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8 Goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s Health Care Reform Book

8 Goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s Health Care Reform Book

This Obamacare architect’s propaganda piece is a comic of errors MATT PALUMBO, THE FREEMAN In one of life’s bitter ironies, I recently found a book by Jonathan Gruber in the bin of a bookstore’s going-out-of-business sale. It’s called Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works. Interestingly, the book is a [...]

The Sphinx

The Sphinx

Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott BOOK REVIEW BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The complicated strategic struggle between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and those who believed the United States could and should stay out of World War II has been repeatedly explored, mostly through works [...]

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas,” or Maeve Binchy’s “This Year It Will Be Different.” For a more thought-provoking read, however, I suggest Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree.” I have often contended that Dickens is at his greatest when he is brief. [...]

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

EDUCATION REPORTER, BOOK REVIEWS Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Twelve Publishing, 2014 “Well, what do you think?” That’s all Anson Dorrance says at half-time when his soccer team is losing on the field. Coach Dorrance, who has led the Univ. of North Carolina women’s soccer team to win 21 [...]

“The Great and Holy War”

“The Great and Holy War”

How World War I Became a Religious Crusade and Reshaped the Religious Landscape ROBERT H. CLEMM, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES Historian Fritz Stern once remarked that the Great War was the “first calamity of the 20th century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” On the centenary of World War I there is an overwhelming [...]

John Adams: Party of One—Man of God

John Adams: Party of One—Man of God

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Editor's Note: This book review was previously published in 2005 at NewsMax.com and elsewhere on the Net. It wasn't too many months ago when David McCullough won a Pulitzer for his biography on John Adams. And so maybe it wasn't the best of timing that on McCullough's prize winning heels – hot off the [...]

Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them?

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Historically, the Democrats proudly have worn the mantle of “the party of labor.” In practice, though, there has been an interesting dichotomy: they undoubtedly are the party of organized labor, with unions being a major pillar of the Democratic Party; however, their policies often have increased unemployment and [...]

Climate Science a Fraud, Not A Mistake

Climate Science a Fraud, Not A Mistake

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY A new book called The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science makes the case that climate change is a fraud. The global warming movement has been designed to justify more government controls, enrich its proponents, and radically change society. Climate scientist Tim Ball traces climate hysteria to the 1960s book The [...]

The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade

The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY How did America become one of only four nations (along with Canada, China, and North Korea) that allow abortions for any reason, at any time during pregnancy? Why do laws regulating other surgical procedures not protect women when they get an abortion? Why does “unborn human life” have legal status in tort, criminal, and [...]

Happily Never After

Happily Never After

SARAH SKWIRE, THE FREEMAN Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty has been ably reviewed in these pages before. But it’s a book I can’t stop talking about and recommending. And when I do recommend Red Plenty to others, I’m never quite sure what to call it. The back of the book describes it as “history . . . fiction . . . as different from [...]

Illiberal Arts

Illiberal Arts

Cataloguing systematic suppression of speech on campus ALLEN MENDENHALL, THE FREEMAN Greg Lukianoff. Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate. Encounter Books. 2014. Paperback. $10.92. 304 pages. A diversity of thought and a variety of perspectives are necessary to facilitate competition among ideas. Such [...]

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY I suggest that parents who have children in public school look at their textbooks and check the index for the name Ronald Reagan. You might be surprised at the unfavorable way Reagan is treated in school textbooks. A good way to counteract anti-Reagan propaganda is a new book written especially for children by Susan Allen, [...]

Handbook for Surviving Obamacare – Schlafly

Handbook for Surviving Obamacare – Schlafly

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY Dr. Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant Governor of New York State, is the only person I actually know who read the 1,000 pages of the ObamaCare law. I interviewed her recently on my Saturday Eagle Forum Live program, and she was most interesting. Despite the fact that half of all Americans do not want ObamaCare, it is the [...]

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Jared Diamond’s last two books aimed at accounting for the rise and fall of civilizations. Guns, Germs, and Steel offered a geographic and environmental theory of why complex societies arose in some parts of the world and not others and why Europe eventually dominated the globe. Collapse traced the fall of defunct [...]

Book Review: “Recall Abortion” by Janet Morana

Book Review: “Recall Abortion” by Janet Morana

BOOK REVIEW, PRIESTS FOR LIFE Americans are savvy consumers. When a product does not live up to its promise, we boycott, we sue and finally, we demand a government recall. Forty years ago, Americans were sold a new product: Legal abortion. We were assured that legal, accessible abortion on demand was needed to elevate the rights of women and [...]

Why Capitalism?

Why Capitalism?

BRUCE YANDLE, THE FREEMAN Allan Meltzer is an eminent professor of economics at Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a world-renowned U.S. Federal Reserve scholar, a 1973 founder and chairman of the Shadow Open Market Committee, and an American Economic Association Distinguished Fellow. What else could he possibly add to those laurels? Meltzer [...]

Bankston—Jonathan Israel’s, “Radical Enlightenment”

Bankston—Jonathan Israel’s, “Radical Enlightenment”

Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750 BY CARL L. BANKSTON III By the end of the European middle ages, a Christianized version of Aristotelian philosophy had achieved the status of the official interpretation of the world and of the place of human beings in the world.  According to Aristotelian scholasticism, things are made up [...]

‘All Hallows Eve’ – Read It

‘All Hallows Eve’ – Read It

BY ANDREW HARVEY “On the vigil of the hallows, it was gloomily and steadily raining.” And so it is. I am quoting from a story set in 1945 London, but here we are on another eve of All Hallows and Hurricane Sandy is gloomily raining seemingly on us all. “The vigil of the hallows” refers to the prayer service the evening before [...]

Can It All Be Coincidence?

Can It All Be Coincidence?

Don Fredrick by Don Fredrick, As I noted in the introduction to my book, The Obama Timeline, a jury at a murder trial will often find the accumulated circumstantial evidence so overwhelming that a guilty verdict is obvious—even though there may be no witness to the crime. “The jurors in the Scott Peterson trial believed the collection [...]

Fareed Zakaria on the Tension Between Democracy and Liberty

Fareed Zakaria on the Tension Between Democracy and Liberty

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In earlier posts, I've expressed my scepticism about the possibilities for any system of government that Americans would recognize as democratic emerging from the social upheaval of the nations in the Middle East and North Africa. Fareed Zakaria's 2003 book The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad [...]

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