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When the Insane Are Normal, the Normal Are Insane

The wave of media cheerleading for Bruce Jenner’s splashy debut as Caitlyn Jenner, his new putatively female identity, is one of those moments that has a lot of us of looking around and wondering if the whole world has gone insane. Obviously, Bruce Jenner is not a woman. But the fact that so many people […]

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‘Privilege’ Comes Dressed in Overalls and Looks Like Work

The Left has launched a kind of free-floating cultural witch hunt aimed at uncovering and denouncing “privilege.” This has become a normal part of the indoctrination—excuse me, orientation—for new college students: to be asked to unpack an extensive list of their “privileges” and to grasp, or at least repeat back to their trainers, how guilty […]

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Trekonomics

Reason‘s Nick Gillespie recently posted a list of the five most anti-libertarian television shows ever, and there’s a serious error. Actually, there are two serious errors. The first, larger error is that Reason put together a list of the five best libertarian TV shows, and they left off “Firefly,” which simply boggles the mind. The […]

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The Virtue of Liberty

One of the big stories of the Obama era is the rise of a more stridently individualistic and “libertarian” (for lack of a better word) wing of the right—the Ayn-Rand-influenced, Tea Party wing. As a certified graduate of both of these camps—the Ayn Rand fans and the Tea Partiers—I’m pretty happy about this. But it […]

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The Skeletal Grin of Collectivism

Speaking of that Ezekiel Emanuel article, the disturbing practical implications are described succinctly here: When Ezekiel Emanuel popped onto the national stage during the Obamacare deliberations, some of us had serious misgivings. We were familiar with his previous work, such as his ‘complete lives system’ of allocating health resources. This would have prioritized adolescents and […]

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On the Origins of “Individualism”

Objectivists get used to hearing something like this every once in a while, so it didn’t surprise me when I read the following in an article by a conservative colleague: The number of true individualists is still relatively small…. If you buy or sell things, consume popular culture, or have anyone in your life you […]

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To Love Man for God’s Sake

An Atheist Read the Bible, Part 5 Over the past year or so, I’ve been slowly whittling away at a long-term project I call “An Atheist Reads the Bible.” Unlike the “New Atheist” Richard Dawkins types, I’m not reading the Bible simply to refute it or to highlight every time the Judeo-Christian god seems to […]

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Original Redemption

What’s the opposite of original sin? Original redemption? I thought of this when I read a fascinating article by Andro Linklater, promoting a new book on the history of private ownership of land, about the rejection of collectivism by the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony. The 102 Pilgrims who sailed to the New World in […]

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Barack Obama Is Boring

I was not going to comment on President Obama’s second inaugural address until I saw a headline quoting a line from the speech: “We are made for this moment.” Really? “This moment”—again? “This moment” was in Obama’s big speech in Berlin as a candidate, when he declared to the “people of the world” that “this […]

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Unions vs. Workers

As a follow-up to my recent article on the role of unions in the demise of Hostess, the venerable baker of junk-food snacks, I just came across one of the better pieces of economic reporting on this case, from the Wall Street Journal‘s Holman Jenkins. Jenkins argues that the press has been placing blame on […]

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