Why We Can’t Trust the Left

Tom Nichols just articulated the dilemma of a “Republican in exile” in the era of Donald Trump and concluded by hoping for big Democratic gains in this fall’s mid-term elections, in the hope of shocking the Republican Party into reforming. As a fellow Republican in exile, I sympathize with this, particularly after the spending spree […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is our culture’s struggle with the ghostly mental influence of totalitarianism. 1. Walter Duranty Syndrome Who’s the big star of the South Korean Winter games? Why, North Korea, of course! The rest of this […]

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The Fisc of Sisyphus

They told me if I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, Washington DC would go on a massive, unsustainable, Big Government spending spree—and they were right! Early this morning, Congress passed and President Trump signed a deal to avert a government shutdown for another two years by basically giving the Democrats all the spending they wanted […]

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What We Owe John Williams

Editor’s Note: The piece below draws extensively from an article on the Olympics that I wrote in 2014.—RWT Composer John Williams turns 86 today, which by happy coincidence is the same day millions of viewers will be celebrating some of his best music: the themes he wrote for the Olympics, which have since become a […]

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Stop Trying to Make Watergate Happen

The sensational release of the Nunes memo on Friday, and a whole series of new releases of information that are going to start coming thick and fast in its wake, brought the controversy over the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign fully to the public’s attention. If you’re trying to get up to speed, it […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the struggle we’re having these days between reason and dogma. 1. Donald Trump, Libertarian? Donald Trump ran for president as an economic nationalist. But has he governed as a libertarian? That’s the upshot […]

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Football Is Doomed

Super Bowl Sunday seems the appropriate day to bring you the cheerful news that football is doomed. The sport is dying and cannot be saved, at least not in America, which is its traditional home. The cause of death is science. Simply put, football is a sport in which the audience entertains itself by watching […]

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Why We Can’t Be Free

The basic income. The individual mandate. Cap and trade. Income-tax withholding. What do all of these ideas have in common? They are all schemes for implementing a massive and ever-growing welfare and regulatory state—and they were all brought to you by people on the right. The basic income is the brainchild of Charles Murray. The […]

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Long-Range Planning in a Single Day

Groundhog Day, a seemingly light and whimsical 1993 comedy from director Harold Ramis, is 25 years old this year, and the film has had an interesting life. It debuted to generally positive but not reverential reviews, yet it has since been accepted as a beloved classic with unexpected depths. The general response was summed up […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is our struggle to assert facts over narratives or symbolism. 1. How Bad Ideas Happen I have lamented before about how many bad ideas for the expansion of government–the basic income, the individual mandate, […]

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