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“No Award” Culture

A few months ago, I wrote about a notable victory in the culture wars: a group of science fiction writers had pushed back against the politicization of the Hugo awards, the most prominent literary awards in the sci-fi genre. The “Sad Puppies” campaign and its more radical offshoot, the “Rabid Puppies,” promoted their own slates […]

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I Have Seen the Future, and It Is (Shudder) Canadian

I have seen the future, and it is (shudder) Canadian. It’s a bit fashionable to poke gentle fun at our national Northern suburb, especially for those of us on the right, who are used to viewing Canada is a warning of where we’ll be if we go a little farther to the left. I’m not […]

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If We Get Trump, Democrats Get Biden

Please run, Joe. Please, please, please. The news is suddenly filled with reports that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for president. I think this is great news on three levels. 1) Hillary needs another challenge. For a second time in a row, she has planned to be the “inevitable” candidate. But […]

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If Democrats Don’t Have Jefferson and Jackson, Who’s Left?

Last week, the organizers of the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner in Connecticut (Bailey was a local machine politician) voted to drop the two former presidents from the event’s name, on the grounds that they were slave owners and therefore unworthy of the honor. There was no debate, and the decision took all of two minutes. […]

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If Seinfeld Won’t Come to the Campus, the Campus Will Come to Him

Take two recent observations, and see if you can tell where they’re headed. First, there’s the news that comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld won’t perform at college campuses because they’re too politically correct. Actually, I suspect Seinfeld doesn’t play campuses because they can’t offer him enough money to get out of bed in the morning. But […]

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Why Hamilton Needs to Stay on Our Money

The shocking news broke yesterday that the Treasury Department is planning to kick Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill, trading him for a woman to be named later. It was quite a surprise, since the longstanding campaign to put a lady on our paper currency has usually targeted Andrew Jackson’s $20 bill. Old Hickory is […]

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The Dissimulation Bomb

The New York Times just published an extraordinary “retro report”—a short video paired with an article—looking back at Paul Ehrlich’s “population bomb” theory, the fear that an uncontrolled human population would outstrip the ability of the Earth to support it. The Times lays out some of the evidence for the theory’s failure, including the fact […]

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Five More Things Environmentalists Got Wrong

I wrote recently about seven big failed environmentalist predictions, from global cooling to the population bomb (which the New York Times, always on the cutting edge, has just noticed was a complete bust). But it’s not only the big scientific theories they’ve gotten wrong. When science gets harnessed for a political cause, it tends to […]

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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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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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