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The politics of an Auschwitz survivor's son

January 24, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

THE ALLIES entered Auschwitz 76 years ago this week, far too late for the 1.1 million men, women, children, and babies, nearly all of them Jews, who had been murdered there in the previous five years. Among the dead were my father's parents, sisters, and brothers, who had died in the Auschwitz gas chambers the previous spring. The camp's liberation came too late for my father as well. Ten days earlier, he had been sent on a brutal forced march to the west, ending up at the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria. Not until May did the US Army's 80th Infantry Division reach Ebensee. By then, my father, who was 19, was nearly dead. The Americans arrived just in time to save his life.

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Inaugurate a human rights policy, President Biden

January 19, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

THE ONLY presidential inauguration I ever witnessed in person was Jimmy Carter's in 1977. I was a student in Washington, DC, and walked from my dorm to the Capitol to see history in the making. As Carter took the oath of office on the east side of the building, I watched from the steps of the Supreme Court, across the street. Two details from that day I remember vividly — the below-freezing temperature and a stirring line from Carter's inaugural address: "Because we are free, we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere."

I hope President Biden's inaugural address will include a similar affirmation. And I hope his foreign policy will make the worldwide defense of human liberty a priority.

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Why New Hampshire is suing Massachusetts

January 17, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

FREEDOM FROM income taxes is among New Hampshire's delights: The Granite State is one of just nine that don't tax ordinary income. Of course, that benefit doesn't apply to New Hampshire residents who commute to work across the Massachusetts border. Income earned inside Massachusetts by an out-of-state resident is subject to Massachusetts taxes.

What about a New Hampshire resident who used to commute to Massachusetts?

A no-brainer, surely. If you don't live in Massachusetts, and you no longer work in Massachusetts, then Massachusetts has no right to tax your earnings. What could be more self-evident?

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Freedom of association and the Big Tech purge

January 13, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

IN A ruthless display of muscle last week, America's Big Tech companies banished President Trump and many of his fervent supporters from social media, and they did it without even breaking a sweat.

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So much losing

January 10, 2021  •  The Boston Globe

AS A CANDIDATE for president, Donald Trump promised voters that his election would usher in an era of nonstop winning.

"We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with the winning," Trump told supporters in September 2015.

It was a message he delivered throughout the campaign.

"We're going to win so much," he declared at a Montana rally in 2016. "We're going to win at trade, we're going to win at the border. We're going to win so much, you're going to be so sick and tired of winning. . . . And I'm going to say 'I'm sorry, but we're going to keep winning, winning, winning.'"

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