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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

In Venezuela over the weekend, a socialist regime seeking to block humanitarian aid shot protesters and burned trucks carrying food across the border. Dictator Nicolas Maduro would rather see his people starve and see infants dying in hospitals for lack of medical care than risk relinquishing power. So it is clear, in the minds of […]

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Upstairs, Downstairs

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Undemocratic Socialism There is a lot going on with Venezuela right now, and I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, a piece I sent out to subscribers of this newsletter on February 4 under the title, “The Lessons of Venezuela,” has just been published in […]

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The Lessons of Venezuela

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the newest Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has had a contentious first month in Washington, centered on her multiple anti-Semitism controversies. But it was the first demonstration of her official duties on the Foreign Affairs Committee that might be more disturbing, and indicative of not only the radicalism of […]

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World News Roundup

American politics is more of a circus than usual these days, and aside from distracting us from the really important domestic issues–the growing economy, but also this administration’s total failure to rein in government spending and debt–it also distracts us from what is going on in the rest of the world. So I decided it […]

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The Conspiracy-Theory Conspiracy

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “There Is No Market for Higher Education” It’s back-to-school time, so what better time to look at the growing alternatives to expensive higher education? Check out this overview of “How to Get a World-Class Education for Free on the Internet.”… The scale of what is available is […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the continuing war on facts and reason. 1. Making Fake News Great Again I just sent you an article on reason versus emotion in the gun control debate. (I would also recommend that […]

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Moral Equivalents

The media spent the last two weeks, after the deadly riot in Charlottesville, denouncing the notion that there were two sides responsible for the violence and specifically praising the far left’s black-clad “Antifa” brawlers as freedom fighters who are saving us from Nazism. Then, on Sunday, Antifa was filmed attacking random people on the campus […]

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Socialism and Barbarism

Has anyone else observed a striking pattern in the New York Times recently? They’ve hosted a series of fond, nostalgic recollections about the good old days of 20th-century Communism—the optimism, the idealism, the moral authority. Not to mention the gulags, the squalor, and the soul-crushing conformity. Actually, they don’t usually mention those things. These articles […]

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The Socialism In Your Head

I was recently musing about the fact that so many bad political ideas, so many novel and ingenious expansions of government power, seem to originate with people who are on the political right and are supposed to be in favor of small government. Take the example of Charles Murray, who I used to hear cited […]

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This Is Your Brain on Politics

What happens to you when politics comes to define every aspect of your life? What happens when ticking off the right positions on political controversies of the day, supporting your side’s favored politicians, and vilifying politicians on the other side—when all of that becomes a substitute for wisdom and virtue? We saw two really great […]

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