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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SOCIALISM: November 6, 2019</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail.</p>\n<p> RUSSIA and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos.<br />\n Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea and Venezuela are unfree, poor and failed states. Baathism &mdash; a synonym for pan-Arabic socialism &mdash; ruined the postwar Middle East.<br />\n The soft-socialist European Union countries are stagnant and mostly dependent on the U.S. military for their protection.<br />\n In contrast, current American deregulation, tax cuts and incentives, and record energy production have given the United States the strongest economy in the world.<br />\n So why, then, are two of the top three Democratic presidential contenders &mdash; Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren &mdash; either overtly or implicitly running on socialist agendas? Why are the heartthrobs of American progressives &mdash; Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) &mdash; calling for socialist redistributionist schemes?<br />\n Why do polls show that a majority of American millennials have a favorable view of socialism?<br />\n There are lots of catalysts for the new socialism.<br />\n Massive immigration is changing the demography of the United States. The number of foreign-born U.S. residents and their children has been estimated at almost 60 million, or about 1 in 5 U.S. residents. Some 27 percent of California residents were born outside of America.<br />\n Many of these immigrants flee from poor areas of Latin America, Mexico, Africa and Asia that were wrecked by statism and socialism. Often, they arrive in the U.S. unaware of economic and political alternatives to state socialism.<br />\n When they reach the U.S. &mdash; often without marketable skills and unable to speak English &mdash; many assume that America will simply offer a far better version of the statism from which they fled. Consequently, many take for granted that government will provide them an array of social services, and they become supportive of progressive socialism.<br />\n Another culprit for the new socialist craze is the strange leftward drift of the very wealthy in Silicon Valley, in corporate America and on Wall Street.<br />\n Some of the new progressive rich feel guilty about their unprecedented wealth. So they champion redistribution as the sort of medieval penance that alleviates guilt.<br />\n Yet the influential and monied classes usually are so well off that higher taxes hardly affect them. Instead, redistributionist taxation hurts the struggling middle classes.<br />\n In California, it became hip for wealthy leftists to promote socialism from their Malibu, Menlo Park or Mill Valley enclaves &mdash; while still living as privileged capitalists. Meanwhile, it proved nearly impossible for the middle classes of Stockton and Bakersfield to cope with the reality of crushing taxes and terrible social services.</p>\n<p> FROM 2008 to 2017, the now-multimillionaire Barack Obama, first as candidate and then as president, used all sorts of cool socialist slogans, from &ldquo;spread the wealth around&rdquo; and &ldquo;now is not the time to profit&rdquo; to &ldquo;you didn&rsquo;t build that&rdquo; and &ldquo;at a certain point you&rsquo;ve made enough money.&rdquo;<br />\n Universities bear much of the blame. Their manipulation of the federal government to guarantee student loans empowered them to jack up college costs without any accountability. Liberal college administrators and faculty did not care much when graduates left campus poorly educated and unable to market their expensive degrees.<br />\n More than 45 million borrowers now struggle with nearly $1.6 trillion in collective student debt, with climbing interest. That indebtedness has delayed &mdash; or ended &mdash; the traditional forces that encourage conservatism and traditionalism, such as getting married, having children and buying a home.<br />\n Instead, a generation of single, childless and mostly urban youth feels cheated that their high-priced degrees did not earn them competitive salaries. Millions of embittered college graduates will never be able to pay off what they owe &mdash; and want some entity to pay off their debts.<br />\n In paradoxical fashion, teenagers were considered savvy adults who were mature enough to take on gargantuan loans. But they were also treated like fragile preteens who were warned that the world outside their campus sanctuaries was downright mean, sexist, racist, homophobic and unfair.<br />\n Finally, doctrinaire Republicans for decades mouthed orthodoxies of free rather than fair trade. They embraced the idea of creative destruction of industries, but without worrying about the real-life consequences for the unemployed in the hollowed out red-state interior.<br />\n Add up a lost generation of woke and broke college graduates, waves of impoverished immigrants without much knowledge of American economic traditions, wealthy advocates of boutique socialism and asleep-at-the-wheel Republicans, and it becomes clear why historically destructive socialism is suddenly seen as cool.<br />\n Regrettably, sometimes the naive and disaffected must relearn that their pie-in-the sky socialist medicine is far worse than the perceived malady of inequality.</p>\n<p> AND unfortunately, when socialists gain power, they don&rsquo;t destroy just themselves. They usually take everyone else down with them as well.