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Five Minutes to Midnight | August 10, 2006
What these commentators are picking up is not an exact parallel to any one event of the 1930s—hence their scattershot of historical analogies. Instead, what they are picking up is a sense of the overall direction of world events: we are clearly headed toward a much larger, bloodier conflict in the Middle East, but no one in the West wants to acknowledge it, prepare for it, or begin to fight it.(->)
M. Zachary Johnson's Music Recommendations | June 27, 2006
M. Zachary Johnson is a freelance composer and musicologist living in the New York City area. He received undergraduate degrees in music theory and composition with high honors from the University of Michigan, and a masters degree in music theory from the Mannes College of Music, where he attended on full tuition scholarship and, upon graduation, was awarded the Felix Salzer Prize for Excellence in Music Theory. He worked for several years as a staff musicologist for a New York firm that licences Broadway musicals. He is currently composing music for saxophone, and is collaborating with saxophonist Brian Horner to create a complete album of saxophone music. The recording is expected to be available next year.(->)
Time to Fight the Real War | April 14, 2006
There can be no victory in the War on Terrorism until we confront—and defeat—the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the real war, and it's time we started fighting it.(->)
America's Real "Assimilation" Dilemma | April 6, 2006
Why worry about America's ability to assimilate 11 million immigrants, when there are 75 million new citizens that we really have to worry about "assimilating"?(->)
"The Escaped Prisoner" | March 13, 2006
On March 1, TIA Daily linked to a MEMRI TV video of Arab-American psychologist Wafa Sultan on al-Jazeera television, in which she denounced Islam as the source of the warfare and oppression in the Middle East and declared: "The clash we are witnessing around the world is...a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality."

This was, I thought at the time, a statement that ought to set off a revolution. And that is precisely what it is doing....(->)

Publish or Perish: The Lessons of the Cartoon Jihad | February 13, 2006
The issue of freedom of speech is too clear, and too well settled, in the West, to be worth spending much time debating it. What is far more interesting is the fact that such a debate is occurring, nonetheless. This is a fact from which the Western world can draw some crucially important conclusions.(->)
Americans Against the American Dream: To Be Anti-Immigration Is to Be Anti-American | December 16, 2005
The anti-immigration House Republicans who just pushed through a massive assault ....(->)
Denying Reason to Make Room for Faith: The Real Agenda of "Intelligent Design" | December 12, 2005
Intelligent Design is the latest in a long series of attempts to suppress the teaching of evolution in public schools. Previous attempts failed because they were too obviously intended to substitute unthinking Biblical mysticism in place of science. Rather than give up on such attempts, religious fundamentalists have merely attempted to make them less obvious. That's the purpose of Intelligent Design: it is Biblical mysticism dressed up in a new disguise that its supporters hope will make it look more like science.

As with previous versions (does anyone remember "creation science"?), it isn't a very convincing disguise....


What Is "Globalization" Globalizing? Global Capitalism's Engine of Cultural Progress | December 8, 2005
This is a central part of the story that the press has been referring to as "globalization." But this is an odd, evasive term that does not clearly name what is happening. It seeks to name the fact that something is spreading across the globe. But it also seeks to avoid naming what that something is. What is "globalization" globalizing? The answer explains why the press doesn't want to name it: what is being globalized is capitalism--and all of the value associated with capitalism.(->)
The Kristallnacht of the Altruist Nazis | November 7, 2005
Europe never learned the lessons of Nazism. Instead, it has adopted the irrationalism and collectivism of the Nazis, but with an altruist twist: rather than liquidating its ethnic minorities, it has empowered those minorities to initiate the self-liquidation of Europe.(->)
What Have Our Soldiers Won? | October 28, 2005
The good news about the war in Iraq is that it is Islamist militiamen, not American ....(->)
Mr. Smith Goes to Brussels | October 20, 2005
Mr. Smith Goes to Brussels"Old Europe" is slowly dying. The process is slow--it ....(->)
Democratic Party Death Watch #352 | September 27, 2005
One major sign of the Democratic Party's ideological decay is its retreat into a ....(->)
You Are Not Alone | September 14, 2005
You Are Not AloneMeanwhile, the idea that Hurricane Katrina revealed the disastrous ....(->)
This Will Kill That | September 14, 2005
"This will kill that" (a line stolen from Victor Hugo's "Notre Dame de Paris") is ....(->)
Civilization's Counter-Invasion | September 12, 2005
Don't count out Western Civilization just yet--and never underestimate the power ....(->)
An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State (shorter version) | September 11, 2005
by Robert TracinskiRobert Tracinski is the editor of and The Intellectual ....(->)
An Individualist Plan for Rebuilding | September 10, 2005
The Hurricane of Anti-Americanism: The Blame Game's Real Target | September 9, 2005
The "blame game" after Hurricane Katrina is not really aimed at President Bush. ....(->)
The Real "Two Americas" | September 8, 2005
John Edwards campaigned for the Democratic nomination last year on the class-warfare ....(->)
Lord of the Barflies | September 7, 2005
The looters and passive welfare-state types in downtown New Orleans received most ....(->)
TIA Daily Sample Issue | September 6, 2005
TIA Daily -- September 6, 2005 -- New Orleans and the Broken Window(->)
An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State | September 2, 2005
It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.(->)
Will New Orleans Be Reborn? The Lessons fromThe 1900 Storm | September 1, 2005
The key question every time there is a natural disaster is not, "How did this happen?" ....(->)
Why I Am Not A Pessimist | August 31, 2005
Things have not been going well lately, either in domestic or international politics, ....(->)
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