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Someone Is Wrong on the Internet

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Lamest October Surprise Ever There has been a big online kerfuffle about supposed bombshell reports showing Joe Biden’s corruption by way of his sleazy, ne’er-do-well son Hunter Biden. To cover this, though, we’re going to need some wider context. The central claim against Biden is that as […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 22

Episode 22 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Helen Pluckrose, editor of Areo magazine and co-author of Cynical Theories, about the roots of today’s “woke” culture war in the philosophical school of Postmodernism. The conversation includes: how a philosophy of radical skepticism became dogmatic and authoritarian, how we […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 21

Episode 21 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Washington Post columnist George F. Will about the rising statism of the right. The conversation includes: how he became more “libertarian,” the “loaded pistol” of populism and the virtues of elitism, the paradox of American conservatism, the substance of Donald […]

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“Signposts on the Road to Hell”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Humanitarian with the Molotov Cocktail My article on looting and property rights is now up at The Bulwark, where it’s getting a fair bit of attention. I’m not the only one taking on this issue. At The Atlantic, Graeme Wood offers a scathing review of Vicky […]

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What if It’s All Burned Down Already?

As it looks increasingly likely that President Trump is going to lose reelection in November, the attention of disgruntled Republicans has moved down the ballot. Hence the “Burn It All Down” debate: To what extent should Trump’s failures be taken out on the rest of the Republican party? Mona Charen, for example, argues that “the […]

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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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How To Be Irrelevant

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Donald Trump Learns His Lesson Explaining her vote not to remove President Trump in the impeachment trial, Senator Susan Collins of Maine expressed her hope that “the president has learned from this case.” The message she thought he would take from it is that “he will be […]

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The Man Who Was There

Impeachment Roundup 1. The Man Who Was There The impeachment trial is over, and the Senate voted against Donald Trump’s removal from office. I don’t like to say that he was “acquitted,” because this was not a criminal trial, and because all the facts presented confirmed that he actually did what he was accused of. […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 15

Episode 15 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with David French, lawyer and writer for National Review, about “David French-ism” and the debate between liberal and illiberal conservatives. The conversation includes: life as an “ism,” how Donald Trump gives people permission to be bad, how liberalism defends […]

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Conservatives Lose Their Word

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death of the Tea Party The Tea Party movement of ten years ago is now comprehensively dead. How do we know that? Because Republicans and Democrats in Congress just got together on a budget deal that approves deficits in excess of $1 trillion forever—at a time […]

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