Michael Shindler

Michael Shindler is writer living in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in outlets including the American Conservative, Real Clear DefenseWashington Examiner, and CapX. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelShindler.

Polystyrene Bans Are Indefensible


While the conservative commenteriat has worked itself into a frenzy over the recent spate of proposed plastic straw bans, few pundits have taken notice of bans on something that’s far less cherished, yet far more useful: polystyrene. Notably, beginning on January 1, New York City will begin its ban on the material and many other […]

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Mysteries of the Tax Code


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a relatively good piece of legislation. It frees up funds for industry and increases the amount of income that the average American worker takes home. However, because our tax code is a strange and byzantine creature, full of obscure clauses written in legalese that make even the most […]

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Congress Shouldn’t Let Court Legislate Away Email Privacy


Last month, the Supreme Court granted the government’s petition for a review of Microsoft’s Irish warrant case, which centers around the question of whether the government can issue a warrant to internet service providers to obtain emails stored on servers abroad. This issue has such far-reaching ramifications that whatever decision the court makes will surely result in […]

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Elon Musk’s Latest Crony Score


Americans who celebrate both the exploration of space and private enterprise often warmly laud companies like United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, and Ad Astra, which cooperate with national space agencies in the pursuit of space-related technological advancement. However, the abstruse multibillion-dollar details of this niche industry are often dangerously overclouded by its lofty goals, making it […]

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Underfunding Missile Defense — Simply Inexcusable


The prospect of a nuclear conflict between the United States and North Korea appears, in light of President Trump’s speech at the United Nations and his recent spate of tweets evincing his distrust of diplomacy, disconcertingly possible. Courses of action available to the administration seem limited to further economic sanctions, which would likely prove futile, and military intervention. In the […]

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