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Five Things You Need to Read Today

I’m experimenting today with a return to an older format: aggregating a few particularly interesting news stories that I want to recommend to you today. For a long time, I moved away from “news aggregation” because I was doing that kind of work for RealClearPolitics. Alas, I’m not doing that any more, so it makes […]

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George W. Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy—but it’s not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots. It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trump’s speech, but it’s easy […]

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Socialism and Barbarism

Has anyone else observed a striking pattern in the New York Times recently? They’ve hosted a series of fond, nostalgic recollections about the good old days of 20th-century Communism—the optimism, the idealism, the moral authority. Not to mention the gulags, the squalor, and the soul-crushing conformity. Actually, they don’t usually mention those things. These articles […]

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The Top Five Forms of Socialism Denial

Last week, I argued that denial of the disastrous consequences of socialism is the left’s equivalent of Holocaust denial. In response, I have been treated to many excellent examples of exactly the kind of denial I was talking about. Heck, the New York Times even obliged by publishing an op-ed an Saturday that hails the […]

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Holocaust Denial for the Left

British athlete James Cracknell was recently caught citing North Korea and Cuba as examples of how to “get a handle on obesity”—which both regimes have done by starving their people. .@jamescracknell says North Korea is one of only two countries in the world that has “a handle on obesity” pic.twitter.com/A71191QRCJ — Sky News (@SkyNews) April […]

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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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Why We Need to Axe Meals on Wheels

Hey, everybody, the Trump budget guts everything! Except, of course, that it doesn’t. It cuts about $54 billion from next year’s budget out of a total of four trillion dollars in spending—a reduction of a little over one percent. It’s kind of a drop in the bucket. But as part of their program to grow […]

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A Map of the World That Does Not Include Utopia

There’s nothing like the death of Fidel Castro to remind us how many supposed “liberals,” particularly in the elite media, just love a dictator—if he’s of the right sort. Castro was buried today after nine days of official mourning and enthusiastic tributes, an embarrassing amount of which came, not from Cuban state propaganda or from […]

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Workers of the World, Report to the Labor Camps

The fantasy of a benevolent, “progressive” socialism—which, as we saw among the Bernie supporters at last week’s Democratic convention, still attracts a large fan base—always involves the promise of a neo-aristocratic life of leisure. Karl Marx projected that, when “society regulates the general production,” the worker would escape the tyranny of being stuck in the […]

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The Marie Antoinette Appreciation Society

Venezuela’s collapse into poverty and starvation, and the indifference to suffering shown by all the “progressives” who have supported that system, is no surprise. It would be a surprise if it weren’t happening, because that’s how socialism always works everywhere: the political elites live in luxury while the people starve. Socialism is probably the worst […]

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