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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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Suicide Watch

Regular readers know that I don’t go in for the whole “civilization is collapsing” line of pessimism. This is 20th Century Lite, not the fall of Rome. But there are a few exceptions where that level of alarm is merited, as with the ruins of Detroit. Here is another such example: the rise of “Muslim […]

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The Last of the Indomitable Britons

So far, the best summary of the legacy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is a line from Mark Steyn: she was the “anti-declinist.” Mrs. Thatcher’s predecessor as prime minister, the amiable but forgotten Sunny Jim Callaghan, once confided to a friend of mine that he thought Britain’s decline was irreversible and that the […]

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Welfare Un-Reformed

Here is a measure of the enduring damage that comes from allowing the left to take a dominant role in American politics. An economics blogger for the New York Times describes how welfare programs are moving in opposite directions in the United States and Britain. As recently as 2010, Britain had a complex system of […]

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