The Middle Finger to History

The years between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, became known as the “Holiday from History,” a period in which America thought it could withdraw from the burdens of engagement with the world and focus on the pursuit of domestic prosperity and other really important issues like […]

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The Personnel Is Political

A priceless little gem of leftist thinking appeared yesterday at Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC blog, in which Steve Benen declares a triumph for the campaign to increase the federal minimum wage—in the form of private employers voluntarily raising their wages in response to market forces. Say what? Here’s what he wrote: Congressional Republicans are in a […]

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Scott Walker Presumes to Rise Above His Station

When Barack Obama was first elected president, a number of my readers were in deep despair about American politics and the state of our culture. So I set out to compile an inventory of what is still going right with our culture, the reserves of strength we were going to have to draw on to […]

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Mike Rowe for President

Mike Rowe for president. Seriously. Well, maybe not completely seriously. To run for president you need to have detailed policy positions on a wide range of issues, a history in office, and a giant campaign organization. And while he’s known for his willingness to try out dirty jobs, perhaps this is asking a bit much. […]

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Social Realist Sex

Editor’s Note: The article below was published as part of the first annual Sex Week at The Federalist, which was apparently something of a first for a prominent conservative publication. The other articles were from a conservative perspective and ranged from better to worse. I took the opportunity to present, as I put it below, […]

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Feminism’s Sexual Exploitation of Women

Cathy Young has an in-depth report in The Daily Beast exposing the latest highly publicized dubious accusation of rape—following quickly on the heels of the University of Virginia saga and Lena Dunham’s tale about being taken advantage of by a mystery campus Republican who seems to have no counterpart in the real world. You may also […]

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The Devil’s Bargain of “Post-Racial” Politics

Left-leaning writer Jonathan Chait—I won’t exactly call him a “liberal,” for reasons that will soon become clear—recently stirred up some trouble by complaining about runaway “political correctness” among his fellow lefties. His most telling examples are from an online discussion group for women writers in which the left’s obsession with “race, class, and gender” has […]

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Anti-Middle-Class Economics

Well, that was quick. After less than two weeks, President Obama has dropped his plan to tax withdrawals from the “529″ college savings plans widely used by middle-class parents. The proposal was never even remotely likely to see the light of day, nor was it worth debating on its merits. It was an outright money […]

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The Line to Apologize Forms on the Left

The news has been leaked to the New York Times: the Department of Justice has concluded its federal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it has reached substantially the same conclusions as the local grand jury that chose not to press charges against police officer Darren Wilson. Let’s reiterate that. […]

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Why Islam Is More Violent Than Christianity

The Charlie Hebdo massacre once again has politicians and the media dancing around the question of whether there might be something a little bit special about this one particular religion, Islam, that causes its adherents to go around killing people. It is not considered acceptable in polite company to entertain this possibility. Instead, it is […]

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