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DeBlasio and the snow

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I have my criticisms of New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio (see here). But the attacks on him for his handling of yesterday’s snowstorm, and his decision to keep schools open, are a distraction. Deciding whether to open schools in the face of bad weather is often a no-win situation. Keep them open and some […]

Marijuana and the myth of libertarian America

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The new pro-dope consensus is more authoritarian than liberal. Read my spiked article in full here.  

No tobacco, no matter: major U.S. cities proposing bans on e-cigarettes

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Chicago, New York and other major American cities are considering proposals to prohibit e-cigarettes in public places. The move is another step by authorities to use public health as an excuse to treat us as less than autonomous individuals.  About 4 million Americans use battery-powered cigarettes, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. The growing […]

Why JFK still haunts America

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In our cynical, downbeat era, we long for some Kennedy positivity. Read my spiked article in full here.

Let’s debunk the de Blasio myths

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Far from being a socialist, New York City’s new mayor is Bloomberg Take 2. You can read my spiked article in full here.

Bystander-in-chief?

Whenever a new problem emerges – and there have been a lot of them over the past year – President Obama seems to say that he had no knowledge of it before it was in the media. As the video here highlights, on issue after issue – from the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups to […]

Interview: Australia’s Counterpoint, on ABC Radio National

I had the pleasure of discussing the US government shutdown and aftermath with Amanda Vanstone on ABC Radio National’s “Counterpoint” in Australia. You can listen to the interview here. I recommend that you check out Counterpoint, which provides a fresh take on the news from a fellow great Pacific country.

Standing up to the new paternalists

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Today’s nudging elite poses a threat to our everyday freedoms. Read my spiked essay in full here.

Loathed and leaderless in Washington DC

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As the shutdown rumbles on, the depth of America’s political crisis becomes clear. Read my spiked article in full here.

It’s the politics, stupid

The US government shutdown will enter its 14th day on Monday, and the debt-ceiling deadline is on Thursday. Both political parties continue to blame one another. Some Democrats and their supporters, in particular, believe they are “winning” because certain polls, such as last week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, find that more Americans blame the Republicans for the stand-off […]

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