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TIA Daily Is Now The Tracinski Letter

In light of my new, expanded work for RealClearPolitics, particularly my daily RCP newsletter, I promised a fuller explanation of how this all will fit in with my own newsletter, TIA Daily. Everything I talk about below will take some time to implement. Some parts will be ready in a week or two, others will […]

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Preaching the Gospel

How the Election Will Play Out (and Why Romney Will Win), Part 3 So far, the polls show that the negative ads haven’t broken Romney’s campaign. But there is a deeper ideological reason why this campaign is not likely to succeed. Remember that this is not just a negative campaign against Romney. It is a […]

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The Old Regime and the Egyptian Revolution

Originally published in TIA Daily. Alexis de Tocqueville is well remembered in America for his perceptive and eloquent chronicle of our young republic, Democracy in America. But Tocqueville was interesting in studying America so that he could bring his lessons back to France, whose own experience with republicanism was, shall we say, not as felicitous. […]

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Did Paul Ryan Throw Ayn Rand Under the Bus?

From TIA Daily, by way of RealClearMarkets. Seven years ago, at an event celebrating Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Representative Paul Ryan talked effusively to a crowd of die-hard Objectivists—proponents of Ayn Rand’s individualist philosophy—of her influence on his thinking. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had […]

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The Second Renaissance of Victor Hugo

Originally published in TIA Daily. I may be a little late—I spend so much time following political news that I’m often a little behind the times on entertainment news—but I just recently saw the reports that a film version of the musical Les Misérables is in the works. To be sure, this is something has […]

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The Post-9/11 Era

This article was originally published in TIA Daily. Welcome to the post-9/11 era. Ten years later, the terrorist attacks of September 11 are no longer the defining events of American politics and foreign policy. I do not mean by this what most of the political establishment means by it. They think they have gotten beyond […]

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Icarus and Apollo

Originally published in TIA Daily. The space shuttle Endeavor just landed for the last time last night in Florida, marking the end of the second to last manned space flight to be undertaken by the United States for the foreseeable future. In a recent op-ed, three legends of the Apollo space program mourned the end […]

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The “Skills Gap” and the Education Bubble

Originally published in TIA Daily. In early 2009, during the first few dreadful months of the Obama administration, I set out looking for signs of hope by taking an inventory of America’s remaining cultural reserves of strength. This included a look at what Americans turn to for their daily entertainment, particularly on television. I wrote […]

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How to Keep Atlas from Shrugging

Originally published in TIA Daily. I recently described the real-life parallels to events in Atlas Shrugged. But as Ayn Rand once said, part of the novel’s purpose was to prevent it from becoming prophetic. To understand how we can prevent the novel from becoming a full description of events in the current day, we have […]

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