</p>\n', created = 1574121151, expire = 1574207551, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d36e5e4936bad56478051ee2dcfa4cc9' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CITIZENSHIP: September 27, 2019</p>\n<p>The American founders institutionalized the best of a long Western tradition of representative government with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These contracts outlined the rare privileges and responsibilities of new American citizens.</p>\n<p> YET THE CONCEPT of citizenship is being assaulted on the premodern side by the legal blending of mere residency with citizenship.<br />\n Estimates of the number of undocumented American residents range from 11 million to more than 20 million. The undocumented are becoming legally indistinguishable from citizens and enjoy exemption from federal immigration law in some 500 sanctuary jurisdictions. An illegal resident of California will pay substantially less tuition at a California public university than a U.S. citizen of another state.<br />\n Multiculturalism has reduced the idea of e pluribus unum to a regressive tribalism. Americans often seem to owe their first allegiance to those who look like they do. Citizens cannot even agree over once-hallowed and shared national holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.<br />\n It is eerie how such current American retribalization resembles the collapse of Rome, as Goths, Huns and Vandals all squabbled among one another for what was left of 1,200 years of Roman citizenship &mdash; eager to destroy what they could neither create nor emulate.<br />\n Citizenship has always been protected by the middle classes &mdash; on the idea that they are more independent and self-reliant than the poor, but can stand up to the influence and power of the elite.<br />\n Yet until recently, we had seen a decade of stagnant wages and entire regions ossified by outsourcing, offshoring and unfair global trade. Historically, with the demise of the middle class so follows the end of constitutional government.<br />\n But citizenship also faces a quite different and even greater postmodern threat.<br />\n Many of our coastal elites see nothing much exceptional in America, past and present. They prefer the culture and values of the European Union without worrying that the EU&rsquo;s progressive utopian promises have been wrecked by open borders, economically stultifying regulations, and unapologetic and anti-democratic efforts to curb free expression and local autonomy.<br />\n Often, such &ldquo;citizen of the world&rdquo; mentalities fuel shame over the origins and traditions of America. Transnational organizations and accords on climate, criminal justice and human rights are seen as superior to their American counterparts.<br />\n A new progressive iconoclasm seeks to destroy statues, rename streets and buildings, and wipe away art that does not reflect more global values.<br />\n Does voting &mdash; the bedrock right of the democratic citizen &mdash; matter that much anymore? In California, tens of thousands of votes were &ldquo;harvested&rdquo; by paid campaign operatives. There was also abuse in state agencies in sending out voter registration forms to those who were not legally entitled to vote.<br />\n Lone activist federal judges frequently overturn legislation and referenda they find contrary to their own political take on legal theory &mdash; without worry that the votes of millions are canceled in a nanosecond.<br />\n Meanwhile, the proverbial &ldquo;swamp&rdquo; of the bureaucratic, administrative and regulatory state is so vast and unaccountable that a few clerks can harass entrepreneurs, issue edicts with the force of legislation that ruins lives, or indict, regulate or audit a targeted individual into legal bankruptcy.</p>\n<p> IN RECENT years, we have seen a cake maker, a video maker, and a national security adviser so hounded by federal bureaucrats that they either were nearly bankrupted, ended up in jail or were reduced to penury through legal costs.<br />\n We still have a Bill of Rights, but many of our constitutional protections are being rendered impotent. If a rural family cannot find ammunition at the local Walmart or gun store due to organized boycotts and threats to such establishments, then the constitutional right to bear arms is not always exercisable in a practical sense.<br />\n Brett Kavanaugh was nominated, audited and confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice. But if the New York Times and cable news can relentlessly charge without proof that nearly 40 years ago he was a teenage sexual pervert, then a distinguished judge can be rendered impotent without legal impeachment.<br />\n If a student cannot safely express opposition to abortion on demand, question the global warming narrative, or object to safe spaces, trigger warnings and race-based theme houses on campuses, does it matter that there is in theory still a First Amendment?<br />\n We are unwinding at both ends. Tribalism, the erosion of the middle class and de facto open borders are turning Americans into mere residents of a particular North American region between Mexico and Canada.</p>\n<p> YET EVEN more dangerously, thanks to the fiats of unelected bureaucrats and officials, along with the social media lynch mobs who boycott, harass and shame us, our constitutional rights are now increasingly optional. They mostly hinge on whether we are judged worthy by an unelected, politically correct and morally righteous elite.