Are some cultures better than others? Or are all cultures and their values equal? Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza, who was born in India and moved to America, explains.
From transportation to energy, and everything in between, should the government invest money in as many promising projects as possible? Or would that actually doom many of those ventures to failure? Burt Folsom, historian and professor at Hillsdale College, answers those questions by drawing on the fascinating history of the race to build America’s railroads and airplanes.
Whenever I have lunch with my close friend Carl (not his real name), a conservative Republican, a Jew, and a successful businessman, our conversation ranges over a wide spectrum of topics and ideas. Carl is one of the smartest people I know. He’s also a good man, quietly charitable and sincere, and possessed of a grand smile and infectious laugh.
Though Carl is not Orthodox, in my opinion he is deeply religious. He attends the Daf Yomi class at my synagogue — a huge commitment in terms of time and intellectual effort. And I can always count on him to pose questions about halacha (Jewish law) to which I usually have no coherent answer.
Carl and I like to clue each other in to favorite books, blogs, movies, and worthy political groups. When we first met, Carl loaned me a slim but provocative volume entitled Judaism, Law & the Free Market. It’s a challenging and splendid work written by Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, a Torah scholar, and published by the Acton Institute.
Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel can be summarized in one word: capital.
Romney said, “It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”
Which should be a duh moment in a sane world.
And Israel’s economy, explained Romney, is a roaring success because of capitalism.
The radical leftists of the state-run media—NY Times, LA Times, etc.—are having the vapors because Romney pointed out the obvious: the Arabs are economically challenged because their culture is deviant.
Free markets are synonymous with a free people. There is no liberty without economic freedom. One of the reasons the Muslim world—even petro-wealthy nations—are swamps of intolerance and ignorance are the government-run economic policies of the ruling elites.
Israel has wisely evolved from the dopey Socialism of its modern founders to a free market. Thus, Israel has turned a desert into a garden; a state with no natural resources is becoming an economic powerhouse.