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“The unseen class war that could decide the election,” New Geography, by Joel Kotkin “When business and government are bedfellows,” The Economist [Interview with Luigi Zingales on crony capitalism] “Greed and debt: the true story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital,” Rolling Stone, by Matt Taibbi “Apocalypse not: here’s why you shouldn’t worry about end […]

Enlightened liberals vs chicken-chewing morons

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The Chick-fil-A controversy in America reveals just how illiberal and intolerant supporters of same-sex marriage are becoming. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Roberts switched vote to uphold health care law,” CBS News, by Jan Crawford “Where the money lives,” Vanity Fair, by Nicholas Shaxson [On Mitt Romney’s personal finances] “The LIBOR scandal: the rotten heart of finance,” The Economist “Native tongues,” Lapham’s Quarterly, by Simon Winchester [On the making of an American regional English dictionary] “The violent […]

Life, liberty…what a load of selfish nonsense!

Yesterday was the 4th of July, the day Americans celebrate the country’s independence. But the writer Kurt Andersen decided to be a party pooper, and took to the New York Times op-ed pages to bemoan “the downside of liberty”.  “The document we’re celebrating today says in its second line that axiomatic human rights include ‘Life, Liberty and the […]

This week’s articles of note

“The left, the right, and the constitution,” National Review, by Yuval Levin “Getting away with it,” New York Review of Books, by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells [Review of three books on American politics] “Despite Obama’s policies, the Rust Belt’s revival could save his campaign,” Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin “US banks aren’t nearly ready […]

Re-opening the American mind

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Twenty-five years on, a re-read of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind reveals just how wrong liberals were to hate it, and how wrong conservatives were to claim it as their ideological bible. Read my review, in the spiked review of books, here.

This week’s articles of note

“Hope: the sequel,” New York Magazine, by John Heilemann “The 1 percent’s problem,” Vanity Fair, by Joseph E. Stiglitz “Mary Meeker’s latest stunning presentation about the state of the web,” Business Insider, by Nicholas Carlson “Is America philosophical?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Carlin Romano “The Amazon effect,” The Nation, by Steve Wasserman  

Here we go again: Nanny Bloomberg bans large sodas

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Bans on smoking in restaurants. Then outdoors, in parks. Bans on artificial trans fat in restaurant food. A demand to post health inspection grades in big letters on restaurant windows. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City and billionaire, has made a name for himself […]

This week’s articles of note

“The service patch,” New York Times, by David Brooks “Our age of anxiety,” Weekly Standard, by Yuval Levin “The Facebook illusion,” New York Times, by Ross Douthat “Lunch with the FT: Paul Krugman,” Financial Times. Martin Wolf interviews Krugman “How Roland Barthes gave us the TV recap,” New York Times Magazine, by Sam Anderson “Woody […]

The liberal case against gay marriage

Following on from my spiked article on the gay marriage debate, I recommend an essay I found by Susan M. Shell, “The liberal case against gay marriage”. Published in The Public Interest in the summer of 2004, it remains highly relevant. Shell makes the important point that “the most stubborn and intransigent opponents in the […]

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