversary of the Bill of RightsPosted: December 15, 2015 Filed under: History, Law & Justice | Tags: America, Bill of Rights, Civil Rights, Congress, Founders, Liberty, U.S. Constitution 1 Comment
[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
Eugène Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People (1830), Louvre-Lens, ParisPosted: November 13, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, War Room | Tags: #ParisAttacks, 11-13-2015, Eugène Delacroix, France, French Revolution, Jihadism, Liberty, Liberty Leading the People, Painting, Terrorism Leave a comment
Source: Eugène Delacroix
R.I.P. Fred Thompson, 1942-2015Posted: November 1, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, History, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: America, Famous Quotes, Fred Thompson, GOP, Liberty, National Review, Quotation, USA 1 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
Freedom Tower, Sept 11, 2015Posted: September 11, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Global, History, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: 9-11, America, Freedom Tower, Liberty, New York City, NYC, Twin Towers Leave a comment
Americans Have More than They RealizePosted: September 7, 2015 Filed under: Economics, Think Tank | Tags: Capital Economics, Consumer confidence, Disposable and discretionary income, Economic growth, Federal Reserve System, Liberty, Output (economics), prosperity Leave a comment
Chelsea German writes: According to Gallup, more Americans think of themselves as “have-nots” today than at any point since Gallup began posing the question almost thirty years ago, while fewer Americans see themselves as “haves.” (Please see Emily Ekins’s earlier post for an in-depth analysis from a different angle). But do Americans actually have less in 2015 than in 1988? Let’s dig into the data to see whether Americans might have more than they realize.
2015 is the first year when Americans spent more money dining out than they spent on groceries. Let’s examine why that might be. In 2015, U.S. GDP per person (adjusted for inflation) reached an all-time high. At the same time that average personal wealth is rising, many necessities like food are going down in price. As a result, spending on the basics takes up a smaller and smaller share of an American’s personal disposable income—dropping from 39% in 1988 to 32% in 2013. This means that Americans have more money left at the end of the day, which they can then choose to save, invest, or spend on luxuries like dining out.
Not only are Americans wealthier on average, but they are also working less. The average American worker in 2015 works 30 fewer hours in a year than her counterpart in 1988, and yet is almost $18,000 dollars richer in real terms.
HumanProgress.org advisory board member Mark Perry recently pointed out that today’s young Americans may actually be the luckiest generation in history, based on what they can buy with earnings from a summer job….(read more)
Source: Cato @ Liberty
JFK On IsraelPosted: March 16, 2015 Filed under: History, Politics, White House | Tags: Democracy, Israel, JFK, John F. Kennedy, Liberty 1 Comment
‘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
WEAPONIZED: Cartoonist Francisco J. Olea (Chile) for #CharlieHebdoPosted: January 7, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, Comics, Global, Religion, War Room | Tags: #CharlieHebdo, Cartoonists, Civil Rights, Freedom of speech, Freedom of the press, Islamism, JE SUIS CHARLIE, Jihadism, Liberty, Massacre, Paris 2 Comments
Cartoonist Francisco J. Olea (Chile) for #CharlieHebdopic.twitter.com/rzmJyP7lxI
— Gilles Klein (@GillesKLEIN) January 7, 2015
Tweet the actual covers instead of the mere #JeSuisCharlie. They are, after all, what the bullies can’t handle. pic.twitter.com/7Hxv7EKaG9
— Landon Ross (@LandonRoss) January 7, 2015
SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT PROUDPosted: January 7, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, Global, Mediasphere, Religion, War Room | Tags: blogs, Charlie Hebdo, Civil Rights, Freedom of speech, I AM CHARLIE, Islamism, JE SUIS CHARLIE, Jihadism, Liberty, Magazines, murder, Newspapers, Terrorism Leave a comment
JE SUIS CHARLIE. #CharlieHebdo – Say it loud and in a clear voice in your own language: I AM CHARLIE! pic.twitter.com/WvaINXZnJD
— Séainín Brennan (@SeaininBrennan) January 7, 2015
AFP staff worldwide to hold a minute’s silence at 1730 GMT in solidarity with satirical newspaper #CharlieHebdopic.twitter.com/n3lICgelok
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) January 7, 2015
Crowds forming in Paris in a demonstration of solidarity. Via @RomainShellerpic.twitter.com/SuNq5jSdiV
— Breaking News Feed (@PzFeed) January 7, 2015
Big crowd for #JeSuisCharlie at Trafalgar Square pic.twitter.com/OiBzfd2eW3
— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) January 7, 2015
Paris for Charlie Hebdo. Via @BaptisteC_ pic.twitter.com/ftciExFMvW
— Negar Mortazavi (@NegarMortazavi) January 7, 2015
David Boaz: Things to Be Thankful ForPosted: November 27, 2014 Filed under: Law & Justice, Think Tank | Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Barack Obama, Benjamin Franklin, equality, Freedom of speech, Liberty, Rule of Law, Self Government, Slavery, Thomas Jefferson, United States, United States Declaration of Independence 2 Comments
David Boaz writes: Not long ago a journalist asked me what freedoms we take for granted in America. Now, I spend most of my time sounding the alarm about the freedoms we’re losing. But this was a good opportunity to step back and consider how America is different from much of world history — and why immigrants still flock here.
If we ask how life in the United States is different from life in most of the history of the world — and still different from much of the world — a few key elements come to mind.
[Check out David Boaz‘s book “The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties” at Amazon]
Rule of law. Perhaps the greatest achievement in history is the subordination of power to law. That is, in modern America we have created structures that limit and control the arbitrary power of government. No longer can one man — a king, a priest, a communist party boss — take another person’s life or property at the ruler’s whim. Citizens can go about their business, generally confident that they won’t be dragged off the streets to disappear forever, and confident that their hard-earned property won’t be confiscated without warning. We may take the rule of law for granted, but immigrants from China, Haiti, Syria, and other parts of the world know how rare it is.
Equality. For most of history people were firmly assigned to a particular status — clergy, nobility, and peasants. Kings and lords and serfs. Brahmans, other castes, and untouchables in India. If your father was a noble or a peasant, so would you be. The American Revolution swept away such distinctions. In America all men were created equal. Thomas Jefferson declared “that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.” In America some people may be smarter, richer, stronger, or more beautiful than others, but “I’m as good as you” is our national creed. We are all citizens, equal before the law, free to rise as far as our talents will take us.
Equality for women. Throughout much of history women were the property of their fathers or their husbands. They were often barred from owning property, testifying in court, signing contracts, or participating in government. Equality for women took longer than equality for men, but today in America and other civilized parts of the world women have the same legal rights as men. Read the rest of this entry »
Freedom and Plenty for AllPosted: November 20, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere | Tags: 1623, America, Colonial America, Farming, Harvest, Liberty, Magazine, media, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, vintage Leave a comment
Ellis Island, Past and Present: Tracing the First Steps of Millions to AmericaPosted: November 17, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: 20th century, America, Citizenship, Ellis Island, EUROPE, Immigration, Liberty, media, Migration, Washington Post 2 Comments
Ellis Island, past and present: Tracing the first steps of millions to America.
Milton Friedman on EqualityPosted: November 6, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: equality, Freedom, Heritage.org, Liberty, Milton Friedman Leave a 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
Unafraid: New York City SkylinePosted: September 11, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: 9-11 Memorial, Freedom Tower, Liberty, Lower Manhattan, New York City, Photography, Twin Towers Leave a comment
Hope in the ShadowsPosted: July 8, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Humor, Politics | Tags: Capitalism, counterculture, design, graphics, Liberty, Marxism, Poster Art, satire, typography 2 Comments