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Fakes & Facts

“There was truth and there was untruth,” George Orwell wrote in his classic novel, 1984, “and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” In the Age of Trump and Fake News, way past 1984, I’m hanging on for dear sanity. Earlier this

A Fraction of a Reaction

“A little dab’ll do ya.” That was from Brylcream, not 23andme. President Donald Trump has been mocking Senator Warren, relentlessly, for her claims to native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas.”* Some have dubbed him “racist” for doing this, but his point was plausibly anti-racist. In 1995, Harvard Law School ballyhooed

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Our Leaders’ Favored Anarchy

“In a sane democracy,” I wrote this weekend at Townhall.com, “the side with the most violent nutcases loses.” Too hopeful? Independent video journalist Tim Pool made a similar point yesterday, covering Antifa versus Proud Boys fights in New York, as well as Antifa taking over the downtown streets of Portland,

fragile, socialism

Big Government Apologetics

Journalists play different roles. Too few report. Too many engage in elaborate apologetics for favored causes. Like big government. Take this headline: “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — and Authoritarianism.” Guess: reporting, or bending over backwards to save socialism? The article’s summary of the decline and fall of

CERN, sexism, man, male, feminism, scandal

Sexism and Isn’tism

Is physics sexist against women? Professor Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, argues to the contrary. At a presentation in Geneva, in front of mainly female physicists, Strumia offered evidence that showed, if anything, that it is men who are being discriminated against.  Specifically, he compared male and female hirings to

Diane Feinstein, Kavenaugh, Supreme Court

Last Week’s Least Credible Answer

So, who was lying, last week, at America’s big show trial — er, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing? Professor Christine Blasey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Many Americans took sides. I cannot. Both said believable as well as scarcely believable things, but I’m with that minority who admits not to know

The Opposite Party Is Partisan!

When departing Senator Jeff Flake indicated, the other day, that he would vote to place President Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court — despite the ugly accusations of Kavanaugh’s youthful sexual misconduct — much re-tweeted actress Alyssa Milano called him a “coward.” We understand what she means. Because

James Woods, Twitter, censorship, free speech, ban, parody, satire

James Woods, Parody, and a Pillow

The beginning of the end of actor James Woods’s time on Twitter likely occurred on July 20, 2018. Only recently discovering a tweet that he posted then, Twitter has locked Woods out of a forum where his right-leaning messages have been followed by 1,730,000 people. His delinquent tweet forwarded an

Google, don't be evil, China, censorship, free speech

Google Goes Bad

Good Google’s evil twin, Bad Google, is at it again. In addition to doing bad things to advance its political agenda, Google is willing to work with bad governments do bad things.  For example, the authoritarian Chinese government. Google is working on a mobile version of its search engine, code-named

Stuart Karaffa, socialism, DSA, Democratic Socialist,Project Veritas, James O’Keefe

Socialist Saboteurs Infiltrate

Once upon a time, people who worried about communists infiltrating the government were often dismissed as paranoid.  “Sure, commies under every bed! Right!” Communists in the State Department or wherever generally weren’t caught on tape boasting that they were Soviet agents and part of the Resist Truman or Resist Eisenhower

British Labour MP Lucy Powell, censorship, UK

Censorship for Unity

“Social media has given extremists a new tool with which to recruit and radicalise,” writes British Labour MP Lucy Powell in The Guardian.  And just where are people “being exposed to extremist material”? On Facebook! “Instead of small meetings in pubs or obscure websites in the darkest corners of the

socialism, Antifa, means, ends, refutation, fascism, intentions

An Evil Ism

With “democratic socialism” again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide. As I mentioned on Monday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie suspects that this response is not very convincing to people tempted by socialism.

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