Tag Archives | 2016

The Kowtow

News Roundup 1. Acting Secretary of Defense Kurt Schlichter At the beginning of the year, I warned about the beginnings of the Trumpocalypse. At the time, Trump had chased out some of the last few serious national security professionals in his administration through an impulsive and ill-advised announcement that he was going to withdraw the […]

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Our Orange Revolution

Scott Lincicome, bless him, has come up with the perfect title under which to cover the big Trump-Ukraine scandal. What better inspiration to take for the latest revelations that the Orange Man is Bad than Ukraine’s 2004-5 Orange Revolution? Back then, if you will recall, Ukrainians came out into the streets to protest a 2004 […]

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Why the Russians Are the Baddies (Again)

The dominant mood of Donald Trump’s presidency, for those of us who care about the key causes of freedom and small government, is one of overhanging existential dread. Every so often, just when we begin the think Trump is tolerable, that we’ll get some good things out of this—deregulation at the EPA, or a more […]

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Why the “Resistance” Won’t Be the New Tea Party

Democrats are desperately hoping that their self-described “Resistance” to President Trump can take off in the same way that opposition to President Obama launched a new political movement in 2009. As Molly Ball asks, “Is the Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ the New Tea Party?” No, it isn’t. They’ve been trying this ever since 2010, when some cloyingly […]

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The New York Times Thinks You’re Too Dumb to Understand Numbers

I recently wrote about the wretched reporting on the claim that 2016 was the “hottest year on record,” using as my main example a New York Times article by Justin Gillis that gave his readers none of the relevant numbers they could use to evaluate that claim. None of them. And if you search for […]

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I Regret to Inform You That You Will Probably Survive

I noted recently that 2016 was a year considered so awful, politically, that it had a lot of people joking that they wished for death. Some took that idea farther than others. As 2017 gets under way, I regret to inform you that you will probably survive. That’s a line I started using when my […]

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Science Without Numbers

They say that mathematics is the language of science, which is a way of saying that science is quantitative. It is moved forward by numbers and measurements, not just by qualitative observations. “It seems hot out” is not science. Giving a specific temperature, measured by a specific process at a specific time, compared to other […]

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The Future Still Lies Ahead

Top Stories of the Year, #1 This has been such a horrible year for politics that some people were wishing for a giant meteor to strike the Earth and put us all out of our misery—and they were only half-joking. But there is, thank goodness, a lot more to the world than politics, and from […]

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The Tribute Pragmatism Pays to Principle

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I ended top story #3, my overview of the self-destruction of the Democratic Party, with a warning about how the Republicans can blow it all by forgetting what they are supposed to stand for. This is the danger presented by the top political story of the year, the rise […]

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Democratic Party Death March

Top Stories of the Year: #3 This year, I kept predicting that Donald Trump would lose the election and would drag down Republican candidates for lower offices. In my defense, I based this on polls whose results were fairly consistent, but which all turned out to be a wee bit off. In my further defense, […]

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