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  • The Moral Argument Must Be Made

    09/27/2012 3:31:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The Obama administration's policies are bad. Bad in the sense that the policies are morally corrupting. They take money and control away from people and give them to government bureaucrats, who then decide what should be done. The policies encourage people to be less responsible personally and to rely more on the government. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher argued that "socialism itself -- in all its incarnations, wherever and however it was applied -- was morally corrupting," Claire Berlinski wrote in "There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters" (Basic Books, 2008). "Socialism turned good citizens into bad...
  • Paris Burning, Once Again

    03/25/2006 5:16:08 PM PST · by JAWs · 32 replies · 1,267+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/26/06 | Claire Berlinski
    PARISLast Saturday morning, needing help to move several heavy cartons of books from my apartment in central Paris to a storage room, I hired two movers and a van from the want ads. Students were in the streets protesting the Contrat de Premier Embauche (CPE) -- a law proposed to combat unemployment by giving employers more flexibility to fire young employees -- and the barricades and traffic diversions made our four-block drive into a half-hour ordeal. As we turned down one obstructed street after another, the movers -- both Arab immigrants -- became more and more incensed."They're idiots," said the...
  • What the free market needs

    10/21/2008 8:31:26 AM PDT · by nosofar · 135+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 21, 2008 | Claire Berlinski
    The free-market system, it is now fashionable to say, is to blame for the current financial crisis. By way of rejoinder, a growing cohort of commentators have argued that the crisis should be understood not as a failure of free-market economic theory but as its vindication. They argue that the U.S. government perverted the wisdom of the market by encouraging banks to make loans no rational actor would make -- and that the players took the risks they did because they held a reasonable expectation of a government bailout should things get hairy. The problem, in this view, is not...
  • Islam and the art of Aircraft Maintenance (feelgood story of the day /s)

    03/13/2009 9:56:57 AM PDT · by Riflema · 19 replies · 1,205+ views
    The First Post ^ | 3/12/2009 | Claire Berlinski
    ..."They charged that many of the new cabin crew, for example, were graduates of religious Imam Hatip schools rather than of technical universities - Imam Hatip schools were, the pilots said, classified as 'trade schools' and the Imam Hatip alumni were therefore 'camouflaged' as trade school graduates. This is no trivial claim, if true: the main responsibility of cabin crew is not to serve meals, but to handle in-flight emergencies or evacuations"
  • A Hidden History of Evil

    05/14/2010 5:39:39 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 10 replies · 438+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains inexplicably indifferent and uncurious about the deadliest ideology in history. [snip] For instance, the...
  • Is God Still Dead?

    03/01/2005 2:00:19 AM PST · by rdb3 · 15 replies · 645+ views
    Policy Review ^ | Winter 2005 | Claire Berlinski
    theism, as theologian Alister McGrath understands the term, is not merely the asseveration that no God exists. It is a distinct movement in intellectual, cultural, and political history and may be mapped to particular historic events — the arc of its rise and decline demarcated at either end by two tumbling edifices, the Bastille and the Berlin Wall. This movement, curiously, has behaved much like a religion: It has produced gurus and proselytizers; it has been appropriated to serve political ends; and, ultimately, it has been embraced not for its compelling internal logic but on faith — or at gunpoint....
  • Obama to Boeing: Drop Dead

    04/21/2011 5:02:28 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 52 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | 4/21/2011 | Claire Berlinski
    This could well be the most outrageous insult yet to the free market economy: In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina. Do I need to explain how many kinds of wrong this is? Not only is the federal government saying to Boeing that it gets to decide where it...
  • Never Wobbly (Lady Thatcher Bio- "I Hate Communists." )

    11/17/2008 8:06:32 PM PST · by Wegotsarah.com · 28 replies · 1,167+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-18-08 | Farrell
    Conservatives of a fatalistic bent -- their numbers this month have swollen -- like to depress themselves with the maxim that government programs never perish. Statism's relentless march can be checked at times but rarely beaten back. Just look, they say, at those New Deal relics known as farm programs. And then they see Time magazine's cover this week -- Barack Obama pictured as FDR, with the cover line "The New New Deal" -- and they head for the window ledge. [snip] But the greatest refutation of their dour outlook can be expressed in a single name: Margaret Thatcher. When...
  • Gutless Graham

