So Who Is John Galt, Anyway?

I’m pleased to announce that So Who Is John Galt, Anyway? A Reader’s Guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is now available at Amazon. You can buy it as a paperback or as an e-book. A lot of credit goes to my wife, Sherri, for spending a couple of weeks of her time making the […]

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“One of the Worst Electoral Defeats in Modern Presidential Elections”?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Democratic People’s Republic of CHOP Leftist protesters’ takeover of downtown Seattle is going about as well as expected. The area known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was renamed, for reasons nobody could quite explain, as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest or Occupied Protest, producing […]

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The Resistance

Who Stands Up to the Mob?, Part 2 In yesterday’s edition, I gave an overview of the Great Purge that is attempting to eliminate from the public debate anyone or anything that runs afoul of left-wing mobs, whether in the streets or on Twitter. But I noted that the really important story is: Who stands […]

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The Humanitarian with the Molotov Cocktail

The rioters who tried to burn and beat their way to a better world over the past few weeks are about to learn a rough lesson. The same ever-present cellphone cameras that capture police misconduct—would we ever have heard George Floyd’s name if all we had was the cops’ own description of his death as […]

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The Great Purge

Who Stands Up to the Mob?, Part 1 The idealistic early days of the Revolution have a tendency to be followed by the chaos of the Terror. In the case of the George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve pretty much decided to skip the Oath of the Tennis Court phase, ditch […]

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The Democratic People’s Republic of CHAZ

What does “defund the police” mean in practice? We may be getting a little rehearsal in miniature with the establishment of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, endearingly nicknamed CHAZ. This is the product of anti-police protests in Seattle that led the mayor to order the abandonment of one of the city’s downtown police precincts, ceding […]

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The Fractal Pandemic

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 2 About a week ago, I sent out the first part of this roundup, noting how the Black Lives Matter protests destroyed the public messaging on the coronavirus pandemic, sending us into a new world where a large portion of the population will be ignoring all precautions against the virus. Some of […]

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A Dangerous Servant and a Fearful Master

Trump’s authoritarian bloviating and the excessive force used by some police departments do not call for a radical leftist solution. They call for some good old-fashioned American wisdom about the role of government. George Washington is widely credited with the aphorism, “Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” (He may not […]

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“A Dangerous Servant and a Fearful Master”

Race Riot Roundup, Part 2 The far left has always hated the police because they are the enforcers of private property—and because they are the first line of defense against violent revolution. We tend to view anarchy and totalitarianism as opposites, but they really aren’t. When public order breaks down, that is a grant of […]

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The Mob

Race Riot Roundup, Part 1 I’m going to continue my recent coronavirus roundup soon, but we also have some fairly fast-moving news with the George Floyd protests, so I want to take a break to offer a roundup of links and commentary on that story, too. 20th Century Lite I’ve been speculating for a while […]

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The Quarantine Is Over. (The Pandemic Isn’t.)

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 1 After the past week, it seems like hardly anybody is talking about the coronavirus pandemic any more—which is a very good reason to talk about it. A few weeks ago, a lot of people on the right and in the so-called “red states”—the whole Fox News-watching demographic—decided to act as if […]

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