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Podcast: Glenn Ellmers on “Hard Truths & Radical Possibilities”

Podcast: Glenn Ellmers on “Hard Truths & Radical Possibilities”

(Steven Hayward) Glenn Ellmers has done it again, with a new provocation that “the constitutional republic created by our founders no longer exists.” His article posted at American Greatness, “Hard Truths and Radical Possibilities,” backs up this startling proposition with five very stark supporting arguments, starting with the fact that elections no longer suffice to control our government (even if they are fair and above reproach). Elections are now a mere nuisance—barely a

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Thought for the Day: Kenneth Minogue on Politics

Thought for the Day: Kenneth Minogue on Politics

(Steven Hayward) From the late Kenneth Minogue’s very fine Politics: A Very Short Introduction (highly recommended): “In our time,” Thomas Mann remarked, “the destiny of man presents its meaning in political terms.” This is certainly true for a lot of bores in universities who believe that one cannot enjoy a poem or conduct a love affair without at the same time making a political statement. At a common-sense level, this view is

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The Daily Chart: The Farmland Bubble?

The Daily Chart: The Farmland Bubble?

(Steven Hayward) I recall that back in the 1980s, when all the certified “experts” said that Japan would overtake America as the world’s largest economy by 2010, Japanese investors were buying American farmland (also urban real estate such as Rockefeller Center and marquee properties like the golf course at Pebble Beach—later sold back at steep losses). Now I hear that the Chinese are buying a lot of farmland. I don’t know what

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