Ira Stoll



Nov 5, 2018
Neither Marc Benioff’s name nor Milton Friedman’s is on the ballot. What is, in the City of San Francisco, is Proposition C, which would raise business taxes there by an estimated $250 million to $300 million for the purpose of providing for the homeless.


Oct 30, 2018
If what leads you enthusiastically to embrace the Jewish cause is the suffering and victimhood of the Jews, you may consider critically reexamining your underlying assumptions.


Oct 22, 2018
The most sensible and effective way to police private college admissions practices isn’t litigation or regulation, but competition.


Oct 15, 2018
Risk is part of capitalism. There can be virtue in trying something hard even when success, at least by its financial definition, proves elusive.


Oct 8, 2018
You can read a book about immigration or watch a movie about it, but nothing quite matches riding a boat past the Statue of Liberty and then climbing the steps into the same sunlit, high-ceilinged great hall where 12 million people were welcomed to America.


Sep 24, 2018
Today’s mood, though, notwithstanding Trump’s greatness rhetoric and his military buildup, seems characterized by more humility. It’s a contrast to the post-September 11, 2001, ambition, and to the financial-crisis-era-and-aftermath ambition that some had for the size of government.


Sep 17, 2018
"Not normal" is a regular refrain of the president’s critics. One thing that doesn’t seem normal is to have a country in such apparently healthy condition so down on its president. If Trump makes it to 2020, his big challenge will be to turn that mood around.


Sep 10, 2018
In a new book, "The Virtue of Nationalism," Yoram Hazony, president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, argues that nationalism is preferable to the alternative of imperialism, of "uniting mankind, as much as possible, under a single political regime."

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