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Just “Imagine,” or Trust But Verify?

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Just “Imagine”–or Trust But Verify? So is this peace overture from North Korea for real? Well, maybe. But probably not. North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un has visited South Korea–in itself a first–and […]

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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 struggle we’re having these days between reason and dogma. 1. Donald Trump, Libertarian? Donald Trump ran for president as an economic nationalist. But has he governed as a libertarian? That’s the upshot […]

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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 our struggle to assert facts over narratives or symbolism. 1. How Bad Ideas Happen I have lamented before about how many bad ideas for the expansion of government–the basic income, the individual mandate, […]

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Oprah Winfrey, Our Premier National Snake Oil Salesman

After her rousing speech at the Golden Globes about sexual harassment—she’s got to do something to atone for her years as one of Harvey Weinstein’s celebrity pals—we’ve been inundated with calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president. The official NBC network account went so far as to post (and later delete) a tweet hailing […]

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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. This week, the main theme is the strange contempt for science among its vocal defenders. 1. Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association? The latest adventure in coerced baking—the Supreme Court is hearing Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights […]

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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. This week, the main theme is internecine conflict within the left. 1. But Gorsuch! And Maybe More Such Falling back on the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the clichéd response for Trump supporters who […]

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Scientific Consensus, Courtesy of Lawyers

If we have such an overwhelming scientific “consensus” about the supposed threat of catastrophic man-made global warming—and about the political and economic solutions to it—then why do advocates have to sue scientists to prevent them from questioning it? That’s the question raised by a $10 million lawsuit lawsuit filed by Stanford engineering professor Mark Z. […]

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The Global Warming Doomsday Cult

So what are the consequences of Donald Trump pulling America out of the Paris Agreement on climate change? Bad news: the planet is going to die. No, really. That’s what the left is actually claiming. Scientific American tweeted out a photo of the Earth made into a barren wasteland as a result of this one […]

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This Is Your Brain on Politics

What happens to you when politics comes to define every aspect of your life? What happens when ticking off the right positions on political controversies of the day, supporting your side’s favored politicians, and vilifying politicians on the other side—when all of that becomes a substitute for wisdom and virtue? We saw two really great […]

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How Carl Sagan Ruined Science

I am a Carl Sagan fan from way back. His 1980 TV miniseries “Cosmos” hit me at just the right age and inflamed a lifelong love of science. But we’ve had nearly forty years to assess the long-term impact and see how Sagan unwittingly contributed to a trend that has served to muddle public understanding […]

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