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The Ultimate Argument for #NeverTrump

I just discovered the ultimate argument for the #NeverTrump stance, and I discovered it by considering the best argument against #NeverTrump. The argument is this: that no one man can do that much to destroy the American system, because we have such a long history and so many big institutions that keep it alive. As […]

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The Case for an American Liberal Party

Along with many others, I recently called for a third party to provide a home for displaced Republicans exiled by the Trump invasion. I suggested it could be just a temporary measure for the special circumstances of 2016—or the basis for a long-term rebuilding of the center-right. We keep getting news that suggests the long-term […]

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A Standard to Which the Wise and Honest Can Repair

Stick around long enough in politics, and you will probably find yourself forced to endorse at least one idea you have always opposed. This awful year is forcing me to embrace a whole bunch of ideas I’ve always rejected in the past. I have always argued for a fair amount of optimism about the ultimate […]

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Nobody Cares About the Debt (But It Cares About Us)

In response to my speculation that we’re going to end up reforming Social Security by letting it break, several people told me—disapprovingly, which is good for them—that politicians will just fill the gap the way they always have, by borrowing more money. Well, here’s the thing about that. They can try borrowing their way out […]

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Trade War Is Trump’s Foreign Policy

The signature line of Donald Trump’s big foreign policy speech is: “I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how.” By “them,” he was referring to the Islamic State, which he vowed to destroy. But he might just as well have been referring to his audience. In a nearly hour-long speech, he revealed […]

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The Planning-to-Fail Plan

The little-recognized implication of this year’s election is that we are never going to fix Social Security. The unsustainability of the crown jewel of the middle-class welfare state is well known. As the Baby Boomers get old, there are fewer younger workers paying taxes to support them. The program’s reserves are being spent down and […]

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Donald Trump Is an Ayn Rand Villain

So Donald Trump says he’s an Ayn Rand fan. Which has about as much credibility as every other claim Trump makes about himself. This comes by way of an interview with Kirsten Powers for USA Today. Here’s how it’s described: Trump described himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, […]

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Everything Awful About the Trump Campaign in One Tweet

Everything awful about Donald Trump’s campaign for president has just been summed up in one tweet from his son, Eric Trump. The younger Trump responded to presidential contender Ted Cruz’s trip to the Bronx, and the less-than-friendly reception he got, with a meme taken from “The Sopranos.” He has deleted the tweet, but the Internet […]

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The Panama Papers Make the Case Against Hillary

The revelations from the Panama Papers—leaked documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm that helps political elites hide their money—have been hitting home across the world, exposing the widespread corruption of world leaders and their hangers-on. It ought to hit here, too, because it reminds us of everything that should give us the heebie-jeebies about […]

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Hollywood Baroque

So I sacrificed my two free passes at the fancy new movie theater in town, and an evening in which the kids were staying at grandma and grandpa’s—which is much more valuable—in order to take my wife out to see Batman v Superman. As we left the theater, she asked me whether it was possible […]

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