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Born: 1944-08-25
Profession: Businessman
Nation: British
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The vicar of Christ is an individual, not an electorate.

Tags: Christ, Electorate, Individual

Unionized teachers have destroyed much of the state school system.

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A quest for knowledge is not a war with faith; spirituality is not usually an infelicitous amalgam of superstition and philistinism; and moral relativism, taken outside midfield, leads inexorably both to heresy and to secular wickedness, which are often identical.

Tags: Faith, Knowledge, War

All my life, Americans have been accustomed to thinking of theirs as 'the richest, freest' country in the world. By most measurements, it was long a contender for that honor, and - among the larger countries, if equal weight were given to wealth and indices of freedom - probably did deserve to be so described.

Tags: Freedom, Life, Thinking

All the other members of the U.N. were admitted, at the outset or subsequently, but Israel was created by the U.N. as a Jewish state, on the motion of Stalin's ambassador, seconded by President Truman's.

Tags: Israel, President, State

At least 80 percent of American prisoners are grossly over-sentenced. The Supreme Court knows this, but shows scant concern for this human side of criminal justice.

Tags: American, Human, Justice

Eastern Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, are relative success stories, as they are not afflicted by the Arab heritage of retreat and humiliation at the hands of the French, Spanish, British, Turks, and Persians.

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For all history up to the end of the Cold War, summit meetings were historic and dramatic occasions, when leaders who controlled the destiny of much of the world met to change the world.

Tags: Change, History, War

From the early Seventies to the mid-Eighties, I approached Rome at a snail's pace. Having concluded that God existed, I could not seriously entertain the thought of not trying to be in contact with Him.

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I'm not a xenophobe - I think immigration is a good thing for most countries - but they transmute the foibles of their native tongues into English in a way that's difficult to figure out.

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Israel expanded beyond its original boundaries only because the Arab powers attacked Israel and the U.N. demarcation unsuccessfully in 1948. The endless caterwauling about the 1967 borders is rubbish.

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No one could seriously dispute that almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, all of North Africa except Morocco, all of the Middle East except Israel and Jordan and most of the oil-rich states, and the entire former British Indian Empire were better governed by Europeans.

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Private-sector firms are increasingly active in the prison industry and they and the militantly unionized correctional officers, almost all unskilled labor, constantly lead public demands for more criminal statutes and more draconian penalties.

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The Arabs could have peace tomorrow if sufficient numbers of Palestinians were not content to be used as cannon fodder in fruitless assaults on Israel, even as the surrounding Arab powers distract the Arab masses with the red herring of Israel while retarding their countries with their repression and corruption.

Tags: Corruption, Peace, Tomorrow

The argument of socialists, that people really want to share, beyond a reasonable level of charity, is rubbish, though it is espoused by a lot of rich, pious hypocrites who want to share only enough to avoid widespread starvation, mob violence, and government seizure of more of their incomes.

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The balance between faith and reason is for the determination of each individual, and of the people as a whole, not of unauthorized government officials uttering impious humbug as they arbitrarily try to define that balance.

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The greenhouse effect of carbon-dioxide emissions does produce gentle warming if it is not counteracted by unpredictable natural phenomena, but it cannot be measured directly against the volume of such emissions.

Tags: Against, Cannot, Natural

The United States is a proud, determined, hard-working, talented, patriotic nation and people, and it is not over-extended in the manner of empires of the past that took over the lands of others and eventually collapsed under the weight of the over-ambitious hegemon.

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The whole nuclear-arms-control and non-proliferation policy of the nuclear powers is a fraud: The Americans could not prevent the Soviets from replicating their weaponry, and then could not object when the British did the same.

Tags: Nuclear, Policy, Whole

There are some people whose opinion I value and respect and it would be very bothersome if I forfeited their respect. But the general public? I'm not preoccupied with the opinions of others.

Tags: Opinion, Others, Respect

There is a legitimate concern about wealth distribution in the United States, but the answer is not to scapegoat any individual who makes over $200,000 per year and to try to sell the fraud that the government can equitably take the money of those who have earned it and give it to those who haven't.

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There is no doubt that the second President Bush inherited a very serious terrorist threat, though not such a threat as had been represented by the totalitarian Great Powers, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

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Walter Cronkite was a personally decent and convivial man, who literally couldn't kill a fly, was kind to his children, generally helpful to juniors, authentically curious about the news, and, in his time, an energetic reporter.

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I do not at all have the mind of a bully... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly. I would hope that none of those terms could be fairly used in describing me.

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The American legal industry is a medieval guild in which the prosecutors, bar, and bench join hands to ensure that legal invoices are paid, no matter how excessive.

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Watergate enabled the Democrats to cut off all aid to South Vietnam and ensure American defeat in a war their party entered and had effectively lost, before Nixon salvaged a non-Communist South Vietnam while effecting a complete American withdrawal.

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All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.

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Although his personality is generally quite agreeable, Mr Murdoch has no loyalty to anyone or anything except his company.

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Economics is half psychology and half Grade Three arithmetic, and the U.S. does not now have either half right.

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For decades, I have been a militant anti-declinist in terms of America's place in the world.

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Given the genocidal belligerence of Iranian threats against Israel, it is hard to take issue with Israel's right to preemptive self-defense.

Tags: Against, Hard, Israel

Guerrilla wars, and even more so terrorist assaults, are conducted only by forces with insufficient strength to carry out a real war.

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I always keep a firewall between my own travails and my perception of public-policy issues; otherwise I would retain no credibility as a commentator.

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I am a passport-carrying citizen of the E.U.

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I am proud of being in a U.S. federal prison and surviving it.

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I don't go around trying to stir up foreign wars.

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I don't have any shame.

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I made 50 million bucks yesterday. That's a flameout I could get used to.

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I may have made a mistake in renouncing my Canadian citizenship, which I have never ceased to promise to try to regain.

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I never ask for mercy and seek no one's sympathy.

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Maximising my wealth was never my chief thing.

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Most American media outlets that are controlled by Jews seem to be reflexively, or at least habitually, anti-Israel.

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Nixon's full term was one of the most successful in U.S. history, which is why he was re-elected by the largest plurality in the country's history.

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Perhaps the gravest under-publicized atrocity in the world is the persecution of Christians.

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Rupert Murdoch is probably the most successful media proprietor and operator in history.

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Terrorists cannot threaten the survival of a great nation.

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The facts of Watergate have been wildly exaggerated.

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The U.S. prosecution service is eating at the soul of the American republic. It is an absolute danger to everyone.

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The Peking man was a thinking being, standing erect, dating to the beginning of the Ice Age.

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