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The Enlightenment Is Not the Enemy

Jonah Goldberg has a new book out defending the “liberal”—i.e., pro-freedom—legacy of the Enlightenment, the philosophical awakening of the 18th Century. Such a defense is certainly needed in light of the Enlightenment’s wholesale rejection by today’s mainstream intellectuals. Yet this has required many others on the right to come to terms with their views of […]

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Of One Party and Clique

The Atlantic is a prominent old magazine, founded in 1857, and while it has drifted left over the years—like all long-established institutions—it has continued to hire a few writers from the right. This is in keeping with its original motto: “Of no party or clique.” It looks like they need to update that. A few […]

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Who Punches the Nazi-Punchers?

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I started counting down the top five stories of 2017. Today we continue with number four. This year, an old evil that we thought was defeated began its resurrection. An ideology that killed millions in the 20th Century gained a band of fanatical young adherents who bellowed their […]

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Freedom-Fighter Cosplay

Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees, in an act of rebellion against their newly appointed acting director, have formed a group they call Dumbledore’s Army, named after a group of protagonists in the Harry Potter series. We might be tempted at this point to tell them to read another book. In this case, […]

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Charlottesville’s Statue Burqas

Charlottesville’s novel solution to the conflict over its monuments to Confederate heroes is to drape them in statue burqas meant to shield viewers from the temptation to either worship or become enraged by the images of men who lost a war 150 years ago. Up until a year ago, of course, no such measures were […]

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The Self-Enforcing Police State

Lena Dunham had a delayed flight and was walking through the airport when she overheard two American Airlines employees having an unapproved private conversation about transgender children. So she did what you naturally do when you are a well-known “liberal” who believes in free speech and distrusts big corporations: she ratted them out to their […]

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Fear and Loathing in Charlottesville

The fight over confederate statues in my hometown of Charlottesville has some of the fighters feeling pretty traumatized. Here is Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Supreme Court commenter, who is also a local. My little city in central Virginia has become the stuff of reality TV…. Now, when we come to meet in our town square, we […]

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How to Be a “Woke” White Person: Join the Alt-Right

An image has been circulating around the Internet listing “10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege.” Take a read, because this is really instructive. The first thing that struck me about these rules is that the white people who comply with it most fully are: the resurgent racists of the “alt-right.” Rule 1? […]

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A Map of the World That Does Not Include Utopia

There’s nothing like the death of Fidel Castro to remind us how many supposed “liberals,” particularly in the elite media, just love a dictator—if he’s of the right sort. Castro was buried today after nine days of official mourning and enthusiastic tributes, an embarrassing amount of which came, not from Cuban state propaganda or from […]

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The Worst Tweet of the Year (So Far)

When I heard about the toddler pulled into a lake at Disney World by an alligator, my first reaction was total sympathy for his poor grieving parents. Parenthood is a continual process of worrying that some momentary lapse in judgment or attention on your part—as a Midwesterner, I can assure you that people from Nebraska […]

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