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Don’t Feed the Trolls

I have taken my time writing about the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in part because I don’t think it’s a good idea to be panicked by rare and unusual events, particularly mass shootings, which are often intended precisely for the purpose of gaining publicity for the shooter’s poorly thought out pet cause. But the […]

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Workingmen and Reformers

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I concluded that genuine political reforms have to be pursued almost in secret, outside of normal partisan lines. Actual activity certainly does not correlate with the degree of press coverage. The biggest non-story of the year, in that regard, was gun control. Shooting incidents are rare and—contrary to […]

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I Don’t See What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Making America Timid Again I think America’s uncomfortable alliances with certain unsavory regimes can be excused as a necessary evil—i n those cases where overthrowing or undermining the regime is unrealistic and the alternatives are probably worse. There’s a case to be made that this applies to […]

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The Spies Who Came Back to the Cold

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Right to Try The best part of the Trump administration, underneath the overhanging existential dread, is the push for deregulation. A lot of this has been done through executive action, which is of limited value because it can be undone by the next president (something Barack […]

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Just “Imagine,” or Trust But Verify?

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Just “Imagine”–or Trust But Verify? So is this peace overture from North Korea for real? Well, maybe. But probably not. North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un has visited South Korea–in itself a first–and […]

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Britain’s Knife Control Is a Bad Parody of Gun Control

If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control, it might look something like this. London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a crackdown on knives Sunday in response to the rising levels of violence in London, which recently surpassed New York City’s homicide rate for the first time. “No excuses: there […]

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Adventures Across the Poe Horizon

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Adventures Across the Poe Horizon, Part 1 If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control, it might look something like this. “London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced […]

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“The American Notion of Free Speech”

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your second update of the week, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the parlous state of “the American notion of free speech.” 1. The Freedom to Annoy I mentioned recently that the big social media companies are […]

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Helicopter Protesting

The big “March for Our Lives” pro-gun-control demonstrations last weekend are being touted as the defining moment of the late Millennial generation. Much as I like to think ill of Millennials, second only to thinking ill of the Baby Boomers, such projections are unlikely to be true because, as Dave Marcus points out, they weren’t […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

I’ve been doing weekly updates on Sundays, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. But I’ve been finding too many interesting stories, so I’m now going to start experimenting with doing several of these updates per week. Today, the main theme is what you discover when you read beyond the headline. 1. […]

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