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White Guilt

Why the Left Invokes the Politics of Race In recent weeks, the issue of race has been rearing its ugly head in the election, and it hasn’t been by accident. It has been deliberately invoked, more and more frequently and more and more explicitly, by the left. I expect this to get worse as the […]

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The Tea Party Era

The Todd Akin case in Missouri—the Republican Senate candidate who declared that women can’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape”—is a bit of a sideshow and a distraction, since almost no one in the party is backing him. In fact, for all the blustering outrage against Akin from the left, the most accurate and devastating […]

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Why There Is No Liberal “Atlas Shrugged”

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate has set off a fresh new set of articles on the influence of Ayn Rand, and it has sent her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, back to the top of the Amazon best-seller lists. Though Ryan has recently abjured Ayn Rand’s philosophy in favor of […]

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High Risk, High Reward

The odd thing about Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is that the news was received with elation by both sides, by both Republicans and Democrats, by both the right and the left. Both sides see the potential upside for themselves. The right sees a vice-presidential candidate who compensates for the […]

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The Third Rail Referendum

I sat down Friday night to write my own recommendation for who Mitt Romney should choose as his vice-presidential running mate. But it was quite late and I was tired, so I put off the task for the weekend—and thus I was saved from writing the most instantaneously irrelevant column ever. Early Saturday morning, days […]

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The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker, and the Bureaucrat

Or How a Welfare-State Altruist “Cares” A long, brutal recession is prompting a certain degree of soul-searching and even philosophical debate in this election year. One example is a piece of honest introspection from a left-leaning commentator who stumbles upon an important truth while still showing us the cultural and philosophical blinders of the mainstream […]

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Preaching the Gospel

How the Election Will Play Out (and Why Romney Will Win), Part 3 So far, the polls show that the negative ads haven’t broken Romney’s campaign. But there is a deeper ideological reason why this campaign is not likely to succeed. Remember that this is not just a negative campaign against Romney. It is a […]

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The Old Regime and the Egyptian Revolution

Originally published in TIA Daily. Alexis de Tocqueville is well remembered in America for his perceptive and eloquent chronicle of our young republic, Democracy in America. But Tocqueville was interesting in studying America so that he could bring his lessons back to France, whose own experience with republicanism was, shall we say, not as felicitous. […]

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Did Paul Ryan Throw Ayn Rand Under the Bus?

From TIA Daily, by way of RealClearMarkets. Seven years ago, at an event celebrating Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Representative Paul Ryan talked effusively to a crowd of die-hard Objectivists—proponents of Ayn Rand’s individualist philosophy—of her influence on his thinking. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had […]

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The Second Renaissance of Victor Hugo

Originally published in TIA Daily. I may be a little late—I spend so much time following political news that I’m often a little behind the times on entertainment news—but I just recently saw the reports that a film version of the musical Les Misérables is in the works. To be sure, this is something has […]

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