Category Archives: Freedom

The *culture* of free speech

h/t David French in National Anthem Protests and the Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Intolerance: Whenever I write against corporate censorship, I get the same objection. It goes something like this: Don’t private corporations have a right to establish their own message? And in … Continue reading

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How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper?

Victor Davis Hanson writes that democracies end “not with a loud boisterous bang, but with insidious and self-righteous whimpers.” I am less sanguine than he about what we may eventually discover about Mr. Trump’s decisions and behavior, but I do … Continue reading

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Book Review: Suicide of the West

Here is Michael Brendan Dougherty’s review of Jonah Goldberg’s latest book, Suicide of the West – How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy. For an excerpt of the book, check this out.  Now onto … Continue reading

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Faith in an imaginary humanity

Very interesting piece from The Times Literary Supplement, written by John Gray, entitled The problem of hyper-liberalism Let’s not overlook the threat to liberalism from The Left. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal of unfettered inquiry. Varieties … Continue reading

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A combination of student-café anti-Semitism and Rousseau

You were right.  We should listen! Actually… not quite right.  A reasonable critique of the excesses of capitalism, most notably the 19th-century version of capitalism?  Ok. But your recommendations?  Whoo-boy.  What a mess. Seriously wrong, wrong, wrong.  In ways guaranteed to fail in … Continue reading

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A revolution of the victims

Ben Shapiro writes that after his ideas about economics and history were discredited by, well, economics and history, Marx’s more recent acolytes follow a new lode star:  intersectionality. Instead of a revolution of the proletariat, then, Marxism now seeks a revolution … Continue reading

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Privacy and Facebook

Not sure how we regulate Facebook effectively.  It’d be nice to at least find a way to place the liability for violations on the company.  From Facebook’s Days as an Unregulated Monopoly May Be Numbered: in today’s WSJ: There are several explanations … Continue reading

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