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The Folly of Scientism by Austin L. Hughes. When I decided on a scientific career, one of the things that appealed to me about science was the modesty of its practitioners. The typical scientist seemed to be a person who […]


Facing Up to the Enormity of Our Problem by Daren Jonescu. There will be no short term solution to the problem now facing Western civilization in general, and America in particular. Modern leftist authoritarians and their intellectual progenitors have created […]


The Fiscal Cliff: How To Call The Big Spenders’ Bluff by Matt Kibbe. The fiscal cliff – and the hullabaloo surrounding it — is a curious phenomenon. It has been over 3 years since Harry Reid’s Senate passed a budget. […]


Is Social Media to Blame for the Rise in Narcissism? by Lisa Firestone. Studies are now showing what many of you may have suspected: We are living in an increasingly narcissistic society. In a world where prime-time television is dominated […]


Proving Discrimination Is Almost Impossible by Mark Bauerlein. Teresa Wagner’s lawsuit against the University of Iowa law school ended a few weeks ago when a jury declared that the school did not submit her to political discrimination when it rejected […]


The Brotherhood Delusion by Rich Lowery. The great, acerbic 19th-century satirist Ambrose Bierce defined a revolution as “an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.” He would understand events in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak very well. In […]


Gallup: Democrats, Republicans Diverge on Capitalism, Federal Gov’t. See here.


George Will: A Cliff of Their Own Choosing With a chip on his shoulder larger than his margin of victory, Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first. Then his overreaching involved health care […]


Yesterday I linked to a critique by Vincent Phillip Muñoz of an article written by Patrick J. Deneen. Today, Deneen responds, and along the way gives the best argument against liberalism. Ought one to be a “conservative” and a “patriot” […]

Fairness Fairy

Grover Norquist’s Gnomes Duke It Out With The Tax Fairness Fairy by Bill Frezza. No one seriously believes that federal spending is going to be brought under control any time soon. Regardless of what deals are cut during the lame […]


Al Qaeda’s Not as Battered as Obama Thinks by Daniel Byman. Just a few weeks ago, in the final stretch of the presidential campaign, President Obama announced that “Al Qaeda is on its heels.” It was a claim echoed by […]


Why Social Conservatives Should Be Patriotic Americans: A Critique of Patrick Deneen by Vincent Phillip Muñoz. Rather than reject liberalism for its excesses, we should take up the more modest task of recovering the principles of liberalism once embraced by […]


The Fiscal Cliff Is A Sideshow: It’s The Economy, Not The Budget, Stupid by Carl Schramm. Recently, using the comforting, measured and boring tones perfected by Alan Greenspan, Chairman Bernanke in a speech to the New York Economic Club observed […]


What Should We Do With Our Visions of Heaven—and Hell? by John Horgan. Is heaven real? Eben Alexander thinks so. He is a neurosurgeon who learned his craft at Duke and honed it at Harvard. In 2008 he fell into […]


CT interviews Angus T. Jones. Angus Turner Jones, the “half” of CBS’s Two and a Half Men, sent shockwaves through the entertainment world this week by denouncing his own show, the third highest-ranked TV comedy, as “filth” and urging viewers […]

Thinking Clearly

Thinking Clearly About Personality Disorders by Benedict Carey. For years they have lived as orphans and outliers, a colony of misfit characters on their own island: the bizarre one and the needy one, the untrusting and the crooked, the grandiose […]


Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services […]


The Great Society’s Next Frontier by Mike Konczal. Now that Obamacare—the largest expansion of the social-safety net in the last 60 years—is safe, what’s next for the liberal economic project? More at TAP.

New England

Re-evangelizing New England by Ruth Graham. The pastor of a small church in rural Vermont is not the kind of guy you’d expect to speak with a slow North Carolina drawl. But Lyandon Warren felt a calling to New England […]


Betsy Woodruff (NRO) and Miranda Frum (HuffPo) have a disagreement about the HBO show Girls. Girls Not Coming of Age by Betsy Woodruff here. Looking for Mr. Right Now by Miranda Frum here. HuffPo Wasn’t Super In Love With My […]