Arguments Against School Choice Presume We Have Options

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“In short, if public schooling on average is so woefully inadequate, how can we take seriously the argument that if a family cannot afford or otherwise access private or home schooling, public schooling is a perfectly sufficient choice?”

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Stop Pretending All Cultures Are the Same

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So I will say it with my heart, and others should too: If a culture persecutes LGBT people, is overtly racist, or makes women second class citizens, then to hell with that culture. My culture is better than that one.”

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Understanding Why Netanyahu Won

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Whatever else one may think about the unholy trinity of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir, and Bezalel Smotrich, they are, among other things, willing to discuss the serious internal security concerns that much of the country outside of Tel Aviv faces.”

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Work Is About Knowledge That Pays and Relationships That Are Priceless

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“And both wages and relationships advance worker opportunity, the essential elements of which are what individuals know (i.e., profitable knowledge) and whom they know (i.e., priceless relationships).”

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On the Inevitability of Racism

“As psychoanalysis long ago has perspicaciously demonstrated, prejudice is universal to human nature and is evolutionarily informed.”

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COVID-19 and the Banality of Evil

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“Compulsory obedience can especially be seen in how the Democratic Party has changed since the election of President Biden in 2020. Before he entered office, COVID-19 was more accepted as an important and legitimate issue.”

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Russia Will Pursue Desperate Strategies After It Exhausts Its Missile Supply

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Aside from the fact that history shows that rockets are far more useful at inflicting damage against military than civilian targets, their misuse may indicate an underlying strategic desperation in the Kremlin.”

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The First Metaverse Nation

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“What is new, in this case, is that the people of Tuvalu are hoping their future metaverse-based civilization will continue to function as a state and will be recognized internationally as a proper nation.”

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The Complexity Paradox

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We are great at handling complexity until things get really, really complex.”

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Putin’s Nuclear Threats Show that Jacinda Adern is Wrong About Nuclear Weapons

“[Prime Minister Ardern] is correct that nuclear weapons arsenals carry with them great risks of widespread destruction. However, the greatest risk lies in committing not to use them.”

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Iran’s Uprising: Precursor to a New Revolution

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“The unrest that flared up in response to [Mahsa Amini’s] death has been virtually unprecedented and provides the international community with perhaps the clearest reminder that the Iranian people abhor authoritarianism.”

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Why I Support Australian Republicanism

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A republic represents the ability for Australians to recognize formally what has been long known: that we are willing and capable of charting our own future released from the bonds of the past.”

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Friendships as Pathways to Upward Income Mobility

“For example, if poor children grew up in a neighborhood where 70% of their friends were wealthy, their future income on average will increase by 20%, similar to the effect of going to a four-year college.”

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Salman Rushdie: The Antithesis to Moral Cowardice

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Leading by example, Rushdie refuses to be intimidated into silence.”

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When It Comes to Iran, Say “No” to Appeasement

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“Without an enemy to demonize, the Islamic Republic would have to answer for its many and grave failures.”

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