Archive for the North Star Writers Group Category

Media Under Assault, Freedom Suffers

“Were it left to me to decide whether to have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote to Edward Carrington in 1787, “I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Fortunately, neither Jefferson nor his successors have been forced to […]

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The Cost of Capitalism: We’re Having a Minsky Moment

Do you wonder what caused the deep global economic downturn, how the nation‟s best economic minds did not see it coming and why the government‟s response has been somewhat incoherent? The answer: We‟re having a “Minsky moment,” says Robert J. Barbera, author of The Cost of Capitalism, […]

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UN’s Durban II a Disgrace, But Also a Welcome Wake-Up Call

A United Nations conference this week in Geneva, ostensibly designed to address racism and other forms of intolerance, provides a welcome wake-up call for those who believe that all global disputes are rooted in mere misunderstanding. The reality is much different, as the results of U.S. diplomatic […]

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The Sad (and False) Tales of Victims of the Estate

Policymakers in Washington have come to accept “spin” as a normal feature of the legislative process, with each side in a debate pushing a message and bending facts so they best support its case. But bending facts is one thing, breaking them is another. In some cases, […]

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Obama Puts Global Engagement to the Test

President Obama is about to test an important proposition – that the United States can more effectively improve even the worst global institutions by participating in them than by shunning them. In this case, the institution is the United Nations Human Rights Council, for which the Obama […]

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