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Diversity, Identity, and the Liberal Implosion

“To paraphrase Bernie Sanders, America is sick and tired of hearing about liberals’ damn bathrooms.” Finally. Some sense from the New York Times. Mark Lilla, in “The End of Identity Liberalism,” delivers a valuable lesson about political correctness — without once mentioning the term “political correctness.” Now this is a






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Tyranny’s Days Are Numbered

Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator for half a century, died Friday night. “Although Castro was beloved by a legion of followers,” The Washington Post acknowledged, “detractors saw him as a repressive leader who turned Cuba into a de facto gulag.” Many on the American left — especially in Hollywood —






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In the Black

“Black Friday,” reads a meme making the social media rounds. “Because only in America [do] people trample each other for sales one day after being thankful for what they already have.” Thankfulness is vital, I agree. But I’ve been up at the crack of dawn to “cash in” on Black






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Don’t Dress for Excess

Undoubtedly, men have it easy in several ways that women do not. Take something only seemingly trivial: clothing. When men need to dress to impress, the answer is simple: a suit. There is not really a lot of variety here, and little is required of a man in his choice






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The Venezuela Chaos

I have friends who call themselves anarchists. Their theory? Government is always merely an open conspiracy of some to live at the expense of others. Republicanism, on the other hand, proposes that if we limit government, we can hone it down to the level where there is no conspiracy, and






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Double Bubble America

The “unexpected” Donald Trump presidential victory has put the folks at The Gray Lady a bit out of sorts. Heather Wilhelm at the National Review pokes and prods at the absurdities of the New York Times’s cultural cluelessness. And ably enough. So I’ll stick to The Times’s recent “six views”






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Warren and the Bogeyman State

“…the bogeyman government is like the bogeyman under the bed. It’s not real. It doesn’t exist.” —Elizabeth Warren   Citation:






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The Wisdom of the Founders

“At a certain point, you have to let go for the democracy to work,” President Barack Obama told HBO’s Bill Maher last week, praising “the wisdom of the founders.” “There has to be fresh legs,” he continued. “There have to be new people. And you have to have the humility






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The Problem with Ruth Marcus

Channeling The Sound of Music’s Mother Superior, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus asks, “How do you solve a problem like Bill Clinton?” Marcus means Bill’s problematic possible return to the White House, the scene of his crimes, as First Dude in a new Clinton Administration — specifically his difficulties with






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Pigs in Pokes

On Tuesday, Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld exhorted Americans to stop Donald Trump at all cost. The Donald, he asserted, is dangerous because too touchy, too childish in his egoism, to withstand the pressures of the presidency of these United States. “In the statement, Weld made no mention of Clinton,”






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The Best Case for Trump Isn’t

I support neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump for the presidency. Still, I do understand several reasons to vote for Trump, including, most obviously, “he’s not a Clinton.” The most persuasive strategic reason given for voting for the man, however, and the one that has most purchase with me, is






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Duck/Rabbit, Maiden/Crone, and Taxes

Revolution! Must we? Can’t we reform at a reasonable pace? Well, whether we change slowly or quickly, change must occur. Today’s in-place policies are not stable. But a better future itself must be stable. Or else it will not be better. And a key to successful change is change in






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