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The Personnel Is Political

A priceless little gem of leftist thinking appeared yesterday at Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC blog, in which Steve Benen declares a triumph for the campaign to increase the federal minimum wage—in the form of private employers voluntarily raising their wages in response to market forces. Say what? Here’s what he wrote: Congressional Republicans are in a […]

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The Devil’s Bargain of “Post-Racial” Politics

Left-leaning writer Jonathan Chait—I won’t exactly call him a “liberal,” for reasons that will soon become clear—recently stirred up some trouble by complaining about runaway “political correctness” among his fellow lefties. His most telling examples are from an online discussion group for women writers in which the left’s obsession with “race, class, and gender” has […]

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All About Race

Top Stories of the Year: #4 I continue my countdown of the top stories of 2014 with #4: the return of racial politics. As I noted when protests first broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of Michael Brown: One of the many disappointments of the Obama era is the failure of the one […]

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The One Thing the Left Can Learn from Ayn Rand

A little while ago, I wrote an article on “Five Things the Right Can Learn from Ayn Rand.” Afterwards, a reader suggested I should do a follow-up on what the left can learn from Ayn Rand. Well, the mind reels. They could stand to learn the same five things, of course, particularly the point about […]

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The Metaphysical Dilemma of the Left

The recent Neil deGrasse Tyson kerfuffle and the dogmatic defense of the global warming consensus raises the question: what’s the impetus? Why do people feel the need to proclaim themselves so loudly as the pro-science side of the debate and to write off all opponents as anti-science? What makes scientists so susceptible to a cultural […]

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The Tyranny of Effort

By the current rules of our political debate, it usually falls to women to criticize the modern feminists, on the premise that a man is inherently suspected of seeking to perpetuate the “patriarchy.” This is even formalized in the concept of “mansplaining,” which is used to invalidate anything said by a man to a woman. […]

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The Psychopath Pathology

Years ago, I read an excellent book on the psychology of the career criminal. In the introduction, the author cautions readers against “medical students’ disease”: the tendency of first-year med students to suddenly notice that they have symptoms that are superficially similar to those of the strange diseases they’re studying. Similarly, he warned, as you […]

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Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics

Years ago, I formulated Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics, which states that the left must be suppressed, hounded, mocked, vilified, and made to feel ashamed of itself. The idea is that we need to keep their heads down and keep them on the defensive, because the moment they feel confident and emboldened, they will attempt […]

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