Predictions

At the end of his long-running talk show, the late John McLaughlin would ask the panel for “predictions.” They would then offer insights on the latest political gossip regarding personalities or upcoming events. Often they were wrong, but nobody kept score; it was entertainment.

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Who/What Caused the Civil War?

The Civil War, America’s worst experience, was caused by people, as are all wars. But which ones? The title of this essay implies that either certain people or their institutions caused this calamity. Who or what? Thus, the ultimate causation was “nature,” either human or human-created.

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Liberty vs. Equality

One hates to quarrel with, perhaps, the greatest political document in history, but it is not “self-evident” that “all men are created equal.” Indeed, precisely the opposite is true. Why, then, did the Founders (i.e. Jefferson) put that clause in? At face value, it is ridiculous.

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With Friends Like These Poland Needs No Enemies

When Poland agreed to host a Middle East conference in Warsaw, on February 13-14, it expected some flak from Muslim countries, in particular Iran, a cold shoulder from the European Union, and, of course, scathing criticism from Russia and, perhaps, China.

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Good Walls Make Good Neighbors

Paraphrasing poet Robert Frost (“good fences”) is only symbolic since the words are interchangeable. They can also be used as “lines,” “barriers,” or any other obstacle to traffic, whether man or beast. The title is also erroneous; fences “make” nothing but serve only to separate otherwise “bad” neighbors.

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