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Since originalism is so objectionable to progressives, who’s up for a living constitutionalist justice who shares the President’s moral and political beliefs? — Randy Barnett (@RandyEBarnett) June 28, 2018

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Rebel Yid Podcast- The Berkshire Meeting 2018

Joe Finkelstein and Rebel Yid Henry Oliner discuss the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Meeting and the wisdom of the world’s wisest capitalist gurus.

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Rust Never Sleeps

“Modernity often assumes that we’ve conquered human nature as much as we’ve conquered the natural world. The truth is we’ve done neither. We simply restrain each from generation to generation. If you’ve ever owned a boat, car, or house, you know that nature needs only time and opportunity to reclaim everything. Rust doesn’t sleep. Termites respect a grandfather clock no more than an outhouse. “

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Everything Must Be Easy

“We live in an age when we all too often want our local problems, even our personal problems, to be national problems because we think that the government in Washington is there to solve anything called a “national problem.”

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Rage is Poor Fuel

Trump remains vulnerable and the Democrats are too self absorbed and ill tempered to be able to take advantage of it. Resistance is not enough, and it is becoming progressively weaker.

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Henry’s 12 Rules of Life

Progress is inevitable, pushed by man’s desire to better his condition. We can screw it up in countless and incredibly severe ways, but we progress anyway.  Look how much better off we are today from 1900 despite two world wars and the Great Depression, and thousands of violent conflicts and collapses.

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Isolating Blue States

It is a money decision.  Trump money-balled the electoral college and targeted just enough to win.  It is a poor investment to invest in races that are so overwhelmingly blue.  The result in the current scenario us that the most populous centers do not get a seat at the table and have little leverage to gain any. Thus the critical loss of the state tax deduction that hurts them disproportionately.  (now they have to argue that their wealthy taxpayers deserve a break.)

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Best of 2017

Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself Like other utopian visions that seek to remake human beings into something alien to their nature, however, it is incapable of compromise, and thus lends itself to hypocrisy and fanaticism.…

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Five Best Reads of 2017

Out of dozens of books read in 2017 these are the five I found most worthwhile.

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The Perversion of the Risk Pool

Kevin Williams writes on health insurance The Private Option- Back to Square One in National Review.   We have written about the problem with cross subsidization driving up costs, the perverted incentives of third party payers and the tax incentives to…

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Understanding Progressives

In The World is Never Finished Kevin Williamson addresses the fear of AI on employment . But if we are going to look backward, let’s look back even farther. The belief that the remorseless efficiency of capitalist production will lead…

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The Progressive Contradiction

from Bring Back Political Parties by Kevin Williamson at National Review : The Democratic party had an excellent reason to exclude Senator Bernie Sanders, the same reason the Republican party had to exclude Donald Trump: He wasn’t a member of…

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The Special Interest Spread

By Henry Oliner The life force of the swamp is the tax system.  It has grown monumentally complex from the thousands of lobbyist swamp creatures and the thousands of special interests who have learned how to thrive in the hazardous…

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Regulatory Capture

from Gene Epstein’s departing column at Barron’s- Keep Asking the Big Questions: I often paraphrase Winston Churchill on democracy when confronting a critic of the financial markets: They’re the worst way to allocate capital investment, except for all the others. The…

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The Dictated Truth

from Rupert Darwall in National Review, The Spiral of Silence: One-sided media reporting is a striking feature of the climate and energy debate. “Climate denier” and “tool of malign fossil-fuel interests” are epithets used to delegitimize dissent and quash diversity…

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Reading 2017 10 22

THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN LIBERAL ASPIRATIONS AND LIBERAL HOUSING POLICY IS KILLING COASTAL U.S. CITIES Why your alarmism over Trump is dangerous for democracy HOW SILICON VALLEY DIVIDED SOCIETY AND MADE EVERYONE RAGING MAD Democrats should be terrified by this governor’s…

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HKO Thoughts 2017 10 17

None of us can escape our own hypocrisy, but how can Hillary blame misogyny for her loss when she was married to a serial abuser (whom she enabled), her assistant’s husband was convicted of predatory behavior, and one of her…

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Reading 2017 10 17

Jeff Sessions Restores the Rule of Law  It must be confusing for an authoritarian like Trump to be so criticized for moving authority back to Congress. Trump Was Right to End Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies Technocrats of all ideological stripes consistently…

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Dangerous Minds

I have no intention of re-entering the gun debate after the tragedy in Las Vegas. All the points have been made before and politicizing it again is just offensive. I am interested if machine learning and artificial intelligence can predict…

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Demons and Saviors

From Kevin Williamson in NR, From Ritual to Bromance The United States of America is a big, diverse, complex modern country with big, diverse, complex modern problems. The most significant of those problems are never going to be “solved” because they…

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