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Two Trials

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top five stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. This time, I’ll also be drawing on some of what I have written for my RealClearPolitics newsletter, where I have spent more time covering day-to-day politics. In […]

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The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilification of the American right for supposedly refusing to support him back in the 1980s. The truth about Mandela, it turns out, is a lot more interesting than that. First, let’s be […]

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True Believers

The Democrats have been going through the five stages of grief on ObamaCare. It started with denial, the insistence that the system was working just fine except for a few glitches on its website. Then there was anger, with a few left-leaning commentators venting their frustration with Obama for dropping the ball on the implementation […]

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ObamaCare Rage

“Barack Obama is a lying sack of garbage.” That was the exact sentence that went through my head when I opened my mailbox and saw the following message from my health insurance company. Soon most health plans must comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits that begin in 2014. Your employer will be reviewing […]

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The Bitcoin Experiment

I just came across a column from British financial commentator Liam Halligan that is one of the most terrifying things I’ve read in a while. It is nominally about the rise of Bitcoin, a recently invented “stateless” digital currency—but it is really about the decline of the big, traditional state-backed fiat currencies, most particularly the […]

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Ten Lessons of ObamaCare

President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website. No, it’s much more than that. It is a timeless demonstration of the failure of central planning, government regulations, and the entitlement state. It is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and […]

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Information-Age Philosopher-Kings

The award for Whiner of the Week goes to Salon’s Joan Walsh, who penned a water-carrying piece denying the disastrous launch of ObamaCare. She then hyperventilates about the response. I wrote a piece asking liberal critics of the ACA’s Web problems to take a larger perspective, and not rush to join the [semi-expurgated obscene word] […]

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“Rational Quantum Dynamics, Were Such a Thing to Exist”

For most of the last century, the achievements of physics were used to prop up the failures of the humanities. Quantum physics was endlessly interpreted (and abused) to provide a supposed scientific confirmation for irrationalist and mystical doctrines. The latest discoveries of science, it was said, confirmed that knowledge is impossible, that we can achieve […]

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Who Owns Information?

In my work for RealClearMarkets, I’ve been following the story of the collapse of SAC Capital Advisors, a giant hedge fund that is being brought down just by being indicted for insider trading. The way things work these days is that being formally accused by the SEC is enough to sink a big trading company, […]

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The Psychology of “Normal Life”

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life, Part 3 This is part three of what looks like it might be a five-part series. In the previous installment of this series, I urged readers to become flame-spotters who look for the good in the world, so that this orientation toward the good becomes the psychological […]

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