About Joshua Rosenblum

Phlegmatic paladin of the Enlightenment, Defender of Liberty hither and yon!

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  • Joshua shared from Witness by Whittaker Chambers
    Every move against the Communists was felt by the liberals as a move against themselves. If only for the sake of their public health record, the liberals, to protect their power, must seek as long as possible to conceal from themselves and everybody else the fact that the Government had been Communist-penetrated. Unlike the liberals, the Communists were fully aware of their superior tactical position, and knew that they had only to shout their innocence and cry: “Witch hunt!” for the liberals to rally in all innocence to their defense.
  • Joshua shared from Witness by Whittaker Chambers
    sincerely supposed that they were liberals. I saw that the New Deal was only superficially a reform movement. I had to acknowledge the truth of what its more forthright protagonists, sometimes unwarily, sometimes defiantly, averred: the New Deal was a genuine revolution, whose deepest purpose was not simply reform within existing traditions, but a basic change in the social, and, above all, the power relationships within the nation. It was not a revolution by violence. It was a revolution by bookkeeping and lawmaking.
    Note: word.
  • Joshua shared from Witness by Whittaker Chambers
    And with astonishment I took my first hard look at the New Deal. This was the second effect of the Berle failure on me. It is surprising how little I knew about the New Deal, although it had been all around me during my years in Washington. But all the New Dealers I had known were Communists or near-Communists. None of them took the New Deal seriously as an end in itself. They regarded it as an instrument for gaining their own revolutionary ends.
    Note: natch
  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    The United States, notes Josef Joffe, produces 17 percent of the world’s science and engineering Ph.D.s, more than any other country. And seven of ten foreign-born Ph.D.s wind up staying in the United States.45 Meanwhile, no living person from Singapore, Finland, or South Korea (those K–12 powerhouses) has ever won a science Nobel.
  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    The most significant defect is this: A modern economy needs to create space for gadflies—for the misfit intellects and born contrarians who may often be nothing more than social nuisances but are also often the innovators and change agents. Political and economic systems that nurture gadflies—by providing meaningful legal guarantees of freedom of speech, conscience, and association; and by nurturing a culture that admires iconoclasm, rewards entrepreneurship, and offers second chances to those who fail on the first try—will be the systems that maintain an edge on their competitors.
(Kandahar, Afghanistan)
Joshua Rosenblum