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IT-Backed Authoritarianism

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “IT-Backed Authoritarianism” If you want to know where Google’s social-engineering aspirations are headed, you don’t need to look to the future. Look to China’s “social credit system,” a merger of Western-style financial credit scores with a more nebulous and politicized measure of a citizen’s orderliness—and political loyalty. […]

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A Giant Effigy of Marx

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Jaw-Jaw Is Better Than War-War I recently responded to a claim, reflecting the conventional wisdom of the Trump-era right, that “ideas and persuasion are insufficient” for the pitched culture war we are currently in. This is often expressed in the conviction that scribblers like me are useless […]

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Marco Rubio Blows with the Trumpian Wind

The big question since Donald Trump captured the Republican presidential nomination is: will he capture the party, too? Will his unique ideological combination—such as it is—change the outlook of the party as a whole? And for how long? One good measure of this is Senator Marco Rubio. Why Rubio? Because he really, really wants to […]

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An Intellectual Eats a Chicken Sandwich

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. 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 […]

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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 technological dystopia Silicon Valley is creating for us. 1. Samizdat Social Media The Internet era was supposed to set information free, wasn’t it? So why is it becoming the new era of […]

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Will Trump Get Played by North Korea? He Just Did

Will Donald Trump join the list of American presidents and diplomats who have been played for suckers by North Korea? It looks like he already has. First, let’s be clear what North Korea’s game is and how the new proposal for a meeting between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un fits into it. The […]

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The Committee to Betray Journalists

A group called the Committee to Protect Journalists just named Donald Trump, our very own president of these United States, as the winner of its award for Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom. This makes a mockery of the CPJ’s supposed mission of protecting the freedom of the press. That naming Trump a top […]

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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. This week, the main theme is absolute power and the corruption it breeds. 1. Charlie Rose and Lord Acton The wave of accusations of sexual misconduct by powerful men has now come for respected interviewer Charlie Rose, though […]

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The Coming Era of Crisis

What interests me about the Roy Moore scandal is not so much the actual scandal. “Grandstanding politician abuses his position to get away with creepy sexual behavior” is a story as old as politics itself. What is more interesting is one particular line of reasoning being used to make excuses for Moore. Here it is […]

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Why Won’t the Nightmare Dream of Communism Die?

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution that set off the long global reign of terror of Communism. (For obscure reasons having to do with the outdated calendar used in Russia at the time, the October Revolution actually happened in November, and the Soviet Union traditionally celebrated it on November 7.) A century […]

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