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The Coming Era of Crisis

What interests me about the Roy Moore scandal is not so much the actual scandal. “Grandstanding politician abuses his position to get away with creepy sexual behavior” is a story as old as politics itself. What is more interesting is one particular line of reasoning being used to make excuses for Moore. Here it is […]

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I Regret to Inform You That You Will Probably Survive

I noted recently that 2016 was a year considered so awful, politically, that it had a lot of people joking that they wished for death. Some took that idea farther than others. As 2017 gets under way, I regret to inform you that you will probably survive. That’s a line I started using when my […]

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Trump Is Obama’s Legacy

When a party loses a presidential election, especially one as eminently winnable as this, the primary blame has to go to the candidate. Hillary Clinton was a deeply flawed, uncharismatic, scandal-plagued candidate who ran a lackluster, uninspiring campaign where her main strategy was simply to run out the clock. After this, Democrats are going to […]

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What We Learned About the Democrats Last Week

We’ve had a few days from last week’s Democratic debate to digest the results and the reactions and to proceed from initial impressions to some firmer conclusions. I don’t just mean evaluations of the individual candidates but conclusions about the direction of the Democratic Party as a whole. What do the candidates and their messages […]

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7 Ways to Roll Back the Welfare State

In my recent critique of “reform conservatives,” I challenged their assumption that it is politically impossible to take on the welfare state, which leads them to conclude that they should instead harness the welfare state for conservative ends. In response, I wrote: The question we need to be asking is not: how can we reform […]

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How to Make America Disappear

I’ve recently been seeing the revival of an odd line of argument I hear from the left now and again. In response to the launch of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, for example, I heard it said that Paul’s vision for a much smaller government, for eliminating so many agencies and regulations, was a fantasy of […]

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Everything Is Awesome

For those who skipped Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night—and I know it was a lot of you—here is the shorter version. That’s right, President Obama’s main theme was to declare how awesome it is to live in the wonderful new era of peace and prosperity that no one but him has […]

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Not the American Dream

Howard Gold attracted some attention recently with a USA Today article purporting to calculate the cost of the “American Dream” and tallying up a household income of $130,000 per year. He concluded with the sober warning that this is out of reach because only one of eight households actually get there. It’s worth nothing that […]

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No, It’s Not Morning Again in America

We all know that in the eyes of the mainstream media, the only good Republican is a dead Republican—which is to say that they denounce Republican leaders while they’re alive, then suddenly find a reason to praise them after they’re safely dead. How they did this with Ronald Reagan was to ignore most of what […]

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Our Problem with Prejudice

A book review in the New York Times outlines a “surprising” case against foreign aid. It is surprising only if you are a writer for the New York Times. Fred Andrews reviews The Great Escape by Angus Deaton, “an expert’s expert on global poverty and foreign aid.” The “great escape” of the title is, in […]

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