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I’m Not Part of Any Organized Movement, I’m an Objectivist

I wanted to offer a few thoughts on the latest Objectischism—you know, that thing we Objectivists do every couple of years when we decide that our movement isn’t small enough already, so we have to split it into even tinier fragments. This is the point at which I would normally invite anyone who does not […]

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For NeverTrump, This Is Not the End—But It’s a Great Beginning

I was a small-government Never Trumper. I regarded Donald Trump as unfit for office and wanted him out, but I didn’t want to sign on for the full Democratic party agenda. Which means that I’m part of a small sliver of the country who got precisely what we wanted from this election: a victory for […]

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Ten Ways Donald Trump Has Failed as President

Some years ago I wrote an article cataloguing all the ways Barack Obama had fallen short as president. I even wrote a later article describing Obama as the “worst president ever.” Reading that five years later reminded me just how bad Obama was at his core responsibilities—but it also reminded me that I should always […]

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The Baby and the Bathwater

I have offered more than my share of criticisms of President Trump over the years, and I’m about to sum up the case against him one last time. But before I do that, I want to stop to recognize some of the good things he has done. Even a bad president is going to get […]

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The Man-in-the-Middle Campaign

One of the best ways to gauge how a presidential debate turned out is to ask: What is everybody talking about the next day? After the final presidential debate, what people seem to be talking about is Joe Biden’s equivocal answer on fracking and fossil fuels. You could argue this is a bit of a […]

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What’s So Bad About Trump’s Tweets

The congressional hearings for Amy Coney Barrett have set off another round of whining from Trump supporters about the unfairness of it all. Not the unfairness of the treatment of Judge Barrett—who has handled the hearings well enough that she is likely to be rapidly confirmed—but the unfairness of their treatment at the hands of […]

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The Case Against “Western Civilization”

After giving it long and serious thought, I have decided to come out against “Western Civilization.” I’m sure I’m not fooling any of my longtime readers with this. You know this doesn’t mean what it might seem to mean, and you have probably already noticed that I used quotation marks around “Western Civilization.” I am, […]

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The “Very Fine People” President

Among many appalling moments in Tuesday night’s debate, Donald Trump repeated his Charlottesville “very fine people” technique, once again shying away from condemning white nationalists. Challenged point-blank to condemn violent and white nationalist groups, Trump instead told them to “stand by” because “somebody’s gotta do something about Antifa and the left.” This was immediately taken […]

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The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes (or Not)

For the next six weeks, you are going to be hearing once again, and constantly, that this is the most important election of our lifetime and possibly the last free election we’ll ever have. I’ve heard this about every single election I have ever followed: It is the most important ever and democracy itself and […]

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President Trump’s Unpatriotic “Patriotic Education”

Anti-American propaganda in schools, such as the blatantly inaccurate but widely lauded 1619 Project, is a real problem. So it is certainly welcome to hear someone prominent complain that it “rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.” The problem is that this was said by […]

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