Category Archives: Politics

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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Air guitar

Excellent piece over at The Daliy Beast, by John McWhorter.  Several excerpts: It is painfully obvious that shutting people down is incompatible with the basic principle of free speech. No one at Berkeley could possibly miss the tragedy of refusing … Continue reading

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Making hate great again

30 years ago, when the counter-culture was Left, it asked of the Establishment, “Who are you to impose your values?”  Now that the Left has become the Establishment, it is busy imposing its values with a zeal that would make … Continue reading

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