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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.

This week’s articles of note

“Fixing California: the green gentry’s class warfare,” New Geography, by Joel Kotkin

“The Blue Model needs Wall Street to survive,” The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead

“The new American capitalism: the rise of the distorporation,” The Economist

“Big Mother is watching you,” The New Republic, by Judith Shulevitz


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 ...

This week’s articles of note

“A blue state’s road to red,” Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty

“Democrats are stupid, too,” Bloomberg View, by Clive Crook

“Bill de Blasio and the new urban populism,” The New York Times, by Thomas B. Edsall

“The case for hate speech,” The Atlantic, by Jonathan Rauch

“Of course the ...

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.

This week’s articles of note

“Miley Cyrus syndrome: where have all the grown-ups gone?” Los Angeles Times, by Meghan Daum

“Men dither while women lead in the world,” CNN, by Hanna Rosin

“The last days of the GOP,” New Republic, by John Judis

“Gerrymandering isn’t to blame for D.C. impasse,” Real Clear Politics, by ...

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 ...

This week’s articles of note

“The two faces of American education,” The New York Review of Books, by Andrew Delbanco [Review of books by Diane Ravitch and Michelle Rhee]

“The closing of Diane Ravitch’s mind,” City Journal, by Sol Stern

“California’s new feudalism benefits a few at the expense of the multitude,” The Daily ...

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