Included among a list of notable figures with demonstrable achievements being considered for TIME’s “Person of the Year” lies an anomaly, a curious aberration. And, no, I’m not talking about Stephen Colbert (number 11 out of 40 contenders). I’m talking about Sandra Fluke, a law student famous only for supporting a new federal mandate. But [...]
In the weeks following his victory over Mitt Romney, President Obama has stuck a more strident tone than the last time the Bush tax cuts were up for debate, saying at his first post-election press conference that he will not “extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent.” Some of his Democratic colleagues on [...]
Collaborative consumption is the idea that individuals or entities can share, trade, swap, or rent products and services rather than sell or own them outright. The term was first coined in the late 1970s to describe car-sharing and carpooling but has expanded recently through the Internet and social media. Zipcar and Car2Go, Internet and mobile-app [...]
You know government has grown too big when it bans growing a garden in your own yard. Such is the case in Orlando, but one family is fighting to restore common sense and constitutional boundaries on what the government says you cannot do with your land. Jennifer and Jason Helvenston are the Bonnie and Clyde [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece, Tim Carney’s discussion of the flawed coverage of Robert Novak-Valerie Plame controversy, is the eighth installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. This item originally ran on September 24, 2006. It is based in part on Carney’s experience as a reporter for the Evans-Novak [...]
Editor’s Note: Matthew Continetti explained in the following profile that noted religious skeptic Carl Sagan had his own unique religious vision. Continetti’s piece is the sixth installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. This item originally ran on July 8, 2007. Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece, Sean Higgin’s profile of Reason’s Ron Bailey after he reversed his climate change skepticism, is the second installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors — Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, James Poulos of The [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece, Ashley Parker’s profile of the young speechwriters who served in George W. Bush’s administration, is the first installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors — Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, James Poulos of The [...]
Whenever a politician says something along the lines of “we don’t care about ideology, we care about what works,” get nervous. Such statements are usually followed up with misleading calls for compromise that invariably involve increased federal spending, higher taxes and more regulation. But rather than shrink from such rhetoric, conservatives should embrace it. After [...]
SOKCHO, KOREA — Since the 1950s, Koreans have demonstrated amazing resilience and determination to overcome the aftermath of a devastating war and construct what has now become one of the largest economies in the world. Unfortunately, Korea’s competitive market plus the cultural pressures placed on students to succeed has created a toxic atmosphere for Korean [...]
Last Tuesday, Californians voted on Proposition 37 to determine whether or not food companies had to label their products as genetically engineered. Luckily, the ballot measure was defeated. Proponents of this legislation rallied under the banner that the consumer has “the right to know.” However, “the right to know” would have come at a cost—a [...]
How long should it take to get the government’s permission to open a small business? A few days? A few weeks? Try four years if you want to start a new cab company in Denver. That’s how long Mile High Cab has been struggling to get the state’s permission to start getting to work. A [...]
Rahm Emanuel famously admonished his party to never let a crisis go to waste. This advice should come in handy for conservatives, since according to Charles R. Kesler’s new book, liberalism is in crisis. By crisis, Kesler doesn’t mean a national emergency that enables the expansion of government. Instead, he means a turning point. In [...]
The United States is in a mess right now. John Allison, retired chairman and CEO of BB&T bank and current president of the Cato Institute, provides an insider’s take on the causes, effects, and possible cures of our current recession in his new book, The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is [...]
The monks of Saint Joseph Abbey put the final nail in the coffin of Louisiana’s law that allows only licensed funeral directors to sell caskets. The monks have been building simple wooden caskets to pay for basic necessities and to help others share their noble and simplistic life. A federal judge struck down the law [...]
For the past year or so, I’ve read terrifying headlines shout dire warnings about the “college bubble” and “education bubble.” These articles warned readers to be cautious about their college choices, or else they could end up drowning in student loan debt, unable to get a job because they have a worthless degree. The articles [...]
A decades-old Minnesota law would have prohibited residents from utilizing online higher education resources like California-based Coursera under the guise of “consumer protection” had it not been for the public backlash last week. Minnesota Statutes 136A.61 to 136A.71 require postsecondary institutions to file with the state and pay a number of costly fees to protect [...]
