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The Silent Majority

Scenes from a Moral Panic, Part 2 I ended the previous installment by saying we should look for signs of resistance to the current moral panic. I will start by reminding you not to expect much from politicians, who are generally a poor source if you’re looking for moral courage. The Man in the Middle […]

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Anti-Anti-Cancel Culture

Last week’s open letter in Harper’s in defense of free speech against “cancel culture” produced a response that…well, it didn’t exactly come out in defense of cancel culture. Instead, it followed the usual formula for defending the indefensible: “This thing never happened. But if it had, it would 100 percent be justified.” The anti-anti-cancelers would […]

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Neo-Classical Liberals

Five Things You Need to Read Today I finally got around to seeing the Broadway hit “Hamilton” when it debuted on television over the July 4 weekend. Since it seems a little late to do a full-scale review of a 5-year-old show, I settled for a Twitter thread which is unrolled here. Also, check out […]

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Tanker War II

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Tanker War II Back in the late 1980s, the US got dragged into the Tanker War, an offshoot of the Iran-Iraq War in which Saddam Hussein foolishly declared war on Iranian shipping, only to discover Iraq is way more vulnerable to a naval blockade. The war on […]

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The Vindication of Reason

Nathanael Blake invites me to “discuss our differences over a bottle of whiskey and a large stack of books.” I’ll say yes to the whiskey, though I’ll have a few additions of my own to make to his list of books. This is his introduction to a case that the Enlightenment ideal of rationality is […]

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Freedom Is Indivisible

The biggest news this week is that the left has officially turned against the First Amendment and freedom of speech—and just in time for the Fourth of July! If you’re on the right, it is not news that the left wants to shut us up. The only change is that this goal is being announced […]

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Cool It on the Google “Monopoly” Talk

In what has to be the world’s biggest example of the Streisand Effect, a Google-funded center-left think tank kicked out a group of scholars who were promoting the idea that Google is a dangerous monopoly—and now guess what everybody’s talking about? They’re talking about how Google is a dangerous monopoly and complaining about how everyone […]

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Fear and Loathing in Charlottesville

The fight over confederate statues in my hometown of Charlottesville has some of the fighters feeling pretty traumatized. Here is Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Supreme Court commenter, who is also a local. My little city in central Virginia has become the stuff of reality TV…. Now, when we come to meet in our town square, we […]

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