<br />\n In theory, American citizenship remains the same; in reality, it is disappearing fast.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1574121152, expire = 1574207552, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6a89a6c2f7454add0d08dc5074a4cd63' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Now, congressional Democrats promise impeachment before the 2020 election.<br />\n The usual reason for such hatred is said to be Trump&rsquo;s unorthodox and combative take-no-prisoners style. Critics detest his crude and unfettered assertions, his lack of prior military or political experience, his attacks on the so-called bipartisan administrative state, and his intent to roll back the entire Obama-era effort of &ldquo;fundamentally transforming&rdquo; the country leftward.<br />\n Certainly, Trump&rsquo;s agenda of closing the border, using tariffs to overturn a half-century of Chinese mercantilism, and pulling back from optional overseas military interventions variously offends both Democrats and establishment Republicans.<br />\n Trump periodically and mercurially fires his top officials. He apparently does not care whether the departed write damning memoirs or join his opposition. He will soon appoint his fourth national security adviser within just three years.<br />\n To make things worse for his critics, Trump&rsquo;s economy is booming as never before in the new 21st century: near-record-low unemployment, a record number of Americans working, increases in workers&rsquo; wages and family incomes, low interest rates, low inflation, steady GDP growth and a strong stock market.<br />\n Yet the real source of Trump derangement syndrome is his desire to wage a multifront pushback &mdash; politically, socially, economically and culturally &mdash; against what might be called the elite postmodern progressive world.<br />\n Contemporary elites increasingly see nationalism and patriotism as passe. Borders are 19th-century holdovers.<br />\n The European Union, not the U.S. Constitution, is seen as the preferable model to run a nation. Transnational and global organizations are wiser on environmental and diplomatic matters than is the U.S. government.<br />\n The media can no longer afford to be nonpartisan and impartial in its effort to rid America of a reactionary such as Trump, given his danger to the progressive future.<br />\n America&rsquo;s ancient sins can never really be forgiven. In a new spirit of iconoclasm, thousands of buildings, monuments and statues dedicated to American sinners of the past must be destroyed, removed or renamed.<br />\n A new America supposedly is marching forward under the banner of ending fossil fuels, curbing the Second Amendment, redistributing income, promoting identity politics and open borders, and providing free college, free health care and abortion on demand.<br />\n An insomniac Trump fights all of the above nonstop and everywhere. In the past, Republican presidents sought to slow the progressive transformation of America but despaired of ever stopping it.</p>\n<p> NO SLUGFEST is too off-topic or trivial for Trump. Sometimes that means calling out former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for persuading NFL stars to kneel during the national anthem. Huge, monopolistic Silicon Valley companies are special Trump targets. Sometimes Trump enters cul-de-sac Twitter wars with Hollywood has-beens who have attacked him and his policies.<br />\n Trump variously goes after antifa, political correctness on campus, the NATO hierarchy, the radical green movement, Planned Parenthood, American universities and, above all, the media &mdash; especially CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times.<br />\n For all the acrimony and chaos &mdash; and prognostications of Trump&rsquo;s certain failure &mdash; a bloodied Trump wins more than he loses. NATO members may hate Trump, but more are finally paying their promised defense contributions.<br />\n In retrospect, many Americans concede that the Iran Deal was flawed and that the Paris climate accord mere virtue signaling. China was long due for a reckoning.<br />\n Special counsel Robert Mueller&rsquo;s investigation proved fruitless and was further diminished by Mueller&rsquo;s bizarrely incoherent congressional testimony.<br />\n Some of the most prominent Trump haters &mdash; Michael Avenatti, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Antony Scaramucci and Rep. Adam Schiff &mdash; either have been discredited or have become increasingly irrelevant.<br />\n Trump has so enraged his Democratic adversaries that the candidates to replace him have moved farther to the left than any primary field in memory. They loathe Trump, but in their abject hatred he has goaded the various Democratic candidates into revealing their support for the crazy Green New Deal, reparations for slavery, relaxed immigration policies and trillions of dollars in new free stuff.</p>\n<p> IN A WAY, the left-wing Democratic presidential candidates understand Trump best. If he wins his one-man crusade to stop the progressive project, they are finished, and their own party will make the necessary adjustments and then sheepishly drift back toward the center.