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by | May 23, 2019

Sacramento I’ve always had mixed feelings about conservatives’ long-running disdain for San Francisco. They’re spot on about the city’s crazy progressive politics, extreme libertine attitudes (e.g., debating whether naked people should allowed in public places), and absurd regulatory and tax…

by | Nov 27, 2018

Says the cartoon boxer, lying flat on the canvas, to the towering, glowering brute who put him there: “At last. I gotcha where I wantcha.” It could be like that — or maybe not, but let’s speculate a bit —…

by | Jul 27, 2018

Roy Scranton is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War. On the evidence of a mid-July essay for the New York Times, Scranton is also a man in need of…

by | Jul 24, 2018

He seems nice: https://twitter.com/WiredSources/status/1021147704867590144 We can quibble about whether or not shoving a bullhorn into a guy’s face is tantamount to a punch but it’s close enough for our purposes. Personally, I prefer to not be hit in the face…

by | Jun 7, 2018

As the left rises, so does its relabeling as “progressive.” Beneath relabeling lies an acute problem for Democrats facing the left’s ascendancy. The left can win Democratic primaries, but Democrats cannot win general elections as “the left.” No triviality of…

by | May 25, 2018

A few years back, in 2009, I told George Soros that he shouldn’t believe his own spin. “Au contraire,” he replied with that twinkle in his eye. “It’s the secret of my success.” It was lunchtime banter. We hadn’t seen…

by | May 9, 2018

Emboldened by the noise from the crowds that followed Bernie Sanders around in 2016, more and more Democrats have drifted far leftward and begun embracing the wild progressive fantasy that masquerades as policy. Three of the names most often mentioned…

by | May 1, 2018

Tragic are the moral dilemmas facing liberals. They believe in a redistributionist, socialist state. But they don’t want to live with the consequences of a redistributionist, socialist state. What is a good progressive to do? They can write “The Ethicist”…

by | Jan 3, 2018

According to a New Year’s Day New York Times story, business has become energized and optimistic: to the point of backing its hopes and ambitions with investment capital. Is all this about tax cuts? Not quite all, say Times writers…

by | Dec 11, 2017

I’m intrigued by the notion that despite their futuristic ideals, liberals are obsessed with the past in nostalgic ways. On the one hand they reject days-gone-by as politically and culturally retrograde, on the other they seek the past’s simplicity in…

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