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Volume 23, Issue 19: May 27, 2021

By Victor Davis Hanson (American Greatness)
Until recently, even amid toxic woke fads, civil dissension, and hatred of the past, Americans still held a few institutions sacrosanct, incorruptible, and invincible. One certainly was the military. Another was science. And a third was the sacred idea of the “law.” But all three have lost their luster. Can they recover it? READ MORE »



By Steve Halbrook (Washington Times)
The central issue in the latest Second Amendment case to be taken up by the Supreme Court (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett) is whether the right to “bear arms” extends outside of the home. Sure, you can take your gun from your bedroom to the kitchen, but can you take your gun outside? If the answer is no, then we must ask: do other constitutional freedoms—from the free exercise of religion to freedom of speech to rights against unreasonable searches and seizures to due process of law—also end as you exit your front door? READ MORE »



By Art Carden (AIER)
The hits just keep coming. First, lumber prices exploded. Second, there was a terrible jobs report. Third, there was a gas shortage. These are all SAD stories: Supply and Demand. They are also, therefore, stories about adaptation, adjustment, resilience—and unintended consequences. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes)
Universities live off testing. Admissions is largely based on tests like the SAT or ACT, and high school grades are largely determined by test results. Professors give grades to students in colleges largely based on testing, and admission to graduate and professional schools is largely exam-determined (LSAT, GMAT, GRE). So how about a serious, comprehensive test—the Collegiate GED—that would allow some bright 18-year-olds to skip the $100,000+ price tag attached to a piece of paper we grandiloquently call a college diploma and enter the workforce early? READ MORE »



By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Epoch Times)
Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told reporters he is “not convinced” that COVID-19 developed naturally. Then on Monday, the chief White House medical advisor contended it was “highly likely” that the virus “occurred naturally before spreading from animal to human.” In similar style on March 28, Fauci told Margaret Brennan of CBS News that “there is no evidence that suggests the virus was created in a laboratory.” These baffling reversals should come as no surprise. READ MORE »





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