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What Does It Mean to Be a Parrott?

Five Things You Need to Read Today August 30, 2018 1. Overhanging Existential Dread A while back, I described the dominant mood of the Trump presidency as one of “overhanging existential dread.” For every good thing we get out of this administration–say, a reasonably good Supreme Court appointment or two–there is always the question looming […]

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The Conspiracy-Theory Conspiracy

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “There Is No Market for Higher Education” It’s back-to-school time, so what better time to look at the growing alternatives to expensive higher education? Check out this overview of “How to Get a World-Class Education for Free on the Internet.”… The scale of what is available is […]

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Demography and Destiny

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death Wish of the “Liberals,” Part 1 After I published my follow-up on Charlottesville, Dave Marcus posted a piece in The Federalist on the tiny little white nationalist rally in Washington, DC, which was outnumbered at least five-to-one by the media and probably two-hundred-to-one by counter-protesters. […]

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A Criminal Conspiracy

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Symbiosis So the New York Times just hired, for a prominent new position, an Asian-American technology reporter with a history of making anti-white racist statements on Twitter. I would quote one, but I couldn’t readily find an example that is not laced with obscenities. Follow the link […]

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Collusion

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Rule by Executive Order During his final years in office, Barack Obama leaned heavily on attempts to bypass an uncooperative Congress and use “a pen and a phone” to achieve his goals by executive order, whether or not he had the authority to do so. A few […]

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“If You Want to Be Stupid, I Can Be Stupid as Well”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. He Who Lives by the Federal Waiver Dies by the Federal Waiver The one really clear achievement of the Trump administration has been its anti-regulatory campaign, particularly its stunning reversal of policy at the EPA. I would like to see more of this made permanent by congressional […]

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The Emperor of Etchasketchistan

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Emperor of Etchasketchistan Back in 2013, I noted that we had reached an “Etcha-a-Sketch” moment in foreign policy. “The Syrian intervention has finally shaken loose all of the foreign policy alignments that fell into place during the Iraq War, and it’s as if someone grabbed the […]

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Who Stole Self-Esteem?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Who Stole Self-Esteem? How did “self-esteem” become a pejorative associated with the most contemptible trends in contemporary culture? How did it turn from an earned expression of self-respect to an all-purpose form of coddling for the incompetent? The phenomenon should not be such a surprise. Ayn Rand […]

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Damn Right the First Amendment Is a Weapon

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. News That Is Less Than True You may have seen the Internet light up over an Associated Press story that seems like a nightmare of Trumpian nativism gone wild: “Some immigrant US Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship […]

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The Robots Are Taking Over, and They Want to Know If You Want Fries with That

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Petty Pull Peddlers I took a couple of the items from my last “Five Things You Need to Read Today” edition and expanded them into standalone articles. I didn’t bother to send them out to the Tracinski Letter mailing list because they are substantial duplications of […]

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