Tag: totalitarianism
July 4th or July 14th? Today’s Upheaval Isn’t George Washington’s Revolution

America is experiencing a revolution. But it is a far different revolution than the one we celebrate every Fourth of July. In fact, it has much more in common with the French Revolution of 1789 than the Spirit of 1776. The American Revolution is often called a lawyers’ revolution. This is based on the...
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Sen. Rand Paul Eviscerates the Left in His New Book, The Case Against Socialism

Socialism has been tried on six continents and in numerous countries, but always with the same failed result. Despite geographic, economic, and other national differences, the experience of socialism follows a consistent trajectory, with its trademark features—poverty, shortages of resources, and repression—always on display. Senator Rand Paul’s new book, The Case Against Socialism, is...
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W. Dieter Tede (1933-2019)

I was privileged to present a tribute at the memorial celebration for the life of Wolfgang Dieter Tede, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Institute for over twenty years, and here is an edited...
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The NBA’s Teaching Moment on Totalitarianism

Communist tyrannies such as China do not allow free speech, free assembly, and certainly no right to keep and bear arms.

Don’t Forget the Tlatelolco Massacre—Mexico’s Tiananmen Square

On October 2, 1968, several thousand Mexican students gathered in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas to protest the regime of PRI boss Diaz Ordaz.

What Millennials Need to Know About China’s Totalitarian Rulers

Millennials may be unaware that 30 years ago, China’s one-party totalitarian regime was crushing a student revolt that came to be known as Tiananmen Square.

Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Let us not forget the events of this tragedy and join the efforts of people across the world in commemoration.

Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

There was much vitriol surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. One thing that struck me was the frequency with which commentators threw around the words fascism and fascist. For example, The Huffington Post warned that Trump’s Emerging Fascism Threatens the Nation; Salon chastised the country with the...
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How Lord Acton Trumps George Orwell in The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen makes a choice in a pivotal scene in Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, that had the potential to elevate her into the pantheon of pro-freedom heroines in contemporary fiction. Unfortunately, neither the book nor the movies leveraged this act to let Everdeen step onto that...
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In Memoriam: Robert A. Conquest (1917–2015)

One of the great ironies of modern history is that the person most responsible for bringing to light the magnitude of Stalin’s terror is a man whose last name is synonymous with occupation and subjugation: Robert Conquest. In word and in deed, the world-renowned historian, who passed away on August 3 at the age...
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