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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the strange contempt for science among its vocal defenders. 1. Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association? The latest adventure in coerced baking—the Supreme Court is hearing Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights […]

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Freedom-Fighter Cosplay

Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees, in an act of rebellion against their newly appointed acting director, have formed a group they call Dumbledore’s Army, named after a group of protagonists in the Harry Potter series. We might be tempted at this point to tell them to read another book. In this case, […]

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The Illusion of Nationalism

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the upcoming Winter Olympics. This isn’t the partial ban imposed on Russia for the 2016 games. This time, Russia is being expunged from the Olympics. As the New York Times sums it up, “The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed […]

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Pillars of the State

Editor’s Note: I recently noticed a thoroughly researched blog post from Stuart Hayashi detailing an important part of the history of American higher education that I had never heard before. This is particularly relevant to the present because the Wharton School has produced several very influential alumni, including Warren Buffett—and Donald Trump. As you will […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the haphazard battle to reduce the scope of government regulation. 1. The (Tax) Law of Intended Consequences I haven’t commented yet on the tax bill just passed by the Senate, because there […]

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The Right’s Zimmerman Trial

The verdict in the Kate Steinle case is the political right’s version of the Zimmerman trial. You remember George Zimmerman, right? He was the overzealous neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin to death in Florida in 2012. With the help of misleading and oversimplified early media reports, many people—particularly on the left—filed the case […]

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What If Donald Trump Is Normal?

The Trump Era has brought us a campaign against a new moral crime known as “normalization.” When the New York Times published a journalistic profile of a rank-and-file white supremacist, it was accused or “normalizing Nazis.” The definition of “normalize” here seems to be: to describe an unpleasant reality in a factual manner. Apparently, nobody […]

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The Crisis of Masculinity

The tidal wave of accusations of sexual harassment is not slowing down and continues to claim seemingly unlikely scalps. The latest are anodyne morning-show host Matt Lauer and that avatar of Midwestern wholesomeness, Garrison Keillor. The accusations (many of which are credible and have been confirmed by public admissions or private legal settlements) have claimed […]

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AT&T’s Cautionary Tale for Net Neutrality

Last week’s announcement by Chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC will soon vote to roll back “Net Neutrality” regulations has produced a lot of hysterical overreaction, with headlines proclaiming, “FCC Is Revving Up to Destroy the Internet as We Know It.” This obviously counts on the audience’s ignorance of history. The Internet started in 1969 […]

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