The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilification of the American right for supposedly refusing to support him back in the 1980s. The truth about Mandela, it turns out, is a lot more interesting than that. First, let’s be […]

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True Believers

The Democrats have been going through the five stages of grief on ObamaCare. It started with denial, the insistence that the system was working just fine except for a few glitches on its website. Then there was anger, with a few left-leaning commentators venting their frustration with Obama for dropping the ball on the implementation […]

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The Conspiracy Theory

It’s been fifty years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated, but the big conspiracy theory about his death still lives on. No, I don’t mean any of the outlandish and thoroughly debunked theories about “magic bullets” and grassy knolls. I mean the much more pervasive myth that somehow the political right is responsible for Kennedy’s […]

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Battlefield Earth Economics

I wrote a little while back about the rise of “Star Trek economics”—the left’s view that distributing wealth is like ordering food from a “replicator” in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. You ask for it, and it just appears. To paraphrase one of Arthur C. Clarke’s rules about science fiction, any sufficiently advanced economy […]

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Original Redemption

What’s the opposite of original sin? Original redemption? I thought of this when I read a fascinating article by Andro Linklater, promoting a new book on the history of private ownership of land, about the rejection of collectivism by the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony. The 102 Pilgrims who sailed to the New World in […]

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Original Sin

Fresh out of a White House meeting in which President Obama passed on his preferred talking points to sympathetic journalists, Juan Williams revealed what one of those talking points is. The attacks, I think this is just, again, more attacks coming from Republicans who don’t like the plan…. It’s what the White House now calls […]

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Best Practices

In the next few weeks, I intend to revisit the subject of my essays on “What Went Right?” It has been easy to forget about things going right for the past five years because so many things have been going very wrong, for Americans at least, under our current president. But a lot of things […]

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ObamaCare Rage

“Barack Obama is a lying sack of garbage.” That was the exact sentence that went through my head when I opened my mailbox and saw the following message from my health insurance company. Soon most health plans must comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits that begin in 2014. Your employer will be reviewing […]

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The Bitcoin Experiment

I just came across a column from British financial commentator Liam Halligan that is one of the most terrifying things I’ve read in a while. It is nominally about the rise of Bitcoin, a recently invented “stateless” digital currency—but it is really about the decline of the big, traditional state-backed fiat currencies, most particularly the […]

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Ten Lessons of ObamaCare

President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website. No, it’s much more than that. It is a timeless demonstration of the failure of central planning, government regulations, and the entitlement state. It is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and […]

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