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Ayn Rand’s Dissident Manifesto

I’ve been very gratified by sales of my book, So Who Is John Galt, Anyway? A Reader’s Guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. But in case a few of you need a little more inducement, I wanted to give you a teaser of one of the chapters that is unique to this book and has […]

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The Kowtow

News Roundup 1. Acting Secretary of Defense Kurt Schlichter At the beginning of the year, I warned about the beginnings of the Trumpocalypse. At the time, Trump had chased out some of the last few serious national security professionals in his administration through an impulsive and ill-advised announcement that he was going to withdraw the […]

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“The Culture War Comes for the Kids”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Infowars Presidency While I’ve been wrapping up work on my book (I might have mentioned it), some interesting things were happening out in the world, so I’m going to start getting caught up on the latest news in this edition. The big thing that happened is […]

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An Era of Moral Crisis

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. A Serious Foreign Policy and an Unserious President President Trump celebrated the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks a few days early this year by announcing that he had planned to hold personal negotiations with the top leadership of the Taliban–and to do so at […]

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Tweet 10-289

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Tweet 10-289 Donald Trump has give us a strange couple of weeks. First, he canceled a state visit to Denmark in a snit because the Danish prime minister refused to entertain the idea of selling us Greenland. The idea of acquiring Greenland, by the way, is not […]

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The Terms of Surrender

Shock-jock radio host and former Congressman Joe Walsh has been gaining a lot of attention recently for his planned primary challenge against Donald Trump. I doubt this is because anyone seriously thinks that Walsh—with limited name recognition, no deep pockets, and no large base of support to mobilize—is going to mount a credible challenge for […]

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Flying Chernobyl

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. One Country, One System The protests in Hong Kong continue to produce inspiring stories of courage. Here is one about Rupert Hogg, the CEO of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways. According to local Hong Kong media reports, Beijing authorities asked Hogg to hand over a list of […]

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Conservatives Lose Their Word

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death of the Tea Party The Tea Party movement of ten years ago is now comprehensively dead. How do we know that? Because Republicans and Democrats in Congress just got together on a budget deal that approves deficits in excess of $1 trillion forever—at a time […]

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Declaring Independence from Independence

The big question about the impact of Donald Trump on the Republican Party is: will he be an aberration, a temporary departure from the normal rhetorical style and ideological composite of late-20th-Century conservatism—or will he usher in a “new normal,” a new baseline for what the party stands for and what it will tolerate? We’re […]

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Political Chaos Theory

“Chaos theory,” at least in the popular version, is the study of unstable systems that can rapidly reach a tipping point where massive and radical change occurs—the point at which a seemingly stable equilibrium careens toward dangerous extremes. Both major political parties experienced a chaos theory moment over the weekend, in which the balance we […]

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