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Magical

The Sun Does Not Rise by Andrew Crumey.

How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science.

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Worry

What Humanists Worry about Most by Patrick Hudson.

Last week the American Humanist Association polled its Facebook followers on what their major concerns about the Trump administration are. The choices boiled down to women’s reproductive rights, climate change, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the Johnson Amendment. While the results were close, freedom of speech was seen as the top issue under threat, with 27 percent of responders choosing it. Climate change was a close second with 25 percent of the vote, followed by religious freedom (19 percent), reproductive rights (15 percent), and the Johnson Amendment (14 percent).

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Disability

The Doughnut Disability by Steven Malanga.

Government employees get sick and injured at higher rates than their private-sector peers.

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Plagues

How Plagues Really Work by Wendy Orent.

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities.

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Hope

PD reviews Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House about the Future of Faith in America by Michael R. Wear.

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Deep State

The Flynn Affair Shows What It Will Take For Trump To Restore Constitutional Government by David Danford.

As long as the administrative state thinks it can resist the people’s elected representatives, none of us can claim that the law rules and not men.

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Hypocrites

Why Both The Left And Right Are Political Hypocrites And What To Do About It by Jonathan Bethune.

There can be no meaningful dialogue premised upon shared values if both sides only apply those values when it lets them score points.

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Resistance

Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump by David Harsanyi.

Sure, it matters that Donald Trump owns a historically low favorability rating. Then again, disliking the president isn’t exactly a courageous act. Plenty of Americans — many of whom supported the president during the general election — don’t like Donald Trump. They do realize that politics is a tradeoff. A more revealing question pollsters might ask people is: But do you “like” any better Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren, pussy-hatted marchers griping about the patriarchy, or the totalitarians blocking Education Secretary Betsy Devos from walking into a public school?

That’s the choice #TheResistance — whose mantra, let’s face it, has synched with the national Democratic Party — has created for many moderate Republicans, right-leaning independents, and movement conservatives concerned about Trump. Which is to say, they offer no choice whatsoever. They offer plenty of hysteria, hypocrisy, and conflating of conservatism with Trumpism for political gain.

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Discrimination

How to Think About Discrimination: Race, Sex, and SOGI by Ryan T. Anderson.

Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) antidiscrimination laws are unjustified, but if other policies are adopted to address the mistreatment of people who identify as LGBT, they must leave people free to engage in legitimate actions based on the conviction that we are created male and female and that male and female are created for each other.

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Teach

What Jesus Can Teach Today’s Muslims by Mustafa Akyol.

What is the trouble with Islam? Why are there so many angry Muslims in the world who loathe the West? Why do self-declared Islamic states impose harsh laws that oppress minorities, women and “apostates”? Why are there terrorists who kill in the name of Allah?

Many in the West have been asking these kinds of questions for decades. Answers have varied from claiming that there is no problem within Islam today, which is too defensive, to asserting that Islam itself is a huge problem for the world, which is unfair and prejudiced. Luckily, more informed observers offered more objective answers: The Islamic civilization, once the world’s most enlightened, has lately been going through an acute crisis with severe consequences.

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Exploits

Abortion Widens the Gender Gap and Exploits Women by Brian E. Fisher.

The “women’s rights” argument for abortion ubiquitous in modern Western culture reframes the act of abortion as a means to women’s freedom. Yet, historically, abortion has been and continues to be a reflection of male dominance.

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Sham

The Claws Out For Ivanka Trump Show Liberal Love For Women Is A Sham by D.C. McAllister.

If any liberal celebrity or politician tweeted or accomplished the same things, they’d be praised. But not Ivanka.

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Blackwater

The Blackwater of Jihad by Rao Komar, Christian Borys, and Eric Woods.

A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.

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Trouble

The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics by Steven Weinberg.

The development of quantum mechanics in the first decades of the twentieth century came as a shock to many physicists. Today, despite the great successes of quantum mechanics, arguments continue about its meaning, and its future.

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Victimology

From Culture to Cupcakes by Heather Mac Donald.

The once-great University of California at Berkeley continues its descent into victimology.

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Restless

Larry Taunton discusses the “fierce denunciations by a number of the so-called New Atheists” to his recent book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist.

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Voice

Republicans Should Make Elizabeth Warren The Voice Of Democrats by David Harsanyi.

First of all, despite the martyr act, no one has the power to “silence” Sen. Elizabeth Warren — and that’s a good thing. On the other hand, the impulse to silence Warren is completely rational, and it has nothing to do with her gender, ancestry, or ideology. It has everything to do with her sanctimonious lecturing, habitual dishonesty, and disregard of “norms.” She’s been a bully her entire career.

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Prefer?

Judicial Engagement v. Judicial Restraint by Clark Neily and Mark Pulliam.

What should conservatives prefer?

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Comforts

The Comforts of the Betsy DeVos War by Ross Douthat.

In these distinctly abnormal times for the republic, with Donald Trump in the White House and a group of unprepared revolutionaries around him, one must be grateful for small doses of normalcy and politics as usual. Thank heavens, then, for Senate Democrats, who just gave us the most predictable of spectacles: a liberal holy war against Betsy DeVos, just confirmed as the new secretary of education by Mike Pence’s tiebreaking vote.

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Wrong

If You’re Reading This Essay, You Should Probably Have (More) Children by Jonny Anomaly and Brian Boutwell.

The 20th century saw explosive population growth, fueled by a combination of declining infant mortality, decreasing violence and steady growth in agricultural productivity. These trends resulted in large part from technological advances — like chemical fertilizers, genetically modified food, antibiotics, and vaccines — which acted as a tremendous boon to human welfare. By the 1970s, some were convinced that population growth would soon lead us back to a dark age of famine, disease and war.

But they were wrong.

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