How to Kick Putin in the Teeth

For the past week, we’ve had to put up with a lot of grey little men from the foreign policy establishment lamenting that there’s really nothing we can do to deter Vladimir Putin from grabbing part or all of Ukraine. This is just a process of rationalization for the fact that they don’t really want […]

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The 80s Called. Do We Want Their Foreign Policy Back?

You may recall a notorious moment from one of the 2012 president debates when President Obama cited Mitt Romney’s warning about the growing threat from Russia and dismissed it with a snarky one-liner: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Fast forward a year or so, and President Obama faces […]

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The Original Sin of Global Warming

It might seem strange to say it, but I am a global warming skeptic because of Carl Sagan. This might seem strange because Sagan was an early promoter of the theory that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are going to fry the globe. But it’s not so strange when you consider the larger message that […]

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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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