- David Brooks on How Democrats Killed Centrist America Centrist America is weaker than ever, declares
the New York Times columnist, who considers himself a centrist mix of
Edmund Burke and Alexander Hamilton. "The center has been losing
political power pretty much my entire career. But I confess that about
16 months ago I had some hope of a revival." Instead, "the Democrats
have become the government party and the Republicans are the small
government party. The stale, old debate is back with a fury."
- Henry Louis Gates on African Involvement in the Slave Trade Harvard professor Gates explains
that the issue of reparations for slavery is more complicated than
some like to think: "Advocates of reparations for [slaves' descendants]
... generally ignore this untidy problem of the significant role that
Africans played in the trade, choosing to believe the romanticized
version that our ancestors were all kidnapped unawares by evil white
men." In fact, the slave trade was a pillar of many African kingdoms'
economies. Gates sees in Obama an opportunity:
He is uniquely
placed to publicly attribute responsibility and culpability where they
truly belong, to white people and black people, on both sides of the
Atlantic, complicit alike in one of the greatest evils in the history
- Paul Krugman Argues Hurting the Financial Industry Is a
Good Thing Don't worry too much about damaging the financial sector in the process of reform, says
the economist and New York Times columnist. His argument is simple:
America has been devoting far too large a share of our wealth and the
nation's talent to the business of devising and
peddling complex financial products, which have a demonstrated ability
blow up the economy.
- Jonah Goldberg on Capitalism and
Government "The problem with socialism is socialism, because there are
no socialists. Socialism is a system based upon an assumption about
human nature that simply isn't true." Likewise, argues
Goldberg in the National Review, "the problem with capitalism is
capitalists. Some people will always abuse the system and take things
too far." Free market proponents know this, and they don't object to
the government's natural "role as referee. But few," he continues,
"should want the ref to suit up and play the game." That, in a
nutshell, is his problem with the Democratic approach to financial
- Bill Gates and Chad Holliday on Energy
Innovation The government needs to "invest more and be smarter" in the
field of energy innovation and research, contend
the respective chairmen of Microsoft and DuPont in The Washington Post. Energy isn't
like electronics, and it can't just be left up to the private sector.
They're banding together with leaders of Lockheed Martin, Xerox,
Kleiner Perkins, GE, and Cummins to create the American Energy
Innovationi Council."We need to rethink the scale and urgency of the energy endeavor," a matter vital "to our national prospect and security," they say.
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