Arming The Spirit Thesis

But criticism continued to mount, and more and more scholars began to investigate the claims being made by Bellesiles and the numbers he offered.

As criticism increased and charges of scholarly misconduct were made, Emory University conducted an internal inquiry into Bellesiles’s integrity, appointing an independent investigative committee composed of three leading academic historians from outside Emory.

So, too, the Left universally condemns Israeli attacks on those who seek not merely to defeat Israel but to exterminate it.

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When asked, their response is consistent: “It’s a crazy idea.” And “we need fewer guns, not more guns.” A editorial offered the following argument against having any armed teachers: “Nationwide statistics on police shooting accuracy are not to be found.

And of course, it works constantly to weaken the American military, the world’s greatest force against evil.

But the Left does direct its fighting spirit against Confederate statues, schools with the name of slave owners (including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson), carbon emissions, income inequality, “microaggressions,” “white privilege,” any limitation on abortion, Columbus Day, “Islamophobia,” Israeli settlements, “Russian collusion,” and the like.

As I have repeatedly noted, the Left fights little evils, or even non-evils, rather than great evils.

With regard to fighting Communism in the 20th century and today fighting radical Islamic terror and the Islamist treatment of women, the Stalinist North Korean regime, the Holocaust-denying and Holocaust-planning theocracy of Iran, the Syrian mass murderers, and the violent crime in America, the Left is either silent or appeasing.

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