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The Philosophy of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published April 7 through April 16. Part 1: The Metaphysics of Abnormal Life Part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, like the response to everything else, has been to draft it as another player in our normal, everyday political battles. So we’ve seen the claim that “there are no libertarians in a pandemic,” the […]

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The Inherent Tension

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I ended the last item in my countdown of the top stories of the year by observing the irony that a non-ideological figure like Donald Trump could trigger a broad ideological transformation of the entire American conservative movement. Perhaps this is because those who are seeking to promote that […]

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Ayn Rand’s Dissident Manifesto

I’ve been very gratified by sales of my book, So Who Is John Galt, Anyway? A Reader’s Guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. But in case a few of you need a little more inducement, I wanted to give you a teaser of one of the chapters that is unique to this book and has […]

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Jim Kirk Was Many Things, But He Was Never a Social Justice Warrior

It has become commonplace these days to lament that we don’t have a common culture anymore—a repertoire of art that we can all enjoy regardless of our political loyalties. Well, maybe it’s because we have a lot of people trying to mark off parts of the culture as their tribal territory, off limits to partisan […]

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Philosophers: Who Needs Them

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Senator Marco Rubio somewhat notoriously declared philosophers to be less useful than welders. No, really. He was trying to make the point that our schools should do a better job at vocational education—training welders—rather than trying to push everyone to go to college. But he went a little farther than […]

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The Age of Didacticism

My plan for the Culture War is that culture wins. If we have people trying to promote competing values, and we always will, at least they can promote them by creating interesting and worthwhile cultural products—art, architecture, novels, poems, movies, television, etc.—that entice us with their unique vision of how we might choose to live. […]

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What If Donald Trump Is Normal?

The Trump Era has brought us a campaign against a new moral crime known as “normalization.” When the New York Times published a journalistic profile of a rank-and-file white supremacist, it was accused or “normalizing Nazis.” The definition of “normalize” here seems to be: to describe an unpleasant reality in a factual manner. Apparently, nobody […]

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#140orFight

1. So Twitter has decided to go ahead and give everyone 280 characters for each tweet instead of the old limitation of 140 characters. — Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) November 9, 2017 2. To be clear, nobody was asking for this, and it doesn't make the medium better. It makes it noticeably worse. — Robert Tracinski […]

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Our Elites Are Corrupt, and I Hope That Doesn’t Surprise You

Breaking News: Hollywood is a den of iniquity. And in other stories, dog bites man. I really hope the Harvey Weinstein scandal was not a surprise to you. For most of us, it merely confirms what we already suspected about the prevailing moral standards in the entertainment industry. Hollywood is hypocritical and morally corrupt? Well, […]

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Peak TV and Peak Politics

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent habit of substituting political diatribes for his opening monologue—which, to be fair, is no great loss—is a sign that late-night talk show hosts have decided to get more political. The first time around, when Kimmel used his son’s illness as an excuse to wade cluelessly into the political […]

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