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Thursday, October 27, 2005
More Good Readings

Here are some more highlights from my reading this week:

  • According to Peggy Noonan, America is in trouble. This piece won't cheer you up at all, but it puts words to that nagging feeling of national foreboding you've been suppressing.
  • I enjoyed Dick Meyers on Republican infighting. Here is a particularly delightful excerpt:

Democrats ought to take note. Each party, of course, thinks it has more infighting than the other one. Democrats, however, won't even acknowledge you, much less fight with you unless you've passed the basic litmus tests. Abortion would be the prime example: if you're an anti-abortion rights Democrat, you don't even have a place at the food fight. Some pro-abortion rights Republicans by contrast, are party stars.

Republicans have better fights. And this [the Harriet Miers flap] was one of them.

  • George Will has been scathing lately, perhaps even a bit sour, on the Harriet Miers nomination. But here is a very fine piece on Alan Greenspan and broader, related topics.
  • Here is an astute piece by Walter Williams on poverty and how to promote it, I mean prevent it, I mean . . .
  • Thomas Sowell describes the history of the racial segregation Rosa Parks (who passed away this week) famously resisted. Would you believe it was government's fault?
  • Paul Greenberg's piece on politics and religion is superb, but if you're looking for shallow thought, you'd better look elsewhere. The best insight may be in the penultimate paragraph. (That's the next-to-last, but I was going for alliteration.)
  • I didn't actually read this Charles Krauthammer article from last week until today, after I had heard the Harriet Miers' Supreme Court nomination is officially a think of the past. The reason cited was concern over documents; Krauthammer nailed it last week.
  • Finally, a local gem from DaltonGirl, whom I enjoy reading as much as anyone on this list, and that's saying something. (Sidebar: I wish someone actually had quoted Alexis de Tocqueville.)

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