    04/04/2011 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/4/2011 | Mark Steyn
    Andrew, ever since I ran into a spot of bother in Canada, I’ve found myself giving speeches in defense of freedom of expression in Toronto, London, Copenhagen, etc. I did not think it would be necessary quite so soon to take the same stand in the land of the First Amendment against craven squishes of the political class willing to trade core liberties for a quiet life. I have no expectations of Harry Reid or the New York Times, but I have nothing but total contempt for the wretched buffoon Graham. A mob of deranged ululating blood-lusting head-hackers slaughter Norwegian...
  • Thatcher vs. Decline (We can still learn from the Iron Lady today)

    01/01/2012 8:05:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/31/2011 | Rich Lowry
    Margaret Thatcher is on the cover of Newsweek, or — the next best thing — Meryl Streep is on the cover as the former British prime minister in a new biopic. Thatcher is a rich theme. If the types who expound on such things didn’t so hate her politics, she’d launch a thousand dissertations on those inexhaustible academic themes of class and gender. As the daughter of a grocer, she was looked down upon as the personification of, in the words of one highfalutin critic, “the worst of the lower-middle-class.” As a woman in a man’s world, she was venomously...
  • Muslim comics and documentary pushing Muslim Brotherhood-invented concept of "Islamophobia"

    12/29/2011 9:27:45 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | 12-28-11 | robert spencer
    No comedy show, no matter how clever or winning, is going to eradicate the suspicion that many Americans have of Muslims. This is because Americans are concerned about Islam not because of the work of greasy Islamophobes, but because of Naser Abdo, the would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; and Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; and Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; and Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; and Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; and...
  • Press Freedom Alla Turka (Flotilla)

    08/28/2010 10:55:19 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 4 replies
    Standpoint ^ | 8/28/2010 | Claire Berlinski
    Deep ignorance: Most Turks know nothing about what really happened on the "Mavi Marmara" In May, a ship full of civilians — but not full of humanitarian aid — sailed from Turkey to join the Free Gaza flotilla. Having warned the Mavi Marmara that it would not be allowed to breach the blockade, Israeli commandos raided the ship. In the clash, nine Turks were killed. I've lived in Istanbul for five years and I've spoken to hundreds of Turks about these events. A Turkish documentary filmmaker and I have filmed some of these conversations. Something will immediately strike the...
  • 1 Million Dead in 30 Seconds: In an increasingly urbanized world, earthquakes threaten...

    08/23/2011 9:08:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 52+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2011 | Claire Berlinski
    In an increasingly urbanized world, earthquakes threaten unprepared cities with mass destruction.Seismic risk mitigation is the greatest urban policy challenge that the world confronts today. If you consider that too strong a claim, try to imagine another way in which bad urban policy could kill a million people in 30 seconds. Yet the politics of earthquakes are rarely discussed, and when discussed, widely misunderstood. Take the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, which released 600 million times the energy of the Hiroshima bomb. The ensuing partial meltdown of the Fukushima reactor prompted international hysteria about nuclear power, but few...
  • Sarah Palin vs. Snobbery

    06/14/2010 7:36:44 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 331+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/14/2010 | Stacy Drake
    Since he can’t quite put his finger on what makes him “nervous” about Governor Palin. He may as well double-down upon what is actually cowardice, by just stealing left-wing talking points in an utterly lazy fashion. I know Governor Palin has given a hundred interviews since the 2008 Presidential election but hey, let’s talk about that Katie Couric hit-piece as though it wasn’t a highly edited, highly contentious “interview.” Give me a break. One one hand, this podcast was composed of some talking heads from the establishment giving some minimal ‘props‘ to the most active political force on the Conservative...
  • Menace in Europe

