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Obama turns to congress to try to salvage his Syria folly

President Obama’s supporters praised his announcement on Saturday that he would seek congressional approval for an attack on Syria. Some commentators referred to it as a historic departure from previous practice. Journalist Walter Shapiro wrote:  “The president’s decision to go to Congress represents an historic turning point. It may well be the most important presidential […]

Obama’s unserious approach to Syria threatens deadly consequences

Has there ever been a military action so telegraphed in advance as the US threats to bomb Syria? According to un-named  US “senior officials” speaking to the New York Times (and seemingly every other news outlet), we know that the action will be “limited”, “perhaps lasting no more than one or two days”. The attacks […]

This week’s articles of note

“The great Oberlin College racism hoax of 2013,” Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson “Doing things together doesn’t mean a big government program,” Washington Examiner, by Timothy Carney “How Obama has abused the Patriot Act,” Los Angeles Times, by Jim Sensenbrenner “The real reason college costs so much,” Wall Street Journal,,”  by Alyssia Finley “Science is […]

Big, bad America, slayed by a communique

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Why’s no one talking about the fact-lite, frenzied shutting of US embassies? Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Weiner, Filner: Therapy and the art of political cleansing,” Los Angeles Times, by Meghan Daum “Going for Bolingbroke,” New York Times, by Ross Douthat “The danger of Clinton fatigue,” Slate, by John Dickerson “Mitch Daniels’ gift to academic freedom,” Wall Street Journal, by Benno Schmidt “The childless city,” City Journal, by Joel Kotkin and Ali […]

Who’s really promoting prejudice?

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The pro-Trayvon campaign shows how illiberal “anti-racism” has become. Read my spiked article in full here.

Gay marriage’s echoes of the Cultural Revolution

Thumbnail : Gay marriage’s echoes of the Cultural Revolution

Politicians publicly renouncing their former beliefs, the youth raging against the elderly… the SSM campaign has eerie echoes of history. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“‘Perhaps culture is now the counterculture’: a defense of the humanities,” The New Republic, by Leon Wieseltier “Western cultural suicide,” National Review, by Victor Hanson Davis “Economy needs more than tech sector,” Orange County Register, by Joel Kotkin “Philosophy isn’t dead yet,” The Guardian, by Raymond Tallis “Allegation ends coach’s career,” ESPN The Magazine, by […]

This week’s articles of note

“Jobs jobs jobs,” The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead “Going green? Then go nuclear” Wall Street Journal, by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger “Time regained!” The New York Review of Books, by James Gleick [Review of Time Reborn: From the Crisis of Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin] “The suicide epidemic,” Newsweek, […]

Obama’s war on press freedom

Recent Department of Justice (DOJ) actions against two media organizations show that the Obama administration is willing to trample over press freedom and the First Amendment rights of journalists. These are serious attacks on the media to investigate freely, and for us to read what we want about the government. They go well beyond where […]

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