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Published Today: The Conservative Environmentalist

Published today is Benji Backer's book on how government ties up sound conservation policy in red tape that immobilizes real reform. Benji is a University of Washington grad I was proud to have as a Chapman Fellow at Discovery Institute a few years back. Read More ›
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Myth and Reality of Israel’s Success

Allysia Finley of the Wall Street Journal does us all a favor in her column, “Our enemies are the CEO’s…Our comrades are in Gaza,” describing the labor Union SEIU units that are seeking to portray Israel’s vital and pathfinding  economy as the product capitalism and colonialism. They get the historical facts wrong, she writes, quoting at length from George Gilder. Read More ›
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The New Israel Test

Are you for civilization or barbarism, life or death, wealth or envy? Are you an exponent of excellence and accomplishment or of a leveling creed of troglodytic envy and hatred? That is the “Israel Test,” inescapable today. Read More ›
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Israel at War

I've been to Israel four times. The first visit was a vacation in 2015. While many Americans experience Israel in a group during an extended tour, we traveled alone and booked day guides or specific tours. We started in Jerusalem, spent a day in Masada and the Dead Sea, spent the Sabbath in Tiberias and ended the trip in Tel Aviv. Read More ›
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To Fix Homelessness, Stop Fixating On Housing

Homelessness affects cities across the country, but it’s not just a local issue, though media cover it that way. Nor is homelessness mainly about housing; rather, it’s largely about untreated mental illness and drug addiction. Consistently misdiagnosed, homelessness is being wrongly addressed. Read More ›
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Caps, Gowns and Rude Interruptions

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav had a message for students when he delivered a commencement address at Boston University Sunday: “Show up,” he said. Alas, a number of students at the ceremony had their own message: “Shut up, Zaslav.” Some shouted, “Pay your writers,” a reference to the current Writers Guild of America strike, which was announced on May 2 and has very little to do a college graduation. Other students stood up with their back to Zaslav. Some clapped. Some booed. Many of the adults who shared the stage with Zaslav just sat there, because, apparently, it didn’t bother them if overly entitled students tried to squelch Zaslav’s remarks. At first blush, heckling may seem like an improvement Read More ›