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Bizarro 2004

Part 1: What Didn’t Cause Mitt Romney to Lose Last week, I posed three big questions about why advocates of free markets and limited government don’t seem to be able to gain support among the young, racial minorities, and city dwellers. I’m going to get to my own answers soon. In the meantime, thanks to […]

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Bondmageddon

In seeking to save the economy from the consequences of one economic bubble, the top political and economic leadership of the country has created another, more dangerous one—and hardly anyone is talking about it. In fact, some of the charlatans who pose as economic commentators are assuring us that the looming disaster is actually good […]

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The Parasite That Kills Its Hostess

The news about the bankruptcy of Hostess, maker of the Twinkie and other legendary junk foods, touched off some memories of growing up in a mid-sized Midwestern town in the 1970s and ’80s. No, not that kind of memory, though come to think of it, the 1980s was the last time I actually ate a […]

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“You May All Go to Hell, and I Will Go to Texas”

The End of an Era, Part 3 This article is continued from a previous edition of The Tracinski Letter. We can take some comfort in the fact that it is often in time of gravest extremity that the best minds have originated and advocated the ideas we need. In 1991, it was a financial crisis […]

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The Road to Greece

The End of an Era, Part 2 This article is continued from the previous edition of The Tracinski Letter. When Obama was first elected, amidst a wave of bailouts, re-regulation, union payoffs, and central planning, I described what we were going through as “20th Century Lite.” We had been told to forget all of the […]

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20th Century Lite Gets Heavier

The End of an Era, Part 1 This election signals the end of an era, a roughly 30-year political-cultural trend that we can call the Reagan era after the man who was swept into office by it and stood as its advocate and then as its symbol for so many years. This era was a […]

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The Other Side Gets a Vote

As I write this, it is approaching midnight, and it is clear that President Obama has very narrowly won re-election. I mean very narrowly. As I write, he is only one-tenth of a percentage point above Mitt Romney in the popular vote count (49.3% to 49.2%). Many votes from the West Coast are still being […]

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What Might Be and Ought to Be

Predictions for the Presidential and Senate Races With a few days left to the election, it’s time to offer my prediction. This is a somewhat unscientific projection. I don’t use reams of data and fancy computer models like Nate Silver, and that’s a good thing, because I think that pretends to a level of scientific […]

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Vote for America

In the home stretch of the election, Mitt Romney has been racing back to the “moderate” center in an attempt to woo the swing votes of suburban women. This is not exactly a surprise. Despite the Democrats’ complaints that this isn’t the “real” Mitt Romney, we all know that it is. He is what he […]

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A Philosophy for Teenagers

The nomination of Paul Ryan, a noted Ayn Rand fan, as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential candidate has inspired some increased discussion of Rand’s ideas and writings. But not all of it has been edifying. The latest unedifying contribution is a brief comment by President Obama in a fawning interview with Rolling Stone. Asked, “Have you […]

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