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Congratulations, “Deep State” Conspiracy Theorists, You’ve Discovered Bureaucracy

Just as “fake news” is the epithet thrown around as a magic formula to justify refusing to pay attention to any fact you don’t like, so the “deep state” is a magic formula used to justify ignoring the latest evidence of President Trump’s malfeasance in foreign policy, by waving it all off as a political […]

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In Defense of the Autonomous Individual

Special Fund-Raising Drive My book on Atlas Shrugged is doing well, and my publicity drive to promote it is still ongoing, but now it’s time for me to start moving on to intellectual work on the next big project. I’ve been teasing for a while what that next project is going to be, and now […]

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Renoir Is Canceled

I regret to inform you that Renoir is canceled. To be “canceled,” in the parlance of our Politically Correct age, is to be found to be ideologically “problematic” and to be banished from morally respectable “woke” society–not merely to lose a job or to be ostracized, but to be eliminated from all recognition of having […]

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The Narrow Tribalism of “Social Justice”

Is the NBA’s cave-in to China really all about the money? When LeBron James speaks up about perceived injustices here in the United States but urges silence against a foreign dictatorship that is running concentration camps, is it a case of the NBA “bowing at the altar of the almighty Chinese yuan,” as Los Angeles […]

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Are the President’s Advisors On Strike?

Recently in The Bulwark, I speculated that President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds would lead to much crazier things happening, or at least to much crazier things seeing the light of day, without responsible adults around to make everything look grown-up and professional. That result was not long in coming. And yes, I’m talking about […]

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Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds May Be a Turning Point

Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a moment that might be more important than it seems—one that is likely to have a far-reaching impact that goes well beyond what happens in Syria. Why? Because this is the moment when responsible adults in the administration and in high-ranking executive positions, however many of them are […]

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Dear Republicans: Is This the Idol to Whom You Have Sold Your Souls?

In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has gone from saying that no, he didn’t collude with a foreign dictatorship to interfere with the US election, to doing it on live TV, asking the government of China to investigate Joe Biden and his son, for no clear reason. Exactly two prominent Republicans denounced this: Ben […]

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Our Orange Revolution

Scott Lincicome, bless him, has come up with the perfect title under which to cover the big Trump-Ukraine scandal. What better inspiration to take for the latest revelations that the Orange Man is Bad than Ukraine’s 2004-5 Orange Revolution? Back then, if you will recall, Ukrainians came out into the streets to protest a 2004 […]

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Impeachment Is a Symptom

Sean Trende recently noted that impeachment has been invoked more frequently in recent decades: in 1974*, 1998, and now in 2019. The only previous impeachment was against Andrew Johnson in 1868. So we went more than 100 years without trying to remove a president, and now we’re trying to do it roughly every 20 years. […]

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Brexit Won the Popular Vote But Lost in the Electoral College

The past few decades of a Europe that is prosperous, and (largely) at peace, joined together by links of trade and political cooperation, has been a great achievement and a profound addition to the well-being of humanity. But the European Union used that as an excuse to push for an overly centralized, intrusive, and unaccountable […]

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