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A Sign of the Apocalypse

How come nobody really seems to care about Stormy Daniels? Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen credible reports that in 2016 Donald Trump’s lawyer paid $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, an “adult film actress” who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, to get her not to talk about liaisons she had with Trump some […]

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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 struggle we’re having these days between reason and dogma. 1. Donald Trump, Libertarian? Donald Trump ran for president as an economic nationalist. But has he governed as a libertarian? That’s the upshot […]

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The Age of Didacticism

My plan for the Culture War is that culture wins. If we have people trying to promote competing values, and we always will, at least they can promote them by creating interesting and worthwhile cultural products—art, architecture, novels, poems, movies, television, etc.—that entice us with their unique vision of how we might choose to live. […]

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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 culture and whether or not anybody is allowed to have it. 1. The Great Non-Regulator But first another note about the only really big good thing about the Trump administration: the way […]

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What Would It Mean to Win the Culture War?

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the Culture War. But just because the other side is losing doesn’t mean you’re winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq Culture War, in the sense captured by […]

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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 watching the good and bad aspects of the Trump administration play themselves out. 1. Quod Licet Iovi, Non Licet Bovi So far, in a spectacular failure, the Republican Congress has utterly failed […]

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Yoda Explains Milo

Tiresome “provocateur” and alt-right sympathizer Milo Yiannapoulos recently got what he always seems to want—a lot of attention and notoriety—for getting invited to give a keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, then being disinvited. This happened after an anti-Trump group brought everyone’s attention to a interview in which Yiannapoulos revealed that he was […]

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Liberalism Is Dead, Long Live Liberalism

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2016 and reviewing my coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, a continuation of a long-running story, but one that reached new milestones this year: the ongoing death […]

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Gary Johnson Is a Left-Wing Candidate

On Friday, Brian Doherty of the Libertarian flagship publication Reason scolded me, and by extension anyone else who has been turned off by some of the Johnson-Weld ticket’s public statements, that we were placing more importance on “the attitude stuff related to culture war issues about discrimination and guns” than on the really crucial issues […]

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“No Award” Culture

A few months ago, I wrote about a notable victory in the culture wars: a group of science fiction writers had pushed back against the politicization of the Hugo awards, the most prominent literary awards in the sci-fi genre. The “Sad Puppies” campaign and its more radical offshoot, the “Rabid Puppies,” promoted their own slates […]

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