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A Modest Proposal for Making America, and the World, Great Again

 

Hello, Tim Draper. Break California up into three States? High time! What might be the larger implications of tugging on a loose thread of the sweater that is the Megastates that dominate the world? They weave a garment that has for centuries engulfed the world in war and which lingers on, making the world gratuitously […]

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Scott Pruitt and the Return of the Black Cat News Story

 

Washington Do you remember when we called those utterly frivolous though dreadfully ominous news stories of yesteryear Black Cat News Stories? They filled the media in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Not a week passed when a Reaganite was not being hounded by reporters for committing some minor misdeed or often no […]

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Psychosocial School Rise Raises Need for Choice

 

As educational technology (ed-tech) becomes a pervasive force in U.S. education, does it make you smile or make you want to scream? It is easy to imagine ed-tech bringing smiles to the faces of family members who have gone online and discovered a brilliant lecture or literary/artistic masterpieces to supplement a child’s quest for knowledge. […]

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Is It Time to Downsize American Tech Companies?

 

Throughout our history Americans have been wary of large corporate entities, from early opposition to British crown monopolies to the political animus targeting the robber barons in the late 19th century. Today, this concern has re-emerged, as the world’s tech giants come under increasing scrutiny at home and abroad. Google, Facebook, Apple, and others already […]

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Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy Is a Loser

 

Jonathan Swift wrote in 1710 that “Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.” This has never been truer than the arguments surrounding President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. Yet, as in all things, context is king. And, as with most public controversies, the media merely adds to the confusion rather than clarifies it. You may […]

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The Struggle for the Soul of the West

 

Since the publication of my book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace in 2015, the necessity of restoring Western culture to its proper place in our understanding of ourselves has only become more urgent. The prolonged assault on our common culture — European-American, for want of a broader, more inclusive description — has intensified, propelled by a burning hatred […]

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An Appreciation of the Best Baseball Movie Ever

 

Time does get away from us, doesn’t it? I was jolted Sunday morning to read that Bull Durham, my pick for the best baseball movie ever made, first appeared on the silver screen 30 years ago this week. Can this be true? Now that I’ve gotten over how long-in-the-tooth one of my favorite movies is, please allow […]

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No, Rob Rogers: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Isn’t Racist

 

I don’t know Rob Rogers, the just-fired cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As a Pennsylvanian I do know something about the paper. As a resident of Central Pennsylvania, these days I am a reader of Penn Live, the online version of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. But in the long ago and far away, as a campaign […]

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A No-Win Confrontation

 

By the start of the week, the Trump administration’s degenerate-Satanic-jackboot-sieg-heil policy of detaching from their parents the children of captured illegal border-crossers was taking on water and listing amidships: a failure of what they call “optics.” Which means the way things look, in politics most of all. You don’t do things your political opponents can […]

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On Separating Children From Parents and Incarcerating Orphans for Life Without Parole

 

It never ends, does it? The hypocrisy, the outright lies, and the way that every single news item is spun one way during the Obama and Clinton presidencies and the opposite way during the Trump presidency. Obama had promised, from the majesty of two cardboard or papier-mâché Greek or Roman columns borrowed from a Harvey […]

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