Sunday, December 16, 2018

Read Jane Jacobs' "Systems of Survival" to Understand Donald Trump


Jane Jacobs' 1992 "Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics" might explain Donald Trump's 2016 victory better than Steve Bannon's "Fourth Turning" or President Obama's "Arc of History."

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Bannon and Frum Debate Trump's American Populism--in Canada

Steve Bannon and David Frum's Munk Debate from November 2nd was one of the stranger television shows that I have seen. Contra Frum, Bannon argued President Trump is a transformative figure in "the Fourth Turning" of American history (The Revolution, Civil War and New Deal were the other three). So the Obama Administration's end represented the exhaustion of one cycle, the Trump Administration the beginning of another.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

The Unforgettable William Barr

Sometime in 1993, fate seated me next to former Attorney General William Barr on the Washington-NY shuttle. We spoke for about an hour about the recent tragic raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas which killed 76 people. He told me no one would have died if it had been properly handled. He knew because he supervised a similar raid at a prison in 1991--where everyone lived. I never forgot that conversation...

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

President George H. W. Bush (1924-2018): Outspoken Foe of Political Correctness

President George H.W. Bush is memorialized as an American war hero and symbol of civility. However, Americans need to remember that opposition to Political Correctness is equally his legacy, declared in a May 4, 1991 University of Michigan commencement address.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chicago on the Nile

Dr. W. Raymond Johnson with Chicago House's collection of ancient Egyptian prints and drawings

The Oriental Institute's "Chicago House" in Luxor is a Monument to American Civilization in Egypt

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Egypt Recovers From Arab Spring

Author at the Giza Mena House Hotel (Cairo)
A recent visit to the Pyramids showed Egyptian tourism recovering from civil strife and economic woes of the Arab Spring.

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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Joseph Gelman Says American Jews Must Reject Politicization of Pittsburgh Massacre

Joseph Gelman with former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Following the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh last Saturday, Joseph Gelman urges the American Jewish community to reject politicization and instead work with people of goodwill across the political spectrum--including President Trump.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

William Woodward's Natural Beauty

For Woodward, artistic beauty isn’t merely a social construct. It is actually inherent in human nature. In fact, it is found within our DNA. The pull of beauty is eternal, and from the cave-dwellers of Lascaux, to the cliff-dwellers of Washington, people commune with nature via art.