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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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The Buck Stops There

As I noted in my newsletter for RealClearPolitics, Mitt Romney’s failure in the second debate to drive home his criticism of President Obama on the 9/11 attacks in Benghazi (with a little ref interference from Candy Crowley) does not put an end to the issue. Instead, it “tees up the Libya debacle as a prime […]

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The Moral Case for Romney-Ryan

What is most astonishing about the debate over the economics of entitlements and the national debt is the complacency on this issue among the political and economic establishment. President Obama has adopted the Alfred E. Neuman Doctrine: “What, me worry?” Paul Krugman, who seems to be on a personal crusade to devalue the Nobel Prize […]

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The Economic Case for Romney-Ryan

Editor’s Note: Now that we’re in October and past the first debate, it is time for my official recommendation for the presidential race. The article that begins below is not just the case against Obama—I’ve been presenting that for five years. This is the case for Romney and Ryan. (There’s a reason for the “and […]

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The Mainstreaming of “Atlas Shrugged,” Part II

The second installment in the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy opens in theaters next week. Thanks to the producers, I got to see the official premier of the film in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Let’s start with the bottom line: the second installment is better than the first in nearly every respect. If you want to […]

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Who to Support in the Election

No, this article is not my big presidential endorsement statement. After all, it’s hardly a mystery where I stand: I oppose Barack Obama and support Paul Ryan—er, that is, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. My full argument against Obama and for Romney-Ryan is coming soon, but in the meantime, I want to offer some advice […]

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