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The Coming Era of Crisis

What interests me about the Roy Moore scandal is not so much the actual scandal. “Grandstanding politician abuses his position to get away with creepy sexual behavior” is a story as old as politics itself. What is more interesting is one particular line of reasoning being used to make excuses for Moore. Here it is […]

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#140orFight

1. So Twitter has decided to go ahead and give everyone 280 characters for each tweet instead of the old limitation of 140 characters. — Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) November 9, 2017 2. To be clear, nobody was asking for this, and it doesn't make the medium better. It makes it noticeably worse. — Robert Tracinski […]

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Why Won’t the Nightmare Dream of Communism Die?

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution that set off the long global reign of terror of Communism. (For obscure reasons having to do with the outdated calendar used in Russia at the time, the October Revolution actually happened in November, and the Soviet Union traditionally celebrated it on November 7.) A century […]

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The Era of the Civics Lesson

It looks like this is going to have to be the era of the civics lesson, because nobody can be bothered any more to gain a basic knowledge of how our government is supposed to work and why it was designed that way. Not even the president of the United States. I know this isn’t […]

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Scientific Consensus, Courtesy of Lawyers

If we have such an overwhelming scientific “consensus” about the supposed threat of catastrophic man-made global warming—and about the political and economic solutions to it—then why do advocates have to sue scientists to prevent them from questioning it? That’s the question raised by a $10 million lawsuit lawsuit filed by Stanford engineering professor Mark Z. […]

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Philosophy Is the Handmaiden of Political Correctness

“Political Correctness Enforced on College Campus” is pretty much a “Dog Bites Man” story these days, but I just came across a new entry in the genre that is particularly interesting because it happened in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Philosophy departments are, in theory, supposed to be […]

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The Secular Left’s Televangelist Scandal

It didn’t stop with Harvey Weinstein. Of course it didn’t. We all knew he was just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal of powerful men using their position to force their attentions on young women in more or less disgusting ways hasn’t even stopped in Hollywood. It is now spreading to the political media, […]

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The Trump Administration’s Regulatory Reprieve

Are President Trump’s constant Twitter fights a distraction from his failures—or from his successes? The answer is a little of both. While everyone is preoccupied with the latest Culture War skirmish started or inflamed on the president’s Twitter feed, their rage and concern is being directed away from some notable failures to achieve his promised […]

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What Would It Mean to Win the Culture War?

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the Culture War. But just because the other side is losing doesn’t mean you’re winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq Culture War, in the sense captured by […]

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We Live in the Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About

The past few decades have seen a profusion of “young adult” fiction—books written for a teenage audience—which seem to have a peculiar obsession with future dystopias. There’s the one where everything is controlled by the Capitol and teenagers are forced to fight to the death for a televised audience. There’s the one where teens are […]

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