This summer’s elections to the European Parliament, the legislative body of the European Union, marked a radical swing against the greater centralization of power in the hands of Eurocrats in Brussels. A great many of the Euroskeptic parties that had big wins were the French National Front and the British United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Other Euroskeptic parties on the continent, in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, and elsewhere, also made out quite well. It was a wake-up call to many European leaders who had been complacent and tried to label Euroskeptics as fringe or extremist. The performance of UKIP in particular, which beat all three mainstream parties in the election, made those labels ridiculous.
Forgotten or at least certainly downplayed in the international remembrance of Mandela’s nearly three decades of imprisonment and his historical role in becoming the first black president of post-Apartheid South Africa is the fact that through most of the years of his active resistance leading up to his arrest and incarceration he accepted the Marxist interpretation that racism and racial discrimination were part and parcel of the capitalist system.
The question for the Republic of South Africa now is whether its people have the will, and its politicians the skill, to live up to the dream and the potential which Nelson Mandela saw, created, and embodied.
Various groups that organized demonstrations this past weekend for Trayvon Martin have unjustly decided that George Zimmerman be punished for others who have expressed or acted upon racist views in American society.
The worst epithet in America today probably remains to call someone a “racist.” The “N-word” has rightly been banished from polite conversation (gansta rap falling outside the bounds of polite[…]
[First posted at Ricochet.] Chicago teachers aren’t the only ones indoctrinating kids in progressive ideas such as the evils of being measured by results rather than attitudes. An Oregon principal recently told the Portland[…]