Pascal’s Wager for the Global Warming Religion

Do you freaking love science? Then you might be a big enough sucker to fall for a claim like this one: “Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash.” Which was actually made by an environmentalist group […]

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Nobody Cares About the Debt (But It Cares About Us)

In response to my speculation that we’re going to end up reforming Social Security by letting it break, several people told me—disapprovingly, which is good for them—that politicians will just fill the gap the way they always have, by borrowing more money. Well, here’s the thing about that. They can try borrowing their way out […]

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Trade War Is Trump’s Foreign Policy

The signature line of Donald Trump’s big foreign policy speech is: “I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how.” By “them,” he was referring to the Islamic State, which he vowed to destroy. But he might just as well have been referring to his audience. In a nearly hour-long speech, he revealed […]

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The Death of the Highbrow

The singer Beyoncé Knowles just released a new album, or video, or whatever it is, and it has been greeted with yet another flurry of “Beyoncé thinkpieces” in the middle-brow publications. It’s part of a distressing pattern these days of overwrought commentary about popular culture. There are the Stars Wars thinkpieces, of course, and the […]

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The Planning-to-Fail Plan

The little-recognized implication of this year’s election is that we are never going to fix Social Security. The unsustainability of the crown jewel of the middle-class welfare state is well known. As the Baby Boomers get old, there are fewer younger workers paying taxes to support them. The program’s reserves are being spent down and […]

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The Era of Authority

I was amused recently by a hilariously un-self-aware comment from feminist journalist Jill Filipovic. One advantage the left has over the right is we don’t value bowing to authority. But I see a kind of Messiah worship in Sanders supporters. — Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) April 15, 2016 I wonder: was she around at all when […]

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Andrew Jackson Didn’t Want to Be on Your Central Bank Notes, Anyway

A few years back, there was an off-Broadway musical called, “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.” It was a flop. But now Broadway is host to the hit musical “Hamilton,” whose creator has lobbied for keeping his lead character on the $10 bill. Now it’s looking like Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will acquiesce, keeping Hamilton on the […]

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Capitalism Is Organic

A post from Facebook has been making the rounds, where I came across it by way of my Federalist colleague Scott Lincicome. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JTtTlcNbGM — Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) April 11, 2016 Here’s the mind-blowing argument: “If we each grow a large crop of different food, we could all trade with each other and eat for […]

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Donald Trump Is an Ayn Rand Villain

So Donald Trump says he’s an Ayn Rand fan. Which has about as much credibility as every other claim Trump makes about himself. This comes by way of an interview with Kirsten Powers for USA Today. Here’s how it’s described: Trump described himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, […]

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Everything Awful About the Trump Campaign in One Tweet

Everything awful about Donald Trump’s campaign for president has just been summed up in one tweet from his son, Eric Trump. The younger Trump responded to presidential contender Ted Cruz’s trip to the Bronx, and the less-than-friendly reception he got, with a meme taken from “The Sopranos.” He has deleted the tweet, but the Internet […]

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