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‘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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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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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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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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Everything Before the ‘But’ Is BS

Last night, the jihadists found out that you really don’t mess with Texas. In Paris, if you set out to gun down cartoonists for a drawing pictures of Mohammed, you’re faced with unarmed or unprepared gendarmes who can’t stop you before you wipe out the whole staff of a magazine. Try it in Garland, Texas, […]

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The Paradox of Dogma

If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? The question seems relevant today, because the most remarkable characteristic of our current national debate is that one side wants desperately to stamp it out whenever it occurs. Recently, for example, […]

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Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

I recently discussed what it would take to prove the global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: […]

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