The Planning-to-Fail Plan

The little-recognized implication of this year’s election is that we are never going to fix Social Security. The unsustainability of the crown jewel of the middle-class welfare state is well known. As the Baby Boomers get old, there are fewer younger workers paying taxes to support them. The program’s reserves are being spent down and […]

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The Era of Authority

I was amused recently by a hilariously un-self-aware comment from feminist journalist Jill Filipovic. One advantage the left has over the right is we don’t value bowing to authority. But I see a kind of Messiah worship in Sanders supporters. — Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) April 15, 2016 I wonder: was she around at all when […]

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Andrew Jackson Didn’t Want to Be on Your Central Bank Notes, Anyway

A few years back, there was an off-Broadway musical called, “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.” It was a flop. But now Broadway is host to the hit musical “Hamilton,” whose creator has lobbied for keeping his lead character on the $10 bill. Now it’s looking like Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will acquiesce, keeping Hamilton on the […]

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Capitalism Is Organic

A post from Facebook has been making the rounds, where I came across it by way of my Federalist colleague Scott Lincicome. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JTtTlcNbGM — Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) April 11, 2016 Here’s the mind-blowing argument: “If we each grow a large crop of different food, we could all trade with each other and eat for […]

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Donald Trump Is an Ayn Rand Villain

So Donald Trump says he’s an Ayn Rand fan. Which has about as much credibility as every other claim Trump makes about himself. This comes by way of an interview with Kirsten Powers for USA Today. Here’s how it’s described: Trump described himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, […]

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Everything Awful About the Trump Campaign in One Tweet

Everything awful about Donald Trump’s campaign for president has just been summed up in one tweet from his son, Eric Trump. The younger Trump responded to presidential contender Ted Cruz’s trip to the Bronx, and the less-than-friendly reception he got, with a meme taken from “The Sopranos.” He has deleted the tweet, but the Internet […]

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The Panama Papers Make the Case Against Hillary

The revelations from the Panama Papers—leaked documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm that helps political elites hide their money—have been hitting home across the world, exposing the widespread corruption of world leaders and their hangers-on. It ought to hit here, too, because it reminds us of everything that should give us the heebie-jeebies about […]

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Who Is James Taggart?

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 8 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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White Sheets and Red Golf Caps

Hey, lefties, we finally found your racists for you. For as long as I can remember, people like me—by which I mean advocates of capitalism and free markets and freedom of speech—have been accused by the left of being secret racists who pine for the gold old days of the antebellum South. Tiresome stuff like […]

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Hollywood Baroque

So I sacrificed my two free passes at the fancy new movie theater in town, and an evening in which the kids were staying at grandma and grandpa’s—which is much more valuable—in order to take my wife out to see Batman v Superman. As we left the theater, she asked me whether it was possible […]

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