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Socialism is classification that no longer classifies

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” — Karl Marx WASHINGTON — Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, ...

Why are leading Dems endorsing green dream

There’s an old joke about an egotistical politician whose disgruntled speechwriter, just before quitting, prepares a draft that promises the moon, and specifics for how to pay for it, on the first two pages, and leaves the third page blank except for the words “You’re on your own now.” ...

But you can’t say that on Twitter, can you?

She tweeted that “men are not women,” and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter. An anodyne statement of biological reality qualifies as “hate speech” for some of the gnomes at Twitter HQ. Murphy received a rote notification that “you may not promote ...

Another opinion

Bob Young Jr.'s contract is yet another misstep for MSU Board The firing of Bob Young Jr. — MSU’s top attorney and vice president of legal affairs — came as little surprise to many last week, following the forced resignation of interim Michigan State University President John ...

High time for Democrats to push back against radicals

Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you’d never know it, given all their headlines. The dominant names — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Ilhan Omar of ...

What’s Flying: The first signs of changes to come

“The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only. “ - Joseph Wood Krutch Slowly, the Upper Peninsula winter has risen to be above average. A week ago, the measured snowfall for the ...

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical causes of the hour. Brown ...

‘Socialism’ as a political boogeyman

WASHINGTON — President Trump drew cheers and applause from the right-field bleachers at his State of the Union speech when he declared: “We renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” It was a softer retread of the old Joe McCarthy war on communism that enflamed ...

Getting easier to be ‘green’

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.” The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a “...10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the ...

Virginia’s Northam shouldn’t be vilified

Politics is not brain surgery; it’s not that complicated. Politics is about addition, not subtraction. Show me a political party that is openly seeking and welcoming “converts” to its side and is finding common ground and I’ll show you a growing, healthy and, yes, winning political ...

Why not just be ‘an American?’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s insistence that she is Native American has drawn racial taunts from President Donald Trump, who frequently refers to her as “Pocahontas,” as well as reprimands from tribal leaders, who note that tribes themselves determine tribal membership. She has frequently said ...

Shared interests good?

Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing this woman for about a month. She is beautiful and smart and thinks I’m funny, which is a plus. It’s been getting more serious. But recently, when we were trying to decide which movie to see, some new info came to light. It turns out she hates superhero movies ...

Limited government requires limited president

WASHINGTON — Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It ...

State of Trump’s union is in classic disarray

Donald Trump promised that his State of the Union address would focus on "unification." But Trump advocating national unity is like a pyromaniac promoting lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always been, disunion. The man thrives on divisiveness. It's how he keeps himself the center of ...

Virginia Dems continue pace of self-destruction

All statewide officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign if Democrats are held to their own standards. Even if Gov. Ralph Northam didn’t appear in blackface in an image in his medical-school yearbook, he confessed to once darkening his face as part of a Michael Jackson ...

Do we really need so many foreign techno workers?

Americans don’t usually think of technical professionals as “guest workers,” yet at any one time, there are more than a half-million foreigners holding tech jobs in the U.S. They are here thanks to the H-1B visa program. H-1B, so the official spiel goes, addresses an alleged shortage of ...

Trump’s State of the Union: An uncertain trumpet

WASHINGTON — For all of President Donald Trump’s intentions to present himself as congenial to compromise with his Democratic critics, his State of the Union Address was familiar mix of falsehoods and insults toward the opposition, as well as overstatements of his achievements. He was on ...

Time for the ingrates to go

Crying “hate” is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, ...

The banality of evil, 2019

WASHINGTON — C.S. Lewis was only partly right when he wrote: The greatest evil ... is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need ...

America needs great American movie

During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden ...