Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:42:56 -0700 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate 071aa7b2da37b987c310ae84f855fb50 Things to Be Grateful for for 04/02/2020 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Even in the throes of a global pandemic, it's possible to find things to be grateful for. In fact, I would argue that we are doing things and appreciating things that we really should have been doing and appreciating all along.</p> <p>I'm sure everyone has their own list of things they're grateful for. Here's mine:<p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 8d577c3a4102811a5e3bb2d7e7be254e This Is What Disruption Looks Like for 03/26/2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The global coronavirus pandemic has thrown the United States (like most of the rest of the world) into a sort of quasi-organized chaos. All across the country, businesses, health care systems, governments and schools have been disrupted. In my own field of higher education, most colleges and universities have been forced to close live, in-person classes and move entirely to online instruction.</p> <p>As someone who teaches courses in entrepreneurship and innovation, this is a riveting phenomenon to watch, a case study unfolding in real time.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> dfb056ccc27e0e660a3335cbd04f7af0 We Are Living in a 'Loaves and Fishes' Moment for 03/19/2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are three accounts in the New Testament of Jesus Christ feeding a multitude of people with a handful of loaves of bread and a few small fish. In the Gospel of Matthew, the number of people is listed as 4,000. In the Gospels of Luke and Mark, the number is stated to be 5,000.</p> <p>According to all three gospels, large crowds of people follow Jesus into a remote area, where he preaches to them for several hours. (The account in Matthew says that the crowds are with Jesus for "three days"). Christ's disciples advise him to send the crowds away to get food and drink. Christ tells his disciples to give the people something to eat. The disciples protest, saying that they have nowhere near enough food or money to feed so many people. When Christ asks his disciples how much food they themselves have, they point to a handful of loaves and an even smaller number of fish.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> 09403822017940a6884daf82b594dc9d Biden Gambit Reeks of Desperation for 03/05/2020 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After Super Tuesday, all the headlines are heralding former Vice President Joe Biden's remarkable "comeback" from dead in the water to front-runner and presumptive Democratic nominee.</p> <p>The New York Times' Frank Bruni called it "some kind of miracle."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 6b41f181551b67d57d104272001e13cb American Socialists Don't Understand American Business for 02/27/2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At the heart of the rapidly spreading support for "socialism" in the United States is some pretty profound ignorance about business in the country.</p> <p>A recent article in Salon is a good example. Last weekend, the online mag published an excerpt from a new book by Micah Uetricht and Meagan Day titled "Bigger Than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> bf75ba22dc0e0dd7b03271dbdc43b977 Medicare for Some ... Depending on Their Politics? for 02/20/2020 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Twenty-three years ago, I was asked to give a talk to the New York City Bar Association as part of a symposium titled "Executioners, Jailers, Slave Trappers and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging?" I was charged with addressing what judges should do when faced with moral quandaries over issues like partial-birth abortion (also called "dilation and evacuation abortions," or "D&E abortions") and physician-assisted suicide. While I was discussing the present, the other panelists &#8212; most of whom were judges &#8212; were discussing the past (as in, "What should judges have done about slavery?" or "Should judges have taken stronger stances against fascism in Germany?").</p> <p>Observations I made back in 1997 strike me as even more significant now. I said: "How does an unjust law come into existence? How does an evil law come into existence? ... (These laws) do not come sweeping into our lives like a blizzard. They come in like cold air through cracks in a window. ... I must confess, I am particularly concerned by the modern advocacy for physician-assisted suicide at a time when we are also arguing for more government intervention, if not control, over the health care system. ... I am very concerned about the prospect of a faceless bureaucracy making decisions about the adequacy, the appropriateness and the finality of care. We all should be."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p> a350b58a5d4dbd779b6e640168f15ede James Carville Is Right: Democrats Should Be Panicking for 02/13/2020 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox's Sean Illing last week after Carville's doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people's attention. In his inimitable fashion, Carville warned that Democrats' love affair with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is sending the party hurtling toward resounding defeat in November.</p> <p>"Bernie Sanders isn't a Democrat," Carville insisted. "He's never been a Democrat. He's an ideologue." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 1378e96908d4d00916ae08cafbe749ef State of Disunion for 02/06/2020 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Anyone who has watched the English Parliament debate knows that &#8212; ceremonial forms of address notwithstanding &#8212; they can be a fairly raucous bunch, routinely shouting down opposing speakers, yelling out, "Hear, hear!" and even booing with some regularity. This includes events at which the prime minister speaks before Parliament.</p> <p>By contrast, debate in the United States Congress tends to be a comparatively staid and polite affair. (There have been notable exceptions. For example, in 1856, then-Rep. Preston Brooks, a pro-slavery Democrat from South Carolina, assaulted then-Sen. Charles Sumner, an abolitionist Republican from Massachusetts, hitting him repeatedly in the head with a heavy metal-topped cane, nearly killing him.)<p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> e489db791e4572077f2aeedbb02b2fd9 Moving in Opposite Directions on Abortion for 01/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Even in our era of politics without precedent, few things are as inexplicable as the Democratic Party's decision to take increasingly extreme positions on abortion while so much of the country moves in a different direction.</p> <p>The March for Life, held annually in Washington, D.C., around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is one visible example of the country's mood on the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The number of participants in the march continues to grow each year. Last week's March for Life was notable not only for its size (no official numbers are available, but video footage suggests well over 100,000 people) but because Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to address the march, drawing additional national (and international) attention to the event.</p> <p>Commentators have observed that fully half of the marchers are college-aged or younger. ("We are the pro-life generation" is a popular sign seen at the march.) This may well suggest a generational shift in perspective, which poses interesting electoral consequences for the future.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> 7099930f9bd9b6bd27f295edb5ffc382 We Have Miseducated Boys and Girls Alike for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last month, The Atlantic magazine ran a powerful article by Peggy Orenstein about young men in America. Titled "The Miseducation of the American Boy," the article is poignant and deeply troubling. And yet I was struck by the fact that Orenstein misses some obvious causes and connections.</p> <p>She mentions, for example, that the interviews she conducted over two years revealed young men who are broadly supportive of the dreams, aspirations and general equality of young women. They are tolerant of and form friendships with gay classmates. According to the contemporary narrative, these trends should portend progress and better emotional and mental health, right?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 5bfe54e06963cd0bf2c341e3c31bbecc Why Is Democratic Political Leadership So Poor? for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There was another Democratic debate last night. Does anyone watch these anymore? What a snoozefest. The best part was a Daily Caller tweet that had a promotional photo of the six Democratic debate participants and asked: "What's the name of this album? Wrong answers only." (Find it. The boundless creativity of commenters will keep you laughing for hours.)</p> <p>CNN commentator Van Jones admitted after the debate, "There was nothing I saw tonight that would be able to take Donald Trump out."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> c2e7055bac8625efcd5f49b00908eeef Falsehood Is the Infection for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Here's a riddle: What do Victor Davis Hanson, Dennis Prager and Ricky Gervais have in common?</p> <p>Hanson published an excellent piece at National Review online on Jan. 7. Titled "The Steele Dossier Bacillus," Hanson summarizes the evident defects in the substance of the dossier compiled by British former spy Christopher Steele as well as defects in its use to obtain surveillance warrants from the FISA court. Steele was known to be "a pathological liar," Hanson notes. But the "fanciful" (translation: <i> false </i>) information contained in the dossier spread like wildfire because so many on the left &#8212; including Hillary Clinton and her campaign, members of the Obama administration and the national media &#8212; <i> wanted </i> to believe the absurd and hysterical allegations contained in it.</p> <p>Taking his metaphor further, Hanson argues that those who cast their lots with the dossier, among them MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Clinton, have been discredited &#8212; "infected," if you will, their careers destroyed.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 2e8465f699dc20e516d9c53de04a1198 Take a Stand in 2020 for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Happy new year. Our rights are under siege. </p> <p>I wish that statement were hyperbole. But the events of 2019 make clear that Americans cannot sit back, go about their business and assume that things will be fine. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 30fefcd36f70fc69b11cae1974d65334 The Capitalist Entrepreneur Is a Revolutionary for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Noah Rothman wrote an opinion piece this week in which he warned about the new generation of young Americans who are opposed to the free market. He quoted the inimitable (and reliably ignorant) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who announced at the annual (and glitzy and high-tech) South by Southwest conference this past spring, "To me, capitalism is irredeemable." </p> <p>AOC, with her designer clothing, her chi-chi apartment (complete with garbage disposal), her stylish red lipstick and fab spectacles should try living someplace where the government agrees with her that "capitalism is irredeemable." Like North Korea, or perhaps Cuba. Venezuela would no doubt be an eye-opener.