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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 ...

Evidence that the “war on obesity” is not worth fighting

For years we’ve been told that America is engaged in a “war on obesity” that requires government action at the federal, state and local level.  Government-backed research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have categorized more than a third (36 percent) as obese, and about seven in 10 as ...

A bad cliffhanger

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The US “fiscal cliff” talks were depicted as a tense dash to save America, but in truth all the big questions were left out.

Read my spiked article in full here.

A bad cliffhanger

Congress and the President went past its own deadline of midnight on December 31st, but a day later reached a deal on the so-called “fiscal cliff”. With its vote late on Tuesday night, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving legislation that will avoid tax increases for most ...

Driving off the fiscal cliff?

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As many predicted, the “fiscal cliff” negotiations are going down to the wire. Congress and the President have until the end of 2012 to agree a deal that would prevent tax rises and budget cuts. But this brinkmanship does ...

2012′s best articles

Here are my top 10 articles for the year (in alphabetical order by the author’s last name):

“Who killed the liberal arts?” The Weekly Standard, by Joseph Epstein

“In nothing we trust,” National Journal, by Ron Fournier and Sophie Quinton

“The future of history: can liberal democracy survive the decline ...

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