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Five reasons Biden’s move to rejoin the WHO is bad news

The WHO promotes permissive policies on prostitution, drug use, abortion, gender theory, and sex for kids. Last year President Trump halted US funding to the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO). On his first day in office President Biden reinstated US funding for the WHO. Here are five reasons this is a very bad news: 1. The WHO advocates […]

Why corporate America loves the Left

The leftward drift of many American business executives is driven by dubious economic calculations as well as cultural and political pressures. Amid the political ads with which we are bombarded during every election, one theme emphasised by progressive candidates concerns the evils of business. Corporate America is especially singled out for allegedly not paying enough […]

How Missouri became the first abortion-free state in the U.S.

Grassroots action over decades has borne fruit. Although the pro-life movement has faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision illegalizing abortion in the U.S., the movement continues to make legal and cultural gains. This is one of the latest. In July 2019, I wrote the blog “The Last Planned Parenthood Clinic in Missouri […]

‘Folks, this is a time of testing.’

President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech was a sonorous snorefest, competent but not memorable. To put Joe Biden’s inaugural address into perspective it might help to think back to Clinton’s or Eisenhower’s second, or Coolidge’s or James Buchanan’s first and only. But you can’t remember them and neither can I, because they were sonorous snorefests quickly forgotten and […]

Big Tech Doesn’t Censor Conservatives and Other Myths

We’ve moved from ‘conservatives should build their own platforms’ to ‘conservatives don’t deserve their own platforms’. For several years, I’ve been highlighting Big Tech bias when I encounter it, knowing that my ability to do so online may not last forever. I’ve received a lot of pushback to this. The many examples I’ve provided were […]

What Shakespeare foresaw about Donald Trump’s impeachment

‘Julius Caesar’ offers political lessons for Nancy Pelosi. “What means that Trump?” asks Timon in Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens. Good question, that, and one that all of America and all of the world is asking. But the answer is in another play, the oft-performed Julius Caesar. It was written more than 400 years ago, but its […]

Time for Twitter & Co to take responsibility for news — and lies

The censorship of Trump and Section 230 have far-reaching ramifications. The events in Washington DC last Wednesday, and the subsequent permanent suspension by Twitter of the account @realDonaldTrump, throw into the spotlight the question of how responsible social-media companies are for the material that users post by the technical means that the companies provide.  They add urgency […]

Restricting free speech on social media may be a slippery slope

The market may soon offer an alternative that will lead Facebook and Twitter to regret their authoritarian impulses. On Monday, Facebook blocked former presidential candidate Ron Paul from his own page. The move came hours after the longtime congressman and libertarian hero shared an article he wrote criticizing Twitter and Facebook for banning President Donald Trump from […]

The endgame of transgender ideology is to dismantle the family

Nancy Pelosi and her fellow gender-inclusive enthusiasts have taken a bold and much-disparaged move to erase language that expresses the reality of familial relationships. In the name of inclusivity, words like “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law” have been targeted for erasure from House proceedings. If pursued, […]

Do American Conservatives Have A Fertility Advantage?

Holding conservative beliefs and attitudes probably makes people more determined to marry and have children earlier. In an election post-mortem interview, progressive election analyst David Shor claimed that increasingly delayed marriage and childbearing have given Democrats an electoral advantage and that these changes in family formation are “reason for hope” for Democrats. Indeed, the recent presidential […]

Why did so many Americans vote for Trump — despite everything?

The Donald’s better-than-expected election performance has people asking what is going on in the U.S. Kevin D. Williamson’s new book — Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the “Real America” –– came out on November 17. Over the last decade, Williamson has been a roving correspondent […]

Harvard Researchers: Young Adults Showing Signs of Depression in Pandemic

Mounting evidence shows that pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions have inflicted much more harm on younger people than the coronavirus itself. A new report reveals that nearly half of 18 to 24 year-olds are “showing at least moderate depressive symptoms,” and for many the depression is severe. Researchers at Harvard, Northeastern, Rutgers, and Northwestern universities conducted eight large survey […]

When Christmas was cancelled: A lesson from history

People may chafe at COVID-19 restrictions on Christmas festivities. The prospect of a Christmas without large-scale celebrations is preying on minds. After the widespread cancellation of pantomimes, festive light “switch-ons” and other community activities, it seems likely that 2020’s festivities will be much more intimate affairs, potentially with households banned from mixing indoors. But what if families ignore distancing rules, […]

Good news from the election: Americans are not racists — The United States has clearly overcome its ‘original sin’

It is not very easy to find good news in the American election. Or to announce whatever good news one has found in a tone that is not surly. But it seems to me there is very good news here on the perennial accursed topic of race, what Barack Obama rightly called America’s original sin. […]

Hey pollsters, maybe it’s time for a career change

‘The polling industry is a wreck, and should be blown up,’ says one pundit. It’s everyone’s nightmare scenario: an electoral stalemate; two men all but claiming the presidency; and a likely legal battle that may extend into December. So much is yet uncertain as the final ballots are counted, and as some jurisdictions prepare to […]