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Workingmen and Reformers

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I concluded that genuine political reforms have to be pursued almost in secret, outside of normal partisan lines. Actual activity certainly does not correlate with the degree of press coverage. The biggest non-story of the year, in that regard, was gun control. Shooting incidents are rare and—contrary to […]

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Into the Grey Areas

Top Stories of the Year, #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. Last year, one of the top stories was the Great Sexual Harassment Awakening, which was rapidly turning into the Great Sexual Harassment panic. […]

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Taxing Us into Submission

So now we know how the “Progressives” want to pay for their fantasy slate of big-government programs: they are going to tax the hell out of the middle class. This was pretty obvious to anyone on the right who has been observing their claims and tallying up the trillions in extra spending the left has […]

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The Pathology Report

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 14 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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Why Salon of the Refused?

In the latest episode of Salon of the Refused, I explain why I chose that name. Follow the link to listen or better yet to watch the video, where I include images of the art I discuss. But I thought the point was important enough to polish into a written article, which is below.—RWT A […]

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The “Migrant Caravan” Is Just Theater

I have not covered the “migrant caravan” because I am not a theater critic. But a fair bit of politics is theater, particularly around election time, and Trump has decided to make the caravan into his closing pitch for the midterm elections. This is just theater, for both sides. There is some evidence the caravan […]

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The First of Their Return

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 13 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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Are We All Colluding With the Russians?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Saudi Ataturk I’ve drawn your attention a few times in the past to the guy I’ve named “the most interesting man in the world,” Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. MBS, as he is called by Western reporters and commenters, has been presenting himself as […]

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The Curious Adventure of the Man of Reason

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 12 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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The Battle of the Blind

Which party is going to come out ahead in next month’s midterm congressional elections? Don’t ask me. Our politics has gone through the looking glass, and I have no idea how to make predictions any more. But I have noticed a peculiar pattern. Both sides seem intent on burrowing into their bubbles, reinforcing their own […]

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