Special Fund-Raising Drive

In the latest installment of my series on Atlas Shrugged, I quote a right-leaning writer who describes his encounter with Atlas Shrugged and gets a lot of the big issues wrong. This is an increasingly common phenomenon—that writers on both sides, but especially on the right, are grappling with Ayn Rand’s novels and ideas; and […]

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Science Is as Science Does

I have to admit that I missed out on the ascendancy of Neil deGrasse Tyson. In my era, the nation’s beloved “scientific communicator” was Carl Sagan. And he had many of the same flaws. As I’ve written about elsewhere, Sagan spoke eloquently about need to follow the evidence wherever it goes, without regard for your […]

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Ten Way Obama Has Failed as President

A poll released last week had some pretty bad news for congressional Democrats heading into the midterm elections. But buried in the poll numbers was a figure that just might constitute an even more important turning point. Respondents were asked: “On balance, do you feel that Obama’s presidency so far has been more of a […]

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Strategy or Fantasy?

President Obama has finally come up with a strategy against the self-styled “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria. Better late than never—and there is much in this strategy that is correct, if the administration is actually willing to face up to the reality of what its strategy will require. Which we have very good reason […]

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An American Heresy

A short clip was recently leaked out from a service at the megachurch run by the toothy-grinned, perpetually upbeat celebrity pastor Joel Osteen. In video, his wife Victoria Osteen delivers a peculiar little sermon. I want you to know this morning: just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to […]

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The Tyranny of Effort

By the current rules of our political debate, it usually falls to women to criticize the modern feminists, on the premise that a man is inherently suspected of seeking to perpetuate the “patriarchy.” This is even formalized in the concept of “mansplaining,” which is used to invalidate anything said by a man to a woman. […]

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If You Are Not Using the Presidency, Do You Mind If We Borrow It?

President Lincoln once said to an over-cautious general, “If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.” After yesterday’s press conference, I think we might need to say, to our disengaged, apathetic commander-in-chief: if you’re not using the presidency, would you mind if we borrowed it? When […]

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Not the American Dream

Howard Gold attracted some attention recently with a USA Today article purporting to calculate the cost of the “American Dream” and tallying up a household income of $130,000 per year. He concluded with the sober warning that this is out of reach because only one of eight households actually get there. It’s worth nothing that […]

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Getting Serious About Syria

Has anyone thought about what we’re going to have to do about the Islamic State—I mean, really thought about it? It has become obvious that the group that calls itself ISIS or just the Islamic State is the most serious terrorist threat to the United States since 9/11, and allowing its formation is the biggest […]

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Fort Apache, Missouri

Like most people who are getting into their 40s, I suffer occasional bouts of nostalgia. But lately, in a cruel irony, the world only seems interested in re-enacting the parts of my youth that I’d rather not relive. A Russian dictatorship that invades its neighbors. A stagnant economy with rising food and gas prices. A […]

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The Ayn Rand Dollar

A few weeks ago, Time reported on a proposal to put the image of a woman on America’s paper currency. (Suffragette Susan B. Anthony and Lewis and Clark guide Sacagawea have already been featured on $1 coins.) Then Time did the next logical thing and asked it readers for their opinion about who that woman […]

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