Passing laws against guns may enable zealots to feel good about themselves, but at the cost of other people's lives.

Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell is a true gem in terms of exposing the demagoguery and sheer ignorance of politicians and intellectuals in their claims about wealth and poverty.

The zealotry of gun control advocates might make some sense if they had any serious evidence that more restrictive gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes. But they seldom even discuss the issue in terms of empirical evidence.

Bolivian president Evo Morales, reported the Guardian, presented Pope Francis with an unusual gift during his trip to Bolivia — “a sculpted wooden hammer and sickle — the symbol of communism — with a figure of a crucified Christ on the hammer.”

The prevailing social dogma of our time — that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister — has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination.

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