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#TakeTheKnee Is the Dead End of “Resistance” Culture

At a rally on Friday, President Trump said that the NFL should fire any players who copy Colin Kaepernick by going down on one knee when our national anthem is played. So this Sunday, dozens of NFL players dutifully responded by going down on one knee to show their “resistance” to Trump. That’s where we […]

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“Discovery” Needs to Bring Balance to the Trek

Star Trek returns to television on Sunday, and to understand why this is such a big deal, you have to realize how dominant Trek used to be in this medium. For 18 years, from the franchise’s return to TV in 1987 with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to when “Enterprise” limped off the air in […]

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George W. Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy—but it’s not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots. It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trump’s speech, but it’s easy […]

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Watch This Movie to Debunk the “Tech Monopoly” Hysteria

The frenzy to regulate big technology firms as “monopolies” is starting to spread like influenza across the political spectrum. Turning Web search and social media into government-regulated utilities is an idea that has now been endorsed by Josh Marshall on the left and by Steve Bannon on the right. It also got the surprising support […]

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Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11?

I didn’t plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure we’re at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. It’s something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and […]

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The Cackling-Maniacal-Laughter Schadenfreude Phase of the Trump Administration

For those of us who opposed Donald Trump from the beginning, we have passed beyond the #NeverTrump phase, past the “take what we can get” phase, and even past the cringing embarrassment that he’s the leader of our party. Now comes the cackling-maniacal-laughter schadenfreude stage. Yes, that’s right. This is so big that we need […]

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Cool It on the Google “Monopoly” Talk

In what has to be the world’s biggest example of the Streisand Effect, a Google-funded center-left think tank kicked out a group of scholars who were promoting the idea that Google is a dangerous monopoly—and now guess what everybody’s talking about? They’re talking about how Google is a dangerous monopoly and complaining about how everyone […]

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“Market-Friendly Silicon Valley Progressivism”

I wrote recently about how Google is in danger of breaking the implicit social contract with its users by becoming seen as a politicized organization. But that was when Google was seen by the right as being politicized for firing an engineer who expressed Politically Incorrect ideas. Now Google is using its political influence against […]

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Moral Equivalents

The media spent the last two weeks, after the deadly riot in Charlottesville, denouncing the notion that there were two sides responsible for the violence and specifically praising the far left’s black-clad “Antifa” brawlers as freedom fighters who are saving us from Nazism. Then, on Sunday, Antifa was filmed attacking random people on the campus […]

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Charlottesville’s Statue Burqas

Charlottesville’s novel solution to the conflict over its monuments to Confederate heroes is to drape them in statue burqas meant to shield viewers from the temptation to either worship or become enraged by the images of men who lost a war 150 years ago. Up until a year ago, of course, no such measures were […]

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