Supreme Court's Mississippi abortion case – here's why this case is so important

By Carrie Severino The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in the most consequential abortion case since Roe v. Wade, presenting an opportunity to correct one of the greatest acts of judicial arrogance in history. …read more

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Biden's COVID measures meaningless without border security

By Jason Chaffetz These new measures by the Biden administration, allegedly designed to protect Americans from the spread of the emerging COVID-19 omicron variant, are little more than political theater. …read more

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COVID omicron variant – how worried should you be?

By Marc Siegel The same questions are on everyone’s mind right now. How afraid should I be about the new COVID-19 variant? Will I be locked down again? Will I catch the virus despite being vaccinated? …read more

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The Disunited States of America

By Peter Van Buren

Two years ago, I walked into a café in Florence and said “Can I get an espresso?” The waitress replied, “No, no, here we say buongiorno first. We smile. And only then we order. Try it, it is nice.” That is a civil place. It was not America. America has become an uncivil place.

Almost all of us are convinced this is a broken place; the problem is we differ violently over what is broken, never mind how to fix it. A lot of us are sure our schools are broken. This is a very fundamental thing for a society, as schools teach kids how to live with each other (“values.”) Fundamental things being broken is bad.

But we can’t even come close to agreeing which books to read in English class, never mind whether the whole education system is simply an expression of systemic racism, baked into everything from whose history to tell, to the role of demanding precision in math, to which historical figure’s name is on the school building. These are very big, very fundamental unresolved societal problems. I don’t know of other countries with such problems. I don’t know of any place so unhappy with itself it resorts to intellectual incest as a palliative.

The result is schooling by ideology. The wealthy now choose among private schools tailored to their needs. Middle class families buy their homes based on the public school that comes with them. In urban areas, public education now means warehousing poor kids of color, the school more a place to pass on food and used clothes than knowledge. American children get very different content in their educations, never mind qualities of education. All very separate and very unequal, an idea once rejected by a more civil society. I really thought we had that one beat.

One thing schools used to universally try to do was teach “citizenship,” the role an individual plays in a democracy. The concept must have failed, because few of us believe our elections have much to do with democracy. Too many people have simply given up to the point where if more than half of eligible voters show up for a presidential election it is newsworthy. The election outcome is only fair when our person wins.

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The system for choosing a winner has become so complex few of us fully understand it, from registering to vote to redistricting to the Electoral College. The result is a large number seeking ways to manipulate the rules (some justifying modern manipulations because of past manipulations they find unjust), and a large number giving up and voting based simply on social media propaganda. That describes a dying democratic system.

People claiming to want to fix democracy, by using direct election, packing the Supreme Court, or ending the filibuster, are simply whores in a nice dress trying to sell something as progress that will aid only their candidates. The con doesn’t matter, because we no longer expect the …read more

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Why We Should Envy France

By Curt Mills

Eric Zemmour confirmed his status as nationalist this week.

The British press are ever-licking their chops to take it to the French, and the Times of London delivered over the weekend: “Éric Zemmour, the hard-right pundit who has broken into the French presidential race, was facing scandal yesterday with a report that his campaign director, who is 35 years his junior, is expecting his child.” The Brits drew on reporting from Parisian periodical Closer: “He is going to be a daddy in 2022”, “The happy event is expected in May 2022, just after the second round of the presidential election.”

Sacré bleu.

Given the central European country’s stemwinder style of presidential campaign — a two-round, run-off system evocative of California, but with weaker parties — it’s not at all clear whether Zemmour’s Don Juan proclivities are the end of the road or the very path to power. Indeed the Times speculated as much: “Sex scandal or stunt to prove Éric Zemmour’s virility? France agog at antics of far-right hopeful.”

The man Zemmour would defrock, the wunderkind, 43-year-old incumbent Emmanuel Macron, is likewise always in the crosshairs of the rival British: “Power hungry Macron muscles [UK Prime Minister] Boris Johnson out of the way for leaders’ snap at G20,” the Sun regaled last month.

Other critics, of course, characterize Macron as not so much Napoleonic as Freudian. The plausibly upcoming duel is a presidential election between Macron, who is married to his school- teacher that he began a romance with in his teens, and Zemmour, who has evidently impregnated a woman who was once a teenage fan of his, if reports are to be believed (and they haven’t been refuted).

The French, as the kids say, are staying on brand.

But disguised by the tawdry, if amusing, is France’s pronounced lurch to the right. Or, perhaps, France is merely alone on this side of the Rhine in defending a semblance of its former self, or taking any stock of How It Got Here. … Macron and Zemmour’s peccadillos might not be the stuff that gets them toasted on the Integralist right, but it’s hard to argue with results. A recent report on the upcoming election, slated for spring next year describes the plight of non-nationalists: “at the bottom of the barrel with left-wingers.”

The New York Times is on the case.

“Perhaps France was always going to have a hard time with nonbinary pronouns,” the paper of record reported Sunday. “Its language is intensely gender-specific and fiercely protected by august authorities.”

So, France under Macron has frankly, consistently surprised since the former Socialist minister dispatched with his Front National rival, Marine le Pen, in the last election in 2017. Macron ran a centrist campaign that was seen at the time as a neoliberal Empire Strikes Back moment after the elections of Trump and the Brexit shockwave.

But perhaps le Pen’s problems were basically local, as in, familial. As Francophile TAC founding editor Scott McConnell …read more

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Democrats say they are the party of science but their drug price plans tell a different story

By Newt Gingrich The Democrats like to present themselves as the party of science, but two recent announcements show just how ignorant they are about how science moves from the lab into our medicine cabinet. …read more

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Supreme Court's Mississippi abortion case is a pivotal moment for all who value life

By Sen. James Lankford The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Dec. 1 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is about a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. …read more

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Hanukkah 2021: Fighting anti-Semitism – here are 8 rays of hope

By Holly Huffnagle AJC’s newest annual report on anti-Semitism revealed that, in the last 12 months, 24% of American Jews were targeted by anti-Semitism and 41% of U.S. adults have witnessed an anti-Semitic incident. …read more

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Biden's border crisis – preventable, predictable and deadly

By Chuck DeVore How bad is it? Under Biden’s watch, apprehensions of illegal migrants soared to their highest ever, topping 1,659,206 for fiscal year 2021, breaking the previous record set in 2000. …read more

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