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Render Them Unable: More on MacLean’s ‘Democracy in Chains’

 

In her new book Democracy in Chains, the Duke historian Nancy MacLean accuses libertarians of working in secret to undermine democracy because of Charles Koch. Also, their ideas come from the plantation, and they all revolve around the late economist James Buchanan, who was motivated by opposition to the Supreme Court’s landmark desegregation decision in […]

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Apostate: Sinners Outside the Leftist Anti-Church

 

The Amen Pew at your local Baptist church has nothing on the legions of offended Leftists. To be a Leftist secular-religionist is to be offended, appalled, and perennially aggrieved. Triggered. The offense is great because the sins are many. There are so many ways to get cross-wise with the “law.” (It’s important to note that […]

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Be Very Afraid, As Democrats ‘Fix’ the Housing Crisis

 

Sacramento It’s common to hear complaints about a “do nothing” Congress, but California’s Legislature has the opposite problem. It wants to do just about everything. Whether it’s fighting global warming or creating a new state-run mini Social Security system to bolster private pensions, California’s legislators don’t lack any sense of ambition. This week, they’ve announced […]

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Why Mitch McConnell Moved On From ‘Moving On’ on Health Care

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not only failed to whip up enough votes to replace Obamacare last week but achieved the same negative result when he shifted to a straight-up repeal as well. He lost by forfeit without counting a single vote. The failure coming with a Republican occupying the White House, Republicans enjoying majorities […]

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In Government We Antitrust

 

The American economy produces roughly $18 trillion worth of goods and services every year as firms compete to provide consumers the goods and services they demand. But over time, the government has come to play a much larger role in the economy, imposing regulations that cost the economy over $1.9 trillion annually. Unfortunately for consumers, […]

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California in an Oyster Shell

 

Most people in the rest of the country know that the state of California is a strange place. Unless you live here, however, you can’t fully appreciate just how dysfunctional it has become. A case in point is what is happening to Coast Seafoods Company, the state’s largest shellfish producer. The company has been operating […]

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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

 

How many men and women in America are still with the first person they dated or got engaged to? Remember those vows, till death do us part? When in reality, for many, it should be “till divorce did us part.” Sometimes couples “consciously uncouple,” and sometimes you send the pool water in a truck and […]

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Will ‘Opportunity’ or ‘Inequality’ Motivate Imminent Reforms?

 

Google’s Ngram, which charts the use of written words over time, tells us something profound in its display of the opposing trajectories of “inequality” and “opportunity.” As “inequality” enjoys the growing inequality between the two terms, the chance for “opportunity” shrinks. Given the chart abruptly stopping in 2008, a dreadful year that helped catalyze the […]

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Bedeviled, Bothered, and Bewildered in Minnesota

 

The Devil was planning an excursion to Belle Plaine, Minnesota, but the city council derailed his visit. The town’s Veterans Memorial Park has been a focus of controversy since January 2017. Well, not the entire park, just a particular portion of it. The park had been home to a veterans’ memorial, a sculpture in silhouette […]

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Doomed: Honda S2000 (1999-2009, RIP)

 

Race cars make terrible street cars — but every now and then, one will be offered for sale to the general public. Usually, briefly. L-88 Corvettes with lumpy solid lifter cams and three Holley two barrel carbs. SD-421 Catalinas with acid-dipped frames. Cobra R Mustangs with Tremec five-speeds, no insulation or AC and radio delete. […]

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