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Liberty and Security

I promised no more posts on the massacre in Connecticut, but the hysteria over it keeps reverberating, and the left—which has foolishly been allowed to wield political power again—is using it in an attempt to revive gun control. So let me offer a brief note about the hysteria. Whenever there is a shocking tragedy like […]

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The Ink Blot

This past week, Judge Robert Bork passed away. He was best known for being rejected by the Senate after being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1987. I remember this well, because I was in college at the time and found myself in an odd position. In the debates around the table […]

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The Spirit of Resistance

In a stunning development, Speaker of the House John Boehner was forced Thursday night to drop his “Plan B,” a bill that would have raised the top marginal rate on people with incomes over $1 million. The theory was that Boehner could undermine President Obama’s position in the fiscal cliff bargaining by caving in to […]

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Terror-ism

After posting the previous note, I came across a quote (by way of Megan McArdle) that makes a similar point to the one I was making. It’s a line of verse from Samuel Johnson: How small, of all that human hearts endure That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! That’s not exactly […]

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There Oughta Be a Law

This and the next note will (hopefully) be my last comments on the Newtown massacre. It’s not a subject any of us is eager to dwell upon, and it is elevated into a weeks-long national obsession only because of the political advantage some people are trying to extract from it. I argued recently for putting […]

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Finding Out What’s In It

In my RealClearPolitics newsletter, I pointed out that one of the big stories of the next year is the actual implementation of Obamacare. This was conveniently delayed until after the election, which served President Obama’s interest in getting re-elected. But now it is going to make his second term a nightmare—for all of us. The […]

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The Intellectual Collapse of Environmentalism

The online magazine Slate reports on a “growing reassessment under way in the environmental community.” Reassessment is one way of referring to it. “Intellectual collapse” is more like it. In 2005, two renegade greens tried to kill off environmentalism in broad daylight. The environmental movement, they said in a provocative essay, had grown stale and […]

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Reason and Emotion in Newtown

I had prepared a full slate of other news items to cover today, but it doesn’t look like I will be able to talk about anything before addressing yesterday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The story is quite emotionally disturbing, even more so than the school shootings we’ve seen in the past because most of the […]

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In the Field

Egypt’s Rebellion Against “Islamic Democracy” Back in June, I wrote an article on “The Old Regime and the Egyptian Revolution,” a takeoff of Alexis de Tocqueville’s book The Old Regime and the French Revolution, in which he described how the French Revolution failed to change the basic structure of French government, lapsing back into the […]

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The Affirmative Action Scam

An article in The New Republic explains that the Supreme Court might be on the verge of definitively banning “affirmative action” at public universities—but it also describes the high-tech method these schools are already planning to use to subvert such a ruling. After Michiganders voted in 2006 to ban the use of racial preferences in […]

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