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> 59c867e9b3fd61c03d8c50fa43bd3ce0 Why Would Anyone Vote for a Democrat for President? for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's a serious question. Other than hating Donald Trump, why would anyone vote for any of the Democratic candidates for president of the United States? They've given us precious few reasons to support them and plenty of reasons to conclude that they shouldn't be given <i> any </i> political power &#8212; much less the presidency.</p> <p>Here are just a few:<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> e2a907c11387d921bd29c4ff56961923 Our Principles, Not Our Technology, Keep Us Prosperous and Free for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We live in an age when technology is worshipped. Entrepreneurs who create technologies that transform our lives become billionaires, seemingly overnight. Companies that do not adopt new technologies or adapt to their use quickly enough are put out of business. The term "disruptive innovation" has been added to the lexicon of business CEOs everywhere, an ominous warning for some, a thrilling opportunity for others.</p> <p>As individuals, we've rapidly grown accustomed to the benefits and ease that the most modern technologies have brought to our lives: Smartphones incorporate features as disparate as cameras; video; fitness and sleep monitors; instant texting; maps with GPS; flashlights; and the ability to transfer money to anyone virtually anywhere. Digital copies of music are perfect. Online, print and audiobooks make this year's Booker Prize-winning novel as well as great classics written centuries ago available to larger audiences than ever before. Social media enables the immediate transfer of news and information. Crowdfunding is a vehicle for startups and worthy charitable causes to collect small sums of money from large numbers of people for an enormous aggregate advantage. Drones and automated distribution chains deliver our goods within a day or two &#8212; and often, within mere hours &#8212; of our ordering what we want. Pundits, popular influencers and political candidates can use the internet and the media carried thereon to reach millions of people with their messages.</p> <p>Even in Western Europe, the United States and other free nations, all of this technology is not without its downsides. But in oppressive regimes like China's, the same technology that has immeasurably enhanced our lives is making life hell on Earth for those trapped there.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> ec8c55d1dff8cf9e436b4fdbb5cc25e4 Giving Thanks for a System That Creates Prosperity -- and Leftovers for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste "a paradox of abundance." Francis criticized a "culture of waste" that is caused, he says, by "mechanisms of superficiality, negligence and selfishness." </p> <p>Pope Francis is correct, at least in part. The amount of food that goes to waste in the United States alone is staggering and &#8212; dare I say it &#8212; sinful. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it's somewhere between 30 and 40% of our total food supply every year.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 59cdfc67e826be4735643971c7099aa4 Setting Themselves Up As God for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A new documentary titled "One Child Nation" is one of the most recent takes on China's one-child policy imposed between 1980 and 2016 that was supposed to lift the nation out of poverty but ended up turning a cultural preference for boys into the widespread "gendercide" of millions of baby girls.</p> <p>Others have explored the horrific implications of this policy. Nine years ago, The Economist provided the shocking statistic that 100 million baby girls had been aborted, killed after birth, abandoned or sold to child trafficking gangs who then sell the babies to foreigners for large sums of money.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> cb390b40182f7ea9e1c36100aefb62e4 There IS a War on Men. Fight Back for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Andrea Long Chu is a writer who has thrown the world of homosexual <i> and </i> transgender activism into disarray with her 2018 essays in n+1 and The New York Times, and now in her new book, "Females," in which she argues that gender is not who one is but what one wants. Chu is a biological male who identifies as female and has undergone sex reassignment surgery. Chu has outraged feminists (this goes double for lesbian feminists) by embracing so many of the "traditional" (which is to say "stereotypical") notions of femininity that feminists of all stripes have decried for decades as artificial constructs imposed by the desires of men. In particular, Chu has invited the ire of TERFs ("trans-exclusionary radical feminists") for suggesting (as a New Republic interview with her is titled), "We are all female now."</p> <p>To read Chu's essays &#8212; as well as those of her critics &#8212; is to find oneself immersed in a maelstrom of philosophical and political debates about women, women, women. But what's left unspoken is what all of this obsession with sexual identity and transition says about our society's view of <i> men </i>. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> 39f6ba3194223cdb25bf07ab299c5451 It's Time to Fight the Real Corruption for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democratic Party, the press and the high-powered lawyers who protect both have been working for years to try to convince the American public that President Donald Trump is a traitor, and that his election was a scam procured by corruption and international intrigue.</p> <p>That is <i> the biggest lie </i> told in the history of the United States. It is also a conspiracy of monumental proportions. And it's time that those who have perpetrated it pay a price.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p>