The lesson from the American Civil War and the French Revolution, the rise of Nazism in Germany or of Bolshevism in Russia, is not that clear majorities of partisans and countless news junkies are needed to foment extremism and tear apart a country.  Instead, it is that zealous and sometimes warring tiny minorities can escalate tensions, nullify opposition, and bully the silenced majority to sanction–or at least not object to–the violence by which they eventually make their illiberal agendas go mainstream. – Victor Hanson Davis, Historian

If we do not cherish and care for our freedoms – speech, assembly, religion and others – we will lose them.  If we do not respect and defend our protections – rule of law, enforcement of public safety, decorum and civility – we will lose them.  If we no longer value and support the individual within the tolerant protection of the group, we are all lost.  In short, we have a Republic if we can keep it.

 

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Nonsequitur: Caravans

October 22, 2018

 

Question: Can you sympathize without losing your ability to understand the high costs of ignoring rule of law and limited public resources?

In 2013, Beijing launched the belt and road plan, a global development blueprint involving about 60 countries from Asia, Europe to Africa to stimulate economic growth with large-scale capital investment and infrastructure construction projects.

Two years later, China started printing 100-rupee notes for Nepal, Liu wrote in an article in China Finance, a bi-monthly journal run by China’s central bank in May.

Since then the company had “seized the opportunities brought by the initiative” and “successfully won contracts for currency production projects in a number of countries including Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, Brazil and Poland,” he said.

But that could be just the tip of the iceberg. The actual number of countries that have or plan to outsource currency printing to China could be much bigger, according to one source in the corporation. Some governments have asked Beijing not to publicise the deal because they are worried such information could compromise national security or trigger “unnecessary debates at home”, the person said.

Read the full article here.

A rerun, but a good one!

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 (Writing the Declaration, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900) (Writing the Declaration, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900)

To celebrate this 4th of July, you could read these “charters of freedom” that changed our country and the world: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Bill of Rights. All three are available here (with commentary). That’s what the fireworks are all about.

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Source: The White House, Washington D.C.