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Can You Hear the People Sing?

A bit of conventional wisdom I’ve heard for decades is that the people of China are not interested in freedom, either because they value social conformity and “stability” too much (as if the Communist Party has ever provided it), or because they have been bought off by a deal in which they trade freedom for […]

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Who Resists the Resistance?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Viva la Revolución “Democratic socialism” has finally achieved its usual end-state in Venezuela: mass shootings of innocent civilians by government goons. I’ll warn you that the reporting on this has been pretty awful, and in the link I just gave, even Jake Tapper—who ought to know better—refers […]

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“We” Are All Socialists Now

It’s a little disconcerting how quickly the “libertarian moment” of the Tea Party era gave way to today’s socialist moment. The dissipation of that supposed “libertarian populism,” which has turned out to be more “populist” than “libertarian,” is certainly disappointing, but at least this history provides some hope that the socialist moment will prove just […]

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The Theater of the Deal

Some of us never quite believed Donald Trump’s “Art of the Deal” self-image as the ultimate negotiator. It was an image crafted for the tabloids and for television, and Trump imported it straight into politics, promising he would employ his astounding powers of negotiation to achieve unprecedented results in public policy. But then where are […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 7

Episode 7 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with an old friend, Bob Garmong, who spent most of the past decade as a lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China, about his experiences there and the prospects for the country’s future. The […]

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Social Media Was a Mistake

Top Stories of the Year: #1 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. At the top of the list this year is what we have discovered about the impact of digital media on our public debate—particularly the second […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 4

Episode 4 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk to Scott Lincicome about President Trump’s trade war. The conversation includes: why tariff power was delegated to the president, how trade changes jobs instead of taking them away, and how Flashdance and Bruce Springsteen explain Donald Trump’s trade policy. […]

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Fast Times at Ben Trovato High

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Let No More Be Heard of Confidence in Man I speculated a while back that the legal problems of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, might come back to haunt the president–and lead to “The Clinton Impeachment Rerun We Didn’t Want But Probably Deserve.” It looks […]

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The New Counterculture

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The New Counterculture Partisanship makes people into idiots. The Brett Kavanaugh media circus is providing us with plenty of examples, and I’ll cite just one on each side. On the left, I give you Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono, who was asked, “Doesn’t Kavanaugh have the same presumption […]

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World News Roundup

American politics is more of a circus than usual these days, and aside from distracting us from the really important domestic issues–the growing economy, but also this administration’s total failure to rein in government spending and debt–it also distracts us from what is going on in the rest of the world. So I decided it […]

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