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UN Secretary General Betrays Human Rights by Attending Beijing Olympics

China is the world’s most vicious tyranny. But for all its wrongdoing, the country faces virtually no accountability. To the contrary, China is treated as a respected member of the international community, even granted the honor of hosting the Winter Olympics, which start on Feb. 4. Read More ›
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The Fourth Reich

Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and bioethicist, Wesley J. Smith, writing in The American Spectator warns of the dangers of the world turning a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses. Smith suggests that major corporations operating in China could bring pressure on Beijing that might ameliorate some of the worst instances of injustice. Read More ›

Why Religious and Economic Freedom Stand and Fall Together

Donald Trump has been courting evangelicals and other social conservatives of late, from his high-profile meeting with evangelical leaders in New York City to his selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for his running mate. The question on many minds is whether Trump is in the middle of a slow-moving come-to-conservatism moment, or just shrewdly courting a key Republican constituency Read More ›

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Remembering Eleanore Roosevelt with Patrica Baillargeon

Remembering Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most consequential figures in American politics and international relations over the past century. Here, Discovery Institute Chairman Bruce Chapman interviews Mrs. Roosevelt’s former assistant, Patricia Baillargeon. Ms. Baillargeon gives a first-hand account of someone who sees Eleanor Roosevelt from the standpoint of history, but also from that of personal friendship.

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MIAMI, USA - AUGUST 22, 2018: The New York Times newspaper in a hand. The New York Times is a popular American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence

The Paper of the Apes

That the New York Times is a subversive cultural force can readily be seen in its unremitting assault on human exceptionalism, the philosophical backbone of Western civilization. In the old view, every human being has intrinsic dignity and equal moral worth. The United Nations’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and Read More ›

What It Means to Be Human

Discovery senior fellow Wesley J. Smith has returned to podcasting with What It Means to Be Human, a podcast about the many policies and proposals in bioethics, bioscience, and animal liberation that threaten the idea of human exceptionalism and undermine universal human rights: On this episode of What It Means to Be Human, Wesley J. Smith, senior fellow in Human Read More ›

Ecuador to Vote Sunday on Granting Rights to “Nature”!

A radical environmental group called the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is the brainchild behind a constitutional proposal, to be voted on Sunday, that would grant rights to “nature.” From the proposal: Persons and people have the fundamental rights guaranteed in this Constitution and in the international human rights instruments. Nature is subject to those rights given by this Constitution Read More ›

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Legs of four teenagers sitting on a bricks wall

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

If you are reading these words, you are a human being. That used to matter morally. Indeed, it was once deemed a self-evident truth that being a Homo Sapien created intrinsic moral value based simply and merely on being human — a principle sometimes called “human exceptionalism.” No more. Human exceptionalism is under unprecedented assault across a broad array of societal and intellectual fronts. Read More ›

Vick Charges Speak To Our Humanity

The arrest of football great Michael Vick for allegedly participating in a dog fighting/gambling ring has shocked the country. The charges are horrendous: In a throwback to the brutality of the Roman arena in which wild animals were forced to fight and kill each other to the frenzy of the crowd, Vick and his co-conspirators, according to authorities, bred pit Read More ›