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  • The Root of Today’s Worldwide Education Problem Is Staring Us in the Face

    The Root of Today’s Worldwide Education Problem Is Staring Us in the Face0

    “Our schools,” reports a knowledgeable observer, “are producing ignoramuses.” The average graduate, he explains, “does not know how to read critically, write expressively, or debate intelligently and politely.” Meantime, the unions are opposing huge, proposed increases in beginner-teacher salaries because, instead, they want higher pay for teachers with seniority, regardless of individual performance. Are we

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  • Remembering One of Stalin’s Forgotten Killing Sprees

    Remembering One of Stalin’s Forgotten Killing Sprees3

    Power kills. Absolute power kills too many to count. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin spoke with personal authority on the subject when he famously said, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” To write about any one or more massacres for which Stalin was responsible, one must first answer the question, “Which

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  • Hannah Arendt’s Chilling Thesis on Evil

    Hannah Arendt’s Chilling Thesis on Evil4

    Nine months after the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann died at the end of a noose in Israel, a controversial but thoughtful commentary about his trial appeared in The New Yorker. The public reaction stunned its author, the famed political theorist and Holocaust survivor Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). It was February 1963. Arendt’s eyewitness assessment of

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  • What Gibbon Got Wrong About the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    What Gibbon Got Wrong About the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire0

    In The Devil’s Dictionary, the writer Ambrose Bierce offered this definition of History: “An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.” Before you dismiss Bierce’s cynical perspective, remember that historians are mortals. Some are very good at what they do, others are quite

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