It’s an all too common thing for people to wish for what they see as a simpler time in their life. I know I have been prone to do it at various junctures, comparing the seemingly chaotic nature of the present with that of an idealized past, in which the hardest decisions of the day [...]
Every parent should be able to have a say in his or her child’s future. That is why the Institute for Justice has teamed up with the State of Indiana and two parents to defend the new Choice Scholarship Program from legal challenges by teachers’ unions. This case will be argued in November before the [...]
By all accounts, Peter Boettke is exactly what he claims to be in Living Economics—a lover not just of economics but also of teaching economics. This book mixes together Boettke’s personal thirst for understanding, his admiration of the great minds and ideas that have influenced him, his appreciation for intellectual challenges to his own beliefs, [...]
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s decision to oppose gay marriage has only heightened the polarized nature of this year’s presidential campaign. Along with President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage and the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two same-sex marriage cases in the near future, it seems as if the United States is [...]
For the past few years, California’s community college system has been falling apart like a dumped girl watching a romantic comedy. But recently, the appointment of new heads to both the community college and university systems have given some residents hope. Unfortunately, they’d be better off hoping for Shaq to take the Lakers to another [...]
As of September 15, California is forcing Internet-only retailers such as Amazon.com to collect the state’s 8.5 percent sales tax—adding another roadblock to businesses in a state already notorious for having so many. Sure, the tax is expected to bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the state, according to tax officials. But that doesn’t [...]
Is hindsight really 20/20? Only if you can identify your original mistake. Based on the United States’ response to yesterday’s anti-American violence in the Middle East, it would seem that our foreign policy experts have forgotten that all-important qualification. The Arab Spring—it needs a new name—is about to enter its third year. The only difference [...]
The wisdom of enforcing the First Amendment against government efforts to squelch speech—even corporate speech—was made real to supporters of same-sex marriage last week. T-Mobile, the cell phone powerhouse, announced it was contributing $25,000 to the campaign supporting Initiative 74, the Washington State ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In doing [...]
With Paul Ryan’s ascent to the Republican ticket, Ayn Rand returned to contemporary political conversation. Her artistic abilities aside – she has all the weaknesses of Wordsworth’s Romantics with none of their attendant strengths –Rand’s supporters tout her Objectivist individualism as an answer to the claims of Leviathan. But, paradoxically, her defense of individual freedom [...]
Is a person’s vote determined by their race and gender? The left often thinks so. It is the norm for liberals to claim the black vote, the Latino vote, and— especially in this election—the woman vote. Madeline Albright, President Clinton’s Secretary of State, recently stated that she can’t understand why any woman would vote conservative, [...]
If you take the rural Tennessee back roads that meander east out of my home county of Rutherford and into Cannon County, you’ll soon find yourself at the front gates of Short Mountain Distillery, a 300-acre farm that produces authentic, small-batch Tennessee Moonshine, Bourbon, and Whiskey. Short Mountain is one of six new distilleries that [...]
The Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act cemented the largest expansion of domestic social policy in a generation. A graver significance of the decision, however, rests in the reasoning of majority opinion. Going into oral arguments, claims that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance fell under Congress’ taxing power were either disregarded [...]
The days following the addition of Paul Ryan to the Republican presidential ticket have been difficult for anyone who admires, appreciates, or respects the ideas of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand. Never before have mainstream political writers, reporters and commentators expelled so much energy to discuss Rand or her impact on the contemporary cultural climate. [...]
President Obama has waffled for too long on Syria. It didn’t want to intervene but it was hesitant to do nothing. The middle ground it chose is bad for Syrians, bad for the region, and bad for American foreign policy. Obama has prioritized good politics above good policy long enough in Syria – he needs [...]
Few things are as enduring and permanent in American politics as the administrative state. The endless list of federal agencies—including such vital commissions as the “Board of Tea Appeals”—gives crushing weight to Milton Friedman’s quip, “Pick at random any three letters from the alphabet, put them in any order, and you will have an acronym [...]
