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Salon of the Refused, Episode 10

Episode 10 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Shoshana Weissmann, fellow and digital media manager for R Street Institute, about occupational licensing reform. The conversation includes: taking on the unglamorous issues, how arbitrary barriers to entry in professional licensing spilled out to everything else, “health and […]

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Fauxcahontas’s Last Stand

With the national media’s attention riveted by a series of racism and sexism scandals tearing through the whole Democratic Party establishment in Virginia, Elizabeth Warren probably thought this was a good time to get her own racial politics scandal behind her. So on Tuesday, Warren told the Washington Post that, in the Post‘s summary, “she […]

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The Democratic Party’s Psychotic Break

Faced with the prospect of running against an unpopular Republican incumbent who loves offending people and getting himself in trouble, all the Democratic Party had to do to win elections again is to offer a sane, moderate, widely acceptable alternative. They couldn’t do it. Instead, they have allowed their unhinged reaction to Trump drive them […]

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That Noise the Kids Are Listening to These Days

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. But He Fights I’ve been editing videos and working on other writing projects for much of the last week, so I wanted to do a roundup of news that happened while I was doing all of that–and a lot of interesting things happened. The first item is […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 9

Episode 9 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Bob Garmong, former lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and author of a forthcoming study on the political thought of John Stuart Mill, about Mill and the history of political “liberalism.” The conversation includes: Locke […]

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The Wars of the Tribes

The third annual Women’s March was held last weekend, and you may be forgiven if you didn’t notice. The event that emerged after the 2016 election as a central focus for the left’s “Resistance” against President Trump is collapsing. Estimates for this year’s crowd size vary but look to be 10% to 20% of the […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 8

Episode 8 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Alex Berezow, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at the American Council on Science and Health, about misunderstandings and misrepresentations of science in the news. The conversation includes: how DNA ancestry tests are like horoscopes, the fundamental problems […]

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A Little More Enlightenment

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. A Little More Enlightenment I recently re-posted my series of articles from last year on the legacy of the Enlightenment, including my review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now. One year after the publication of that book, Steven Pinker looks back, in an article in Quillette, and responds […]

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Trumpism Is Now Bipartisan

Those of us who write about politics are faced with a dilemma over how to cover Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old who unexpectedly defeated a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district and went on to win the general election virtually unopposed in a heavily Democratic district. On the one hand, […]

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An Index of Unconstitutionality

I recently said some (more) bad things about President Trump, so naturally the next thing that happens is that I come across news about one of the good things about this administration: Donald Trump has broken a record for the fewest executive agency regulations issued during a year. CEI regulations guru Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. […]

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