• Why the US Must Befriend Hungary’s Populist Leader

    Why the US Must Befriend Hungary’s Populist Leader

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a convincing majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election. Even the day before the election, The Guardian was all too pleased to showcase the left’s apoplexy by running the headline “Hungary’s war on democracy is a war on democracy everywhere.”

    This has it exactly backward, of course. Liberals may have a thousand reasons not to like Orban, but their beef is with the Hungarian electorate, which keeps re-electing him democratically by ever-increasing numbers. READ MORE...

  • Europe’s War on Free Speech

    Europe’s War on Free Speech

    Any American who ever questions whether the First Amendment is vital to protect free speech should just cast a glance across the Atlantic. Europeans share the same values we do–indeed our concept of rights derives from European philosophers–and yet they often adopt misguided laws that circumscribe freedom of expression.

    The latest blunder comes courtesy of Poland, which is in the midst of passing one of the silliest laws ever devised. President Andrzej Duda signed a law Tuesday that makes it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes, including the Holocaust. READ MORE...

  • With Census Move, Trump Administration Strikes a Blow Against Identity Politics

    With Census Move, Trump Administration Strikes a Blow Against Identity Politics

    Americans who are sick of identity politics and yearn for a return to the unifying notion of E Pluribus Unum will cheer the Census Bureau’s recent move to reject changes to the decennial survey that were proposed by the Obama administration.

    Briefly put, the Obama administration had proposed artificially creating yet another pan-ethnic grouping, for Americans of Middle East and North African descent. The administration also proposed reducing the choices of Americans of Latin American or Caribbean descent (the bureaucratically invented pan-ethnic group the Census calls “Hispanics”) to identify themselves by a real race (such as black or white). READ MORE...