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PI Newsletter #67

  1. Liberalism Then And Now

One remarkable thing about these reversals is that liberals who supported the former have switched to the latter without apology or concern. College professors who once insisted that sexism in hiring stop and men and women be judged impartially don’t hesitate to agree that women should receive favorable treatment. Liberals who previously affirmed that social science research demonstrated that racist beliefs were false have no problem with activists demanding that studies which have reached politically incorrect conclusions be suppressed. Democrats who favored a southern border wall 10 years ago oppose it now because the context has changed—and context is everything.


  1. With Fertility Rising, Israel is Spared a Demographic Time Bomb

In 2014, the fertility rate among Muslim and Haredi women was 6.9, but it has been dropping overall over the last two decades. For non-Haredi Jewish women, the rate is high compared with their sisters in Europe and North America. For women who define themselves as secular, it was 2.1; 2.6 for traditional women; 3 for traditional-religious women; and 4.2 for Orthodox women. In contrast to the rest of the developed world, the Israeli fertility rate is about the same as it was in the ’60s. And it has been rising in most groups in Israel in recent years.

What makes Israel such an outlier?

In one survey conducted in 2012, many Israelis cited the security situation as encouraging more babies, while others cited social norms and the government’s pro-family policies – among other things a rate of fertility treatments that is 13 times the level in the United States on a per-capita basis. Many experts cite the latter as the reason as well.


  1. Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel

And those US troops who would be deployed to Israel, are prepared to die for the Jewish state, Clark said. “We are ready to commit to the defense of Israel anytime we get involved in a kinetic fight there is always the risk that there will be casualties. But we accept that – as every conflict we train for and enter, there is always that possibility,” he said.


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