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Ted Cruz Strikes a Blow for Small Government

Ted Cruz’s endorsement of Donald Trump struck a ringing blow for the cause of small government—by reminded us to never, ever, ever, ever, ever trust in the integrity or wisdom of a politician. It was a spectacularly bad decision, both from a moral standpoint and from a strictly prudential one. And I think Ted Cruz […]

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Self-Driving Cars and the Virtues of Federalism

The new Department of Transportation guidelines for self-driving cars have arrived after a buildup of complaints about how autonomous vehicles are somehow being held back by a confusing “patchwork” of government regulations on self-driving cars. I don’t buy that this is a problem, by the way, because by far the biggest roadblocks for self-driving cars are […]

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Brophobia

Mitch Hall’s recent article in The Federalist about the attempt to force a transgender agenda onto fraternities and sororities provoked a ferocious reaction from some of his fellow students at William & Mary, who attempted to cast him out as an unperson. What really leaped out at me from this response was the following passage, […]

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The Great Intellectual Garbage Patch

Why should we all be skeptical about doomsday claims about global warming? Well, there are a lot of reasons. But from now on, I can sum it all up in one simple phrase: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was an environmentalist scare that became a bit of a trend from the late 1990s through […]

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What Is the National Interest?

The Road from Etchasketchistan, Part 2 A few years ago, I compared the state of our foreign policy debate to the fictional country of Etchasketchistan. It is as if the foreign policy establishment have been turned upside down and shaken, resetting the alignments that have held since 9/11, and in some cases since the end […]

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The Disqualification Campaign

As the 2016 presidential election enters the home stretch, it is reaching its final form: a contest over which candidate is more fully disqualified. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton’s physical collapse after a September 11 commemoration was caught on video, giving credence to concerns about her health. Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss — Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September […]

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Futurism TV

Nine Ways Star Trek Anticipated and Celebrated the Future In the field of future technology, life has a tendency to imitate art. The creators of science fiction are often able to imagine something before science fact makes it possible. The real technology then catches up when somebody sees it in fiction and asks: how could […]

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The MH370 Election

I observed recently that there is not much in the way of a broader trend of Trumpism within the Republican Party, at least not one that has been reflected so far in down-ballot elections. Part of the reason is because there is no real philosophy of Trumpism, and there are few intellectual defenses of Trump. […]

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The Liberal Condescension Hall of Fame

I try not to pay too much attention to Lena Dunham, because she’s kind of the highfalutin’ equivalent of someone who is famous for being famous—by which I mean that she has a television show that a lot of middlebrow intellectuals talk about, but which not many people actually watch. Odell Beckham, Jr., a young […]

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Rockets Go Boom

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket on the launch pad last Thursday reminds us of a basic problem with the current state of space transportation: rockets go boom. Our current best idea for sending people and machines into space is to strap them on top of a giant tank full of highly explosive materials. SpaceX’s […]

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