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The Intellectual Collapse of Environmentalism

The online magazine Slate reports on a “growing reassessment under way in the environmental community.” Reassessment is one way of referring to it. “Intellectual collapse” is more like it. In 2005, two renegade greens tried to kill off environmentalism in broad daylight. The environmental movement, they said in a provocative essay, had grown stale and […]

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Reason and Emotion in Newtown

I had prepared a full slate of other news items to cover today, but it doesn’t look like I will be able to talk about anything before addressing yesterday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The story is quite emotionally disturbing, even more so than the school shootings we’ve seen in the past because most of the […]

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Champions

My recent post-mortem on the Romney campaign is up at RealClearPolitics. But the point of this post-mortem is not to look backward. It is to enable us to look forward. After thinking about it a little more I can sum up the implication for the future in these terms: we desperately need champions for free […]

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Unions vs. Workers

As a follow-up to my recent article on the role of unions in the demise of Hostess, the venerable baker of junk-food snacks, I just came across one of the better pieces of economic reporting on this case, from the Wall Street Journal‘s Holman Jenkins. Jenkins argues that the press has been placing blame on […]

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The “Red State” I Hope Will Disappear

There were a few consolations that we could find from last week’s election, but not much in the way of actual good news. But there was one piece of election news that I found to be very heartening. I’ve been referring my readers to maps showing county-by-county election results, and I want to refer them […]

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Why Mitt Romney Is Winning

Back in July, I wrote an article (picked up at RealClearPolitics) making so bold as to predict how the election was going to play out and that Mitt Romney would win. That prediction looked bad for a while and looks a good deal better now, so it’s worth taking a look at how the campaign […]

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Vice-President Blowhard

So this is what it looks like when a debate has two sides. I have to admit that a lot of us underestimated Joe Biden. It’s not just that he avoided a major gaffe in tonight’s vice-presidential debate with Paul Ryan. He made more than a few highly dubious statements, including an absolute howler about […]

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Romney Unfiltered

Well, that was interesting. The debates are one of the few opportunities the candidates have to bypass the media filter and address voters directly. They are an even better opportunity than the conventions—at least from the voters’ perspective—because the conventions let the two parties address voters with their own carefully prepackaged sales pitch, while the […]

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The “Les Misérables” Adaptation

Back in January, I wrote a long article (now up on the new site) about the news that a movie version of the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was about to begin filming. At the time, it was too early to offer anything but the vaguest speculation about how the film would turn […]

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Notes on the Republican Convention

I provided quite a lot of coverage of the Republican convention last week in my RealClearPolitics newsletter, The Daily Debate. See my comments on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. I want to draw your attention to a few highlights from that coverage that are particularly important, add a few points that I didn’t […]

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