The Economic Case for Romney-Ryan

Editor’s Note: Now that we’re in October and past the first debate, it is time for my official recommendation for the presidential race. The article that begins below is not just the case against Obama—I’ve been presenting that for five years. This is the case for Romney and Ryan. (There’s a reason for the “and […]

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The Mainstreaming of “Atlas Shrugged,” Part II

The second installment in the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy opens in theaters next week. Thanks to the producers, I got to see the official premier of the film in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Let’s start with the bottom line: the second installment is better than the first in nearly every respect. If you want to […]

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Romney Unfiltered

Well, that was interesting. The debates are one of the few opportunities the candidates have to bypass the media filter and address voters directly. They are an even better opportunity than the conventions—at least from the voters’ perspective—because the conventions let the two parties address voters with their own carefully prepackaged sales pitch, while the […]

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The “Les Misérables” Adaptation

Back in January, I wrote a long article (now up on the new site) about the news that a movie version of the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was about to begin filming. At the time, it was too early to offer anything but the vaguest speculation about how the film would turn […]

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Who to Support in the Election

No, this article is not my big presidential endorsement statement. After all, it’s hardly a mystery where I stand: I oppose Barack Obama and support Paul Ryan—er, that is, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. My full argument against Obama and for Romney-Ryan is coming soon, but in the meantime, I want to offer some advice […]

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John Maynard Keynes Meets George Orwell

Paul Krugman is famous for his stridency. He advocates a dogmatic Keynesianism with an air of certainty and the frequently repeated aspersion that anyone who disagrees with him is dishonest, ignorant, a hack, a stooge. He cannot be swayed. If there are exceptions that disprove his theories—like, say, the Baltic states—he ignores and ridicules them. […]

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The White Flag and the Black Flag

The Cairo and Benghazi embassy attacks have brought foreign policy back into the election. The Democrats were enjoying a “post-convention glow,” bragging about a post-convention bounce (which has, as usual, bounced back), and were trying to talk themselves into the idea that they now have a big advantage over Republicans on foreign policy. Well, sure, […]

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Carbon-Free Sugar, Science-Free Environmentalism

I was at the grocery store the other day when I noticed that Domino is now advertising its five-pound bags of sugar as “certified carbon-free.” This is the sort of thing that requires photographic evidence, so here it is. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in a chemistry class, but at least I […]

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The “Alternate Universe” Convention

Now that the Democratic convention has wrapped up, I think it’s signature moment came Wednesday afternoon, when Los Angeles Mayor and convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa rose to the podium to seek consent for a measure that would restore a reference to God to the official Democratic platform along with a reference to Jerusalem as the […]

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Notes on the Republican Convention

I provided quite a lot of coverage of the Republican convention last week in my RealClearPolitics newsletter, The Daily Debate. See my comments on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. I want to draw your attention to a few highlights from that coverage that are particularly important, add a few points that I didn’t […]

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