Tag Archives

Archive of posts published in the tag: Bret Stephens

Policy vs Culture

Rambunctious rhetoric can damage a position.  So can the abuse and weaponization of institutions that require trust to function.  Obama’s abuse of the IRS for political purposes, and the possible politicization of the FBI stand to cause far more damage than Trump’s reckless tweets, bullying tactics, and idle threats.

Read More

Theoretical Peace

from The Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens writes On Palestinian Statehood But isn’t a Palestinian state a necessity for Israel? Can it maintain its Jewish and democratic character without separating itself from the millions of Palestinians living west of the Jordan…

Read More

Palestinian Preference

from The Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens writes On Palestinian Statehood What about the interests of Palestinians? Aren’t they entitled to a state? Maybe. But are they more entitled to one than the Assamese, Basques, Baloch, Corsicans, Druze, Flemish, Kashmiris, Kurds,…

Read More

Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

  If a doctor of oncology treats a thousand patients, but five hundred of them die, is he still a good doctor? If a preacher saves a thousand souls but one hundred end up in hell is he still a…

Read More

Why Hillary is Not 50 Points Ahead

From Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, The Apology of Donald Drump:  (Stephen’s fictitious DT speech) So spare me the sensitivity lectures. Spare me the business lectures, too. Those tax returns someone stole and the New York Times published?…

Read More

The Real Victim of Hate

from Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal,  The Meaning of An Olympic Snub: In his essay, Mr. Johnson called anti-Semitism a “highly infectious” disease capable of becoming “endemic in certain localities and societies,” and “by no means confined to…

Read More

Maybe It’s Trump’s Fault

The intellectuals of the right have a problem with Trump.  The National Review editorial board published a rare condemnation of a Republican candidate and its best writers from Jonah Goldberg to Kevin Williamson have enumerated countless rational arguments about his…

Read More

Make Americans Great Again

from Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, The Better Angels of Our Nature When did the decline of American character begin? Maybe it was between July 1969, when two Americans walked on the moon, and a Saturday that August,…

Read More

The Stain on the GOP

Bret Stephen tries to interject some reason and facts into the campaign but this seems about as welcome as wisdom and experience. Those of us who thought that such ignorance and prejudice were minor if loud elements of the Republicans…

Read More

Bernie’s Road to Serfdom

from Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, What’s Socialism, Dad? When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died in 2013, an obscure U.K. parliamentarian tweeted, “Thanks Hugo Chavez for showing that the poor matter and wealth can be shared. He made massive contributions…

Read More

The Hobbesian Optimist

From Bret Stephens at the WSJ,  Barack Obama Checks Out: Summing up the president’s worldview, Mr. Goldberg describes him as a “Hobbesian optimist”—which philosophically must be the equivalent of a Jew for Jesus. But Mr. Obama has shown that he…

Read More

Extorting the Producers

From Bret Stephens at The WSJ, Bernie’s Wall Street Slander But the reason Mr. Sanders is drawing his big crowds is neither his fanatical sincerity nor his avuncular charm. It’s that he’s preaching class hatred to people besotted by the politics…

Read More

The Need for Sober Choices

from The Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens’ America’s Year of Living Dangerously The U.S. has lived through dangerous years before—1968 and 1980 come to mind. Hindsight is often the great redeemer, but both years ended with the American people making…

Read More

10 Best Articles of 2015

John Cochrane- economist at his blop. The Grumpy Economist,  Economic Growth. Second, we should separate the tax code from the subsidy and redistribution code.Let us agree, the tax code serves to raise revenue at minimal distortion. All other economic policy…

Read More

Sanctified Tantrums

From The Islamic Tantrum by Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal: Before Friday’s carnage in the City of Light, the world was treated to the hideous spectacle of Palestinians knifing Jews in Israel. The supposed motive of these stabbings…

Read More

The Real Cost of Virtue

from Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, Farewell to the Era of No Fences: How did this happen? We mistook a holiday from history for the end of it. We built a fenceless world on the wrong set of…

Read More

The Cult of Personality

From Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, The Donald and Demagogues: If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling. And so forth and so on—a parade of semi-sophisticated theories that act as bathroom deodorizer to mask the stench…

Read More

Austerity and Reality in Greece

from The Wall Street Journal, Greece and the Flight From Reality by Bret Stephens excerpt: But maybe rules isn’t quite the right word. The larger issue is reality—and Greece’s flight from it. Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio is 177%, which sounds like…

Read More

Illusions of Grandeur

from The Wall Street Journal, Greece and the Flight From Reality by Bret Stephens excerpt: What’s more remarkable is how Greece’s flight from reality persists. Since Athens defaulted on its IMF loan last week, the Greeks have gotten a taste of what…

Read More

Wealth Without Work

from The Wall Street Journal, Greece and the Flight From Reality by Bret Stephens excerpt: These and other details give the lie to the claim that Athens’s woes are somehow the product of powerful and indifferent economic forces beyond its control: the…

Read More