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Rudy Giuliani Is Wrong About Law and Order

The Trump campaign has tried to push a few key narratives at the Republican Convention. They haven’t succeeded, mind you, because they keep getting pushed off message by unforced errors, like plagiarizing bromides from Michelle Obama and treating Ted Cruz like dirt for six months, then inviting him to knife the nominee in prime time. […]

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Sheriff Clarke Is Right About the War on Cops

Nearly eight years after the historic election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president, and we can see the disappointing result: a small-scale race war in America’s cities. That it’s a war was heralded by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who denounced the recent attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge as “anarchy” in his […]

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The Planned Obsolescence of ObamaCare

President Obama recently published an overview of the results of ObamaCare in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It’s a pretty extraordinary article, because in important ways it acknowledges that ObamaCare has basically failed—and it lays the cards on the table for what we always knew was going to be his next step. Remember […]

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Social Realist Star Trek

When the new Star Trek film premiers next week, we can expect to see one of the beloved members of the regular Enterprise crew, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, portrayed as gay, by way of a scene in which he is “pictured with a male spouse raising their infant child.” Unexpectedly, George Takei, who played Sulu in […]

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We Accomplished More When Everybody Was Naked (in Art)

Amy Otto recently argued in The Federalist that “Men Did Greater Things When It Was Harder to See Boobs.” Expressed in amusingly colloquial terms, this is a variant on a fairly standard social conservative outlook in which sexuality is viewed as a kind of dangerous or dissipating force that needs to be sublimated and redirected […]

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The Poe Horizon

You have probably seen by now the viral Internet post about a fictional conversation between an Islamic terrorist and a Western “progressive.” I’ve received it a number of times in my e-mail and on social media, and I only just recently tracked down what seems to be its origin. It came from a Facebook post […]

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How Democrats Won the Gun Control Sit-In

The Democrats’ House gun-control sit-in was a failure and was always destined to be a failure from the standpoint of actually moving any gun control legislation. No bill, no break? Not really. Paul Ryan ended the current congressional session, and eventually everyone just filtered out. But maybe it was a success after all, just at […]

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What Is the Charter of the Land?

June 23, the day they voted to exit the European Union, is Britain’s Independence Day. As with our own Independence Day, it’s the day they chose to reject rule by a distant and unaccountable bureaucracy and instead asserted that government’s just powers derive from the consent of the governed. But having rebelled against an overbearing […]

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Symbolic Self-Liquidation

The first and most obvious thing about the House Democrats’ gun-control sit-in is that it is, as usual, purely symbolic. No legislation was or is going to come from it, and everybody knew this going in. I pointed this out before during a similar pseudo-filibuster intended to push global warming legislation. The point is not […]

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Did Dominique Francon Win?

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 9 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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