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Royal Baby Mania Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Celebrity

Many Americans are positively besotted with the news of the newest baby born to Britain’s royal family—but more than a few of us are uncomfortable with the idea of citizens of a republic cooing over royalty. We needn’t worry, though, because royal baby mania is not really about politics. Mary Katherine Ham struggles through this […]

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Trump Can’t Either Win Or Go Home

President Trump has announced American air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, in partnership with Britain and France. The airstrikes are for one night only, supposedly targeting the “heart” of Syria’s chemical weapons program, though the Department of Defense “acknowledged that the Syrian government most likely retained some ability to again attack its own […]

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Britain’s Knife Control Is a Bad Parody of Gun Control

If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control, it might look something like this. London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a crackdown on knives Sunday in response to the rising levels of violence in London, which recently surpassed New York City’s homicide rate for the first time. “No excuses: there […]

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Adventures Across the Poe Horizon

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Adventures Across the Poe Horizon, Part 1 If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control, it might look something like this. “London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced […]

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“The American Notion of Free Speech”

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your second update of the week, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the parlous state of “the American notion of free speech.” 1. The Freedom to Annoy I mentioned recently that the big social media companies are […]

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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 dissonance between principles and reality. 1. The Blue Dog Wave A weird special election held this week in Pennsylvania–it’s for a congressional district that is going to disappear this November due to redistricting–may […]

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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 continuing war on facts and reason. 1. Making Fake News Great Again I just sent you an article on reason versus emotion in the gun control debate. (I would also recommend that […]

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What Is the Charter of the Land?

June 23, the day they voted to exit the European Union, is Britain’s Independence Day. As with our own Independence Day, it’s the day they chose to reject rule by a distant and unaccountable bureaucracy and instead asserted that government’s just powers derive from the consent of the governed. But having rebelled against an overbearing […]

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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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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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