</p>\n', created = 1574121152, expire = 1574207552, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:596926d2f3e366a22ac1aaa7b1c1b71b' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ENGLAND: September 11, 2019</p>\n<p>British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public&rsquo;s June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit.</p>\n<p> BUT THE real issue is far older and more important than whether 52 percent of Britain finally became understandably aggrieved by the increasingly anti-democratic and German-controlled European Union.<br />\n England is an island. Historically, politically and linguistically, it was never permanently or fully integrated into European culture and traditions.<br />\n The story of Britain has mostly been about conflict with France, Germany or Spain. The preeminence of the Royal Navy, in the defiant spirit of its sea lords, ensured that European dictators from Napoleon to Hitler could never set foot on British soil. As British admiral John Jervis reassured his superiors in 1801 amidst rumors of an impending Napoleonic invasion, &ldquo;I do not say, my lords, that the French will not come. I say only they will not come by sea.&rdquo;<br />\n Britain&rsquo;s sea power, imperialism, parliamentary government and majority Protestant religion set it apart from its European neighbors &mdash; and not just because of its geographical isolation.<br />\n The 18th century British and Scottish Enlightenment of Edmund Burke, David Hume, John Locke and Adam Smith emphasized individualism, freedom and liberty far more than the government-enforced equality of result that was favored by French Enlightenment thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is no accident that the American Revolution was founded on the idea of individual freedom and liberty, unlike the later French Revolution&rsquo;s violent effort to redistribute income and deprive &ldquo;enemies of the people&rdquo; of their rights and even their lives.<br />\n France produced Napoleon, Italy had Mussolini, and Germany gave the world Hitler. It is difficult to find in British history a comparable dictatorial figure who sought Continental domination. The British, of course, were often no saints. They controlled their global empire by both persuasion and brutal force.<br />\n But even British imperialism was of a different sort than Belgian, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish colonialism. Former British colonies America, Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand have long been democratic, while much of Latin America, to take one example, has not until recently.<br />\n In World War I, the British lost nearly 1 million soldiers trying to save France and Belgium. In World War II, England was the only nation to fight the Axis for the entirety of the war (from September 1939, to September 1945), the only Allied power to fight the Axis completely alone (for about a year from mid-1940 to mid-1941), and the only major Allied power to have gone to war without having been directly attacked. (It came to the aid of its ally Poland.)</p>\n<p> HISTORICALLY, BRITAIN has looked more upon the seas and the New World than eastward to Europe. In that transatlantic sense, a Canadian or American typically had more in common with an Englander than did a German or Greek.<br />\n Over the last 30 years, the British nearly forgot that fact as they merged into the European Union and pledged to adopt European values in a shared trajectory to supposed utopia.<br />\n To the degree that England remained somewhat suspicious of EU continentalism by rejecting the euro and not embracing European socialism, the country thrived. But when Britain followed the German example of open borders, reversed the market reforms of Margaret Thatcher, and adopted the pacifism and energy fantasies of the EU, it stagnated.<br />\n Johnson&rsquo;s efforts as the new prime minister ostensibly are to carry out the will of the British people as voiced in 2016, against the wishes of the European Union apparat and most of the British establishment. But after hundreds of years of rugged independence, will Britain finally merge into Europe, or will it retain its singular culture and grow closer to the English-speaking countries it once founded &mdash; which are doing better than most of the members of the increasingly regulated and anti-democratic European Union.<br />\n Europe is alarmingly unarmed. Most NATO members refuse to make their promised investments in defense. Negative interest rates are becoming normal in Europe. Unemployment remains high in tightly regulated labor markets.<br />\n Southern European countries can never fully repay their loans from German banks. The dissident Visegrad Group, comprised of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, seeks to create a mini-alliance inside the EU that promotes secure borders, legal immigration only, nuclear power, and traditional values and Christianity.</p>\n<p> BRITAIN HAS a last chance to re-embrace the free-market democratic world that it once helped to create &mdash; and distance itself from the creeping statism it once opposed.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1574121152, expire = 1574207552, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:bab78ed05baa0b24498e24f46cb4a434' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>WORLD WAR II: September 4, 2019</p>\n<p>World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers.</p>\n<p> JAPAN AND South Korea should logically remain natural allies. Both are booming capitalist constitutional states. Decades ago both nations emerged from devastating wars. And in pacifist fashion they vowed never to suffer such mass carnage again.