Category Archives: Freedom

Campus protests against the ACLU?

Over at The Federalist, Robert Tracinski writes that “Campus protests against the ACLU are a sign that American ‘liberalism’ is being destroyed by the forces it unleashed and its own inherent contradictions.” The moderate left has spent the past few … Continue reading

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The 2nd & passionate non-sequiturs

The NRA agrees bump stocks should be regulated like automatic weapons and the NYT calls the 2nd Amendment a cancer that should be repealed outright.  Remind me again who’s the extremist?  Yikes. It’s a sterile debate full of passionate non-sequiturs. I’m aware of no … Continue reading

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True socialism

Jonah Goldberg writes on the NYT’s “Red Century” feature. It’s an incredibly useful debating tactic to say that every failed socialist country wasn’t really socialist because it had a ruling class. The problem is that there will never be a … Continue reading

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The dogma lives loudly in you

h/t Julie Kelly in Matt Ridley: Climate Change Rational Optimist He calls himself a “lukewarmer” on climate change.  The author of several scientific books — including The Rational Optimist, his paean about how human grit and ingenuity have historically prevailed over … Continue reading

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The expanding power of opaque notions

David Harsanyi worries that censorship is gaining popularity: Why would a feminist — or anyone, for that matter — celebrate the idea of empowering bureaucrats to decide how we talk about gender stereotypes? Because these days, foundational values mean less … Continue reading

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Accepting other people’s choices

Good stuff from Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt Barro continues, “It’s not good to spend a lot of time telling people what they think of as their non-political behaviors are Actually Problematic And Bad.” I don’t know whether this is a … Continue reading

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Controlling the narrative vs. free speech

Last Friday’s WSJ had a piece entitled The ‘Postmodern’ Intellectual Roots of Today’s Campus Mobs, in which Crispin Sartwell writes, “If reality is nothing but a ‘narrative,’ then of course it’s important to control what people say.” We are witnessing the … Continue reading

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