What’s Going Right

We are definitely going through some tough times right now. America is in the middle of a lost decade (or more) caused by the onset of the Obama Era. The Western European welfare state has plunged into permanent crisis. Chinese and Russian “state capitalism” is having its own problems. India’s free-market reforms have stalled out […]

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Newsflash: Capitalism Works

A business columnist with the New York Times reports with a sense of wonder that central planning doesn’t work, while a business columnist with Time reports with an equal sense of wonder that capitalism does work. Brad Tuttle describes a new system being tested at Disney theme parks to “to cut down on wait times […]

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Newsflash: Central Planning Doesn’t Work

File this one under “Breaking News from 1989”: it turns out that central planning doesn’t work. Who would have guessed? This news is relayed to us by business columnist Floyd Norris in the New York Times. He doesn’t present it that way, of course. He merely reports on the failure of federal regulators to come […]

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Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics

Years ago, I formulated Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics, which states that the left must be suppressed, hounded, mocked, vilified, and made to feel ashamed of itself. The idea is that we need to keep their heads down and keep them on the defensive, because the moment they feel confident and emboldened, they will attempt […]

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Take the Phone Off the Hook

I have been covering the fiscal cliff deal and the subsequent jockeying in advance of debt ceiling negotiations in my RCP newsletter. By the nature of that newsletter, I don’t give my own opinion, but I hardly need to. The facts are pretty clear and it’s easy to draw your own conclusions. Speaker of the […]

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What Has Homer to Do with the Bible?

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 1 To begin my long-promised series on the Bible, I wanted to describe the indirect route by which I came into this project. Five years ago, I found myself with a little extra time over Christmas break and decided to read a volume I had picked up years ago […]

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Politics Is Boring

Annual Report from The Tracinski Letter This year, I’m starting a new tradition: an end-of year “annual report” discussing what I’ve done in the past year and what’s coming for next year, both in terms of the logistics of the newsletter and in terms of its intellectual content. This has, of course, been a big […]

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The Great Disappointment

Top Stories of 2012 Having dealt with the fifth and fourth biggest stories of the year in separate articles, I will now count down the top three stories, drawing on the extensive coverage I have given them this year. #3 • The Bubble-Bursters I almost selected as the third most important story of the year […]

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Following from in Front

Top Stories of 2012: #4 Story #4 is about America’s current foreign policy, but in this article, my goal is not to recap my previous coverage from this year but to complete it by providing an overview of the big picture. The big picture of our foreign policy is that America is following from in […]

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Romanticism and Realism

Top Stories of 2012: #5 This is the time I traditionally offer my overview of the top five stories of the year as covered in my newsletter. I can’t say “as covered in TIA Daily” or “as covered in The Tracinski Letter,” because the first half of the year was covered in one, the second […]

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