<br />\n Both nations are staunch allies of the United States. They are likewise similarly suspicious of their neighbor, aggressive communist China, which threatens their economies and security. Yet Tokyo and Seoul are now more adversaries than democratic allies, and they are locked in a bitter fight. In their acrimony over trade and past war reparations, neither can forget World War II.<br />\n South Koreans continue to press for more reparations to atone for the horrific treatment of the Korean Peninsula by Japanese occupiers and imperialists. Imperial Japan stripped Korea&rsquo;s natural resources and exported thousands of Korean women to war zones to be raped by Japanese troops.<br />\n The wealthier that South Korea becomes, the more an ascendant Seoul begins to rival &mdash; and worry &mdash; Tokyo. And the more distant World War II becomes, the more Japan and South Korea relive their bitter shared wartime past.<br />\n The United States has had difficulty forming a Pacific alliance of containment against a bellicose China. Australia, the Philippines and Southeast Asian nations fear Chinese aggression. But they also share bitter memories of merciless Japanese imperialism that killed as many as 15 million Chinese &mdash; the vast majority of them civilians.<br />\n In their minds, our allies know China is the chief threat. But in their hearts, even now they can&rsquo;t quite forget how their ally Japan once committed genocide throughout the region.<br />\n NATO was designed to avoid another European war and the constant threat bullying from Germany and Russia. NATO&rsquo;s creed, first, was that the United States should stay engaged in Europe and never again allow it to commit collective suicide. Second, America was to keep Russia out of Western Europe as it did in at the end of World War II. Third, the alliance must keep Germany &ldquo;down&rdquo; so it would never start another European war. That third element of the original NATO mission is often laughed at as entirely irrelevant today.<br />\n But is it? Germany now dominates the European Union. Its banks squeeze Southern European countries for overdue loan payments. Berlin pressures Eastern Europe &mdash; whose leaders grew up with lectures about the nightmares of Nazi Germany &mdash; to follow Berlin&rsquo;s disastrous open borders plan. That laxity has resulted in more than a million migrants flocking into the EU from the Middle East and North Africa.<br />\n Berlin also tried to hold the United Kingdom hostage to prevent Brexit &mdash; the verdict of the British people, a majority of whom voted to leave the EU. Less than half of today&rsquo;s German population has a favorable view of America, the country whose troops and nuclear umbrella still keep a virtually unarmed Germany secure.</p>\n<p> A CLAIRVOYANT in 1945 might have warned both Europe and the United States that a &ldquo;Fourth Reich&rdquo; financial powerhouse would someday dominate Europe.<br />\n In addition, Germany still has an existential fear of Russia. After all, more than 3 million German soldiers perished on the Eastern Front in World War II. Millions of German-speakers were ethnically cleansed from postwar Russia and Eastern Europe by the Russian Army.<br />\n No wonder that German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks close ties with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin&rsquo;s autocratic Russia. As was true during the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, Germany once again has little if any ability to ward off Russian aggression, whether conventional or nuclear, and knows it.<br />\n Finally, a recent poll of Americans reveals a veritable abyss between younger and older Americans. Today&rsquo;s millennials, children of the postwar baby boomers, grew up in the affluence of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. They claim that they will be far less likely to marry, to value religion or to feel patriotic.<br />\n In contrast, those who were once children during World War II, or who had parents and grandparents who fought in the war, have a far more realistic appraisal of human nature and the need to find security, stability and transcendence in a dangerous world.</p>\n<p> ONE WAY of keeping sane and safe during and after such a global catastrophe was to marry and raise a family, to believe in God, and to appreciate the unique morality and strength of a victorious United States.<br />\n World War II ended in 1945. And then again, it really did not.</p>\n', created = 1574121152, expire = 1574207552, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b00152526a811b82106073a98a9cfec9' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SOCIALISM: August 28, 2019</p>\n<p>&ldquo;Socialist! is no longer a McCarthyite slur.<br />\n Rather, the fresh celebrity &ldquo;Squad&rdquo; of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen &mdash; Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) &mdash; often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed that about half of so-called millennials would like to live in a socialist country.</p>\n<p> FIVE YEARS ago, septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) was considered an irrelevant lone socialist in the U.S. Senate &mdash; Vermont&rsquo;s trademark contribution to cranky quirkiness. But in 2016, Sanders&rsquo; improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton, even as socialist governments were either imploding or stagnating the world over.