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Progressives Against Enlightenment

One of my concerns about the Trump era is that it signals a wave of anti-intellectualism on the right, a collapse in concern for basic ideas. It has also triggered something of an anti-intellectual response on the left, because Trump is the bogeyman who justifies blind, frenetic “resistance” in place of thoughtful criticism and reasoned […]

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“Roseanne” and Donald

Roseanne Barr has been fired, causing ABC to cancel the rebooted version of her self-named TV show, “Roseanne,” because of a tweet with arguably racist implications. The whole debacle is a microcosm of the way we live now, and in ways that are not comforting for either side. Sure, it’s a warning about the hair […]

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A Giant Effigy of Marx

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Jaw-Jaw Is Better Than War-War I recently responded to a claim, reflecting the conventional wisdom of the Trump-era right, that “ideas and persuasion are insufficient” for the pitched culture war we are currently in. This is often expressed in the conviction that scribblers like me are useless […]

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The Art of Balkanization

I argued a while back that the increasingly dominant character of the art championed by our cultural elites is didacticism: “an absence of substantial or profound artistic content, compensated for by loud, didactic political messaging. We know what we’re supposed to feel, whether or not the work of art actually makes us feel it.” By […]

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Adult Supervision

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. What Democratic Party Rule Looks Like I recently directed your attention to an article arguing for California as a model of one-party rule, which is to say Democratic Party rule. Among the […]

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Donald Trump’s Anti-Regulatory Legacy

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Donald Trump’s Anti-Regulatory Legacy The Trump administration’s anti-regulatory agenda continues (at least, for things that don’t directly involve international trade, which is going to be regulated like all get-out). The latest: the […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

I’ve been doing weekly updates on Sundays, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. But I’ve been finding too many interesting stories, so I’m now going to start experimenting with doing several of these updates per week. Today, the main theme is what you discover when you read beyond the headline. 1. […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the search for political ideas. Any ideas. 1. “I Need Wider Powers” I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting on the news for the past week, but the Tracinski household was hit by the […]

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Our Anglo-American Heritage

The latest Outrage of the Day is Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking before the National Sheriffs’ Association and referring to “the Anglo-American heritage of law-enforcement.” This is a hideous racist statement—if you have been educated extensively in how to seek out offense but have learned next to nothing about history. We do in fact have […]

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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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