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For Genderless Freedom

When President Obama announced last week that he wants my daughter to register for the draft — as a symbol of the nation’s commitment to gender equality and a “ritual of adulthood” — believe me, I noticed. Sure, the symbolism rings hollow, I wrote at Townhall. The president is on






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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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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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Fear and Freedom

“If Libertarian Gary Johnson doesn’t win the presidency,” I posted to Facebook last Monday, “I’m leaving the country.” Well, Johnson didn’t win. And I wasn’t kidding. I’m writing this from a Parisian café. Of course, I was also tongue-in-cheek, since — spoiler alert! — I am coming home next week.






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Votes Without Poison

Strange election. So . . . round up the usual suspects! Immediately after Hillary dried her tears and conceded, out came the Tweets, then the analyses: the “third parties” are to blame! Over the weekend, I focused* on one such election post-mortem. The basic idea is not altogether wrong: minor






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Term Limits Trump

Entering his campaign’s homestretch, underdog Donald J. Trump gave an important speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He emphasized his support for term limits in what he called his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” “[R]estoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington” is the top item on Trump’s agenda, along






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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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Don’t Kill Colorado!

America has lots of problems. Colorado isn’t one of them. Search the Internet and confirm that the Rocky Mountain State is the fourth best state “to make a living”; sixth best for homeowners; third on CNBC’s “Top States for Business”; and even holds a coveted first place in “arts engagement.”






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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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America After November

Yesterday, I bemoaned the disaster that is this year’s presidential race. But big whup. As the LifeLock commercial rightly asks, “Why monitor a problem if you don’t fix it?” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president. That means we have our work cut out for us. And






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