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In the Field

Egypt’s Rebellion Against “Islamic Democracy” Back in June, I wrote an article on “The Old Regime and the Egyptian Revolution,” a takeoff of Alexis de Tocqueville’s book The Old Regime and the French Revolution, in which he described how the French Revolution failed to change the basic structure of French government, lapsing back into the […]

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The Fiscal Cliff Agenda

In an unusually rambling piece (from which I am transmitting only the central paragraphs), George Will gets to the epistemological heart of the “fiscal cliff”: “[S]pending is the main culprit” because: Today federal revenue is $2.67 trillion (slightly less than “the Clinton equivalent”) and spending is $3.76 trillion, so we are spending $987 billion more […]

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Bizarro 2004

Part 2: The Man Who Wasn’t There The best analogy I have heard for the election is that it was Bizarro 2004. It’s a reference to an old plotline from Superman cartoons about a kind of alternative Earth where everything is the opposite. The idea is that this is just like the 2004 Bush vs. […]

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Bizarro 2004

Part 1: What Didn’t Cause Mitt Romney to Lose Last week, I posed three big questions about why advocates of free markets and limited government don’t seem to be able to gain support among the young, racial minorities, and city dwellers. I’m going to get to my own answers soon. In the meantime, thanks to […]

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“You May All Go to Hell, and I Will Go to Texas”

The End of an Era, Part 3 This article is continued from a previous edition of The Tracinski Letter. We can take some comfort in the fact that it is often in time of gravest extremity that the best minds have originated and advocated the ideas we need. In 1991, it was a financial crisis […]

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The Road to Greece

The End of an Era, Part 2 This article is continued from the previous edition of The Tracinski Letter. When Obama was first elected, amidst a wave of bailouts, re-regulation, union payoffs, and central planning, I described what we were going through as “20th Century Lite.” We had been told to forget all of the […]

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20th Century Lite Gets Heavier

The End of an Era, Part 1 This election signals the end of an era, a roughly 30-year political-cultural trend that we can call the Reagan era after the man who was swept into office by it and stood as its advocate and then as its symbol for so many years. This era was a […]

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The Other Side Gets a Vote

As I write this, it is approaching midnight, and it is clear that President Obama has very narrowly won re-election. I mean very narrowly. As I write, he is only one-tenth of a percentage point above Mitt Romney in the popular vote count (49.3% to 49.2%). Many votes from the West Coast are still being […]

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What Might Be and Ought to Be

Predictions for the Presidential and Senate Races With a few days left to the election, it’s time to offer my prediction. This is a somewhat unscientific projection. I don’t use reams of data and fancy computer models like Nate Silver, and that’s a good thing, because I think that pretends to a level of scientific […]

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Vote for America

In the home stretch of the election, Mitt Romney has been racing back to the “moderate” center in an attempt to woo the swing votes of suburban women. This is not exactly a surprise. Despite the Democrats’ complaints that this isn’t the “real” Mitt Romney, we all know that it is. He is what he […]

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