    04/07/2006 4:20:09 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 29 replies · 791+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 07 april 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dr. Claire Berlinski , the author of the new book Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too. Photo credit: David Gross FP: Dr. Berlinski , welcome to Frontpage Interview. Berlinski : It’s a pleasure. Please call me Claire. FP: Okay Claire. So introduce us briefly to the menace in Europe. Berlinksi: In brief: Europeans are lazy, unwilling to fight for anything and willing to surrender to anyone; they are fascinated by decadence; they favor the bureaucracy over the corporation; they are unable to assimilate their immigrants; they no longer have children; they...
  • RUBBER BULLETS TEAR GAS WATER CANNON AND A LIMITED APOLOGY (REVOLT AGAINST ISLAMISM IN TURKEY)

    06/04/2013 5:52:06 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    6/4/2013 | Self
    After five days of rubber bullets (not commonly reported in the MSM), tear gas and water cannon aimed at them at least some of the demonstrators are getting an official apology from Turkey's government. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic regieme Bulent Arinc says police overreacted when they fired tear gas at the environmentalist protestors in Istanbul last Friday. Sky News quotes Arinc as saying "The excessive violence that was used in the first instance against those who were behaving with respect to the environment is wrong and unfair. I apologise to those citizens....But I don't think we owe...
  • The Gezi Diaries

    06/29/2013 6:55:49 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 5 replies
    The Tower ^ | July 2013 | Claire Berlinski
    Here's an eyewitness diary of the events in Turkey. My friends there have given me some information, but this is a more comprehensive view than anything I've received directly. I don't know the author, but I know the area she writes of, and it sounds like she knows what she's talking about.
  • Notes on the Turkish Troubles

    06/29/2013 7:19:22 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 2 replies
    City Journal ^ | June 2013 | Claire Berlinski
    Here's more from Ms. Berlinski on the Turkish protests. Looks like Obama botched asnother one.
  • Menace in Europe : Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too

    03/01/2006 6:43:35 AM PST · by Idisarthur · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Amazon ^ | 2006 | Claire Berlinski
    Book Description Old Europe’s new crisis. Europe, the charming continent of windmills and gondolas. But lately, Europe has become the continent of endless strikes and demonstrations, bombs on the trains and subways, radical Islamic cells in every city, and ghettos so hopeless and violent even the police won’t enter them. In Spain, a terrorist attack prompts instant capitulation to the terrorists’ demands. In France, the suburbs go up in flames every night. In Holland, politicians and artists are murdered for speaking frankly about Islamic immigration.
  • Government Motors 1975

    11/26/2009 5:40:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,113+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn, 2009 | CLAIRE BERLINSKI
    CLAIRE BERLINSKI Government Motors 1975 America should learn from Britain’s disastrous takeover of its biggest auto company. PETER MARLOW/MAGNUM PHOTOS Striking became a way of life for British Leyland autoworkers during the seventies. After the Second World War, the United Kingdom’s newly elected Labour government resolved to build of Britain a New Jerusalem. It nationalized the commanding heights of the economy and inaugurated the cradle-to-grave welfare state. By the 1970s, the UK faced an economic crisis unrivaled since the Great Depression. Shabby and hopeless, Britain had become, in Henry Kissinger’s words, a “tragedy” of a nation, reduced to “begging, borrowing,...
  • Why I’m Like GM

    11/26/2010 8:40:44 AM PST · by Sherman Logan · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 24 November 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    I used to wake up in the middle of the night, here in Istanbul, wondering how I’d pay my bills. As I’ve noted in City Journal, the demand for foreign news is shrinking. The wire services provide coverage from Turkey at low operating costs. To be honest, I also spend a lot of money on things I can’t afford, like my cleaning lady. She’s been working for me for five years and has three kids, so I can’t fire her. If I go down, she’ll go down, and so will my landlord, the guy who sells cleaning supplies to my...
  • Reassure the Poles? Send Biden!

