What Is the Charter of the Land?

June 23, the day they voted to exit the European Union, is Britain’s Independence Day. As with our own Independence Day, it’s the day they chose to reject rule by a distant and unaccountable bureaucracy and instead asserted that government’s just powers derive from the consent of the governed. But having rebelled against an overbearing […]

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Symbolic Self-Liquidation

The first and most obvious thing about the House Democrats’ gun-control sit-in is that it is, as usual, purely symbolic. No legislation was or is going to come from it, and everybody knew this going in. I pointed this out before during a similar pseudo-filibuster intended to push global warming legislation. The point is not […]

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Did Dominique Francon Win?

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 9 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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The Worst Tweet of the Year (So Far)

When I heard about the toddler pulled into a lake at Disney World by an alligator, my first reaction was total sympathy for his poor grieving parents. Parenthood is a continual process of worrying that some momentary lapse in judgment or attention on your part—as a Midwesterner, I can assure you that people from Nebraska […]

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Dear Britain, Welcome to Our Revolution

As an American, the Brexit—Britain’s upcoming referendum on whether to exit the European Union—does not directly affect me, nor do I have a vote on it. But as an American, from the perspective of our history, I think I can offer some relevant context and advice. The Brexit is a good opportunity to welcome the […]

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The Era of Tu Quoque

If this is the election year in which logic seems quaint and irrelevant, how come the rules of logic actually explain so much of what’s going on? It’s just that it’s operating in reverse, as if people are using the logical fallacies not as a warning but as a guidebook. For example, about five times […]

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The Minority Con

Supporters of gay rights usually look to the left as their political sponsor and supporter, as the political faction they can count on to back them up with it matters. They had better take a closer look at the left’s reaction to the terrorist attack at that gay nightclub in Orlando, because it shows how […]

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Shadow President

The following things were said about Donald Trump in recent days: “This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable.” It was “the kinds of mistakes that amateurs make” and even “an absurd amateur mistake.” It is not at all unusual that someone said those things. It’s a pretty obvious […]

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The Cardboard Cut-Out Cartoon Caricature Campaign

Hillary Clinton’s win yesterday in the California primary, combined with the Democrats’ notably undemocratic system of superdelegates—boy, is Reince Priebus wishing somebody on our side had thought of that—means that Hillary has pretty definitively wrapped up the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Which is not exactly their finest hour. Some of us have been sardonically […]

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How to Fix the Olympics

The Olympics this year are a mess. I can confidently state that because they are always a mess. And there’s a simple solution that has been repeatedly proposed, but which no one seems to want to act on. The latest trouble is news of athletes withdrawing from the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, along […]

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