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Juan Williams and illiberal liberalism

National Public Radio’s firing of its reporter and pundit Juan Williams is disturbing for advocates of free expression and debate.

NPR is, of course, free to hire and fire whoever they want; Williams did not have a job for life. And, in my opinion, he’s not a particularly insightful commentator. But the circumstances ...

Water on the moon – yes!

In November of last year, NASA announced an amazing discovery – water on the moon. Last week, six scientists announced in Science magazine that in fact there is much more water than originally thought – about twice the concentrations that are found in the Sahara. 

The Wall Street Journal outlines the important implications:

The large quantity boosts the ...

This week’s articles of note

“How to restore the American Dream,” Time, by Fareed Zakaria

“Handoff, or fumble: how consumer psychology will determine the fate of our economic recovery,”  The New Republic, by Noam Scheiber

“Desert storm,” The New Yorker, by Nicholas Lemann [on Harry Reid’s battle to retain his Senate seat]

“The empathy ...

Excessive credit leads to crash… so expand credit again?

Martin Wolf in today’s Financial Times puts the Federal Reserve’s “quantitative easing”, as well as other countries’ monetary expansions, into perspective:

Monetary policy has worked, in practice, via credit expansion. It is, as a result, at least partly responsible for the debt crisis of today. Who can now confidently state that ...

The rent is too damn high

At a seven-candidate debate for governor of New York, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party stole the show. Here is a video clip of ...

Free speech not allowed on campus

Campus speech codes have not gone away, says George Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), in this video interview with Reason.tv.

Lukianoff says that ...

Obama blames “scared” voters

Mickey Kaus says that Obama has returned to blaming voters for not agreeing with him, just like when he spoke of people in Pennsylvania that “cling to guns and God” during the 2008 election campaign.

At a recent fund-raising event in Massachusetts, Obama said: “Part of the reason that our politics seems ...

This week’s articles of note

“The education of a President,” The New York Times Magazine, by Peter Baker

“Confounding fathers: the Tea Party’s Cold War roots,” The New Yorker, by Sean Wilentz

“Think again: global aging,” Foreign Policy, by Phillip Longman

“No more arcs: is the West officially over?” The New Republic, by Rochelle ...

The truth about the Currency Wars

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America should get its own economic house in order rather than blame the slump on China’s currency antics.

Read my spiked article in full here.

The battle to define the “21st Century Enlightenment”

Here is an animated video of a recent speech by Matthew Taylor, director of the Royal Society of the Arts, on the “21st Century ...

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