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Hating the Senate

The longest-serving politician in Congress — ever — thinks he has the perfect reform to put American government back on track. Former House Democrat John Dingell wants to abolish the Senate. According to him, the United States should go unicameral. The ancient bicameral tradition — which goes back to Sumer

Bernie Sanders, Walmart, Tucker Carlson, socialism

Creeping Bernie-ism

If you have been watching Tucker Carlson, recently, on Fox or in his bizarre interview with Ben Shapiro, you might have noticed something peculiar: the conservative newsman-commentator sometimes sounds awfully similar to Bernie Sanders. Both think that if some of Amazon’s and Walmart’s employees are not paid “enough” to live

France, French, tax, protests, yellow, jackets

Class War in France

The French have a talent for riot, public protest, and street-based insurrection.* The current mayhem in Paris has been escalating every weekend since starting in mid-November. Why weekends? This is a working-person revolt. “Rioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and

thought crime, blacklist, pc culture

Riddle Us That

“Riddle me this,” William Rainford tweeted during the big national #MeToo civil war over the Senate’s confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “Why would the accuser of Kavanaugh take a polygraph, paid for by someone else and administered by private investigator in early August, if she wanted to remain

No-Study Politics

The 200-plus “youth activists” who stormed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s offices (see yesterday’s Common Sense) were protesting Pelosi’s leadership on climate issues. Soon-to-be Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was there to encourage Pelosi to listen to them. “We need a Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez informed her natural constituency, journalists, “and we

trap, socialism, democratic socialism

More of the More

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s triumphant entry into Washington, DC, as a United States Representative-Elect, is quickly proving a cautionary tale for Democrats. She’s an enthusiastic socialist. Or “progressive,” to use the preferred euphemism. And thus Democrats see her as a fresh breeze to air out the stodgy, musty chambers of . .

Cuomo, Mayor, New York

Il Duce Cuomo

A federal judge has ruled that the National Rifle Association has a plausible case against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; the NRA’s lawsuit, alleging that the organization’s rights have been violated by the governor, is going ahead. As related by Jacob Sullum in two pieces over at Reason, Cuomo sure

Tucker Carlson

Normal & Not

“Most people are not lunatics,” Tucker Carlson reminded viewers last night on his Fox News program, adding that “normal people don’t like this.” By “this,” the conservative television host meant what can only be described as an attack on his home by Smash Racism DC, an Antifa-like group comprised of

Jack Gargan

THRO

What can one person do? I wish Jack Gargan were here to answer that question — I can almost hear his characteristic chuckle, see the glint in his Irish eyes, in preparation. But sadly, Jack passed away late Sunday night or early Monday morning in Thailand, where he had retired.

crystal ball, experts, midterms, mid terms, 2018, election

When Experts Are Wrong

Standard theory has it that “mid-term elections” serve as a “referendum on the President.” In a typical article this weekend, a political scientist trotted out that common wisdom and then went on to say that “control of the referendum has shifted. It is now a referendum on leadership, on character

panic, explosion, fear, hysteria, terrorism

Propaganda Bombs

“In these times, we have to unify,” President Donald Trump said in response to reports of bombs sent to high-level Democratic public officials, “we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in

NPC, socialism, democracy, freedom

Socialism Is Anti-Democracy

Common sense politics must peer beneath the superficial attractions of “democratic socialism.” In “Civil Liberties and Socialism Don’t Mix,” Matthew Harwood explains why those who call themselves democratic socialists may “say they believe in civil liberties” nevertheless “will always be hostile to individual freedom.” In this short Reason piece, Mr.

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