UNCA D is an unrepentant declinist. I believe the United States has made a potentially irreversible u-turn away from the values, institutions, and processes that have made it such a good and remarkable place. Read my old blogs for facts and arguments.
Now come two public thinkers of considerable consequence to argue "the case for global optimism." The writers are . . .
BACK ON APRIL 1, I posted about a first-generation immigrant from India to Great Britain -- illegal, as it happens -- who understood that "Western exceptionalism is practical, everyday reality, not airy theory." The Wall Street Journal has something similar today, an account by a first-generation German Jewish immigrant who came with his family to escape the Nazis.
It takes an immigrant like me to parse the poison that Bernie Sanders is peddling to the naïve youth of this country. It takes someone who has experienced socialism's failures firsthand -- as I did, initially as a small child, later as a young adult -- to see why . . .
. . . why conservatives should stop doing business with progressive social justice warriors disguised as businesses.
PayPal has announced that it will not open a new operations center in North Carolina, because of the state's new "bathroom law" -- a law that sensibly requires people to use public, multi-occupancy bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex. PayPal thinks this is horrible. To put it bluntly, PayPal's "corporate values" include involuntarily exposing women and girls to male nudity . . .
. . . has an extraordinary exhibit running at Archway Gallery. His name is Fikry Botros. I won't even try to describe his work. It speaks for itself. You owe it to yourself to see the exhibit. Not just for the craftsmanship and artistry, which are breathtaking, but for the humanity.
. . . for presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama posted a Cuban -- not an American -- flag on the wall. Superimposed on the flag was the iconic image of mass murderer Ernesto Guevara, "Che" to his admirers in dorm rooms, faculty lounges, taxpayer-financed offices of Acorn and other "community" organizations, and other hard-left precincts.
For the Obama campaign, this visual gaffe was a problem. The candidate's hard-left ideology was to be gauzed over, not boldly advertised. The truth had to be . . .