One has certain expectations for a book written by an ex-politician: sentimental, self-serving anecdotes about inspiring constituents; vague appeals to cooperation and bi-partisanship, none of which matters as the author is out of office; nauseating metaphors illustrating the greatness of America. Former Sen. Bill Bradley’s (D-NJ) new book, We Can All Do Better, meets all [...]
It’s been a rough few days for opponents of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Where the presence of a supposedly “conservative” majority seemed to assure them that the law would most certainly be struck down, the most odious part — the individual mandate — wound up being upheld in a decision written by none other than one [...]
Much commotion has been made over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s crusade against “sugary” drinks over 16 ounces. The ban, Bloomberg claims, is necessary to the city’s war on obesity, which began with banning trans fats in 2006, and requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus in 2009. The city also launched an ad campaign [...]
Over at The American Conservative, Daniel Larison has done his best to decipher Sen. Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney – more specifically, the Kentucky senator’s suggestion that the soon-to-be GOP nominee is endowed with “mature attitude and beliefs toward foreign policy.” For many of his father’s supporters, Sen. Paul’s suggestion rings false – at best, it affords an expedient endorsement, [...]
If there’s one thing that people hate, it’s being lied to. Promising them one thing and delivering another is a surefire way to guarantee disappointment. For example, see Prometheus. Audiences were promised this Ridley Scott-directed picture was a prequel to Alien, the beloved 1979 sci-fi horror film. “Keen fans” would see “strands of Alien’s DNA,” [...]
Let’s not make this more complicated than it is: Gov. Walker cut unemployment from 9% to 6.7 in just 16 months. Governors who do that don’t lose re-election. They certainly don’t get Recalled. Walker’s reforms are working, people knew it, they voted for him. The End. Democrats were not invested in this race: The MSNBC [...]
President Obama keeps proposing increased taxes on successful people. However, will those taxes go to constitutional activities or to propaganda for children? Our nation’s problems can’t be fixed by throwing pixie dust on them or waving a magic wand. However, the Energy Department thinks they can. A taxpayer-funded public information campaign on billboards and the [...]
Last week’s “Equal Pay Day” – the political equivalent of a Hallmark holiday – provided Democrats with yet another opening to attack presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. When pressed on his views on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Romney offered a weak “I have no intention of changing the law” answer, which both failed [...]
The left’s frustration with President Obama has been much discussed of late. But their disappointment is nothing new, and shouldn’t be much of a surprise, either. In March 2009, just three months after Obama took office, liberal economist Paul Krugman claimed to be in “despair“ over administration policy. At this early stage, though, few [...]
Last Friday, I joined my co-workers on a trip to the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan. The plan was to film interviews with protesters and hand out Boom and Bust by Alex Pollock—a little free-market evangelism, if you will. On the drive from DC to Manhattan, I wondered how the “occupiers” [...]
The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America By Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch PublicAffairs, 288 pp., $25.99 For budding libertarians, certain issues of urgency in the libertarian world may seem esoteric: opposition to the Federal Reserve, proposals to allow young people to opt out of social security, and [...]
The administration’s alumni two years on.
To save feminism, get rid of the lady blogs.
How conservative bloggers are scooping the New York Times.
Female sexuality may be seen as a distraction for politicians, but it’s also a powerful tool when used correctly. And as Palin’s campaign demonstrated, women are getting much more adept at using it to their advantage.
On March 9, President Obama signed an Executive Order clearing the way to lift Bush-era restrictions on the use of federal funds in embryonic stem cell research. The move was widely seen as part of his Inaugural Address promise to “restore science to its rightful place.” But what is science’s “rightful place”? Does Obama himself know?
Nancy L. Rosenblum’s On the Side of the Angels is an ambitious book that both attempts to understand the disdain for parties and partisanship, and also to provide a defense of these institutions. She calls her book an “act of reparation”—an effort to find a place for parties and partisanship within political theory as integral social and moral institutions rather than pathologies we must eradicate.
Whenever it seems as though something momentous and exciting is about to happen here, prepare to be disappointed. In spite of earlier signs of a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, last week, Cuban president Raul Castro sacked several members of his cabinet, replacing two of the most well-known politicians in the country with military hard-liners.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Joseph Hammond
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Emma Elliott Freire