Ukraine’s Knights of Liberty

I haven’t written much about the renewed unrest in Ukraine over the past few months, largely because of the bystander effect: the fact that our current president has committed himself to making America a bystander to world events. In conflicts like the one in Ukraine, the implicit Obama Doctrine is: “Let me know who wins.” […]

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Free Speech for Mann, But Not for Thee

Every side in the political debate has a natural tendency to appeal to freedom of speech when they feel threatened—but to ignore (or initiate) threats to the free speech of the other side. My favorite example is from the early 1990s, when the Yeltsin government dispossessed Russia’s Communist Party of the vast holdings it had […]

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America’s Lysenko

The global warming hysteria is disastrous enough in its intended goal, which is to ban the use of our cheapest and most abundant fuels and force us to limp along on “alternative energy” sources that are insufficient to support an industrial civilization. But along the way, the global warming campaign is already wrecking our science […]

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Among the Olympians

A few months ago, I had a conversation with someone who repeated an old cliché: the idea that heroic portrayals of idealized human figures are reminiscent of Nazi art, with its emphasis on the chiseled physiques and square jaws of young blonde men. Unfortunately, the person who told me this was someone connected to the […]

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The Wolves of State Street

President Obama has declared that he will devote the rest of his presidency to fighting the scourge of economic “inequality.” Which is proof that after five years of claiming that they were going to “pivot to jobs” as a top priority any day now—through years of high, persistent, long-term unemployment—the Obama administration has given up. […]

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What Is a Normal Temperature?

Last week, I wrote about how the record cold temperatures of the polar vortex and impenetrable ice in the Antarctic are being cited as evidence in favor of global warming. That makes global warming an “unfalsifiable” theory in the sense that any evidence against it will be reinterpreted ad hoc as evidence for it. After […]

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The Paradox of Sense of Life

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life, Part 4 This is part four of a five-part series. Many years ago, I was at a point in my career when I had stuck my neck out to take a stand on principle, under conditions that I knew could be bad for my career and my […]

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Freezing Is the New Warming

This is looking like another bad year for global warming. The year began with the news that an Australian “climate researcher” leading a tourist expedition to Antarctica got his ship trapped in the sea ice. Which is embarrassing, because the purpose of his expedition was to study the melting of sea ice supposedly caused by […]

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The Year of ‘We Told You So’

This is going to be the year of “we told you so.” It is the year in which all the disasters predicted by President Obama’s critics come true. It is the year in which the consequences of the president’s policies, which were staved off just long enough to permit his re-election, come crashing down on […]

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Radical New York City Democrats

Three Paradoxes of American Politics, Part 4 After the 2012 election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them. I have been addressing these paradoxes one by one, from […]

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