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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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Racial (Politics) Supremacy

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2019 and reviewing (and extending) my coverage of them. Every year sees a bit of a seesaw among ideological factions of the left, but this year I think we saw […]

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The Call Is Coming from Inside the House

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Good Order and Discipline It still surprises me a little that there are Objectivists who are big defenders of Donald Trump. He seems so opposite in manner and style to anything in Ayn Rand’s fiction, or non-fiction for that matter—so blustering and anti-intellectual—that I can’t understand the […]

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Flying Chernobyl

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. One Country, One System The protests in Hong Kong continue to produce inspiring stories of courage. Here is one about Rupert Hogg, the CEO of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways. According to local Hong Kong media reports, Beijing authorities asked Hogg to hand over a list of […]

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Conservatives Lose Their Word

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death of the Tea Party The Tea Party movement of ten years ago is now comprehensively dead. How do we know that? Because Republicans and Democrats in Congress just got together on a budget deal that approves deficits in excess of $1 trillion forever—at a time […]

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Declaring Independence from Independence

The big question about the impact of Donald Trump on the Republican Party is: will he be an aberration, a temporary departure from the normal rhetorical style and ideological composite of late-20th-Century conservatism—or will he usher in a “new normal,” a new baseline for what the party stands for and what it will tolerate? We’re […]

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Political Chaos Theory

“Chaos theory,” at least in the popular version, is the study of unstable systems that can rapidly reach a tipping point where massive and radical change occurs—the point at which a seemingly stable equilibrium careens toward dangerous extremes. Both major political parties experienced a chaos theory moment over the weekend, in which the balance we […]

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“We” Are All Socialists Now

It’s a little disconcerting how quickly the “libertarian moment” of the Tea Party era gave way to today’s socialist moment. The dissipation of that supposed “libertarian populism,” which has turned out to be more “populist” than “libertarian,” is certainly disappointing, but at least this history provides some hope that the socialist moment will prove just […]

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“I Didn’t Need to Do This”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The National Emergency Emergency I declare a national emergency of presidents declaring national emergencies. Before President Trump declared ordinary conditions on the border to be a “national emergency,” there were already 28 active “national emergencies” giving the president special powers, and most have been in effect for […]

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The Wars of the Tribes

The third annual Women’s March was held last weekend, and you may be forgiven if you didn’t notice. The event that emerged after the 2016 election as a central focus for the left’s “Resistance” against President Trump is collapsing. Estimates for this year’s crowd size vary but look to be 10% to 20% of the […]

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