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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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Obamacare’s Defenders Have No Idea What Insurance Is

The most telling reaction to Paul Ryan’s defense of the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill—I won’t call it a repeal, because it isn’t—is the way some mainstream media reporters seized on this section. Ryan: The whole idea of Obamacare is…the people who are healthy pay for the…sick. It’s not working, & that’s why it’s in […]

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A Bill with No Governing Philosophy

House Republicans have released their proposed measure to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, and the whole enterprise is already losing steam right out of the gate. The measure is too small and incremental, less a repeal of Obamacare and more of a repair of it, keeping numerous basic features intact. If you want to know why […]

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How to Repeal Obamacare: Repeal Obamacare

Since the Democrats passed Obamacare in 2010, shoving it through in the face of clear public disapproval, Republicans have vowed to repeal it. They won a huge congressional victory in 2010 partly on the basis of that promise. But, they pointed out, they couldn’t repeal the law if they only controlled the House. In 2014, […]

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Democratized Aristocracy

Voters in Switzerland just resoundingly defeated a referendum calling for a guaranteed minimum income, a check to be sent to every Swiss citizen every month for as much as 2,500 francs, or a little over $30,000 per year. That’s a solid lower-middle-class income—for doing nothing. There are two ways of looking at this news. We […]

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The Planning-to-Fail Plan

The little-recognized implication of this year’s election is that we are never going to fix Social Security. The unsustainability of the crown jewel of the middle-class welfare state is well known. As the Baby Boomers get old, there are fewer younger workers paying taxes to support them. The program’s reserves are being spent down and […]

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The Uber Imperative

The Uber “ride-sharing” service—basically a way more convenient taxi-hailing system—just won a big battle in New York City, forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to back down from a plan to restrict it because he doesn’t like the fact that people might actually be driving cars around Manhattan. But the company has also lost a few […]

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7 Ways to Roll Back the Welfare State

In my recent critique of “reform conservatives,” I challenged their assumption that it is politically impossible to take on the welfare state, which leads them to conclude that they should instead harness the welfare state for conservative ends. In response, I wrote: The question we need to be asking is not: how can we reform […]

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An Answer to the Wrong Question

In less than a year, the agenda of the Republican Party will be pretty much fixed by the selection of its presidential nominee, whose policies we will all feel pressured to get behind, because they will probably be better than the prospect of Hillary Clinton selling the Oval Office furniture to the highest bidder. So […]

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How to Make America Disappear

I’ve recently been seeing the revival of an odd line of argument I hear from the left now and again. In response to the launch of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, for example, I heard it said that Paul’s vision for a much smaller government, for eliminating so many agencies and regulations, was a fantasy of […]

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