Climate Crisis and Political Power

April 22nd was Earth Day and also the day that 175 countries came to the UN to sign a “climate pact” they hope will limit any rise in global temperatures to well below two degrees Celsius. Global temperatures, the Times reports have risen about one degree since the onset of the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago, in the middle of the 18th century.

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Climate Crisis and Political Power

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The Great Stock Market Crash of 1987

Still the blackest Monday.

Thirty years ago today—October 19th, 1987—the bottom dropped out of the stock market.

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Back to the Clintons—and the Endless Culture War

Podcast: We will never be rid of the Clintons or the culture wars.

On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we delve into the Russian purchase of an American uranium company during the Obama years and how its executives enriched the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation as it was happening—and what this tells us about them and the Democratic party and Obama. Then President Trump’s uncomfortable contretemps over calling Gold Star families takes us to the question of the culture war and how important it is in understanding our present moment. Give a listen.

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When a Moral Conscience Outlives Its Usefulness

The complex of a nation.

“I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to attack comedians,” said ABC’s “The View” host Joy Behar this week. “We’re on the right side of things . . . We’re important people right now.”

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Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

Giving up the ghost.

BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic.

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Making the World Safe for Communism—Again

Fellow babblers.

In an April 1976 essay in COMMENTARY titled “Making the World Safe for Communism,” Norman Podhoretz observed that “the Soviet Union has fewer apologists in the United States than ever before, but this is not because more people have become convinced that it is a wicked and dangerous country; it is because fewer and fewer people any longer consider the Soviet Union to be any better than the United States.” Third World revolutionary regimes still counted fans among liberal intellectuals, but, on the whole, the Communist project was intellectually exhausted by the 1970s.

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