<br />\n After Clinton&rsquo;s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 general election, Sanders is back, running as a socialist warhorse, promising endless amounts of free stuff, with those promises suddenly being taken seriously.<br />\n Sanders, like the members of the Squad, has limited political power. But the celebrity and social media influence of these new and retread socialists has been on the upswing &mdash; especially in the current 21st century climate of radical transformations in economic and political life.<br />\n Note the shock over Clinton&rsquo;s 2016 defeat, the furor directed at a take-no-prisoners Trump, and sudden progressive criticism of the Obama presidency as too temporizing, weak and ineffectual. And there are still other undercurrents that explain why currently socialism polls so well among young Americans.<br />\n College-educated Americans collectively owe an estimated $1.5 trillion in unpaid student loans. Many of these debtors despair of ever paying back the huge sums.<br />\n Cancelling debt is an ancient socialist rallying cry. Starting over with a clean slate appeals to those &ldquo;oppressed&rdquo; with college loans.<br />\n A force multiplier of debt is the realization that many students borrowed to focus on mostly irrelevant college majors. Such degrees usually offer few opportunities to find jobs high-paying enough to pay back staggering obligations.<br />\n Asymmetrical globalization over the last 30 years has created levels of wealth among the elite never envisioned in the history of civilization. In addition to these disparities, &ldquo;free&rdquo; but unfair trade, especially with China and to a lesser extent with the European Union, Japan and South Korea, hollowed out the interior of the United States, impoverishing and diluting the once-solid middle class. Warped free trade and Chinese buccaneerism, not free-market capitalism per se, impoverished millions of Americans.<br />\n Lots of young people claim to be socialists but are instead simply angry because they cannot afford a home, a new car or nice things in their &ldquo;woke&rdquo; urban neighborhoods.<br />\n Usually, Americans become more traditional, self-reliant and suspicious of big government as they age. Reasons for such conservatism have often included early marriage, child-raising, home ownership and residence in a suburb, small town or rural area.<br />\n Today&rsquo;s youth are generally marrying later. Most have few if any children. Twenty- and thirty-somethings are not buying homes as quickly or easily as in the past. They are concentrating in the urban centers of big- and medium-sized coastal blue cities such as Boston, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle &mdash; but often in dead-end jobs that pay them just enough to get by and enjoy the perks of cool life in the big city.</p>\n<p> THESE ARE the ingredients for a culture that emphasizes the self, blames others for a sense of personal failure and wants instant social justice.<br />\n Finally, schools and colleges have replaced the empirical study of economics, history and politics with race, class and gender indoctrination.<br />\n Few young activists of the old Occupy Wall Street bunch, and few of the current violent Antifa street fighters, know the 20th century history of &ldquo;socialists&rdquo; who were actually hardcore communists. Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, Soviet Union strongman Joseph Stalin and Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong each killed millions of their own people.<br />\n Today&rsquo;s students romanticize Che Guevara and Fidel Castro because they are clueless about their bloody careers. The Castro government for over a half-century was responsible for the murders of thousands of Cubans and Latin Americans in efforts to solidify Cuban &ldquo;socialism&rdquo; throughout Latin America.</p>\n<p> WHEN OUR schools and colleges do not teach unbiased economics and history, then millions of youth have no idea why the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Japan became wealthy and stable by embracing free-market capitalism and constitutional government. Few learn why naturally rich nations such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela &mdash; or entire regions such as Central America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia &mdash; have traditionally lagged far behind due to years of destructive central planning, socialist economics and coerced communist government.<br />\n The handmaiden of failed socialist regimes has always been ignorance of the past and present. And that is never truer than among today&rsquo;s American college-degreed (but otherwise economically and historically illiterate) youth.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1574121152, expire = 1574207552, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f2a7b546b888dae8a99b0223ee32dd2c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Victor Davis Hanson

11/12/2019 - 10:20pm
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10/01/2019 - 10:00pm
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09/23/2019 - 3:03pm
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09/15/2019 - 11:56pm
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09/08/2019 - 8:22pm
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09/01/2019 - 3:39pm
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