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Bde Maka Ska? Change the Name. Rewrite History. Redefine Politics.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota.   To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. In George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, 1984, the main character, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth in Oceania, a one-Party socialist state in what was once the British Isles and the Americas. The ministry does not promote truth, but rewrites history to conform to Party doctrine in what authorities portray as a never-ending war against shadowy enemies. To this end, pictures are torn down, statues destroyed, and inconvenient documents dropped down “memory...

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A Liberal Journalist Experiences Radical Progressivism in the NYC Schools

George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and lives in New York City.  Like most of us, he is the product of public schools and a strong believer in the importance of “common schools” to educate children of all “religious, social, and ethnic backgrounds.”  Therefore he and his wife were very excited when their young son was accepted into a diverse NYC public school in which two-thirds of students performed well on standardized tests. His sober reflections on his 10 year experience with radically progressive educators is published in the current issue of The Atlantic, “When the Culture War...

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Want to predict the future political pulse of American voters? Look at Canada.

Among the obligations of being married to a politically-astute former Canadian is to stay informed about the political trends of our neighbors to the north. While I normally resist the temptation to share my Canadian punditry (you’re welcome!), there is a startling movement in the Great White North that deserves our attention. Let’s start with Alberta. Before its 2015 provincial election, Alberta’s voters showed a partisan orientation that was reliably conservative and pro-growth. They had elected center-right majority governments for eight straight decades. But in 2015, the liberal New Democrats, led by Rachel Notley, exploited a rift between conservative factions to...

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An Artful (and Accurate) Expression of Left-Wing Fantasies

Lance Morrow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center takes a pretty good shot at both sides in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend (“America is Torn between Trump’s Fibs and Progressives’ Fantasies”): Mr. Trump works with huckster falsehoods -- the flashy superlatives of a car salesman. The progressive left works with conceptual falsities. Voters in 2020 will decide which style of lies they prefer. Yet his longer, artful diatribe against the Left rings very true, and will be appreciated by conservatives: The progressive left embraces new visions of perfection -- tamer in its methods than its 1930s predecessors, but sometimes outdistancing...

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In Defense of CEO Pay and Rich People

British journalist and politician Daniel Hannan recently wrote a smart defense of high CEO pay in the Washington Examiner.  His are arguments rarely heard among the leftist shouts to “abolish billionaires.” And a couple of years ago I wrote a pretty good piece challenging Oxfam’s sensational report that claimed “obscene wealth” and inequality are “trapping hundreds of millions in poverty.”  Here is a timely fusion of the two pieces as America seemingly plunges further toward socialism every day. Why is high CEO pay justifiable? “Top CEOs in America now earn, on average, over 300 times average pay. In 1965 it was 20 times....

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In The Tank (ep177) – Green New Deal Insanity, Panera Cares Fail, Stadium Subsidies

Hello! This week's episode of In the Tank deals with the green new deal insanity, the abject failure of Panera Cares, and stadium subsidies (hint, it's not great for MN). https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep177-green-new-deal-insanity-panera-cares-fail-stadium-subsidies...

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Will Left-Wing Ideology Trump Fundamental Fairness for Kavanaugh?

In today’s Wall Street Journal, editorial board member Allysia Finley writes a powerful piece (“Will the Senate Kill a Mockingbird?”) that describes the haunting similarities between the current Kavanaugh ordeal (69% call it a national disgrace) and Tom Robinson’s sham trial in Harper Lee’s classic novel: The novel chronicles the persecution of an innocent man by a bigoted and bloody-minded town. Amid the left’s crucible of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Lee’s enduring lessons about due process merit reflection. “She’s mistaken in her mind” When Atticus cross-examines “the fragile-looking” Mayella, she bawls and accuses him of bullying. She then contradicts herself: “No, I don’t recollect...

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Failed education ideas about to transform Twin Cities region

On July 25, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling with the potential to transform K-12 education in the Twin Cities region for decades to come. The court decided that Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota—a case in which plaintiffs seek court-ordered metro-wide racial balancing in the Twin Cities’ region’s public schools—can go forward. Plaintiffs will now return to district court. There they will demand a comprehensive, legislatively mandated plan to distribute students—including those in suburban districts and charter schools—into schools across the metro area on the basis of their race and socio-economic status. The remedy plaintiffs seek will likely cost taxpayers enormous sums...

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