Recent Viewpoints

June 26, 2020
white hat vs black hat

Kerby Anderson We are a divided country, but it may be worse than we imagined. An article in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discussed what is called “motive attribution asymmetry.” That’s a technical term for the assumption that your ideology is based on love and your opponent’s is based on hate. Put another way: we are the good guys, and they are the bad guys. They discovered that the average Republican and the average Democrat today are as…

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June 25, 2020
9 Common Lies Christians Believe

Kerby Anderson You have heard most of them before. They are little phrases and one-liners that Christians (and even non-Christians) say in order to encourage you. You might be going through some tough struggles, and they remind you, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” At a funeral for a child, someone will likely explain, “God gained another angel.” And of course, there are the millions of people who believe that “God just wants you to be happy”…

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June 24, 2020
anywhere_somewhere sign

Kerby Anderson In a PragerU video, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked about two different types of people. He described these two groups in order to explain why Donald Trump won in 2016. I will ignore his explanation and conclusion in this short commentary in order to focus on the impact of two people groups. He says there are many people who “can live anywhere” and many more people who have to “live somewhere.” David Goodhart makes this important…

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June 23, 2020
swedish-flag-waving

Kerby Anderson Americans currently promoting socialism tell us that we shouldn’t look at the failed socialist experiments in Cuba or Venezuela. Instead, we should look at Sweden as proof that socialism works and can bring great prosperity. That’s not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says. He is featured in a new documentary, “Sweden: Lessons for America.” John Stossel also interviewed Norberg for Stossel TV. Norberg makes it clear that “Sweden is not socialist—because the government doesn’t own the means of…

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June 22, 2020
google products

Kerby Anderson A new documentary reminds us how intrusive social media can be in our lives and how personal privacy is quickly vanishing. Kyle Smith writes about this in a recent op-ed and mentions the documentary The Creepy Line. The name of the documentary is taken from a comment by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He has a nickname for the invasive nature of his company. “Google policy on a lot of these things is to get right up to the…

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June 19, 2020
Shelby Steele on LevinTV

Penna Dexter Protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer are, for many participants, really about attaining a Leftist wish list. For others they are an excuse to destroy and loot property. But the persistence of peaceful protests has some Americans wondering: Are we a racist nation? Is there such a thing as systemic racism? Shelby Steele, a veteran of the civil rights movement, best-selling author, and currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, rejects the…

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June 19, 2020
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Kerby Anderson Dinesh D’Souza has written about The United States of Socialism. It provides a good overview of the influence of socialism in our world today with good responses to the arguments used to support socialism and to criticize capitalism. He also introduces the concept of “identity socialism” which attempts to cobble together various victim groups in an effort to promote a socialist revolution. Millions of young people in our country today are convinced that socialism is superior to capitalism….

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June 18, 2020
Postal workers bins of mail in ballots 2

Kerby Anderson It’s one thing to read about voter fraud in a news article. It is quite another to read about it in a court document or legal opinion. Three judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an attempt to allow all voters in the state to vote by mail because of the pandemic. In his concurring opinion, Judge James Ho took the time to cite other judges and legal opinions warning about the dangers of voting by…

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June 17, 2020
vaccine-researcher in lab

Kerby Anderson While the world is waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, it’s worth taking a moment to ask some important questions. Dr. Francis Collins (director of NIH) believes we could have 100 million doses of a vaccine ready in early 2021. Is that possible? Normally it takes more than a decade to produce a vaccine and get it approved. And usually there is a 90 percent failure rate. Researchers are pursuing three different paths to a vaccine. Moderna has developed…

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June 16, 2020
Multi-racial millennials

Kerby Anderson The phrase “white privilege” has been used in the universities for years, but now the phrase is everywhere in our society. But what does it mean exactly? I suspect that more than 95 percent of the people who use the phrase don’t even know where it originated nor what it was trying to convey. Professor Peggy McIntosh (Wellesley College) wrote a paper in 1988 about male privilege and white privilege. As a feminist author, she argued that men…

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June 15, 2020
Police badge, gun, cuffs

Kerby Anderson George Floyd was killed three weeks ago, and protests have been with us since the video surfaced. You would think that some of the focus would be on who is responsible for his killing and others like it in the city. Kevin Williamson says the “answer to that question is not unknowable – but it is, in many political quarters, unspeakable.” There is a reason for that. Minneapolis is a Democratic city with a Democratic mayor and a…

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