Monthly Archives: May 2017

“Lots of loons are sui generis. But lots of them aren’t.”

Kevin D. Williamson writes that “Lots of loons are sui generis. But lots of them aren’t.”  As a result “we must look at Muslim immigration with clear eyes.”  It is “The most humane and effective policy consistent with our traditions of … Continue reading

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Resolving the contradictions of globalization

Excerpt from “Has Globalization Gone off the Rails?” by Victor Davis Hanson Late-20th-century globalization — a synonym for Westernization — brought a lot of good to both poorer Western countries and the non-Western world. Czech farmers now have equipment comparable … Continue reading

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Norm-busting presidents with authoritarian impulses

David French argues that a “cycle of partisanship  has truly corroded our institutions.”  It’s not just another case of “whataboutism.” As a Republican, I have always felt as though our greater affection for the small-r republican circuit breakers built into … Continue reading

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The ruthlessness required for socialism?

In Camino de Servidumbre, Kevin D. Williamson argues that no one should be surprised by the recent developments in Venezuela. In his classic monograph on central planning, The Road to Serfdom, F. A. Hayek noted something that seemed like a paradox: “Socialism … Continue reading

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Health care is physical, not metaphysical

Kevin D. Williamson offers an intriguing thought experiment: You have four children and three apples. You would like for everyone to have his own apple. You go to Congress, and you successfully persuade the House and the Senate to endorse … Continue reading

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A solution to the health care muddle

Another good Holman today: The philosophical premises of the Republican and Democratic individual mandates could not be further apart. The original Republican mandate, hatched by the Heritage Foundation in 1989, was aimed at making sure would-be free riders paid their … Continue reading

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To wander around America is to discover…

David French writes, “Don’t fire Colbert, fire his crowd.” “To wander around America is to discover the happy reality that most liberals and most conservatives are perfectly nice, not particularly smug, and seldom if ever vitriolic,” Conor Friedersdorf recently observed … Continue reading

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