Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:
Voters Signal a Hunger for Change — Gerald Seib
Change is the most powerful word in politics, and it’s beginning to appear American voters want to send change roaring through the system like a gale-force wind in 2008.
A Buyer’s Christmas — James Surowiecki
’Tis the season to buy. Of course, for Americans it’s always the season to buy, but there is something special about the spending frenzy we engage in at holiday time.
Academic Intimidation — Thomas Sowell
There is an article in the current issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education — the trade publication of the academic world — about professors being physically intimidated by their students.
Five events that have defined 2007 — Gideon Rachman
There are some events that change the world in an instant: the fall of the Berlin wall; the tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square; the aeroplanes flying into the World Trade Center.
Why TR Claimed the Seas: The importance of a strong Navy. — Bret Stephens
On Dec. 16, 1907, the 16 battleships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet sailed from Hampton Roads, Va., on a 43,000-mile journey around the world. The occasion was immediately understood as Teddy Roosevelt’s way of declaring that the United States, already an economic superpower, was also a military one. Unnoticed by most Americans, this past Sunday marked its centennial.
McCain’s Surge — Wall Street Journal Editorial
Why he’s making a primary comeback.
This Is Not Your Land Anymore — Jonathan V. Last
An outrageous story of eminent-domain abuse.
Fund the Palestinians? Bad Idea — Daniel Pipes
Lavishing funds on Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to achieve peace has been a mainstay of Western, including Israeli, policy since Hamas seized Gaza in June. But this open spigot has counterproductive results and urgently must be stopped.
Secular Europe or Religious America? — Dennis Prager
Last week, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote a column titled “Secular Europe’s Merits,” in which he explained why he prefers the secularism of Europe to the religiosity of America.
Huck: Playing to Our Inner Jimmy Carter — David Limbaugh
At the risk of incurring a roundhouse kick from the great Chuck Norris, I must confess that I’m even more troubled by Mike Huckabee’s direction than I was last week.