The Party of Coercion Doesn’t Understand It

The left is the side of the political debate that wants more government: more taxes, more spending, more regulations, more laws. So you would think they would have highly developed thoughts about what a law is and how laws are actually enforced. This is, after all, the stuff they want more of. You would be […]

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The Culture War We’re Winning

This is the era in which we are all being drafted in the Culture War. It doesn’t matter if you’re secular or religious, political or apolitical, frat boys or geeks, hipsters or bros. Nobody gets to be neutral or sit on the sidelines, because we’ll all be expected to make our obeisance to the latest […]

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Fire Theresa Sullivan

No one is going to be fired at Rolling Stone after a disastrous report laying out their total negligence in publishing a story about a fake gang rape at the University of Virginia. But hey, we expect that from the media, and we especially expect it from a bunch of weed-smoking hippies, which is pretty much […]

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Nothing Outside the State

What interests and concerns me about the fight over Indiana’s religious freedom law is not its implication for gay weddings and whether pizza will be served at them. Much more important are the basic principles that are being invoked to argue against the Indiana law. These arguments set out to define religious freedom out of […]

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Searching for George Washington

With Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is running for president, the 2016 race has began. Yeah, I know. You probably weren’t ready yet. But here it is, you can’t escape it, and you might as start taking a look at the likely candidates now. But before we examine the individual candidates one-by-one, it’s important that […]

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Why Is the Angry Left So Angry?

One of my Federalist colleagues recently observed that, “When I write pieces that upset liberals, I get angry, personal hate mail. When I write pieces that upset social conservatives, I most often get this: ‘I appreciate your well written article and I will pray for you, sir, that you will find the God who loves […]

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What Is Ted Cruz Running For?

LYNCHBURG, VA – What is Ted Cruz running for? I mean, he’s running for president, of course. But for what reason is he running? What is his goal, how is he selling himself to the voters—and what does he want to do with the office if he gets it? The Federalist asked me to go […]

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Let’s Be Two Americas

There has been some haggling in Congress recently over a proposal to convert a couple of big chunks of federal spending—Medicaid and food stamps—into block grants to the states, which would be given more control over the programs. This proposal suggests a much broader answer to our current political conflicts, toward which this is just […]

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Atlas Is Still Shrugging

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 7 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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The Paradox of Power

Over the weekend, a New York Post headline blared that the Obama administration was responsible for leaking news about Hillary Clinton’s secretive e-mail practices. It’s one of those stories that you really, really want to be true. How much fun would it be if there were a blue-on-blue feud between the Obama and Clinton establishments? […]

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