Author: Alex Christy

The Atomic Bomb at 72: False Moral Hindsight

This Monday will mark the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese surrender which ended World War II.  Before that day arrives, there were two other 72nd anniversaries.  Wednesday marked the 72nd anniversary of dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, while Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Few events have been debated in hindsight more passionately. Public approval of the bombings has decreased significantly since 1945. In 2015, Pew Research said that 57% of Americans feel the bombings were justified, down from 85% in 1945.  However, the modern debate is a tale of moral hindsight gone wrong. Crisis...

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Venezuela’s Socialist Nightmare

These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina. – Bernie Sanders, 2011 We salute Chavez and the people of Venezuela for turning the clock of history full circle… I look forward to the development of Venezuela, the efficiency of Venezuela, in providing good services and decency for all the people of that country – Jeremy Corbyn, 2013 Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. – Sean Penn, 2013 after...

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

WARNING: The following contains spoilers. It’s late May 1940. The German army has blitzed its away across Western Europe and has surrounded the Allied forces. The only pocket of Allied controlled territory is a small part of Northeastern France.  Even with this pocket, it is a question of when–and not if–that territory, too, will fall to the Nazis. That is how Dunkirk’s stage is set. We are introduced to five British soldiers walking the streets of France with a number of leaflets showing just how close the British army is to annihilation.  Gunfire erupts, and four of the soldiers are...

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Lemonade Stands and Excessive Regulations

The only things possibly more mundane than taxes are regulations.  The list of things that are not regulated by the federal, state, or local governments is surely shorter than the list of things that are not. The days of smart and limited seems to have passed a long time ago.  Today, many regulations are not aimed at public safety, but are simply ridiculous rules passed by busy bodies who want to save people from themselves.  To listen to our regulation-loving friends on the left you would think that little children were working in West Virginian coal mines. Which brings...

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Charlie Gard and the Inhumanity of Single Payer

Proponents of greater amount of government involvement in healthcare do so in the name of caring for the little guy.  A single payer system is said to be great because nobody can be discriminated against due to their economic status.  Rich, poor, it does not matter; in the land of universal health care everyone is equal.  Therefore, it is great for those who are allegedly victimized by the supposed private insurance system that places profits over patients. Conservative opposition to single payer health care has been focused around economics.  It has been almost two years since the Wall Street Journal reported...

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