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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 technological dystopia Silicon Valley is creating for us. 1. Samizdat Social Media The Internet era was supposed to set information free, wasn’t it? So why is it becoming the new era of […]

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“The Advantage of Being Armed”

Editor’s Note: Subscribers may recognize that the article below is partially based on comments I published last year in response to a controversy within the Objectivist movement. I was motivated to expand this to a larger piece, not just because it is relevant to the wider debate right now over gun control, but also because […]

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Middle School Politics

The National School Walkout perfectly sums up politics in 2018. It makes total sense to draft school kids as political activists, because all of our politics is already just an inflated version of middle school. The most striking fact about this walkout is how it became effectively a school sponsored political event in many areas. […]

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Logic and Facts and Guns

Early this week, I wrote an article taking the Parkland kids to task for spreading a lot of bunkum, not just about guns, but about the general state of the world—which I backed up with some facts and figures, and even some charts and graphs. In response, I got a lot of the usual hate […]

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Donald Trump Needs Wider Powers, Too

A week and a half after the school shooting in Florida, the partisan media narrative about it was falling apart. So naturally, President Trump held a televised summit with lawmakers in which grabbed ahold of the media’s narrative and brought it back to life. Let’s start with the reality. School shootings are not increasing and […]

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Gerrymandering the Electorate

The events since the Parkland shooting have convinced me that we need to change the Constitution to eliminate an ill-considered Amendment that has done more harm than good. We need to repeal the 26th Amendment and raise the voting age back to 21. That’s the opposite of what a lot of people are advocating. Seeing […]

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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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Liberty and Security, Again

Every time there is a school shooting or some other high-profile act of violence involving a gun (this time at a school in Florida), everybody pretends that America has never before bothered to consider the tradeoff between liberty and security—and that we haven’t long ago settled the debate on the side of liberty. There are, […]

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Freedom Is Not Perfection

The congressional baseball game shooter was clearly motivated by political hatred of Republicans. This hatred was clearly fed and magnified by his listening to hysterical partisan rhetoric and participating in online discussions that reinforced his political biases, painted caricatures of the evil of his future targets, and reinforced his emotions of anger and resentment. But […]

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Guns and the Monopoly on Force

The Objectivist corners of the Internet have been lit up recently by some new comments from Yaron Brook (executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute) about the Second Amendment and gun control. I’m not going to take on these comments in much detail because they strike me as offhand, flippant, and offensively arrogant—you really have […]

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