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“Progressive” Neo-Feudalism

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a good chance to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in 2020. (I would say it’s definitely not going to be Andrew “America Was Not That Great” Cuomo, but I thought a guy whose pastor screamed “God damn America” would never make it, either.) Warren would have all the warmth, charm, […]

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“Own the Libs” and Get Owned

Nikki Haley’s recent comments about the downside of the “own the libs” style of conservative activism—which is heavy on mockery, insults, and other forms of Internet trolling—touched off a certain amount of debate in conservative circles. Some agreed about the folly of pursuing the cheap satisfaction of a caustic putdown over actual persuasion, some thought […]

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Finally, There’s Just One Side in Charlottesville

So the mainstream pundits are finally right. They said that there was only one side behind the violence in Charlottesville last year, despite extensive reports of black-clad, far-left “Antifa” eagerly brawling with the white nationalists. This has since been cemented as an article of dogma among mainstream “liberals,” who seem determined to run interference for […]

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Nazi Panic

A year after the violent brawls and vehicular homicide at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the town is shutting itself down for three days. Is this because the Nazis are coming back? No, it’s because they might come back, a speculation that is spinning a fair number of people around here into a full-blown […]

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How to Defend the Enlightenment Without Really Trying

The Trump era—which has been characterized by a rise of anti-intellectualism, the ideological muddling of the right, and a swerve toward illiberalism on both sides of the political debate—has, by way of compensation, also produced a mini-revival of interest and debate about the philosophical ideas of the Enlightenment. One of the most prominent entries in […]

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What Is the Social Contract?

Michael Anton has responded to those who criticized him for his disastrous plan to have the president try to end birthright citizenship by executive order. His response is fundamentally non-responsive. He defends the fact that he used a doctored quote to back his view that the 14th Amendment, which established birthright citizenship, doesn’t actually do […]

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The Party of Dred Scott

Are Republicans ready to become the party of Dred Scott? I ask because that’s what Michael Anton—a conservative intellectual, former Trump administration official, and fanatical supporter of the president—just advocated in the Washington Post. Even worse, he implies that Trump should do it by executive fiat, in defiance of the Supreme Court. This is not […]

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Why the Russians Are the Baddies (Again)

The dominant mood of Donald Trump’s presidency, for those of us who care about the key causes of freedom and small government, is one of overhanging existential dread. Every so often, just when we begin the think Trump is tolerable, that we’ll get some good things out of this—deregulation at the EPA, or a more […]

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The Lesson of Elon Musk’s Thai Cave Rescue Fiasco

I held back on criticizing Elon Musk about his Thai cave rescue grandstanding because he claimed he was encouraged to help by the rescuers, even though his solution came after divers were already pulling the boys out of the cave, and I figured, who knows? Maybe it was true. Maybe he really was trying to […]

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America’s Legal Clerisy

Donald Trump has made his second appointment to the Supreme Court, and boy has he gone over to the establishment. His choice is a DC native straight out of Georgetown Prep and Yale, with strong ties to the administration of George W. Bush, who originally appointed him to the bench. So much for draining the […]

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