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If there is a consensus about the present election, it is that most people are unhappy with the choices. This can be seen in the fact that many voters are identifying themselves with Twitter hashtags by which...

TFP Mourns Phyllis SchlaflyThe American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) joins in the sorrow of the millions of Ten Commandment Americans who mourn the death of Phyllis Schlafly, 92, founder of Eagle Forum, a champion of the American family, and a leading fighter in the nation’s Culture War.

Let Us Eat Cake: A $65,000 CakeAs Venezuela suffers the political, economic and moral decay caused by embracing socialism, many serious shortages plague the country. There is, however, no shortage of hypocrisy. Its citizens starve, grocery shelves are bare, hospitals have no medical supplies, electricity is rationed and some people are resorting to stealing animals from zoos to slaughter for food. What does the socialist government of President Nicholas Maduro do in face of these crises? Spend $65,000 on a 200-pound birthday cake honoring the deceased leader Hugo Chavez.

One Thing Was Missing at the Republican and Democratic ConventionsThe national conventions are ended, and battle lines are drawn for the coming elections. Sorting through the rhetoric, something seems to be missing, and it makes this election very different from others. This election brings a change of focus that does not bode well. When billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel spoke at the Republican National Convention, few realized it, but his speech signaled a shift…

How National Unity Is Forged in Unexpected PlacesAs the country struggles to find points of unity during this election year, politicians are offering all sorts of economic policies to bring together a fractured nation. They say jobs, wages and trade will make America prosperous and united again. However, the means to achieve this goal—whether it be by the government or the market—only serves to be more divisive and leads to ever more bitter debates.

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.

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