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Marxifix Maximus

The symbol of the Pope Francis era has to be the “Marxifix”—the crucifix in the shape of a hammer and sickle presented to the pope by Bolivian socialist Evo Morales. It might actually have been an appropriate symbol—if it had been offered to commemorate all of the Christians martyred in the 20th century by Communist […]

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If Seinfeld Won’t Come to the Campus, the Campus Will Come to Him

Take two recent observations, and see if you can tell where they’re headed. First, there’s the news that comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld won’t perform at college campuses because they’re too politically correct. Actually, I suspect Seinfeld doesn’t play campuses because they can’t offer him enough money to get out of bed in the morning. But […]

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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 Culture War We’re Winning

This is the era in which we are all being drafted in the Culture War. It doesn’t matter if you’re secular or religious, political or apolitical, frat boys or geeks, hipsters or bros. Nobody gets to be neutral or sit on the sidelines, because we’ll all be expected to make our obeisance to the latest […]

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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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Peak Leftism

A recent study that has been making the rounds argues that “academic psychology once had considerable political diversity, but has lost nearly all of it in the last 50 years.” The paper examines historical data and concludes that party and ideological affiliation in university psychology departments used to be split close to 50-50. By the […]

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Confessions of a Reluctant Culture Warrior

Top Stories of the Year: #3 For most of my career as a writer, I have been reluctant to join in the “culture wars,” mostly because I don’t fit into either of the two opposing camps. As an atheist, I’m not longing for a return to traditional religious morality. As an individualist, I’ve never supported […]

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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 Era of Male Guilt

So a team of scientists landed a space probe on the surface of a comet for the very first time ever, and that’s not really news. What’s news is that one of the guys who did it was wearing a tacky shirt. No, really. Heather Wilhelm has a good overview of the ensuing imbroglio, dubbed […]

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Why the Redskins Trademark Ruling Should Terrify You

Like most people, I haven’t been all that interested in the controversy over whether the name of the Washington Redskins is offensive. Personally, I’m more offended that Washington, DC, has become the kind of megalopolis that can support an NFL team. If I had my way, it would go back to being a humid, swampy […]

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