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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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The Causal Theory of Property

In writing recently about the relationship between property and people, I was prompted to think more about the philosophical basis for property right. In that article, I quoted John Locke’s theory that the source of property rights is the individual’s ownership of his own body and labor, so that he acquires rights in land or […]

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The Campus Surveillance State

That many college campuses have adopted a culture of intellectual intolerance has become something of a cliché, as well as a chess piece in the culture wars that are now consuming our politics. One side has turned the campus woke-scolds into an all-purpose bogeyman, a preview of an imminent totalitarianism the likes of which we […]

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The Most Important Election of My Lifetime

2020 Election Preview Below, I’m including two items I have been working on for The Bulwark, one published this morning and the other probably going up in the next week, along with some additional commentary at the end about the relative importance of this election. And yes, you will find out that my main headline […]

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The Anti-Flight 93 Election

I’ve recently noticed a miniature wave of former Never Trumpers (or at least those who claim they were Never Trump) recanting and saying they have to vote for Donald Trump now because the left is such a catastrophic threat, either because of the riots or because of “cancel culture” or for some combination of these […]

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Property Is People

When rioters began looting and burning businesses in cities across the country, their apologists assured us that this was “just property,” that it could not compare to the need to defend human lives, and anyway, it would all be covered by insurance. That argument was put forward in an instantly notorious NPR interview with Vicky Osterweil, who […]

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