Politics Without Principles

I have already given some suggestions for how to vote (or possibly why not to vote) in this rotten political year. I can’t say I have any really great alternatives to offer. Fortunately, it will all be over by tomorrow night and we can focus on what comes next and how to rebuild from the […]

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How to Vote When There’s Nobody to Vote For

How do you vote in an election when there is no lesser of two evils? We’re used to having to make a tough choice between candidates we don’t like. But what do we do in a year when there is no basis for making that decision? What about a year when it’s a choice between […]

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Knowledge Is Power

Matthew Boulton, of the 18th Century engineering firm Boulton & Watt, once boasted of his company’s steam engines, “I sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have: power.” He and James Watt had demonstrated the ultimate meaning of Francis Bacon’s famous dictum “Knowledge is power.” Watt’s knowledge of the science of energy made […]

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How to Avoid the Democrats’ Fate

Hillary Clinton’s use of an insecure private server for thousands of sensitive State Department e-mails—a controversy rather questionably dismissed by the FBI earlier this year—has been re-opened unexpectedly less than two weeks before the election. And it’s all thanks to Anthony Weiner, the pathetic, compulsively self-destructive husband of Clinton factotum Huma Abedin. In the process […]

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Are Humans Already “Augmented”?

A few years ago, I gave part of my answer to dystopian prognostications, borrowed from Hollywood, about the supposed danger of malevolent artificial intelligence taking over the world. The assumption is that we will keep increasing the power of our machines—and not want to use any of that power for ourselves. Yet the whole purpose […]

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Malthusian Theory Is History

Will the Population Bomb never die? I ask because actor Tom Hanks brought it up while doing publicity for his latest movie based on a Dan Brown novel—yes, unfortunately, another one—in which the overpopulation scare figures prominently. I’ll venture a guess because Dan Brown novels are pretty predictable: the villain will turn out to be […]

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Scandinavian Cultural Imperialism

I have long held the thesis that the Nobel prizes have turned into a form of Scandinavian cultural imperialism. Since they’re Scandinavian, it’s a new, passive-aggressive kind of imperialism. So I was not surprised to see the Swedes get into a snit about Bob Dylan being “impolite and arrogant” for failing to say anything to […]

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All Over But the Shouting

It’s all over but the shouting, and judging from his reaction at the end of the third debate, Trump knows it. I’ll give some advice later about how to vote in a year when our votes probably won’t make much difference. Except that they will make a difference lower down: Hillary Clinton is now focusing […]

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Escape from Soviet Valley

I recently warned that the campaign against Palmer Luckey, one of the creators of the Oculus virtual reality headset, was an ominous sign that Silicon Valley is adopting a Soviet-style code of all-pervasive political conformity. The goal of the campaign against Luckey was to get his new boss, Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook bought out Oculus in 2014—to […]

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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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