The Worst Tweet of the Year (So Far)

When I heard about the toddler pulled into a lake at Disney World by an alligator, my first reaction was total sympathy for his poor grieving parents. Parenthood is a continual process of worrying that some momentary lapse in judgment or attention on your part—as a Midwesterner, I can assure you that people from Nebraska […]

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Dear Britain, Welcome to Our Revolution

As an American, the Brexit—Britain’s upcoming referendum on whether to exit the European Union—does not directly affect me, nor do I have a vote on it. But as an American, from the perspective of our history, I think I can offer some relevant context and advice. The Brexit is a good opportunity to welcome the […]

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The Era of Tu Quoque

If this is the election year in which logic seems quaint and irrelevant, how come the rules of logic actually explain so much of what’s going on? It’s just that it’s operating in reverse, as if people are using the logical fallacies not as a warning but as a guidebook. For example, about five times […]

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The Minority Con

Supporters of gay rights usually look to the left as their political sponsor and supporter, as the political faction they can count on to back them up with it matters. They had better take a closer look at the left’s reaction to the terrorist attack at that gay nightclub in Orlando, because it shows how […]

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Shadow President

The following things were said about Donald Trump in recent days: “This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable.” It was “the kinds of mistakes that amateurs make” and even “an absurd amateur mistake.” It is not at all unusual that someone said those things. It’s a pretty obvious […]

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The Cardboard Cut-Out Cartoon Caricature Campaign

Hillary Clinton’s win yesterday in the California primary, combined with the Democrats’ notably undemocratic system of superdelegates—boy, is Reince Priebus wishing somebody on our side had thought of that—means that Hillary has pretty definitively wrapped up the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Which is not exactly their finest hour. Some of us have been sardonically […]

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How to Fix the Olympics

The Olympics this year are a mess. I can confidently state that because they are always a mess. And there’s a simple solution that has been repeatedly proposed, but which no one seems to want to act on. The latest trouble is news of athletes withdrawing from the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, along […]

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Democratized Aristocracy

Voters in Switzerland just resoundingly defeated a referendum calling for a guaranteed minimum income, a check to be sent to every Swiss citizen every month for as much as 2,500 francs, or a little over $30,000 per year. That’s a solid lower-middle-class income—for doing nothing. There are two ways of looking at this news. We […]

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“Death to Tyrants” Is as American as Apple Pie

On Glenn Beck’s radio show recently, he and thriller author Brad Thor discussed what would happen if Donald Trump becomes an authoritarian tyrant and can no longer be limited by Congress or the courts. Thor then proposed, “as a thriller writer,” a “hypothetical” scenario in which Trump would have to be removed from office. I […]

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The Ultimate Argument for #NeverTrump

I just discovered the ultimate argument for the #NeverTrump stance, and I discovered it by considering the best argument against #NeverTrump. The argument is this: that no one man can do that much to destroy the American system, because we have such a long history and so many big institutions that keep it alive. As […]

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