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  • An 18th century painting presents the horrors of the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, which it depicts as a scene in Hell. (Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, "Le Triomphe de la Guillotine")

    The Dark Origins of Communism: Part 3 of 3

    The French Revolution from 1789 to 1799 had a large influence on Karl Marx, and on the origins of communism. We’ve written previously about Gracchus... Read more

  • President Donald Trump arrives at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

    Trump’s Air Traffic Reform Looks to the Future

    The future of aviation is upon us, but we may not be ready. Commercial space travel and fleets of drones delivering freight will very soon... Read more

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    Unasked Questions: A Remiss Media on the Issue of Vaccine Safety

    There are two mantras of old school journalism that appear to have gone the way of the rotary phone: 1) Never believe the first answer,... Read more

  • Königsberg Castle courtyard and church of the castle and the criminal tribunal, Kaliningrad, Russia. (Library of Congress)

    Making Königsberg Kaliningrad: The Lost Jewel of the Baltic

    Kaliningrad is the westernmost region of Russia, famous for its mild climate, beaches, and amber, of which it has 90 percent of the world’s supply... Read more

  • (L-R) British Secretary for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner meeting at the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.  (MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

    NATO’s Shibboleth, Article 5 and Member’s Contributions

    Sometimes it is valuable to review the realities underlying myths. And with the media filled with hissy fits regarding what President Trump said (and failed... Read more

  • (L-R) Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump during a working dinner meeting at the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017 during a NATO summit.  (MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

    NATO and the Transatlantic Relationship

    When 12 democratic governments seeking to check Soviet expansion formed NATO by treaty in 1949, it seems unlikely that any of their political leaders thought... Read more

  • A sign in a market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps in New York City on Oct. 7, 2010. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Food Stamps, Work, and Dignity

    When rolling out President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made the news by announcing the intention to require... Read more

  • A police officer's hi-vis jacket, adorned with messages of support, is pictured alongside flowers and balloons Victoria Station car park, near to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, northwest England on May 30, 2017, placed in tribute to the victims of the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena.
A train station next to the scene of last week's suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, reopened on Tuesday for the first time since the carnage in which 22 people were killed, as the city slowly returned to normal. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

    Acceleration of Terrorism Demands America’s Vigilance

    The world continues to witness unspeakable terrorist acts that violate moral decency, human rights, and the rule of law. Terrorism is a senseless evil against... Read more

  • Host Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 22, 2014.  (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NATAS)

    Griffin’s Bloody Head Photo Shoot a Sign of Bigger Problems

    Kathy Griffin has for the moment become the poster woman for a culture gone wrong. On May 30, Griffin posted on her Twitter account a... Read more

  • An engraving shows the beheading of Louis XVI during the French Revolution. (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

    The Dark Origins of Communism: Part 2 of 3

    The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution laid the foundations from which communism grew. It pushed for an idea of “liberation” that gradually destroyed... Read more

  • People listen to Taps during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Memorial Day: Respect, Reverence, Reawakening

    America must pause to honor all who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Our nation must be reawakened by igniting a fire... Read more

  • German anti-Bolshevik poster from 1919. (Public Domain)

    Retracing the Red Terror in Soviet Russia

    In August 1918, a woman shot and nearly killed Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin as he toured a factory in Moscow. The assassin was Fanya Kaplan,... Read more

  • "The Storming of the Bastille", Visible in the center is the arrest of Bernard René Jourdan, m de Launay (1740-1789). (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

    The Dark Origins of Communism: Part 1 of 3

    If you were to ask most people about the origins of communism, they’d likely point to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of “The Communist... Read more

  • Piet Mondrian. (Public domain)

    Abstract Art Is an Absurd Inversion of American Values

    Perhaps the oddest twist in the history and mythology of abstract art was the U.S. State Department’s advocacy of abstract expressionist work—from Jackson Pollock’s notorious... Read more

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    The Memories of Lev Kopelev: From Enthusiastic Marxist to Exiled Scholar

    The Russian-born Lev Kopelev, a disillusioned communist, was something of a legend in Germany where he was invited to give lectures at many universities. But... Read more

  • Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrate after he won the presidential election  in Tehran, Iran on May 20, 2017.  (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

    Iranian Elections Pose Questions

    The lesser of two evils is still…evil. Make no bones about it. (Re)elected President Hassan Rouhani is a “moderate” only in Iran’s distorted political spectrum... Read more

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on May 22, 2017.
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    Rouhani Re-election Shows Preference for Moderation

    Hassan Rouhani was re-elected easily as Iran’s president last week, obtaining 57 percent of 41 million votes cast against only 15.7 million for his main... Read more

  • MORGANTOWN, WV - MAY 18:  Area residents and members of the military participate in the "Tribute To Heroes" ceremony which celebrates the sacrifices area veterans have made for the country on May 18, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. West Virginia, a state where President Donald Trump won in a landslide by defeating Hillary Clinton 67.9 percent to 26.2 percent, is also one of the nations poorest states where nearly one in five West Virginians struggled to afford basic necessities in 2015. The state was historically dependent on coal mining and manufacturing. With coal mines closing, the state has witnessed a surge in male unemployment and an epidemic of opioid use among its population.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Armed Forces: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America

    On Saturday, May 20, America will celebrate Armed Forces Day. It is commemorated annually, on the third Saturday of each May, to express gratitude for... Read more

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    Unvaccinated Children Have Much Lower Rates of Chronic Illness, Jackson State Study Finds

    The first peer-reviewed study comparing health outcomes of vaccinated children versus unvaccinated was recently published in the Journal of Translational Science by epidemiologists from the... Read more

  • The University of Vienna in the early 1900s. Founded in the late 19th century, the Austrian school of economics developed the ideas of classic liberalism into a coherent economic philosophy. Many of its scholars started out at the University of Vienna.

    The Economic School You’ve Never Heard Of

    Mainstream economics is under heavy pressure. Consistently wrong policies and forecasts have damaged the field dubbed “the dismal science.” But what do critics propose should supersede... Read more

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