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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish by Rebecca J. Rosen. Last year I wrote about some very interesting research being done by Paul J. Heald at the University of Illinois, based on software that […]


Boys and Girls by Andrew O’Hagan. At the juvenile detention centre in Kandahar there are two sets of children. The first are riotous and loud, arrested for theft and other crimes of that sort. When you give them a piece […]


Europe’s “Moral Values” by Guy Millière. European governments speak as enemies of Israel, behave as enemies of Israel and take decisions only enemies of Israel would take. They are at war with Israel. There is no doubt they hope for […]


Aristotle Can’t Refute Evolution: A Response to Seagrave by Robert T. Miller. While evolutionary theory shows us that we can’t divide living things into stable, distinct species, this doesn’t mean that it imperils the foundations of knowledge. More at PD.


America as Detroit by Jay Zawatsky. The malignant cancer cells oozing from the petri dish of progressive policy known as the City of Detroit are soon to metastasize throughout the body politic. The disease, which has been described by Mark […]


Alito Shrugged: Libertarianism Has Won Over the Supreme Court Conservatives by simon Lazarus. Supreme Court-watchers were flummoxed by the Court’s 2012-2013 term, especially on the left. On its final two days, June 25 and 26, Chief Justice John Roberts and […]


PD reviews My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind—and Doubt Freed My Soul by Amir Ahmad Nasr.


People are always claiming we need an “honest” discussion about race in America. Of course, any honest question about race in America must also take a look at black-on-white crime, a much likelier occurrence than white-on-black crime. Here’s a recent […]



The Oakland A’s looked great in their 1969 throwback uniforms yesterday, and the Angels were wearing their LA hat that had the halo around the top! Very cool!


Think Again: Indiana Is the Latest Skirmish in the Conservatives’ War on Knowledge by Eric Alterman. Mitch Daniels—the former Republican governor of Indiana and now president of Purdue University—and I don’t have much in common, except neither one of us […]


The Politics of Pain by William Saletan. In the debate over banning abortions at 20 weeks, pro-lifers have the upper hand. More at Slate.


Cynic-in-Chief by Jonah Goldberg. My rival in this race,” President Obama announced early in 2007, “is not other candidates. It’s cynicism.” Sadly, it’s now evident cynicism won. In a much-hyped speech at Knox College on Wednesday, Obama sought to pivot […]


Beyond Blame by Barbara H. Fried. With responses from Christine Korsgaard, Paul Bloom, Gideon Rosen, Erin Kelly, Brian Leiter, Adriaan Lanni, George Sher, Mike Konczal, and T. M. Scanlon. Barbara H. Fried replies. See here.


Evan Kindley reviews Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture by Aaron Lecklider.


The Huma Unmentionables by Andrew C. McCarthy. Charlotte’s revulsion over Huma Abedin’s calculated “stand by your man” routine is surely right. Still, it is amazing, as we speculate about Ms. Abedin’s political future, that the elephant in the room goes […]


The Big Lie That Drove Detroit Into Bankruptcy Was Liberalism Itself by Louis Woodhill. There is a great “Demotivators” poster whose caption is, “Sometimes the only purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others.” With Detroit […]


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Infidelity But Were Afraid to Ask by Susan Walsh. See here.


Author Claims ‘Atheism Will Replace Religion’ By 2041 by Connor Adams Sheets. In a controversial new study, author Nigel Barber claims that atheism will replace religion by 2041 as a result of rising living standards worldwide. Read more here.


If a Cat Could Talk by David Wood. Felines walk the line between familiar and strange. We stroke them and they purr, then in a trice they pounce. More here.


This month’s cover story from CT, Can We Trust the God of Genocide? by Mark Buchanan.