The Multiverse at the Multiplex

The teaser trailer just came out for a new Ghostbusters movie. It’s not exactly a remake; maybe it’s a reboot, with the main difference being that this time the Ghostbusters are chicks (and the writing, judging from the trailer, is awful). But it’s much more than that. This film is planned, not just as an […]

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The Case for Rubio-ism

A lot of people have been telling Marco Rubio that he had to start attacking Donald Trump. Well, he did that last night—and with devastating effectiveness. He was particularly effective in catching the way Trump tries to filibuster every response by repeating the same half-dozen catchphrases. That gave Rubio the perfect opportunity to take the […]

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The Old Regime and the Internet Revolution

On Friday, Twitter suspended the account of Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and dogged critic of feminism, apparently without warning or explanation. This has led, in true Twitter fashion, to protests under the hashtag #FreeStacy. Only a few weeks earlier, Twitter had announced the creation of a “Trust and Safety Council,” to which it […]

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7 Annoying Things to Stop Doing During the Primaries

Presidential primaries are without a doubt the most annoying part of the political process. They stir up all of the blind, bitter partisanship of the general election—but applied to far narrower differences in ideology and personality. A lot of people are completely committed to their guy (I’m assuming Carly is out of the running now), […]

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Five Non-Ayn-Rand Ayn Rand Films

Lost amid news of the renewal of various big movie franchises—the new Star Wars film and a new Star Trek television series—was a small item about a potential new film or miniseries of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, with ancient Hollywood producer Al Ruddy telling the New York Times that he has acquired production rights to […]

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The Phantom Menace (of Global Warming)

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2015 and reviewing my own coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, which is the least important of the big stories because it’s not about something that’s actually happening. […]

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Putin’s Mini-Me

Can we get past the “we have to understand the discontent that gave rise to Trump” stage of the Republican primary and move on to the “this dangerous buffoon can’t be allowed anywhere near the White House” stage? I ask because Vladimir Putin just weighed in on the US election and basically endorsed Trump, calling […]

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No True Muslim

A British man shouted, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv,” at a terrorist. What happened next won’t exactly blow your mind. In my recent list of tropes for the political use and misuse of terrorism, I included a form of argument called No True Muslim. It’s a play on an old form of circular reasoning known […]

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The Paris Climate Con

After last month’s massive terrorist attack brought the disastrous civil war in Syria and the renewed threat of radical Islam back to the forefront of everyone’s minds, world leaders met in Paris to forge an ambitious agreement—about global warming. You didn’t think they were going to do something big and important about terrorism, did you? […]

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Know Your Tropes for the Political Exploitation of Terrorism

On Sunday, President Obama gave us another dull, rote speech on terrorism in which he promised to stay the course on whatever it is he thinks he’s doing about ISIS. And then lectured us about our intolerance. It was notable for only one thing: the presidential adoption of the Exactly What ISIS Wants trope. You […]

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