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Pandemic, Plague, and Protests: Will Chile Join the Sh–hole Country Club?

Lower-case, doctrinaire democrats in America doggedly conflate the “will of the people” across the world with liberty. This Disneyfied view of democracy ignores that, in a democracy, the right to vote gives one man control over another’s life and livelihood.

efore the coronavirus pandemic and the plague of locusts came the protesters. From the affluent locales—Chile, France, Britain, Hong Kong, Catalonia—to the impoverished ones—Algeria, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lebanon and more the world was on fire (to borrow from Amy Chua’s brilliant book). The reasons cited for a worldwide conflagration ranged from […]

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School’s Out Forever?

Homeschooling certainly has its challenges, especially when foisted on families with little or no warning. But many families may find that its benefits outweigh the costs in this time of virus induced homeschooling. Expect the number of permanent homeschoolers to rise as a result.

ith just about every public school in the country closed at this time, the only way for kids to get an education is at home. Many see this as nothing less than tragic. Writing in Education Week, Stephen Sawchuk claims that schools are an “absolute necessity for the functioning of civic culture, and even more […]

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Black Swans and Super Bubbles

America is at a crossroads economically. The immediate challenges are daunting. But the good news is America remains well positioned to lead and inspire the world in the 21st century.

“Black Swan: an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences.” —Investopedia or decades there have been so-called “permabears” claiming that investment returns in the stock market were unsustainable. When the internet bubble popped in 1999, the permabears felt vindicated. But then, starting around 2003, the […]

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Viral Prerequisites and Nationalist Lessons in Time of Plague

Trump’s prior initiatives eased the implementation of many of his most effective orders during this crisis.

resident Donald Trump has courted endless controversies for promoting nonconventional policies and entertaining contrarian views. From the outset, he oddly seemed to have believed that having navigated the jungles of the Manhattan real estate market—crooked politicians, mercurial unions, neighborhood social activists, the green lobby, leery banks, cutthroat rivals—better prepared him for the job than did […]

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Who Will Win the Coronavirus War?

It may be that Americans after coronavirus will be more skeptical of progressive projects, less individualistic, more desirous of national self-sufficiency, more closed off as a society.

ars never leave the world the way they found them. Americans suddenly are at war, not with men or a philosophy, but with a deadly virus from China. The country has not experienced anything as traumatic as the coronavirus outbreak since 9/11, perhaps even since World War II. Millions of Americans are suddenly worried about […]

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Coronavirus Stimulus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What started as a meaningful relief effort for workers and families morphed, as it so often does, into a ride-along for unrelated—and a few ridiculous—provisions designed to benefit certain lawmakers or expand the bureaucracy.

he House of Representatives on Friday passed the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief package and sent it to the president. What initially began as a bill designed to help the workers and families hurt by job loss or disruption caused by government measures to fight coronavirus morphed into an 880-page behemoth. Here are the highlights: […]

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The Wuhan Virus Has Exposed Modern Americans’ Disconnect from Reality

Americans could use a little less “Netflix and chill,” not more.

y now, the Wuhan virus has hit home for everyone. Stores ransacked; schools closed; all large gatherings and events canceled; long-distance travel prohibited; pork-filled stimulus bills written and debated; some major cities enforcing mandatory quarantines. People everywhere now remain anxious in their homes and plan to stay there for at least another month, rationing precious […]

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The ‘Parasite’ Pandemic

People with a platform need to maintain calm while aligning their audiences’ priorities with their own. Calm trickles down, but so does panic. Calm is essential to enduring any crisis. This one is not exempt.

“An exam is like slashing through a jungle. Lose that momentum, and you’re finished.” —“Parasite” (2019) f grocery store shopping in 2020 feels like the “Hunger Games,” watching how many of America’s elected officials, members of the press and celebrities have responded to COVID-19 during quarantine feels like watching “Parasite.” In “Parasite,” the Kims, a […]

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America’s Cultural Left Chooses to Advance Chinese Interests Over America’s

A moment will come—perhaps sooner than later—when the American Left will need to make a choice between advertising the virtues of American government and our way of life or enabling China in their design to take a position as the preeminent global economic power.

eople who follow the news closely likely are aware of how mainstream outlets lambasted President Trump’s use of terms like the “China virus” or the “Chinese virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus. His detractors argue the term is racist, xenophobic rhetoric validating all their criticisms of his personality. As others have demonstrated, critics seem […]

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It’s Not a Choice Between Lives or the Economy

President Trump has shown great leadership during this manufactured crisis. Let’s hope he continues to ponder his observation that we do not want to get ourselves into a situation in which the cure is worse than the disease.

here seem to be shortages of everything these days, not least a shortage of commentary on the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Chinese virus, the Wuhan flu, known to some as the Chinese Communist Party virus, or the CCP virus for short. Since there has been so little discussion of this disease in the […]

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Is the Wuhan Virus Being Used as a Pretext to Stop Gun Sales?

The Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to self-protection. Now is the worst possible time to curtail that right.

re governments using the COVID-19 epidemic as an excuse to slow or stop gun sales? A little-noticed announcement from the FBI this week may soon enable bureaucratic inertia to delay legal gun sales indefinitely. As uncertainty surrounding the social impacts of the Wuhan virus mounts, Americans increasingly have looked to exercise their rights under the […]

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What Doctor Fauci Got Wrong

As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci hindered the development of an effective treatment for HIV/AIDS. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait decades to restart our economy while we wait around for him to find a cure for COVID-19.

he trouble with relying too heavily on expert opinion is that it is often flawed and alarmist. Worse, bureaucrats don’t pay any of the costs of getting it wrong—something we are learning all too well as much of the country remains under house arrest and our economy in tatters. Instead, these taxpayer-funded “experts” simply move […]

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Social Distancing On Track To Prevent 2 Million Coronavirus Deaths, Research Suggests

A new study warns against the dangers of ending social distancing too early, including a prolonged need for radical measures.

he radical social distancing and stay-home measures in place around the United States to prevent the spread of coronavirus may save 2 million lives, according to new scientific research. Bill Gates-funded researchers at the University of Washington, who are advising the nation’s governors and hospitals, forecast that COVID-19 deaths will peak at 81,000 if social […]

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Narrative Painting by Numbers

In our constitutional republic, it’s imperative for public policymakers to adopt sound measures based upon facts and effectively communicate them to the people to garner their consent. Our irresponsible media make that very difficult to do.

n this pandemic, we have multiple and daily reminders about why the corporate-leftist media ranks the lowest in the public’s esteem and confidence—hubris, ignorance, irresponsibility, duplicity, fearmongering, and an abject lack of self-awareness are but a few. For the press, this abysmal reality has been quantified statistically by a recent Gallup poll, wherein “only the […]

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What Price Should China Pay for Causing the Coronavirus Pandemic?

At some point, Beijing needs to be held financially accountable for the worldwide havoc, misery, and death caused by the Chinese virus.

he coronavirus pandemic thus far has spread to more than 145 countries, causing high levels of infection and thousands of deaths. The worldwide costs of combating COVID-19, including efforts to overcome severe economic hardships for millions of people and organizations, undoubtedly will amount to many trillions of dollars. There is widespread agreement and indisputable proof […]

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The Long-Term Contagion From China

The Chinese Communist Party’s threats include potential disruption to global supply chains, financial markets, and deadly pandemics. But the “soft power” spread by Confucius Institutes on college and university campuses is another type of virus we must immediately quarantine from American culture.

hanks to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Americans grow increasingly aware of the threat China poses both globally and in the United States. Yet many still don’t know the true extent of it. They think of the Chinese threat (rightly) as coming from our dependence on cheap imports and its harmful effect on domestic manufacturing; the […]

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China Must Release the Secret Records of the Wuhan Biolabs

It’s time for Beijing to come clean.

he leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have a lot to answer for. Clearly, it was the CCP’s coverup and incompetence that first allowed the Wuhan virus to reach epidemic proportions in China, and then spread around the world. A congressional resolution authored by Representative Jim Banks (R-Ind.) condemns China for these misdeeds. It should […]

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The Congressional Debacle Passing as ‘Relief’

How the coronavirus rescue package went from actually OK to absolutely horrible inside of a week.

he U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning is scheduled to vote on the $2.2 trillion bill that represents, to date, Congress’s largest effort to remedy the devastating economic impacts of the coronavirus epidemic. The bill is expected to pass. The story of how we ended up with the current $2 trillion package reflects not […]

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Fauci’s Folly

After 50 years in Washington, D.C., the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has become an overly cautious bureaucrat.

decade or more after European studies suggested that chewing an aspirin within an hour of experiencing chest pain and other heart attack symptoms quickly began to dissolve blood clots in coronary arteries to restore blood flow to the heart, few American cardiologists were acting on this life-saving information. Why? Controlled clinical trials in the U.S. […]

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The Cost of Lies and Political Folly

Never have identity politics burned so fatuous. An intellectual luxury for idle times.

ell, at least we all now know that eating bats is not the delightful culinary jamboree we had assumed. What about you? Not even remotely curious to clench your teeth into a little pangolin? The poor creature might resemble a poodle wrapped in tree bark, but its scales possess “healing powers,” if you believe that […]