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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review December 6, 2013/ 3 Teves, 5774

The risks in free speech

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | LONDON. Free speech is good, but sometimes dangerous in practice. Saying what you think can get you sacked in America even if it's something that the old country is risky, too, but saying the wrong thing appears to be a misdemeanor, not yet a felony.

Boris Johnson, the irrepressible mayor of London, said some provocative things the other day to a private think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, and political London - mostly the scribblers, anyway - has been in a tizzy since. The mayor playfully invoked Gordon Gecko, who exists only in a movie, and his economic philosophy that "greed is good" to make the point that intelligence, ambition, inspiration and above all perspiration is the irresistible driver of prosperity for everyone. He observed that some people are smarter than others and the 2 percent pulls the 98 percent into the good life.. To the consternation of conservatives in the government and the left-wing columnists and commentators, the mayor is still upright and walking around.

The 98 percent should be grateful to the 2 percent and not spend a lot of time cultivating resentment. "Some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy," he said, "and keeping up with the Joneses is, like greed, a valuable spur to the economy." This reflects an unremarkable understanding of what was once called human nature before the liberals - "progressives," they call themselves now - decided that the state can install a better nature than God did.

Mr. Johnson then went even further. He said nice things about Margaret Thatcher, who has never been forgiven in certain of these precincts for pulling Britain out of the deep coma imposed by a welfare state that had reduced an empire to "a little England."


The mayor sometimes talks less like a mayor than a newspaper columnist, which he is as well, for the Daily Telegraph. The squeals from the left and the harrumphs from the right after his Maggie Thatcher remarks may be less about the interpretations of his message than about the folly of electing a newspaper columnist to high office. Instead of bashing the rich, he wrote the other day, "we should be offering them humble and hearty thanks. It is through their restless concupiscent energy and sheer wealth-creating dynamism that we pay for an ever-growing proportion of public services."

Prime Minister David Cameron and his like-minded Tories, often called "wet" for their lack of fire and cunning in confronting the left, put the mayor on what the English call "the back foot." Mr. Cameron said pointedly that he would "let Boris speak for Boris." His deputy prime minister said the remarks smacked of "unpleasant and careless elitism." A prominent Labor member of Parliament insisted he had caught "a whiff of eugenics." But no demands that he quit as mayor.

The mayor has so far declined to dance the grovel so familiar to Americans. "If you look at what has happened over the last 20 to 30 years," he told a television interviewer a day or two after, "there has been a widening in income between the rich and the poor - there's no question about that. What hacks me off is . . . that people of ability have found it very difficult to progress in the last 20 years, and we've got to do something about that." He had tried to make the point, he said, that "inequality was only tolerable in our society if those who are finding it tough to compete" were looked after [by the government] and "people who do happen to have ability" were allowed to succeed.

Unexceptional as this might be to anyone who has been paying attention to the newspapers over the past few years, it was as bracing as garlic. But some conservatives have been wary of the ambitious Mr. Johnson, regarding him as well-meaning but unpredictable, and a bit of a publicity hound.

His bluster, saucy humor and a madcap private life (he really, really likes women) have rendered him "unserious" by conservatives looking for a reliable rival for the unpopular David Cameron. "The question about the London mayor," says the sympathetic Sunday Times, "has always been whether there were any serious ideas lurking behind the humor and bluster beneath the moptop. His lecture suggested there might be."

Making heroes of fat cats will require more than bluster and humor, but he may be on to something in a world that doesn't seem to be going anywhere good. "We should stop publishing rich lists in favor of an annual list of the top 100 Tax Heroes," he says, "with automatic knighthoods for the top 10."

That's risky speech.

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