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Our Wars on Common Sense

Our Wars on Common Sense

When America declared a “war on poverty” in the 1960’s, it was believed ...

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A Bridge Too Far”€”Turkey & Europe

A Bridge Too Far”€”Turkey & Europe

The ongoing attempt by Europe’s present sorry crop of leaders to permit Turkey to join the European Union is almost incomprehensibly irresponsible. Even the briefest examination of what Turkish accession would entail for Europeans suffices to show how foolish clever people can be. Turkey has a rapidly growing population of nearly 80 million, 99.8% of whom are Muslims, many of those adhering to ultra-conservative views (for instance on women’s rights) that have not been common in Europe since the early 19th century. Its citizens on average are much poorer and less well-educated than even the poorest and least-educated Europeans. Much of its economy consists of unsustainable subsistence agriculture and increasingly uncompetitive manufacturing, often using child labor. Its infrastructure, from roads to schools to healthcare, is almost completely of Second World status. It is a politically volatile country, split between an army-backed secular state and aggressive Islamist political parties, with a murderous Kurdish separatist insurgency, and bordering such desirable neighbors as Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. It is a country whose troops occupy part of the territory of an existing EU member state (northern Cyprus), where police torture and press censorship are commonplace, and where it can be a criminal offence to mention the estimated 1.5 million Armenians slaughtered by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. If permitted to join the European Union, huge numbers of its citizens would immediately relocate to join already large, already marginalized Turkish communities in western Europe”€”while billions and billions of Euros would flow the other way, to upgrade the roads of Cappadocia or provide Kurdish-language broadcasting in Diyarbakir. It is a country whose historical relationship with its European neighbors has more often than not been as an aggressor and oppressor”€”and which manifestly does not come within a scimitar’s distance of the ostensibly non-negotiable Copenhagen Criteria on democracy and human rights.

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Does Veneration Really Wither on the Pavements?

Does Veneration Really Wither on the Pavements?

“All country people hate each other,” wrote William Hazlitt. “There is n...

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Second Thoughts on the Dixiecrats

Second Thoughts on the Dixiecrats

In my recent piece on the return of the conservative Democrat, I observed, “It remai...

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McCain-Clinton “€˜08!

McCain-Clinton “€˜08!

Now that Hillary Clinton has mercifully pulled the plug on her presidential campaign, the ...

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Liberalism Forbids An Awakening

Liberalism Forbids An Awakening

Liberalism views much of history as a morality play.  The past was very bad.  We...

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A New History of the American Left

A New History of the American Left

Daniel J. Flynn has written a book for Crown Press, A Conservative History of the American...

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Obama the Anointed

Obama the Anointed

Although its their own internecine fight, I have been impressed at the main stream media&#...

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Is Bush Becoming Irrelevant?

Is Bush Becoming Irrelevant?

After losing both houses of Congress in the 1994 election, Bill Clinton expostulated: The ...

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No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

A longer version of this article went into the Lancaster Newspapers, for which I"€™m a r...

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Pondering the Shape of Things to Come

Pondering the Shape of Things to Come

The realm of prophecy and prediction is a notoriously dangerous territory in which to vent...

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Climate of Here

Is a conservative climate consensus possible? If hard cases make bad law, soft science ma...

Uncle Sam

Having Trouble Maintaining an Election?

Ooh, that smell! Can"€™t you smell that smell? Pew! It's the latest report from the Pew ...

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Rand Paul

Where Does Rand Stand?

Starting shortly before noon last Wednesday, the curly-haired and elfin-faced Kentucky Sen...