5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

Last week I wrote about how we’re in a cultural civil war and it’s time for conservatives—and really, anyone who’s not on board with the radical anti-American agenda of Black Lives Matter and the rest of the woke left—to fight back. But how? I was light on specifics, and subsequently heard from a number of … Read more 5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

As with the Weather Underground, America’s privileged are now lashing out at their own self-loathing. . . . But who are these cultural revolutionaries? The conventional wisdom goes that this is the inner-cities erupting, economically disadvantaged victims of racism enraged over the murder of George Floyd. The reality is something more…bourgeoisie. As Kevin Williamson observed … Read more Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Executing child murderers does not make Bill Barr any less pro-life. Catholics, says Attorney General William Barr, “understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.” Saccharine? Perhaps. But this remark from Barr’s now-infamous Notre Dame speech summarizes the faith of a man whose public Catholicism has for decades emphasized both … Read more Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Bizarro World

Politically correct etiquette sets boundaries around social class, constantly diminishing the supply of respectable people by casting out delinquents. For urban professionals, the precarity of living on the precipice of cancellation is the price of erecting barriers to entry around their institutions and social spheres. It is no coincidence that the new standards of etiquette … Read more Bizarro World

Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Democrats have met the enemy, and it is the police. Well, not all police. They love the heavily armed federal police at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Just days after George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Democrats managed to compile a sweeping police reform bill that would, among … Read more Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

Police brutality has been seared into the consciousness of many Americans — especially blacks — since the 1960s, when TV showed civil-rights protestors being clubbed and hosed by Jim Crow police departments. After every nationally publicized incident — the latest being the horrific death of George Floyd — there are calls for change. Experts demand … Read more It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

Venezuela, for a Season

There are many things that can disrupt the production and distribution of goods. A hurricane might do that for a while, as it did in parts of Texas and the rest of the country when Harvey drenched Houston and put an important gasoline pipeline out of commission. Not having easy access to retail gasoline for … Read more Venezuela, for a Season

Hygienic fascism: Turning the world into a ‘safe space’ — but at what cost?

Author Aldous Huxley once said, “A thoroughly scientific dictatorship will never be overthrown.” Even as we try to battle the COVID-19 pestilence, we may be contracting a more dangerous virus — hygienic fascism. This involves a process when our political leaders defer to a handful of “experts,” amid what Dr. Joseph Ladopo, an associate professor … Read more Hygienic fascism: Turning the world into a ‘safe space’ — but at what cost?

Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

Writing in this magazine a month ago, I applauded the government’s stated aim of trying to follow the science in dealing with Covid. Such promises are easier made than kept. Following science means understanding science. It means engaging with rival interpretations of the limited data in order to tease out what is most important in … Read more Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

A three-column article in the local daily recently revealed the alarming news that Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras and members of his family had tested positive for the coronavirus. I wish Sen. Contreras and his family well. He seems like a good guy. But in a sane world without the hyperbolic, breathless press treatment of … Read more Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

The fallen state of experts

Today we have the “rule of experts.” Monopoly experts have the power to choose for you in one field after another, including child protective services, economic policy, and pandemic response. But if you give some humans the monopoly power to choose for other humans, you have created some dangerous incentives. The rule of experts gives … Read more The fallen state of experts

Recognizing the Deadly Impact of Economic Lockdowns

Last October, before coronavirus became the world’s dominant issue, I shared this clever Remy video to help make the point that policies designed to save lives can go too far. Indeed, if they do enough harm to the economy, they can actually cause additional death.   Remy: People Will Die!   I’ve written about this … Read more Recognizing the Deadly Impact of Economic Lockdowns

Woodstock Occurred in the Middle of a Pandemic

In my lifetime, there was another deadly flu epidemic in the United States. The flu spread from Hong Kong to the United States, arriving December 1968 and peaking a year later. It ultimately killed 100,000 people in the U.S., mostly over the age of 65, and one million worldwide. Lifespan in the US in those … Read more Woodstock Occurred in the Middle of a Pandemic

Don’t make ‘flatten the curve’ be a lie

If you want people to keep being okay with lockdowns, don’t make them feel lied to. Those of us outside of the New York area have done exactly what we were told we had to do. We “flattened the curve,” and now we’re being told that this flattened curve is a sign of our failure … Read more Don’t make ‘flatten the curve’ be a lie

Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Some doctors, economists and educators argue stay-at-home orders defy data and medical science, and are hurting young people the most. Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, says an overestimation of the fatality rate of those infected has created an unwarranted panic. In a column published by The Hill, he … Read more Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

The increasing possibility of a breakdown in the meat supply chain in the United States due to COVID-19 is prompting Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) to renew his push for a bill that would make it easier for small, independent slaughterhouses and meat processors to sell directly to consumers. Large meatpacking plants across the country have … Read more Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

Mike Rowe Is Right: There’s ‘No Such Thing’ as a Non-Essential Worker

Few people in history have seen more jobs up close than Mike Rowe, the longtime host of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Dirty Jobs. Now the blue-collar icon has a message for those who say “non-essential” employees have no business working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent TV appearance with Dana Perino on … Read more Mike Rowe Is Right: There’s ‘No Such Thing’ as a Non-Essential Worker

Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

Despite being informative, President Trump’s daily coronavirus press briefings are sometimes derailed by campaign-trail-esque antics. This was the case Monday evening, when Trump told reporters that he has “total authority” to override governors and re-open the economy at a time of his choosing. “I have the ultimate authority,” Trump told the press. “When somebody is … Read more Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

Liberalism’s ‘cesspit’?: IAN BIRRELL says tech giants have turned San Francisco into a dystopian nightmare of addiction, homelessness and criminality

Gilles Desaulniers moved to San Francisco 40 years ago, settling in the ‘friendly, quaint and affordable’ city after running out of cash while driving from Canada down the West Coast of America. Today he runs a grocery store filled with fresh fruit, vegan snacks and organic wines typical of this famously liberal Californian city. But … Read more Liberalism’s ‘cesspit’?: IAN BIRRELL says tech giants have turned San Francisco into a dystopian nightmare of addiction, homelessness and criminality

“Let Them Eat Whole Foods”: The Appalling Elitism of Dollar Store Bans

What’s really driving dollar-store bans? Could it be a simple lack of empathy? . . . Should city governments dictate where you can shop for food? If your neighbors see a need for a store, and happily patronize it, should outsiders shut down that option? These are the battle lines of the emerging movement against … Read more “Let Them Eat Whole Foods”: The Appalling Elitism of Dollar Store Bans

What Should My City Do About Our Infrastructure Backlog?

  Abridged Chuck Marohn’s TED talk on infrastructure   In 1997, my Samoyed dog, Sebaka, and I spent a long overnight up in the city of Longville, Minnesota, pulling manhole covers in an attempt to determine where all the sewage was coming from. The city’s wastewater treatment facility was nearing capacity, something that should not … Read more What Should My City Do About Our Infrastructure Backlog?

How An Unlimited Supply Of Borrowed Cash Is Destroying Higher Education

“You have to go to college” was an article of faith when we were growing up in poor families. Now we wonder if our ticket out of poverty still has the same value. Far too many of this generation are leaving college with substantial debt and few meaningful job opportunities. Put a little differently, what … Read more How An Unlimited Supply Of Borrowed Cash Is Destroying Higher Education

FISA Court Committed a Fraud upon America

Presiding judge Rosemary Collyer, having returned from her vacation on Mars and just in time for her retirement, has demanded of the FBI revised procedures to ensure that the multiple frauds committed upon the court, including inclusion of fraudulent material, omission of exculpatory information, and the deliberate alteration of documents to mislead the court. It … Read more FISA Court Committed a Fraud upon America

How to Deal with the Counterfeit Goods Problem

The effort to control counterfeit goods is a lot like the effort to control the use of firearms in violent crime: Government is willing to try almost anything short of doing its job. . . . It’s a funny old world: Federal agents will birth bovines if you try to bring a Diet Coke through … Read more How to Deal with the Counterfeit Goods Problem

Sanctuary Cities and Counties

The Democrats have been promoting sanctuary cities, counties and even states for years, in an effort to frustrate the enforcement of federal immigration laws. It is odd how Democrats never seem to anticipate that their own tactics might be used against them. Of course, to be fair, until recently they rarely were. Republicans were too … Read more Sanctuary Cities and Counties