‘Privilege’ Comes Dressed in Overalls and Looks Like Work

The Left has launched a kind of free-floating cultural witch hunt aimed at uncovering and denouncing “privilege.” This has become a normal part of the indoctrination—excuse me, orientation—for new college students: to be asked to unpack an extensive list of their “privileges” and to grasp, or at least repeat back to their trainers, how guilty […]

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Obama’s Odd Memorial Day Message

President Obama’s Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery contained an odd and disturbing message. The president proclaimed this year’s ceremony to be “especially meaningful” because “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.” How so? “It is the first since our […]

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An Answer to the Wrong Question

In less than a year, the agenda of the Republican Party will be pretty much fixed by the selection of its presidential nominee, whose policies we will all feel pressured to get behind, because they will probably be better than the prospect of Hillary Clinton selling the Oval Office furniture to the highest bidder. So […]

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America’s Cautionary Tale on Gay Marriage

Ireland is currently engulfed in a bitter debate over a national referendum on gay marriage to be held this Friday. They could draw some useful lessons from America’s own little experiment with gay marriage—which turns out to be a cautionary tale about what can go wrong. My own position on gay marriage has run the […]

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Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam?

The American left has spent the past few weeks trying to tell us that they believe in free speech, but…—and the “but” is that anything that offends the sensibilities of Islamic fanatics is unnecessarily provocative, hateful, and possibly racist. Therefore, such “hate speech” shouldn’t be allowed. Now they’ve gotten a taste of their own medicine. […]

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The Stupidest Iraq War Question

The mainstream media’s latest brainwave is to ask GOP candidates whether they would have supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq “if you had known what we know now.” This is appallingly stupid on five different levels. 1. It’s a gimme. It amounts to saying, “Please, senator, let me give you an opportunity to disavow a […]

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All Must Serve the Capitol

The deadly Amtrak derailment this week spawned a frenzy of sleazy opportunism on social media as lefties rushed to declare—before any evidence of the cause of the accident was available—that it clearly showed the need for more federal billions to subsidize Amtrak. As the official investigation has released actual information, it seems likely that the […]

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If You’re Not Publishing, You’re Pretending

Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the controversy over the Mohammed cartoon contest that was targeted by jihadists on May 3. But their sketch merely highlighted the weakness of the mainstream response. It turns out, by the way, that this sketch had already been done by the Canadians. (And done better, I might […]

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10 Amazingly Enjoyable Things About Having Kids

There has been a recent explosion in books and articles chronicling the supposedly overwhelming rigors of child-rearing, particularly for the educated middle-class professionals who write and read these articles. While we might suspect that a lot of this is just the whine-brag as a literary genre—look how put-upon I am combining my successful career with […]

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Selfishness Without a Self

Over the weekend, Kim Kardashian was out doing publicity—it’s the only things she does, really—for her just-released book of “selfies,” the cell-phone camera self-portraits for which she is known. The title of the book? Selfish. My eyes are rolling right now, too, but probably not for quite the same reasons. I’m not thinking: of course […]

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