The fate of the black family under liberalism

Professor Sowell of Stanford

  The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state. Thomas Sowell  Posted from Las Vegas, Nevada   … [Read more...]

You meet the most interesting people at FreedomFest

The Bellagio

  After my presentation this afternoon about the Middle East, I had a conversation, of sorts, with the kind of hardcore libertarian who helps to keep me from fully signing up. His position, so far as I could understand it, is that Israel and the United States are the greatest threats to human welfare on the planet. Because I didn't agree with him, he described me as whitewashing American and Israeli crimes against humanity. I asked him … [Read more...]

Another report from FreedomFest 2015

Professor Krugman of Princeton

   I'm not getting as much time to attend sessions and look at exhibits here at FreedomFest 2015 as I would like, owing to some personal business to which I'm obliged to attend -- and to my own necessary and overdue preparations for my presentations this afternoon and tomorrow morning -- but there's some fascinating stuff here. A couple of hours ago, my wife and I attended a debate between the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, professor of … [Read more...]

“U.S. Muslim groups launch fundraiser to rebuild burned black churches”

Nauvoo Temple burning

  I don't know whether or not there's really a spate of arson attacks against black churches.  Possibly so.  I haven't been following the story -- or, frankly, given my travel and activity schedule in recent days, any story -- very closely of late, but I think I heard that at least one such church-burning had turned out to be lightning-caused and also that, as a matter of fact, a number of white churches have burned recently, as well.  Perhaps at the usual st … [Read more...]

“Volcanoes linked to cultural upheaval”

Mount Sakurajima erupting

  A very promising tool for historical understanding:  Posted from Las Vegas, Nevada  … [Read more...]

“The Goose and the Gander”: An Observer’s Note on the Jenkins/Hamblin Exchange

Poussin, Israel at the Red Sea

  In their online conversation about Book of Mormon historicity, Professor Phillip Jenkins has repeatedly demanded "evidence" from Professor William Hamblin, while Professor Hamblin has sought to first establish some methodological parameters for evaluating such evidence and what it means -- plainly because he regards Professor Jenkins's position as profoundly flawed, methodologically speaking.  (Which, for the record, I also do.) Here, in a very interesting … [Read more...]

“For churches that won’t perform same-sex weddings, insurance begins to look iffy”

A church in rural New York

  It begins. Panic before the tsunami. Corporate America continues its craven retreat before the irresistible juggernaut of the all-powerful forces of Love and Tolerance: Thankfully, though, it's all just my paranoid imagination. Nothing like this is really going to happen.  Not ever. And, anyway, … [Read more...]

A Report from Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood LV NV dklfa;

  “Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.” (Steve Wynn) It's appropriate, I think, that a huge libertarian conference like FreedomFest should meet in Las Vegas.  This is not, by a long shot, a conservative city.  But it's a libertarian one.  Everything goes. That's one of the reasons I'm not quite a libertarian in the full sense. We had a fun day here, though.  As I had hoped, we did manage to catch Gilbert Bonil … [Read more...]