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The Search for Sanity, Part 1

A Partial Guide to the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Yes, I know the 2020 presidential election is a long way away. But it is probably less than a year before the Democratic Party will choose its nominee, and since Democrats have to winnow that down from a current total of 18 or more candidates—the New […]

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How Politics Works

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: I was very pleased to see my recent article, “Why I Don’t ‘Believe’ in Science,” picked up by Judith Curry, a distinguished atmospheric scientist who is skeptical of global warming—exactly the sort of person to whom I want to offer this kind of intellectual ammunition. Her […]

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Status-Income Disequilibrium

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Status-Income Disequilibrium You’ve probably heard by now about the college admissions scandal, in which wealthy and famous people were arrested for bribing college officials to get their kids into elite schools…. The details that are coming out are pretty amazing. There are the Hollywood actresses who laundered […]

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The Democratic Party’s CREEPs

Donald Trump is neither a good president nor a particularly popular one. To oppose him effectively, serve as a counterbalance, and even attract many votes from reasonable people in the next presidential election, all the Democratic Party has to do is to present a sane, moderate alternative, behind which the broad mainstream of American voters […]

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What Is Socialism?

The rise of unapologetic, openly declared socialists in one of the two mainstream parties has made it necessary for Democrats to try to draw a line between a mere “progressive” welfare statist and an outright socialist. Yet this endeavor is running into trouble, because the dividing line turns out to be less clear than it […]

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Upstairs, Downstairs

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Undemocratic Socialism There is a lot going on with Venezuela right now, and I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, a piece I sent out to subscribers of this newsletter on February 4 under the title, “The Lessons of Venezuela,” has just been published in […]

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The Lessons of Venezuela

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the newest Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has had a contentious first month in Washington, centered on her multiple anti-Semitism controversies. But it was the first demonstration of her official duties on the Foreign Affairs Committee that might be more disturbing, and indicative of not only the radicalism of […]

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AOC Is an MPDG

A lot of people, myself included, have toyed with describing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the left’s Donald Trump because they both rely so heavily on exaggerated promises and bluster. There’s something to that, but I think I’ve found a better analogy: she’s the Democratic Party’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Once you see it, you can’t unsee […]

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The Democratic Party’s Psychotic Break

Faced with the prospect of running against an unpopular Republican incumbent who loves offending people and getting himself in trouble, all the Democratic Party had to do to win elections again is to offer a sane, moderate, widely acceptable alternative. They couldn’t do it. Instead, they have allowed their unhinged reaction to Trump drive them […]

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Trumpism Is Now Bipartisan

Those of us who write about politics are faced with a dilemma over how to cover Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old who unexpectedly defeated a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district and went on to win the general election virtually unopposed in a heavily Democratic district. On the one hand, […]

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