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Someone Is Wrong on the Internet

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Lamest October Surprise Ever There has been a big online kerfuffle about supposed bombshell reports showing Joe Biden’s corruption by way of his sleazy, ne’er-do-well son Hunter Biden. To cover this, though, we’re going to need some wider context. The central claim against Biden is that as […]

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“Mr. Rogers Versus Your Crazy Uncle”

Second Non-Debate Roundup October 16, 2020 Welcome to another day of “Trump-bashing.” I still get complaints from some readers about this. I’m glad you’ve stuck around this long, I hope I offer enough non-election-related material to make it worth keeping your subscription, and you can take comfort in the fact that it’s only going to […]

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“Insurrection for Insurrection’s Sake”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “A Blessing from God” For another politician, contracting COVID-19 might be a humbling moment, a prompt to take the disease more seriously, show gratitude for having survived it, and maybe show a little empathy for those who have suffered worse than he has. For Donald Trump, it […]

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The Epistemological Election

Presidential Debate Roundup Update: Well, October is going to be interesting. As this newsletter goes out, we got the news that Donald and Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus, a development that seems logically inevitable. This could completely transform the presidential contest or it could have no effect whatsoever, depending on the severity of […]

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Anarchist Jurisdictions

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: I’ll be doing a Zoom Meetup with my friend Shrikant Rangnekar Monday night at 9:00 PM about the upcoming election and particularly about Donald Trump’s recent comments on mail-in voting and the peaceful transition power (expanding on my comments in Item #4 below). Please join us.—RWT […]

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“Signposts on the Road to Hell”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Humanitarian with the Molotov Cocktail My article on looting and property rights is now up at The Bulwark, where it’s getting a fair bit of attention. I’m not the only one taking on this issue. At The Atlantic, Graeme Wood offers a scathing review of Vicky […]

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“The Very Heart and Soul of Conservatism”

Republican Convention Roundup, Part 2 The debate over what Democrats should do about the race riots is heating up. I happily took a break from Twitter for a while to avoid the unhinged responses to my own piece in The Bulwark urging the Democrats to get on top of the issue. Among the saner pundits, […]

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Biden Needs a Sister Souljah Month

I suggested a little while ago that Joe Biden needs a Sister Souljah moment, a reference to an incident in the 1992 presidential campaign when Bill Clinton criticized a race-baiting black rapper. Facing steep odds of winning the White House, Clinton took the chance of slightly alienating the radical wing of the Democratic party for the […]

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A Grand Illusion

Democratic Convention Roundup The Democrats wrapped up their virtual, online convention Thursday night, and I’m sure you watched all of it, right? Of course you didn’t. Nobody does. And a lot of it doesn’t matter, particularly since we’re dealing with someone who is as much of a known quantity as Joe Biden, so we don’t […]

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Anti-Anti-QAnon

The Democratic National Convention was a marvel of message discipline. The speeches and events had a clear theme: to portray today’s Democratic party as totally normal, mainstream, non-combative, and not radical at all. In a year of race riots and cancel culture, we may have a lot of reasons to be skeptical of this gauzy […]

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