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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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Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man You probably recognize these words, from John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” This is considered an innocuous statement of youthful idealism, suitable for all audiences. I last heard it a few days ago, sung by a group of wholesome […]

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Why Student Loan Rates Should Be Higher

Bernie Sanders has been asking: What is the deal with student loan rates? It makes no sense that students and their parents pay higher interest rates for college than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 15, 2015 Sorry, I can’t resist. Ever since seeing Larry David portray Sanders […]

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Atlas Is Still Shrugging

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 7 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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What to Look for in 2015

We’ve already counted down the top stories of 2014. But what can we say about what’s likely to happen in the new year? What are the big stories to look for in 2015? As the old saying goes, predictions are hard, especially about the future. The biggest stories are usually the things we can’t predict. […]

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The Paradox of Pacifism

Over the past few weeks, the foreign policy anti-interventionists—a coalition of cynical establishment “realists,” blame-America-first leftists, and libertarian millennials disillusioned by the Iraq War—have given us a lot of excellent advice about the potential costs of getting involved in the conflict over Ukraine, about the dangers of escalation, about the virtue of caution. Somehow they […]

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