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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 search for political ideas. Any ideas. 1. “I Need Wider Powers” I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting on the news for the past week, but the Tracinski household was hit by the […]

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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 our culture’s struggle with the ghostly mental influence of totalitarianism. 1. Walter Duranty Syndrome Who’s the big star of the South Korean Winter games? Why, North Korea, of course! The rest of this […]

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Elon Musk’s Ticket to Nowhere

There’s a fine line between “visionary billionaire” and “huckster,” and Elon Musk just soared right over it. On Tuesday, Musk gave an overview of SpaceX’s plans, such as they are, for a rocket transportation system that would colonize Mars. All of this is pure Elon Musk, his by-now familiar pattern of distracting from an immediate, […]

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Rockets Go Boom

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket on the launch pad last Thursday reminds us of a basic problem with the current state of space transportation: rockets go boom. Our current best idea for sending people and machines into space is to strap them on top of a giant tank full of highly explosive materials. SpaceX’s […]

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Elon Musk Is Revolting

Elon Musk, the PayPal co-founder who used his fortune to start a trio of “visionary” companies—Tesla, Solar City, and SpaceX—recently went beyond pitching the supposed virtues of his own technology and called for a broader social revolt aimed at taking down his rivals. Complaining that a “carbon tax” intended to fight global warming was being […]

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