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Scourge of the elites

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Christopher Lasch was a fearless iconoclast who defied left and right labels. Love him or loathe him, you need to grapple with his ideas if you want to understand today’s big political and moral debates.

Read my review of Eric ...

Israel-bashers: masters of the double standard

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Radicals who protest against the censorship of anti-Israel academics cheer with hypocritical glee when Israeli academics are banned.

Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Why Obama is giving up on right-leaning whites,” National Journal, by Ronald Brownstein

“My plan to fix the world’s biggest problems,” Wall Street Journal, by Bill Gates

“How the South will rise to power again,” Forbes, by Joel Kotkin

“Why Apple is losing its aura,” Fast Company, by Bruce ...

Mead on the pessimism of today’s liberal elites

For the past year or so, Walter Russell Mead has written extensively on The American Interest website about the steady disintegration of the post-New Deal social order, which he calls the “blue social model”. Mead, a professor at Bard College and a prolific blogger, argues that we cling to old notions, even as ...

This week’s articles of note

“Go for the throat!: Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican party,” Slate, by John Dickerson [plus, read Dickerson's response to his critics]

“The liberal hour,” New York Times, by Ross Douthat

“Liberalism and freedom,” Washington Monthly, by Ed Kilgore

“Futuristic ...

The inauguration of illiberal liberalism

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President Obama’s inaugural speech confirmed that he plans to keep waging an elite Culture War against “backward” values.

Read my spiked article in full here.

After Newtown: panicked safety measures turning schools into prisons

Following Newtown, most of the media coverage is focused on the debate over gun control. We are waiting to hear the proposals that emerge from the commission headed by Vice President Joe Biden, which is due to be announced this week. But whether or not Washington decides to pass new ...

Newtown: a “9/11 for gun control”?

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Both liberals and the right responded to the dreadful Sandy Hook massacre by denigrating liberty.

Read my spiked article in full here.

Some thoughts on the current situation

As we enter a New Year, I’ve been reflecting about the past year or so in politics, and wondering where things might head in 2013. I thought I would share some points that came to mind about our situation today.


Politics seem more event-driven. By this, I mean that a particular incident or news ...

This week’s articles of note

“Let’s repeal the Second Amendment,” Vanity Fair, by Kurt Eichenwald

“Spengler’s ominous prophecy,” National Affairs, by Robert W. Merry

“After the fiscal cliff: what do Democrats want?” The Daily Beast, by Megan McArdle

“California’s blue utopia,” New Geography, by Robert J. Cristiano

“The new feminism,” Dissent, by Sarah Leonard ...

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