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There’s Nobody as Dumb as a Smart Person

The problem with a reductio ad absurdum argument is that sometimes your opponent accepts the absurdity and just runs with it. When smokers were suing cigarette companies and the FDA was proposing to regulate tobacco, we thought it was a devastating retort to say, “What next, are they going to sue fast food restaurants and […]

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The Metaphysical Clintons

I noted recently in my RealClearPolitics newsletter that Hillary Clinton’s departure as Secretary of State prompted a wave of flattering profiles or her in the press—which has little to do with her term as Secretary of State and a lot more to do with her potential for a future term in a higher office. But […]

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Carbon-Free Sugar, Science-Free Environmentalism

I was at the grocery store the other day when I noticed that Domino is now advertising its five-pound bags of sugar as “certified carbon-free.” This is the sort of thing that requires photographic evidence, so here it is. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in a chemistry class, but at least I […]

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