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A Giant Effigy of Marx

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Jaw-Jaw Is Better Than War-War I recently responded to a claim, reflecting the conventional wisdom of the Trump-era right, that “ideas and persuasion are insufficient” for the pitched culture war we are currently in. This is often expressed in the conviction that scribblers like me are useless […]

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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 internecine conflict within the left. 1. But Gorsuch! And Maybe More Such Falling back on the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the clichéd response for Trump supporters who […]

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Self-Driving Cars and the Virtues of Federalism

The new Department of Transportation guidelines for self-driving cars have arrived after a buildup of complaints about how autonomous vehicles are somehow being held back by a confusing “patchwork” of government regulations on self-driving cars. I don’t buy that this is a problem, by the way, because by far the biggest roadblocks for self-driving cars are […]

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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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Let’s Be Two Americas

There has been some haggling in Congress recently over a proposal to convert a couple of big chunks of federal spending—Medicaid and food stamps—into block grants to the states, which would be given more control over the programs. This proposal suggests a much broader answer to our current political conflicts, toward which this is just […]

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Voting with Their Feet, and Dollars

Federalism—the independent authority over their own affairs that is retained by the states—was designed by the Founding Fathers as a counter-balance to the centralized power of the federal government. But I’m not sure they realized the full extent of its advantages. The independence of the states allows some of them to adopt policies that move […]

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The Great Disappointment

Top Stories of 2012 Having dealt with the fifth and fourth biggest stories of the year in separate articles, I will now count down the top three stories, drawing on the extensive coverage I have given them this year. #3 • The Bubble-Bursters I almost selected as the third most important story of the year […]

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