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“Lord of the Flies” Meets “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

Scenes from a Moral Panic, Part 1 If you’ve ever wondered about those scenes of mass hysteria from history—early Christian iconoclasm, witch trials, that thing in the 1980s when they thought preschools were being run by Satanic cults—if you’ve ever wondered how they could have happened and how they spread so quickly out of control, […]

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Neo-Classical Liberals

Five Things You Need to Read Today I finally got around to seeing the Broadway hit “Hamilton” when it debuted on television over the July 4 weekend. Since it seems a little late to do a full-scale review of a 5-year-old show, I settled for a Twitter thread which is unrolled here. Also, check out […]

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“One of the Worst Electoral Defeats in Modern Presidential Elections”?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Democratic People’s Republic of CHOP Leftist protesters’ takeover of downtown Seattle is going about as well as expected. The area known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was renamed, for reasons nobody could quite explain, as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest or Occupied Protest, producing […]

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The Democratic People’s Republic of CHAZ

What does “defund the police” mean in practice? We may be getting a little rehearsal in miniature with the establishment of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, endearingly nicknamed CHAZ. This is the product of anti-police protests in Seattle that led the mayor to order the abandonment of one of the city’s downtown police precincts, ceding […]

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The Fractal Pandemic

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 2 About a week ago, I sent out the first part of this roundup, noting how the Black Lives Matter protests destroyed the public messaging on the coronavirus pandemic, sending us into a new world where a large portion of the population will be ignoring all precautions against the virus. Some of […]

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“A Dangerous Servant and a Fearful Master”

Race Riot Roundup, Part 2 The far left has always hated the police because they are the enforcers of private property—and because they are the first line of defense against violent revolution. We tend to view anarchy and totalitarianism as opposites, but they really aren’t. When public order breaks down, that is a grant of […]

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The Quarantine Is Over. (The Pandemic Isn’t.)

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 1 After the past week, it seems like hardly anybody is talking about the coronavirus pandemic any more—which is a very good reason to talk about it. A few weeks ago, a lot of people on the right and in the so-called “red states”—the whole Fox News-watching demographic—decided to act as if […]

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Hard Cases Make Bad Protests

Race Riot Roundup Because 2020 hasn’t been bad enough already, now we can add race riots to the list of plagues descending upon us to punish us for our sins. The violence of the last week, which reached a peak of intensity this weekend, has been confusing and has confused origins. So let me try […]

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America Returns to Space

There’s a lot of unpleasant breaking news from the last few days that I’ll need to cover soon, but in the meantime, I’m going to devote this issue to two positive stories about the power of good in the world. America Returns to Space If all goes well, tomorrow afternoon America will return to space. […]

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The Ideas Primary

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: Check out a long and interesting podcast I did a few days ago with a couple of libertarians who were interested in discussing nationalist conservatism, the Enlightenment, and the nature of reason. I knew I had no choice but to do this podcast when I heard […]

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