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Why Unions Exempt Themselves from Hard-Fought Minimum Wage Hikes by Diana Furchtgott-Roth. Unions have been at the forefront of drives to raise the minimum wage to $10, $12, or $15 an hour. Take Fight for $15, funded by the Service […]


What Would It Take to Double a Cell Phone’s Battery Life? by Nicholas St. Fleur. How is it possible that mobile phones can do so much—summon cars, order groceries, make video-calls, count footsteps—and yet still drain power so quickly? For […]


Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom by George H. Smith. Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought. More.


A Summer Break from Campus Muzzling by George F. Will. Commencement season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening […]


Magna Carta: Eight Centuries of Liberty by Daniel Hannan. June marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the ‘Great Charter’ that established the rule of law for the English-speaking world. Its revolutionary impact still resounds today. More.


The New Nationwide Crime Wave by Heather Mac Donald. The consequences of the ‘Ferguson effect’ are already appearing. The main victims of growing violence will be the inner-city poor. More.


The New York Times interviews author David McCullough.


Amtrak Has Problems, But a Lack of Federal Funding Is Not One of Them Veronique de Rugy. After the recent Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, some politicians and pundits used the terrible tragedy to perpetuate the misleading claim that the […]

Commencement Speech

‘Being Offended Is Not a Plus for You’ by Ian McEwan. I would like to share a few thoughts with you about free speech. Let’s begin on a positive note: there is likely more free speech, free thought, free enquiry […]


America’s Bad Bardo by Mark Judge. Both liberals and conservatives in the West have a similar problem. The problem has to do with the Christian concept of time. It’s responsible for both the bullying by gay marriage advocates and the […]

Better Off?

No, The World Isn’t Better Off Because Of The Iraq War by David Harsanyi. In the past few weeks, a number of Republican presidential contenders have been asked about the Iraq War and offered a variety of unsatisfying answers. And […]

Coming Out

Familial Relationship Outcomes of Coming Out as an Atheist by Kevin Zimmerman, Jesse Smith, Kevin Simonson, and W. Myers. How do families react when a member “comes out” as an atheist? As one of America’s most stigmatized groups, atheists often […]


An Anatomy of Surrender by Bruce Bawer. Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia. More.


LRB reviews The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Towards a Political History of Madness by Laure Murat.


Death Denial by Marc Parry. Does our terror of dying drive almost everything we do? More.


TNR reviews The Enlightenment: History of an Idea by Vincenzo Ferrone.


Three Simple Steps to Heal Conflict and Strengthen Love by Ken Page. This simple technique is designed to deepen all of your intimate relationships, including your relationship with yourself. Each of its three steps leads to greater authenticity; to a […]


Why It Pays to Be a Jerk by Jerry Useem. New research confirms what they say about nice guys. More at Atlantic.


LARB reviews Self: Philosophy in Transit by Barry Dainton. One of the notable features of human beings is our ability to sleepily glance at the bathroom mirror in the morning, and not only recognize ourselves, but also reflectively note, “Hmm, […]


The Trouble With Scientists by Philip Ball. Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published research findings are false.”1 Written by John Ioannidis, […]