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The Case for an American Liberal Party

Along with many others, I recently called for a third party to provide a home for displaced Republicans exiled by the Trump invasion. I suggested it could be just a temporary measure for the special circumstances of 2016—or the basis for a long-term rebuilding of the center-right. We keep getting news that suggests the long-term […]

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Anti-Ideal

New American Library has just published a “lost” Ayn Rand novel, Ideal. Except that it wasn’t really “lost.” That’s a bit of publisher’s hype. Ideal was written by Ayn Rand as a novelette in 1934, then later adapted as a play, which is a better fit to its episodic structure. That’s the version I read […]

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Seven Liberal Pieties Only the Right Still Believes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve increasingly had the experience of saying things that would have been considered pieties in the liberal catechism when I was young—and which now will get you labeled as a howling reactionary. In retrospect, this is partly because the left didn’t always mean some of the ideals it used to pronounce […]

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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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How the ‘Liberals’ Got So Illiberal

Just as I was writing about the importance of the right to be wrong, along comes The Daily Beast’s Sally Kohn to demonstrate exactly my point with a strident anthem of illiberal liberalism. If gay marriage is “the end zone dance of the culture wars,” then Kohn spikes the football. “Don’t wanna marry everyone who […]

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The Virtue of Liberty

One of the big stories of the Obama era is the rise of a more stridently individualistic and “libertarian” (for lack of a better word) wing of the right—the Ayn-Rand-influenced, Tea Party wing. As a certified graduate of both of these camps—the Ayn Rand fans and the Tea Partiers—I’m pretty happy about this. But it […]

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