Monthly Archives: October 2016

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

A Nose for Prejudice

Kevin Williamson in The National Review, The Irredeemables Hillary Clinton and the politics of leftist condescension Actual, indisputable racism has become so rare that we have had to invent exotic new versions of it, such as “white privilege” and expressions…

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And the winner of the most dysfunctional political party is…

There is little in the e-mail releases that surprises me.  They only confirm what those outside of the Clinton bubble already knew.  She has had a long history of lies while living in an ethical vacuum. She has long shown…

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The Parties Need Leadership, Not Democracy

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, The Celebrity Campaign: If politics is to defend itself against incursions from the world of celebrity-as-such, then it probably is going to need to end up relying on the very thing that Trump et al.…

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Caveman Politics

Glenn Reynolds writes in The USA Today, Our caveman politics- Economic policy based on 100,000-year-old emotions won’t fix healthcare. Trying to run a 21st century civilization based on caveman instincts is a recipe for failure, but unfortunately politics in a democracy seems…

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Gross Political Negligence

Even if Clinton manages to survive the reopening of the FBI investigation, she would be a lame duck on day one; a president with no confidence of the American people or the Congress. If the GOP can manage to hold…

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The Dire Need for Party Reform

1776: Would You like to Reconsider by Andrew Roberts in The WSJ First, the Republicans need party leaders and candidates who confront people like Mr. Trump seriously from the start and do not coddle him in the vain hope that if…

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The Reality of Production

From Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast, Trump Will Go Away, but the Anger He’s Stirred Up Is Just Getting Started: Exacerbating this cultural and class discussion is the growing division between the coastal and interior economies. Essentially, as I have argued…

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Smug Populism

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, The Celebrity Campaign: But Democrats are hardly immune to this sort of thing, and probably should not get too smug about Republicans’ currently excruciating circumstances. If you are looking for a guy with loopy…

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The Need to Demonize

From The Weekly Standard, The Roots of Campus Leftism by Warren Treadgold Campus leftism has been much less concerned with helping the supposedly oppressed than with demonizing the supposed oppressors. The allegedly oppressed who fail to recognize their oppression, like women who…

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The Threat of Administrative Agencies

Yuval Levin recently wrote TheFractured Republic, an intelligent look at the state of political discontent, and a recommended read.  He recently wrote Hillary Is an Embodiment of the Left’s Disdain for Democracy with coauthor Ramesh Ponnuru in National Review. He…

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The Legislative Court of HRC

Probably the most objectionable statement from HRC (and this is quite a list) was in the second debate in how she would select justices for the Supreme Court. The transcript: QUESTION: Good evening. Perhaps the most important aspect of this…

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The Root Cause of Our Success

from Deirdre McCloskey at The New York Times,  Equality, Liberty, Justice and Wealth: You may object that ideas are a dime a dozen and that to make them fruitful we must start with adequate physical and human capital and good institutions.…

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After Trump

It appears Trump is going to lose, and the best we can hope for is for the GOP to hold on to both houses of Congress. The Trumpers have nobody to blame but Trump.  He not only failed to assemble…

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Selective Progressivism

From The Weekly Standard, The Roots of Campus Leftism by Warren Treadgold “Progressivism,” the term campus leftists seem to like best, is not very helpful for defining the ideology’s intellectual content. Just about all of us favor what we consider…

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Some Benefits of a Trump Victory

I dislike Trump’s campaign for most of the reasons flooding the blogosphere, although I do not believe he is racist, anti-immigration, anti Muslim, or misogynist in spite his clumsy statements that indicate otherwise.  I have a problem with his egocentrism,…

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A Victory Without a Mandate

From Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast, Trump Will Go Away, but the Anger He’s Stirred Up Is Just Getting Started: Progressive Triumphalism may lead the Clintonites to believe her election represented not just a rejection of the unique horribleness…

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The Bubble of Moral Supremacy

From William Voegeli in The National Review, Hillary’s Empty Moralism Is a Reflection of the Greater Progressive Movement Though conservatives find liberal sanctimony insufferable, complaining about it is beside the point. Self-righteousness is the only kind of righteousness liberalism now affords…

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The Justice of Citizens United

In National Review Kevin Williamson writes The Book Burners. Citizens United, he reminds us, was about much more than big money in politics.  It was about denying the government the right to ban books and media.  It was about the…

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The Trump Bubble

From Jonah Goldberg in National Review, Bursting ‘Beltway Bubbles’: If all you heard in his answer was the box-checking boilerplate and not the needy cries of his id, then you’re in a bubble. If all you saw at the Al…

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Inflationary Wealth Transfers

Kevin Williamson’s Welcome to the Paradise of the Real was written over two years ago and I still refer it to readers.Sneaky Inflation is equal to that piece in bringing sound economic thought to bear on current issues with an engaging style.  Both…

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