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How the Police War Has Become a Battle of SymbolsFor some time now, America has seen massive unrest in the wake of several tragic deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers. The most important part of the debate has been separating the facts from the media myths about what actually happened. However, with the horrifying assassination of policemen in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the center of the debate has shifted. The killing of policemen simply because they are policemen has escalated the controversy into a battle not of facts but of symbols.

Dallas: The Target Is OrderDallas was not just another attack by a lone shooter against defenseless civilians. Rather, it was a highly symbolic act against those who defend order. The target was order. The target was the uniforms and badges the officers were wearing. Those who died were merely representatives of order. They were the defenders of the principles and institutions around which society agrees to be organized.

An American “Brexit” to Nowhere: Three Questions Need Answers FirstBrexit was clearly motivated, among others, by a desire to recover national identity and help voters regain control of their country and its future. On this side of the Atlantic, many are now saying that America needs its own Brexit, in the form of cutting down to size a federal government that has become bloated and oppressive, and false elites who are corrupt and could care less about the needs and wishes of the people. These Americans echo the same desire to rescue the country from an unhealthy and crippling control.

A Civics Lesson from a Zulu KingThe chaos of the present election cycle calls to mind a story about the great African king, Shaka (1787-1828), the founder of Southern Africa’s Zulu Empire. It is told that Shaka lamented the slowness of his warriors when they entered into battle. To remedy the problem, he ordered them to take off their sandals to make their movements lighter and faster. He also noticed the softness of the warriors’ bare feet and sent them to a parade ground, which was covered with thorns. He then ordered the barefoot troops to march on the thorns to toughen their feet.

When Greenspan Speaks, Shouldn’t Someone Be Listening?It used to be said that when Alan Greenspan spoke, people listened. In fact, the speeches of this Federal Reserve Chairman used to rock markets worldwide. But today, a lot has changed. No one seems to be acknowledging the alarming reports on the state of the global economy coming from very qualified minds. It is all business and trading as usual, even as the economy’s sluggish recovery appears to be confirming what the experts are saying.

Where Does Britain Brexit To?The debate over the meaning of Brexit is still raging. It is hard to explain the fact that the full force of the British establishment, both on the left and right, lost the June 23 vote to remain in the European Union. There were strange bedfellows indeed as bankers and labor unions, academics and politicians, leftists and conservatives, Scots and Irish, all stood together to prevent the messy separation of this artificial union.

The War of the StraitjacketsLooking at the political climate, America’s present condition can be seen as a war of the straitjackets. On one side, there are those who rightfully claim that society needs God and a moral law as a necessary condition for freedom and prosperity. These fight to conserve the remnants of this law.

Is America on a Path to Decline?It is dangerous to compare the nation to a corporation. A nation reflects a whole culture with all its richness, creativity and vivacity. It is an organic entity that has a life of its own that does not appear on spreadsheets. Applying the corporate model to a nation is a modern obsession that often ends in disaster.

Election 2016: Have Americans Abandoned Their Principles?America is in crisis, and most people don’t know what to do about it. They are frustrated by a lack of direction and purpose. They are wary of established systems and political maneuvers. They don’t care how the problem is resolved but only that it be resolved. Across the nation, many are asking: What’s the solution?

Unjust “Social Justice” Kills Jobs in CaliforniaArmed with the leftist mantra of “equality and social justice,” liberals are attempting to mandate social economic justice by increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Their argument imparts a warm and fuzzy feeling to those who do not reflect, but as predicted, it is now bearing its rotten fruits in California.

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