A new study of the aging process demolishes one of the chief leftist claims about health care: that government control can eliminate inequality. The research, conducted by Harvard and University College London, looked at more than 25,000 people over 50 in the U.S. and the U.K. In both countries, subjects with higher net worth enjoyed an identical advantage of eight to nine disability-free years compared to those with little or no personal wealth.
The results shocked experts who expected that Britain’s highly touted, government-funded National Health Service would produce more equal outcomes than the United States.
Data strongly suggest that real differences in health and longevity reflect common patterns in both countries—where the poor are far more likely to smoke, to consume unhealthy diets, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and shun regular exercise.
In both America and Britain health depends less on government programs than on lifestyle choices we can control.Read More »
Roger Scruton—the British conservative who was one of the most important conservative intellects of our day—has died after a battle with cancer, at the age of 75.
Scruton helped to shape the conservative movement, not only in the United States, but even more importantly, in Great Britain.
He became a conservative when he was a student in France. Much like that classic conservative Edmund Burke who was looking the French during the French Revolution, Scruton saw an entire civilization being torn apart.
He didn’t mean to become a conservative.
But he eventually became an intellectual at large, writing 50-plus books, lecturing and teaching in many different universities on both sides of the Atlantic.
He was attacked bitterly, but he was also recognized, having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
Sir Roger Scruton will be gratefully remembered.
Scruton taught us—in the title of one of his most important books—“How to Be a Conservative.”Read More »