George Washington Warned Against A ‘Passionate Attachment’ To Israel

George Washington Warned Against A ‘Passionate Attachment’ To Israel

As war rages in Gaza, the intensifying debate over the U.S.-Israel relationship spotlights a glaring political paradox: Those Americans who view George Washington with deepest reverence—that is, would-be “conservatives”—are often the ones who most zealously violate the central tenet of his foreign policy philosophy. Specifically, their fierce devotion to the State of Israel defies Washington’s admonition against “passionate attachments” to other countries—attachments that, he said, inevitably lead America “astray from its duty and its interest.” That’s not to say that excessive advocacy for...

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No, World War II Didn’t Cut Short the Depression

No, World War II Didn’t Cut Short the Depression

A principal goal of Stark Realities is to “expose fundamental myths across the political spectrum”—and few myths are as universally embraced as the notion that US participation in World War II (1941-1945) lifted the American economy out of the Great Depression. This myth is dangerous not only because it leads citizens and politicians to see a bright side of war that doesn’t really exist, but also because it helps foster a belief that government spending is essential to countering economic downturns. That belief, in turn, has helped propel us to a point where the national debt now exceeds...

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Iran’s Jewish Population Belies Claims Of Tehran’s Genocidal Intent

Iran’s Jewish Population Belies Claims Of Tehran’s Genocidal Intent

For decades, Israeli government officials—chief among them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—have accused Iran of plotting a new Holocaust against the millions of Jews who call the Zionist state home. Netanyahu has said Iran is “planning another genocide against our people,” and wants to “destroy another six million plus Jews.” Western journalists are quick to quote these claims, yet slow to publicize contradictory evidence—such as the fact that Iran is home to the Middle East’s second-largest population of Jews, who freely practice their faith, peacefully coexist within the Islamic...

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Americans Are Fighting For Control Of Federal Powers That Shouldn’t Exist

Americans Are Fighting For Control Of Federal Powers That Shouldn’t Exist

It’s no secret that politics in the United States is growing increasingly acrimonious—to the point that a 2022 poll found 43% of Americans think a civil war is a least somewhat likely in the next decade. But here’s what few people realize: The intensity of our division springs from a federal government operating far beyond the limits of the Constitution—fueling a fight for control over powers that were never supposed to exist at the national level. To put it another way, if the federal government were confined to its actual granted authorities, federal elections would be of little interest...

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Penn Students’ Lawsuit Shows Campus Antisemitism Uproar Is A Manufactured Crisis

Penn Students’ Lawsuit Shows Campus Antisemitism Uproar Is A Manufactured Crisis

Saturday’s resignation of University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill came after months of controversy—and a viral-video grilling of Magill in a congressional hearing—over allegations the school has become a hotbed of antisemitism. While those allegations have been given widespread credence, a Stark Realities analysis of dozens of claimed antisemitic incidents at Penn finds that, apart from a small handful of cases, the great majority are merely instances in which Penn students, professors and guest speakers engage in political expression that proponents of the State of Israel strongly...

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No Country Has a ‘Right to Exist’

No Country Has a ‘Right to Exist’

In the weeks since 2,500 Hamas militants went on a murder and kidnapping rampage in southern Israel, a wave of pro-Palestinian demonstrations has erupted across the United States and around the world. These displays have only grown in size and number as Israel’s military responds by punishing the entire, densely-packed population of Gaza with a blockade on food, water and medicine, a devastating bombing campaign and now a ground invasion. While no mass protest is free of people with bigotry and amoral stances, proponents of Israel have been far too quick to accuse pro-Palestinian protesters...

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Israel Fostered the Rise of Hamas, Even After It Turned to Terrorism

Israel Fostered the Rise of Hamas, Even After It Turned to Terrorism

In the aftermath of Saturday’s terrorist and military attacks on Israel by the Palestinian group Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “The forces of civilization must support Israel in defeating Hamas…In fighting Hamas, Israel is not only fighting for its own people, it is fighting for every country that stands against barbarism.” Those sentiments are quite different from ones Netanyahu privately shared in 2019. “Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas,” Netanyahu told Likud Party...

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Strange But True: ‘Price Gouging’ Benefits People In Disaster Areas

Strange But True: ‘Price Gouging’ Benefits People In Disaster Areas

As millions of Americans struggle to recover from the latest hurricane, state government officials are issuing stern reminders that criminal penalties loom for anyone who engages in “price gouging.” “Price gouging” is the pejorative label applied to the charging of substantially higher prices for goods and services that are in high demand and short supply in disaster-stricken areas. Anti-price gouging laws typically apply to things like food, fuel, lodging, medicine, building materials, construction tools and other necessities. The idea of charging higher prices in the midst of a crisis goes...

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Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

From the Foreword by Lawrence B. Wilkerson: “[T]he debate over whether oil was a principal reason for the 2003 invasion has waxed and waned, with one camp arguing that it absolutely was, while the other argues the precise opposite.” “Mr. Vogler, himself a former...

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