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NO LABELS’ Fatal Flaw

Victor C. Bolles

February 22, 2024

 

The No Labels organization is trying to get on the ballot in all 50 states for a presidential candidate yet to be named. Such a candidate might be able to save us from another Biden or Trump presidency but will do nothing to save us from the increasing divisiveness and extremism of our mainstream political parties. In this commentary, we discuss what it will take for No Labels or anyone to get this country back on track.

 

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What they need is a plan to dismantle the current two party system that works very well for Republican and Democratic politicians but not very well for the American people. The Founding Fathers feared the idea of political parties, what they called faction. James Madison wrote the Federalist Paper No. 10 entirely about factions. He said, “liberty is to faction, what air is to fire.”

Ameriphobia

Victor C. Bolles

February 13, 2024

 

A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal called the Michigan city of Dearborn a center of jihad and antisemitism. The mayor of Dearborn xed (tweeted) that the article was Islamophobic. The progressive left has changed the meaning of the word phobia and now uses it as a means to deflect criticism and avoid addressing the issues raised in the critique. In this commentary we examine the use of the phobia as a tool of cancel culture.

 

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“Why do the leftist proponents of Identity politics call any form of criticism of any identity a phobia? Many think that criticisms of these identities are based on hate and bigotry, not fear. Labeling it a phobia is, in actuality, a form of cancel culture. If a phobia is an irrational fear, then you don’t have to pay attention to it because the issues raised by a phobic person are not rational.”

Understanding Diversity

Victor C. Bolles

February 2, 2024

 

A lot of people think that diversity is a good thing. But is it? People have to go out of their way to be diverse. Left to their own, people will self-segregate into groups with other people similar to themselves. Blue collar workers don’t want to hobnob with a bunch of chardonnay sipping, hors d’oeuvre munching intellectuals. They prefer to down a cold one with their buddies over at the bowling alley. In this commentary, we delve into how diversity can actually benefit society.

 

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“But is diversity actually a good thing? Or is it one of those other things that can be good or bad depending on how it is used? I think most people who are talking about diversity have not really studied diversity and don’t really know how diversity can be applied to help humanity or how it can be misapplied to harm people.”

Can DEI Be Saved?

Victor C. Bolles

January 26, 2024

 

Recent commentaries in the Wall Street Journal set forth competing visions on whether Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs can be saved or should be eliminated. In this blog post we compare the two viewpoints and draw conclusions on which viewpoint seems more valid.

 

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Professor Fryer does not discuss the philosophical underpinnings of DEI programs which are based on Critical Race Theory and the anti-racism propounded by Ibram X. Kendi. These are radical ideas intended to transform the entire foundation of America (just as Mr. Kessler observed), and not just machine-learning based algorithms to help HR departments tweak the system in order to achieve a color-blind society as Martin Luther King envisioned.

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An Age of Agency

Victor C. Bolles

January 22, 2024

 

Ian Rowe, an educator in the Bronx, writes that developing a sense of agency is essential in liberating poor and minority kids from a dreary future of poverty. More than that, he has been on the streets providing kids with liberating education and teaching them American values for more than a decade. In this commentary we look at some of the strategies employed by Mr. Rowe and how we can use them to help our own kids and grandkids. 

 

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“As an immigrant, perhaps Mr. Rowe looks at America with different eyes than us native-born Americans. He sees an America that prompted his parents to pick up and move to a new country. He sees an America that has sustained and nurtured immigrants from across the globe. He sees an America that could and, more importantly, should be.”

Urgent Priorities 2024

Victor C. Bolles

January 9, 2024

 

Once again, while our so-called political leaders are completely absorbed by their campaigns for reelection, they ignore the urgent national priorities that need to be addressed, or worse, use those issues as political levers to galvanize their base at the expense of the American people. In this commentary we revisit those priorities that have become even more urgent as we enter a tumultuous election year. 

 

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“Critics on the left will moan that meritocracy would worsen inequality. But equality of outcomes in education would mean driving all children down to the lowest common denominator (which you would understand unless you had been taught the new “equitable” math). But meritocracy will provide equality of opportunity. In fact, you cannot have equality of opportunity without meritocracy.”

Mislabeled

Victor C. Bolles

December 15, 2023

 

People give things labels in order to facilitate their understanding of the world. But some people mislabel things in order facilitate their ability to manipulate us. Labels make comprehension so easy that we sometimes do not give much thought to the issues or principles behind the label. In this commentary we look at some of the biggest examples of mislabeling that impair our ability to understand the world around us.

 

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But conservatism and progressivism are not ideologies, they are the pace of change. They are about speed. Conservatives want a slow, well-considered pace of change, and progressives want accelerated change. Ideologies are about how you change not how fast you change. Ideologies are about direction not speed.

The Attraction of Victimhood

Victor C. Bolles

December 7, 2023

 

Why do so many people in America identify as victims, the victims of an oppressive system? What is the source of this feeling? Why do so many people believe that they have no ability to live their lives as they see fit but look to the power of government to solve their problems? In this commentary, we investigate the root causes of this spreading syndrome which runs against the most essential of American values – agency..

 

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The true power of the American people is in their agency, their ability to act in their own self-interest, not in their ability to vote. In the past people around the world have voted to sacrifice their agency for security, and in the process given away their freedom and along with that their security as well. 

Urgent Priorities 2023

Victor C. Bolles

January 12, 2023

 

Last year I published a commentary (Urgent Priorities, December 30, 2021) on the urgent priorities that America had to confront in the year 2022. Since many of those priorities were addressed very ineffectively or were not addressed at all, I was tempted to simply republish that commentary again this year. But the world is dynamic, and conditions change so I felt that America’s urgent priorities had to be updated to reflect those changes. In this commentary we will discuss the unfinished business of 2022 and the priorities of 2023 and beyond.

 

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“There are priorities that affect all Americans, rich and poor, black and white, young and old, whatever. We live in a complex and dangerous world. While our country is rich and powerful, it is not invulnerable. We cannot ignore the events happening around us and we need to be able to influence those events or be prepared to suffer the consequences.”

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