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Price-gouging laws won’t help gas prices or consumers

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Yesterday, Democrats successfully but narrowly passed an anti–price gouging bill in the House to address raging prices at the pump and to deliver on promises for successful climate-change legislation. Meanwhile, the Senate Natural Resources and Energy chair, Joe Manchin, continues to work toward a bipartisan climate and energy package.  Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Disney’s new Moon Knight series mocks both gods and men

In Opinion by Michael Rae

My previous essays reviewed two Progressive visions of manliness. Michael Mann’s HBO series Tokyo Vice reduces contemporary Japan to racism, sexism, and homophobia. Michael Bay’s Ambulance relatedly gives us a contemporary America where ethnic minorities, strong, independent women, and gay protagonists vanquish an evil white man. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Zelensky still wants to negotiate, Iran nuclear deal falters, deadly killing in West Bank and more

In Opinion by Michael Rae

UKRAINE UPDATE  Last week’s Ukraine update emphasized some fundamental realities: Reducing the risk of nuclear war means taking steps to end the Ukraine conflict. Maximalist demands from the West take us further away from a negotiated settlement. We need a conflict off-ramp for both Russia and Ukraine. Unlike most mainstream media, the paywalled Financial Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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The Sowell of black America

In Opinion by Michael Rae

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” —Augustine Thomas Sowell is a towering figure in the liberty movement, certainly the most (in)famous “black conservative” of the 20th century. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute

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Choosing peace over blood and ashes in Ukraine

In Opinion by Michael Rae

UKRAINE UPDATE At the close of last week’s blog post, we promised to revisit the diplomatic prospects for Ukraine, as well as to examine recent Canadian government actions on sanctions and a unanimous parliamentary declaration on genocide in Ukraine. No resumption of peace talks in wake of Guterres meetings with Putin and Visit the Rideau Institute for the complete article

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Hollywood’s craven surrender to the Chinese Communist government

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Who’s in charge in Hollywood? Surely studio bosses, well-compensated executives, A-list actors, and celebrated writers and directors set the agenda in the American entertainment industry, don’t they? Not so fast, says Wall Street Jour­­nal reporter Erich Schwartzel in a rigorously researched, admirably hard-hitting new book that looks at the pernicious influence of China on Hollywood. Continue Reading… Read more at The Acton Institute