    03/22/2014 5:00:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    With Vladimir Putin’s seeming success in rolling over Crimea and pushing aside the Ukrainians, President Obama is talking tough. And, though Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Poland, the Baltic states, Hungary and the Czech Republic are. They need some shoring up. So Mr. Obama has sent Vice President Joe Biden to reassure the Poles. This makes sense to President Obama because Joe Biden sat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly forty years. Sending Joe Biden to Warsaw will impress the Russians, the president believes. Now, they will surely know that Obama means business. The president famously...
  • There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters

    09/11/2010 7:08:48 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 10 replies
    CSPAN & Heritage Foundation ^ | Aug 31, 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    Heritage Foundation Claire Berlinski argues that Margaret Thatcher deserves credit for reversing Great Britain's decline in the world during the 1970s. Ms. Berlinski says that Prime Minister Thatcher was instrumental in turning around the country's economy and saving it from socialism. This talk was hosted by the .. Read More Claire Berlinski argues that Margaret Thatcher deserves credit for reversing Great Britain's decline in the world during the 1970s. Ms. Berlinski says that Prime Minister Thatcher was instrumental in turning around the country's economy and saving it from socialism. This talk was hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C
  • A Hidden History of Evil

    05/12/2010 7:24:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 1,475+ views
    City Journal ^ | 05/12/10 | Claire Berlinski
    Claire Berlinski A Hidden History of Evil Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? Though Mikhail Gorbachev is lionized in the West, the untranslated archives suggest a much darker figure. In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism...
  • Ten things you need to know about Turkey

    03/28/2014 7:59:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2014 | Claire Berlinski
    Here are ten things you need to know about Turkey. 1. On March 27, the government of Turkey blocked YouTube, less than a week after blacking out Twitter. Ostensibly, this was to prevent the spread of videos that are said to feature the voices of Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief, and a top army general proposing to send the Turkish military into Syria to protect the tomb of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Dynasty. 2. If these tapes are real, Turkey has been considering staging an attack on itself as a pretext to intervene in...
  • Bless the Beasts (Should conservatives care about animal suffering?)

    12/16/2011 7:29:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2011 | Claire Berlinski
    Some virtues are by accidents of history associated with utopianism, hostility to private property, anti-clericalism, and other core beliefs of the Left. I can scandalize a yoga instructor anywhere in the world by declaring myself an avid admirer of Margaret Thatcher, though I challenge you to read the yoga sutras and conclude from them that devotees must favor an overregulated financial sector. Concern for the welfare and dignity of animals is such an issue, associated with nihilist leftists such as Peter Singer and local totalitarians who seek to regulate pets out of existence. But one need not believe that animals...
  • A Hidden History of Evil: Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives?

    09/18/2011 11:27:13 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 43 replies
    City Journal ^ | Claire Berlinski
    In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains inexplicably indifferent and uncurious about the deadliest ideology in history. For evidence of this...
  • Fruits from the Tree of Malice

    03/26/2011 12:22:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2011 | Claire Berlinski
    Newly translated documents show how far Soviet wickedness extended. In the Spring 2010 issue of City Journal, I described an archive of documents from Soviet government agencies smuggled to the West by the Russian researcher Pavel Stroilov and the Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky. These documents, I noted, were available to anyone who wanted to consult them. But nobody did. Publishers were indifferent. Only a fraction of the documents had been translated into English. This was, I argued, a symptom of the world’s dangerous indifference to the enormity of Communist crimes. Within weeks of the article’s appearance, I received hundreds of...
  • Why You Should Care About Egypt Protests

    01/28/2011 7:17:35 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 79 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published January 27, 2011 | By Claire Berlinski
    [Excerpted from middle]....The fact that we are supporting the Mubarak regime may not be immediately obvious to most Americans, but it is the central fact about America to every Egyptian alive--to 83 million people in the heart of the Middle East. The Mubarak government is basically friendly to the United States, but it is right now crushing its own people. If it succeeds, we will not be identified with the man who is protesting. We will be identified with the men who are acting on behalf of the government. In fact, we already are. If it doesn't succeed, God knows...