The (One) Republican Accomplishment

Top Stories of the Year: #3 Number 3 in our countdown of the top stories of 2013 is the Republicans’ biggest accomplishment in recent years: the automatic spending cut known as the “sequester.” Naturally, Republicans have spent the last part of the year undoing this accomplishment. The sequester cuts were negotiated two years ago on […]

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Giving the World

A Holiday Gift Guide to Children’s Books In years past, I have occasionally offered some holiday gift-buying advice as Christmas approaches. This year, I wanted to share what we’ve discovered in a field that my wife and I have gotten to know pretty well over the past few years: children’s books. It is a field […]

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The End of ‘Islamic Democracy’

Top Stories of the Year: #4 With the beginning of the Arab Spring about three years ago, we entered the post-9/11 era—an era in which the biggest story is no longer the conflict between radical Islam and the West but instead is the Arab world’s conflict with itself. This is the year in which the […]

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Two Trials

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top five stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. This time, I’ll also be drawing on some of what I have written for my RealClearPolitics newsletter, where I have spent more time covering day-to-day politics. In […]

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The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilification of the American right for supposedly refusing to support him back in the 1980s. The truth about Mandela, it turns out, is a lot more interesting than that. First, let’s be […]

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True Believers

The Democrats have been going through the five stages of grief on ObamaCare. It started with denial, the insistence that the system was working just fine except for a few glitches on its website. Then there was anger, with a few left-leaning commentators venting their frustration with Obama for dropping the ball on the implementation […]

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The Conspiracy Theory

It’s been fifty years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated, but the big conspiracy theory about his death still lives on. No, I don’t mean any of the outlandish and thoroughly debunked theories about “magic bullets” and grassy knolls. I mean the much more pervasive myth that somehow the political right is responsible for Kennedy’s […]

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Battlefield Earth Economics

I wrote a little while back about the rise of “Star Trek economics”—the left’s view that distributing wealth is like ordering food from a “replicator” in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. You ask for it, and it just appears. To paraphrase one of Arthur C. Clarke’s rules about science fiction, any sufficiently advanced economy […]

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Original Redemption

What’s the opposite of original sin? Original redemption? I thought of this when I read a fascinating article by Andro Linklater, promoting a new book on the history of private ownership of land, about the rejection of collectivism by the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony. The 102 Pilgrims who sailed to the New World in […]

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Original Sin

Fresh out of a White House meeting in which President Obama passed on his preferred talking points to sympathetic journalists, Juan Williams revealed what one of those talking points is. The attacks, I think this is just, again, more attacks coming from Republicans who don’t like the plan…. It’s what the White House now calls […]

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