Ten Lessons of ObamaCare

President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website. No, it’s much more than that. It is a timeless demonstration of the failure of central planning, government regulations, and the entitlement state. It is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and […]

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Information-Age Philosopher-Kings

The award for Whiner of the Week goes to Salon’s Joan Walsh, who penned a water-carrying piece denying the disastrous launch of ObamaCare. She then hyperventilates about the response. I wrote a piece asking liberal critics of the ACA’s Web problems to take a larger perspective, and not rush to join the [semi-expurgated obscene word] […]

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Suicide Watch

Regular readers know that I don’t go in for the whole “civilization is collapsing” line of pessimism. This is 20th Century Lite, not the fall of Rome. But there are a few exceptions where that level of alarm is merited, as with the ruins of Detroit. Here is another such example: the rise of “Muslim […]

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The Broken Truce

Greetings from the scene of a farce. Next week, if the polls are accurate, my state of Virginia will react to the alleged corruption of its sitting governor by electing Terry McAuliffe, an even more corrupt political fixer and “crony capitalist.” How did this happen? I really like the Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who is […]

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Undemocratic “Democracy”

A major theme of my work—which I will be focusing on much more in the future—is the basic incompatibility of economic controls and political freedom. In short, there is no such thing as “democratic” socialism, because government control of the economy always requires taking power from the governed and giving it to an entrenched elite. […]

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An Internship in Economics

For the past few years, there has been a campaign building against the use of unpaid corporate interns. It’s another little episode of middle-class Marxism, in which the college-educate bourgeoisie starts to bang on as if they were oppressed proletarians. The actual economic role of internships is pretty obvious. They offer a way for young […]

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20th Century Lite

In my RealClearPolitics newsletter, I linked to a commentator at a left-leaning publication—Slate’s John Dickerson—calling for a “healthcare.gov witch hunt.” It was an unusual recognition, or semi-recognition, that ObamaCare’s explosion on the launch pad may have some wider implications about what happens when the government sets out to manage the economy. [T]here are big national […]

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Star Trek Economics

I’ve been planning to do a follow-up to my recent article on Atlas Shrugged as a historical novel by writing about those aspects of Atlas that haven’t dated and are most relevant in today’s context. Just scanning the news will give you plenty of examples, including this one, a report in the leftist online magazine […]

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The Passive-Aggressive Citizen

Jonathan Tepperman, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, recently announced that he has become an American citizen. Just a few days ago, in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, I raised my right hand and—along with some 150 other immigrants from places like Bangladesh, China and the Dominican Republic—was sworn in as a U.S. citizen, something […]

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Our Problem with Prejudice

A book review in the New York Times outlines a “surprising” case against foreign aid. It is surprising only if you are a writer for the New York Times. Fred Andrews reviews The Great Escape by Angus Deaton, “an expert’s expert on global poverty and foreign aid.” The “great escape” of the title is, in […]

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