Articles by Edward Ring

America’s Western Forests Are a Massive Soft Target for Terrorists and Their Domestic Accomplices

n October 28, 2019, with American commandos closing in, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest and took his life. On January 3, 2020, Qasem Soleimani was blown to bits in a U.S. air strike. Baghdadi was the leader of ISIS; Soleimani was Iran’s most powerful military commander. Despite losing the territory it had overrun […]

Homeless Anarchy in Los Angeles

nyone thinking about blaming the police for the anarchy that grips America’s liberal cities is not paying attention. The police know how to do their jobs. The politicians, elected by progressive liberals, do not let them. And often enough, even when there are laws remaining on the books that might permit prosecution, activist prosecutors, also […]

The Riots Ought to be Against Romney, Bush, Biden, and Harris

ot quite a year ago, online journalist Kaitlin Bennett interviewed a Rutgers student who said “neoliberalism has torn through humanity.” Without meaning to, the student neatly expressed the reason Donald Trump appeals to increasing numbers of Bernie Sanders voters, and why NeverTrump Republicans are better suited to be Democrats. Among the populist leftist movement in […]

Environmentalists Destroyed California’s Forests

illions of acres of California forest have been blackened by wildfires this summer, leading to the usual angry denunciations from the usual quarters about climate change. But in 1999, the Associated Press reported that forestry experts had long agreed that “clearing undergrowth would save trees,” and that “years of aggressive firefighting have allowed brush to […]

When Will A Prominent Black Athlete Stand Up to the Mob?

he recent expressions of support for Black Lives Matter by professional athletes can be understood as legitimate reactions to tragic episodes of injustice that occur in the United States. But almost everything beyond that noble sentiment is flawed. “Systemic racism,” to the extent it even exists, explains very little of black underachievement, and the Black […]

The Power of Big Tech Is Greater Than Ever

arlier this month Twitter engaged in something that has become all too common among the online communications giants: they banned more conservative content from their platform. This time, their targets were conservative humorists. Two of the banned accounts, Titania McGrath and the Babylon Bee, offer some of the most hilarious satire to be found anywhere. […]

Will California Voters Reinstate Affirmative Action?

est anyone be tempted to suggest this essay is written under a pretense of journalistic indifference, let’s make its ideological position clear: Affirmative action, preferential hiring or admissions, or legislatively enforced quotas of any kind—whether based on race, sex, religion, income, or anything else relating to an identifiable “group”—is evil. Affirmative action may masquerade as […]

The Battle for the Cities Is Over.
The Battle for the Suburbs Has Begun

“Sauron’s wrath will be terrible, his retribution swift. The battle for Helm’s Deep is over, the battle for Middle Earth has begun.” —Gandalf the White, “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” (2002) hen applied to American politics and public policy, this quote from one of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord […]

Towards a Colorblind America

ccording to the latest woke wisdom, to be “colorblind” is actually a way to “uphold racism.” Writing for Psychology Today, Monnica Williams, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, explains: Colorblindness is the racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as […]

Criminal Justice Reform Involves Tough Tradeoffs

vershadowed by the tragic and sustained violence of the past several weeks is the encouraging fact that a strong consensus is forming in America on the question of police and criminal justice reform. But any discussion of the ultimate legislative response to this stronger-than-ever consensus should acknowledge the complexities that must confront any search for […]

Life on the American River

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces, of people going by, I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do, they’re really saying, I love you… —Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”  he American River runs through the heart of Sacramento, from the bedroom communities in […]

COVID-19 Did Not ‘Cure Pneumonia’

hen it comes to memes, “COVID-19 Cured Pneumonia” is a good one. Its obvious implausibility immediately directs the reader to consider the underlying allegation, which is that pneumonia deaths are being deliberately understated in order for the Centers for Disease Control to reclassify them as COVID-19 deaths, thus fanning public panic. When there’s a meme, […]

Playing the Russia Card

merica was at a historic crossroads in 1971. The war in Vietnam increasingly was seen as unwinnable, while triggering ongoing unrest in cities and college campuses across the nation. The economy was challenged with rising inflation and rising trade deficits. In August 1971, the British ambassador turned up at the Treasury Department to request that […]