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The Tribute Pragmatism Pays to Principle

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I ended top story #3, my overview of the self-destruction of the Democratic Party, with a warning about how the Republicans can blow it all by forgetting what they are supposed to stand for. This is the danger presented by the top political story of the year, the rise […]

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The Ideological Gutting of the Republican Party

I don’t know what’s worse about Donald Trump’s determination to intervene, as he did with Carrier, to keep manufacturers from moving any capital or operations overseas. Is it the fact that he is vowing to interfere “on a day-by-day basis,” one deal at a time, to threaten “retribution” against recalcitrant firms? This is a policy […]

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The Paradox of Productivity

In his nomination acceptance speech at last week’s Republican convention, one of Donald Trump’s central themes is that free trade has ravaged American manufacturing. He proclaiming himself the voice, not just of the common man or of the blue-collar worker, but specifically of “the laid-off factory workers and the communities crushed by our horrible and […]

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The Cardboard Cut-Out Cartoon Caricature Campaign

Hillary Clinton’s win yesterday in the California primary, combined with the Democrats’ notably undemocratic system of superdelegates—boy, is Reince Priebus wishing somebody on our side had thought of that—means that Hillary has pretty definitively wrapped up the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Which is not exactly their finest hour. Some of us have been sardonically […]

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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 Forward Strategy of Capitalism

George W. Bush used to talk about the Forward Strategy of Freedom, which is perhaps looking a little better now that we’ve seen some vindication for the notion that Arabs and Muslim would be willing to stand up for freedom. An unappreciated part of that strategy was Bush’s push for global free trade, with the […]

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