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This week’s articles of note

 “Struggling to advance,” National Journal, by Ron Brownstein “Why big money can’t buy an election after all,” The Fiscal Times, by Bruce Bartlett “Why I refuse to vote for Barack Obama,” The Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf “The myth of male decline,” The New York Times, by Stephanie Coontz “Stealth war to redefine science,” USA Today, […]

Obama and the end of great expectations

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Four years ago the American presidential race excited people as no election in recent memory had.  Not only would the election of Barack Obama mark the symbolic achievement of the first black president. Obama the candidate ran on an uplifting campaign promising “hope” and “change”. He would be a “transformative” president. His message energized many. […]

This week’s articles of note

“Obama’s shaky Libya narrative,” The Daily Beast, by Eli Lake “America’s last politically contested territory: the suburbs,” The Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin “The next panic: Europe’s crisis will be followed by a more devastating one, likely beginning in Japan,” The Atlantic, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson “How the Justice Department transformed an Amish […]

The real losers in this election are the voters

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Romney’s videotaped dismissal of swathes of the electorate will hurt him, but Obama remains a lame duck, too. Read my spiked article in full here.

Romney’s troubles

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Mitt Romney’s statement to donors¸ in which he complains that almost half the country is “dependent on government” and thus won’t vote for him, was badly argued and just plain dumb. It has damaged him politically. But the situation as not as dire for him, nor as positive for President Obama, as many are arguing. Romney was […]

Giving the green light to grievance

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The Obama administration seems to see free speech as a bigger problem than attacks on its overseas embassies. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“The day the roof fell in,” The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead “The deafness before the storm,” The New York Times, by Kurt Eichenwald [Alleges George W. Bush ignored pre-9/11 warnings] “The disappeared: how the fatwa changed a writer’s life,” The New Yorker, by Salman Rushdie “Obama’s way,” Vanity Fair, by Michael Lewis “Fiddling at […]

US response to Middle East protests: validating grievances, sacrificing free speech

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Once again, we see images of demonstrations and rioting in the capitals across the Middle East. But unlike the “Arab spring”, these protests are explicitly anti-American: gathering at US embassies, with placards denouncing the US and American flags in flames.  In Libya, four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed following an attack on the US […]

Shouting ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire!’ is not serious politics

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The rise of a tyranny of fact-checkers in the US election, who constantly call out politicians on their ‘lies’, is a very unhealthy development. Read my spiked article in full here.

The tyranny of the fact checkers

The election season in America has seen two new and related developments: constant accusations of “lies” and the rise of “fact checkers” as the arbiters of political debate. For the past two months or more, both the Obama and Romney camps have engaged in tit-for-tat accusations of lying. At the outset, both sides claimed the […]

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