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Socialist seeds

Politics | A socialist revolution may not be imminent in the United States, but the ideology is getting a surprising boost ahead of midterm elections
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/13/18, 01:56 pm

Three months before democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, stunned politicians by defeating a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary in New York, Nicanor Ochisor, a cabbie in his mid-60s, stunned his family by committing suicide in his garage in Queens.

Ochisor, a taxi cab driver for nearly 30 years, had been dismayed by plunging profits in recent months, and his son said his father was distressed over losing significant business to the ride-sharing company Uber. Ochisor was the fourth New York City cab driver to kill himself in five months.

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Beyond sanctions

Foreign Policy | Iran was a major U.S. ally for a reason, and can be again
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/12/18, 02:18 pm

Rolf Ekéus was a patient tutor on the Middle East, and he spent some tedious hours on the phone with me from his post at The Hague after events forced him to give up heading the UN weapons inspection team in Iraq. Ekéus chaired the panel during the 1990s, crucial years when Saddam Hussein (contrary to revisionist historians) tried to circumnavigate sanctions to build weapons of mass destruction.

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Muscle and restraint

Government | People want from government what even kids want from authority
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/30/18, 12:16 pm

“People want to be lightly governed by strong governments.”

It was a fine point first brought to my attention in the middle of a long editorial in The Wall Street Journal. That was 25 years ago—and the observation made such good sense that I was compelled to enlarge on it in this column. Now it’s time to reflect on that wisdom again.

“People want to be lightly governed by strong governments.”

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