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How We Legislate Now

Top Stories of the Year: #5 This is the time when I traditionally count down the top stories of the year, as covered in The Tracinski Letter. I’ll also be sending out a few short articles covering some breaking news events (for example, Wednesday’s news about Cuba and North Korea) and one or two larger […]

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Bill Nye the Anti-Science Guy

I’ve never been a fan of Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Partly it’s because I’m from a different generation. I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute. I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn’t actually […]

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Coming Soon to a Starbucks Near You

After hours of speculation overnight about whether the gunman holding hostages at a downtown cafe in Sydney, Australia, might be an Islamic terrorist—despite his pretty clear gesture of forcing his captives to block the cafe’s windows with the traditional black flag of the jihadists—the gunman has issued demands that include, you guess it, being provided […]

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We Ordered the Code Red

I thought we already knew that we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But apparently Senate Democrats thought we needed to spend $40 million to compile a massive report to tell us this news, and also to tell us that we did various nasty things to some other al-Qaeda linked detainees. Which leaves me wondering: so what […]

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The One Thing the Left Can Learn from Ayn Rand

A little while ago, I wrote an article on “Five Things the Right Can Learn from Ayn Rand.” Afterwards, a reader suggested I should do a follow-up on what the left can learn from Ayn Rand. Well, the mind reels. They could stand to learn the same five things, of course, particularly the point about […]

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Everybody Loses in the UVA Rape Story

I had been mildly skeptical of the Rolling Stone story about a flamboyantly evil gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. It seemed more than a little too good to be true. You could not have invented a story that would better validate every single feminist claim about the supposed “rape epidemic” on college […]

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Government Is Force

There are mass protests again about a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of a black man. This time, the protesters might even be right. It is the second time in a week that this has happened, following the decision by the grand jury in the Ferguson case, but […]

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Global Warming, Mass Extinction, and Bigfoot

The earth is warming and we’re all gonna die! Is that a crude, exaggerated caricature of global warming alarmism? Yes, and it’s also the actual claim global warming alarmists are making. I can’t help it if they’ve become caricatures of themselves. Hence the latest dire warning that we are, indeed, all going to die. Specifically, […]

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Doing the Right Thing in Ferguson

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch has come in for a lot of criticism for the way he brought the Ferguson police shooting to a grand jury. The criticism is that he clearly did not want to get an indictment, which he presumably could have gotten if he wanted it. Instead of feeding the […]

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