Egypt’s Do-Over Revolution

A little over a week ago, I wrote about how the post-Arab Spring Middle East was entering a new phase, one in which secular liberals and their sympathizers are beginning to realize that they have to fight the Islamists with everything they can muster. On Sunday, that battle got a lot bigger, with Egyptians pouring […]

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The Lessons of Afghanistan

Here’s another very important bit of foreign policy news. I have criticized President Obama for his Hamlet act over Syria and for letting local allies support the rebels and steer money and weapons to Islamists. I thought that we hadn’t learned the big lesson of Afghanistan, where we were so eager to break the power […]

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Planning for Our Own Obsolescence

We Are All Futurists Now, Part 4 This article is part four out of (probably) eight. In the previous installments of this series, I sketched out some of the big new technological innovations that are likely to reshape the economy and bring us all into a science-fiction future. I discussed the “Third Industrial Revolution” which […]

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Observations of a Bystander

Writing about foreign policy these days is an exercise in frustration, because the United States is in the unusual and unnecessary position of being a bystander to world events. The reason is that President Obama is deeply committed to a policy of inaction, or more accurately, action so halting and reluctant as to be nearly […]

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Shrug Trek

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 2 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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Flame Spotting

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life Part two of a four-part series. In the first installment of this series, I challenged the notion that a malevolent sense of life is a reaction to the uniquely bad circumstances of “today’s world,” both because sense of life is not about your momentary circumstances and because […]

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The Prophet of the Oppression

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 4 The religion of the Old Testament is not the religion of Abraham. It is the religion of Moses. In the previous installments, we looked at the sections of the Bible that relate to Abraham and which convey to us the key religious assumptions that he brought to his […]

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The Universal Message

Three Paradoxes of American Politics, Part 3 Just after November’s election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them. I have been addressing these paradoxes one by one. In […]

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Rubio-Cruz in 2013!

As it looks to revive its electoral fortunes on the national level, what the Republican Party desperately needs is a Rubio-Cruz ticket—not for 2016, or not just for 2016, but now, in 2013. As conservative Republicans continue to defect from Marco Rubio’s “Gang of Eight” immigration deal, he and Ted Cruz are emerging as the […]

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The Philosophy of Gosnell

Unlike the executive editor of the Washington Post, I did not just become aware of the Kermit Gosnell case. I wrote about it back when the indictment was first reported. On February 7, 2011, I mentioned Gosnell in the context of a “truce” between two wings of the right, the social conservatives and the more […]

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