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Are We All Colluding With the Russians?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Saudi Ataturk I’ve drawn your attention a few times in the past to the guy I’ve named “the most interesting man in the world,” Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. MBS, as he is called by Western reporters and commenters, has been presenting himself as […]

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The Kavanaugh Hearings Are About Reason Versus Emotion

There is only one fundamental dividing line in the reaction to the televised hearings about accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, and it’s not solely a partisan one. It’s the line between those who judged the hearing based on emotions and those who judged it based on reason. The testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey-Ford, added nothing […]

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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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Generic White Male

The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings have unexpectedly turned into the usual hopeless DC media circus—but with an ominous undercurrent to it. First, let’s look at the broad outlines of where we are at the moment, though by the time you read this there will undoubtedly some crazy new twist. Up to last weekend, the […]

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Dagny Taggart, Senior White House Official

When President Trump first took office, there was a minor panic about the fact that a number of his appointees had read and recommended Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Judging from the most recent controversy, it looks like not enough of them have read it, because the administration’s self-designated Atlases are not shrugging. This news comes […]

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What Does It Mean to Be a Parrott?

Five Things You Need to Read Today August 30, 2018 1. Overhanging Existential Dread A while back, I described the dominant mood of the Trump presidency as one of “overhanging existential dread.” For every good thing we get out of this administration–say, a reasonably good Supreme Court appointment or two–there is always the question looming […]

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Unfrozen Caveman Intellectual

“There is no God in this book.” So begins Suicide of the West, Jonah Goldberg’s contribution to the recent flurry of discussion about the legacy of the Enlightenment. Unfortunately, there’s not much of the Enlightenment in the book, either. If Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now treated the philosophical movement of the 18th century as if it […]

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“Progressive” Neo-Feudalism

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a good chance to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in 2020. (I would say it’s definitely not going to be Andrew “America Was Not That Great” Cuomo, but I thought a guy whose pastor screamed “God damn America” would never make it, either.) Warren would have all the warmth, charm, […]

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“Own the Libs” and Get Owned

Nikki Haley’s recent comments about the downside of the “own the libs” style of conservative activism—which is heavy on mockery, insults, and other forms of Internet trolling—touched off a certain amount of debate in conservative circles. Some agreed about the folly of pursuing the cheap satisfaction of a caustic putdown over actual persuasion, some thought […]

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Demography and Destiny

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death Wish of the “Liberals,” Part 1 After I published my follow-up on Charlottesville, Dave Marcus posted a piece in The Federalist on the tiny little white nationalist rally in Washington, DC, which was outnumbered at least five-to-one by the media and probably two-hundred-to-one by counter-protesters. […]

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