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“That’s What Freedom Sounds Like”

So suddenly we’re all supposed to switch sides again on whether dissent is patriotic. In a continuing effort to prove that it all depends on whose ox is gored, a lot of people on the right suddenly now think that it’s super-rude for constituents to send a public message to their elected officials. They are […]

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“Death to Tyrants” Is as American as Apple Pie

On Glenn Beck’s radio show recently, he and thriller author Brad Thor discussed what would happen if Donald Trump becomes an authoritarian tyrant and can no longer be limited by Congress or the courts. Thor then proposed, “as a thriller writer,” a “hypothetical” scenario in which Trump would have to be removed from office. I […]

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The Perils of Populism

Take the news that John Kasich is being funded by George Soros, a billionaire notorious for bankrolling far-left institutions, and combine that with the fact that it was Bill Clinton who encouraged Donald Trump to run for president, plus the way Trump has dominated the race with billions of dollars of free media donated by […]

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Killing Baby Hitler Is the Debate of Our Era

The New York Times Magazine caused a stir on Friday when it tweeted a question about the morality of killing baby Hitler. We asked @nytmag readers: If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it? (What's your response?) pic.twitter.com/daatm12NZC — NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) October 23, 2015 This kind of […]

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What Happens When Hillary Clinton Isn’t Inevitable?

Which party’s prospects do you favor the most: the party whose front-runner is Donald Trump, or the party whose front-runner is now under investigation by the FBI for mishandling “Top Secret” information? Well, neither one, I suppose. But there’s good reason to believe Trump’s lead is only temporary. As Sean Trende explains, this is the […]

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If Democrats Don’t Have Jefferson and Jackson, Who’s Left?

Last week, the organizers of the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner in Connecticut (Bailey was a local machine politician) voted to drop the two former presidents from the event’s name, on the grounds that they were slave owners and therefore unworthy of the honor. There was no debate, and the decision took all of two minutes. […]

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America Doesn’t Need an Id

What to make of the odd phenomenon of the Trump Bump—Donald Trump’s unlikely surge in some recent polls that puts him among the front-runners in a very crowded GOP field? To begin with, these early poll numbers don’t mean much. Of course Trump stands out among 17 Republican presidential candidates, most of them not well […]

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The O’Reilly Disequilibrium

NBC News anchor Brian Williams was recently caught making up stories, and not just one story but a lot of them, habitually, all of them self-aggrandizing. Media types on the left initially responded by making excuses for Williams, but now they have struck back by seizing on similar self-aggrandizing statements by Fox News Channel’s’ Bill […]

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Is the Right Good for Atheism?

I recently argued that atheists such as myself can be good for the right by decoupling a political agenda of liberty and constitutionalism from association with any kind of narrower religious base—in effect, telling people that they don’t have to embrace creationism or foreswear birth control to join the cause. Instead, the religious and the […]

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A Little Rebellion Now and Then

The decision by Egypt’s military to intervene and force out the country’s Islamist president has produced a lot of hand-wringing about how this is an attack on Jeffersonian democracy. The irony is that this is “democracy” in the most literal, original sense, in a way that would have been easily recognized by the Ancient Greeks […]

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