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How was the world misled by Aung San Suu Kyi? The question has often been asked since Burma’s de facto leader offered her feeble response to the Burmese military’s ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine State. Part of the answer is that people wanted to believe. Suu Kyi’s background and convictions were always more complex than the popular image of a selfless freedom fighter. They were overlooked because the story was just too appealing: a nation, symbolized by the courage of one woman, finding its way to freedom, democracy, and liberalism.
Now fallen into obscurity and disuse, the Contracts Clause was once one of the U.S. Constitution’s strongest protections for economic freedom against state interference. Praised by James Madison as a “constitutional bulwark in favor of personal security and private rights,” the Clause declares that “No State shall…pass any…Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts.”
From Ancient Declinism to Modern Progress
Today, progress has been so consistent that it can seem inevitable. Whether it's new pharmaceuticals, better iPhones or cheaper holidays, people expect things to get better. But that was not always the case. In the past, people usually expected things to get worse. Writings of the Ancient and Medieval periods are filled with self-deprecation. While some writers praised their own era, such optimists were rare and outnumbered by swathes of pessimists. Pessimism, then, seemed to have been the norm for much of written history. In that respect, modern people are exceptional. We demand and expect progress. We conceive of our own future without declinism, the need for a dictator to halt that decline, or an eventual apocalypse that will wipe away our wretchedness. That’s progress.
MSM Is Ignoring Trump’s Brilliant Move During the Summit
When President Trump held his meeting with Kim Jong-un, he showed him a brief film that the media is not discussing, except to criticize. The 4-minute movie, dubbed the “summit video”, shows nuclear devastation and then contrasts it with the technological advancement that could be in North Korea’s future. The President thinks Kim was moved by it.