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The Humanitarian with the Trolley

I’m trying out a slightly different format that will allow me to send out more frequent exclusive subscriber-only content (as opposed to advance version of articles printed in The Federalist or at RealClearFuture and elsewhere). This is going to take the form of short notes, sometimes with a list of article recommendations at the end. […]

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Everything Gives You Cancer

I am shocked, shocked to discover that the claim that eating “processed meats” will give you cancer is a load of bunk. The assertion was made last week in a new report from the WHO, the World Health Organization. From some press reports, you would get the idea that eating bacon is just like smoking […]

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America’s Cautionary Tale on Gay Marriage

Ireland is currently engulfed in a bitter debate over a national referendum on gay marriage to be held this Friday. They could draw some useful lessons from America’s own little experiment with gay marriage—which turns out to be a cautionary tale about what can go wrong. My own position on gay marriage has run the […]

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In Praise of Partisan Rancor

A few days ago, the New Yorker‘s George Packer lamented that “the thrill is gone” from American politics and it’s just no fun any more. As I recall, the “fun” of politics for the left has usually been the fun of smearing those of us on the right as racist and regressive and “extremist,” a […]

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Why Is the Angry Left So Angry?

One of my Federalist colleagues recently observed that, “When I write pieces that upset liberals, I get angry, personal hate mail. When I write pieces that upset social conservatives, I most often get this: ‘I appreciate your well written article and I will pray for you, sir, that you will find the God who loves […]

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Let’s Be Two Americas

There has been some haggling in Congress recently over a proposal to convert a couple of big chunks of federal spending—Medicaid and food stamps—into block grants to the states, which would be given more control over the programs. This proposal suggests a much broader answer to our current political conflicts, toward which this is just […]

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The Paradox of Power

Over the weekend, a New York Post headline blared that the Obama administration was responsible for leaking news about Hillary Clinton’s secretive e-mail practices. It’s one of those stories that you really, really want to be true. How much fun would it be if there were a blue-on-blue feud between the Obama and Clinton establishments? […]

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The Party of Palpatine

A while back I observed the contrast between the modern leftists’ self-image and the actual political reality of the policies they support. [T]he media and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But […]

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The O’Reilly Disequilibrium

NBC News anchor Brian Williams was recently caught making up stories, and not just one story but a lot of them, habitually, all of them self-aggrandizing. Media types on the left initially responded by making excuses for Williams, but now they have struck back by seizing on similar self-aggrandizing statements by Fox News Channel’s’ Bill […]

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Why Chicago Should Terrify Hillaryland

Last week, the mayoral election in Chicago produced a shocking result when incumbent Rahm Emanuel—Barack Obama’s former chief of staff—failed to get the 51% of the vote needed to avoid a run-off. Emanuel should be worried, but you know who should really be terrified? Hillary Clinton and her acolytes. This election result is a warning […]

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