DOHA, QATAR — If you ever wanted to see skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and NBA all-star Dikembe Mutumbo under one roof, the Doha GOALs conference may be for you. In one panel, Harvard Business students presented a plan based on using Google Glass as an advertising platform. The most intriguing thing about the session for [...]
The Super Bowl may have been a dud, but American TV viewers have something far more suspenseful to watch Sunday, when the next eight episodes of The Walking Dead’s fourth season began. The zombie apocalypse thriller has become an instant classic, and for good reason: Not only does it have compelling characters, plenty of action, [...]
Professional wrestling — or wrastlin’, as it’s known in the South — has gotten a bad rap for decades. Indeed, it’s easy to roll your eyes at the black-and-white, good-or-evil characters and simplistic story lines. But while today’s wrastlin’ might not be for everyone, there’s a deep beauty to the quasi-sport that may not be [...]
Tesla has outperformed expectations and speculators remain bullish. A luxury electric car has come to market with premium ascetics and a practical range of over 200 miles. TSLA had an initial public offering (IPO) under $20 three years ago and is now trading above $180 per share. CEO and founder Elon Musk’s success can be [...]
My parents’ generation is accustomed to thinking of America’s ongoing death penalty debate in terms of tough on crime conservative republicans pitted against socially progressive liberal democrats, but those categories are increasingly obsolete given the use of the death penalty in the criminal justice system: it’s just another inefficient government program. Americans of all political [...]
Last year, after Mitt Romney tapped Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate, opponents went into overdrive trying to paint him as an extremist. Their case in point? Ryan read Ayn Rand and had allegedly required his interns to do the same. Ryan was on the record discussing the writer and philosopher Rand’s influence [...]
If you’re a young entrepreneur thinking of starting a business, ask people who have done it first. Even then, you have no idea what you are getting yourself into. Starting a business is hard, plain and simple. A business is all about solving a problem and finding a way to profit from it. That is [...]
Did you know that you can buy a tall, dark stout in Germany with Bitcoin? Parts of Germany and early-adopter San Francisco are the only places in the world where you can buy goods and services with the cryptocurrency in meatspace. But the insecurity of government-backed currencies (Euro-crisis, anyone?), an electronic-payment system DYING for competition [...]
As if riding the Washington, D.C. Metro during rush hour weren’t unpleasant enough, as of last month, we now have to be subjected to this: “Jewish and Proud, and AIPAC doesn’t speak for me…Most Jews are pro-peace.” These self-righteous posters, distributed by the grassroots organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, reinforce Rick Richman’s argument in his [...]
Three decades in the public policy sector may have brought LaVarr Webb even more experiences than stories he has penned in it. It started with the St. George Spectrum, a community newspaper in southern Utah. Once he then worked as an editor of the Salt Lake City-based Deseret News for 17 years, Webb had established [...]
Federalism, which among other things allows individual states to experiment with policies untried at the national level, has a downside in one sense for advocates of liberty and limited government: those who appeal to a right to keep and bear arms must do battle for their rights at more than one level. The recent massacre [...]
Since the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) chose to threaten the United States with a “preemptive nuclear attack” on Thursday, it might be time to consider alternative options to sanctions and official statements equivalent to “shame on you.” It might be time for action. But it’s not that simple. An article in The Independent [...]
Complexity has characterized the United States’ personal income tax system virtually since it’s permanent inception 100 years ago. At last count, the Internal Revenue Code itself measured roughly 74,000 pages; the regulations governing the Code’s implementation run to many thousands more; and the annual estimated cost of “voluntary” compliance with the Code was roughly $400 [...]
It seemed like a familiar plot, someone publishes what they deem artistic, albeit offensive to Islam, Muslims get enraged, protests spread, so-called artists and their families go into hiding, embassies attacked, US and Israeli flags are burnt, dozens of protesters get killed, politicians urge calm, diplomatic crises erupt and are resolved. Amid the fallout over [...]
Since the early part of the twentieth-century various organizations and politicians have tried to pursue legislation for a single-payer health care system in the United States. The private market has grown during that time to cover over 175 million Americans through our employer sponsored system and another 25 million with individual coverage. However, there are [...]
As $136 billion in spending cuts and $532 billion in tax increases loom ever larger with the approach of January, the policy debate surrounding the fiscal cliff has settled around a few key points, among them the necessity of a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction. According to progressives including President Obama, this would entail raising [...]
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 [...]
Editor’s Note: This review runs today in honor of the veterans of World War II, including those who fought and died 71 years ago today during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The lights dim, the audience hushes, and an American flag waves in front of a bright, peaceful home. The green and yellow trees rustle [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Atlanta Braves fans are a hardy lot. They laugh in the face of summer afternoon games when other teams are installing retractable roofs. Atlanta’s traffic is second to none, and yet thousands will crawl along I-85 for miles to get to the stadium. There’s nothing quite like that electric atmosphere when Turner Field first comes [...]
There has been much discussion in news outlets about proposals to use eminent domain to acquire “underwater mortgages”—mortgages where the owner owes more than the worth of the home. State laws and state constitutions prohibit this abuse of eminent domain. Nearly all states reformed their laws in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
In the post-recession environment of high unemployment and slow growth, there has been a lot of talk about the need to protect American jobs and to rein in the trade policies of other countries (read: China) that are viewed as “unfair.” It’s an understandable outgrowth of domestic frustration and worry, but it betrays a misunderstanding [...]
President Obama’s former Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel came under fire in November 2008 when he said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” In the wake of the [...]
Sports Illustrated releases a list of sports’ 50 highest paid athletes. The name of this list? The Fortunate 50. I must admit to finding this title a little annoying. I realize it’s a play on “the Fortune 500.” But it is wildly, hopelessly misleading. The American Heritage dictionary defines “fortunate” as Bringing something good and [...]
Creating Our Own Realities The Discourse Police have been in high dudgeon recently, railing against what they describe as the right’s creation of its own reality. Buzzfeed recently ran a piece headlined “In Conservative Media, a Race War Begins.” In it, McKay Coppins argues that “If you’ve spent much time consuming conservative media lately, you’ve [...]
“We got rules, we got regulations, we got laws,” said Washington, D.C. Taxicab Commission (WDCTC) Chairman Rob Linton after his January sting of Uber, a new private car service and competitor to the unbelievably inconsistent (read: horrible) cab service in D.C. Linton directed driver Ridha Ben-Amara to take him to the Mayflower Hotel, where several [...]
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform… -Alexis de Tocqueville, from “Democracy in America.” Getting a [...]
Money in politics corrupts, and huge sums of money corrupt hugely. At least, that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Think tanks have popped up to ensure we have a democracy where “the will and concerns of the people aren’t drowned out by the financial influence of the few.” Newspaper editorials decry the fact that [...]
I wear bow ties because it’s a hell of a lot harder to spill food on them than it is neckties. That’s not exactly why I wear them, but it’s a convenient excuse to give at cocktail parties and wedding receptions. And you’ll need an excuse if you’re going to wear bow ties these days, especially if you’re a twenty-something who doesn’t have the luxury of being pardoned as a cantankerous old fart who doesn’t know better than to dress like a Supreme Court justice.
A liberal congressman defies his district and faces defeat in a bellwether re-election campaign. In 2010, a torrent of anger against statist intrusion swept away scores of Democratic incumbents. So strong was Tea Party enthusiasm, so energized was the Republican electorate, that even deeply entrenched House Democrats were dislodged: longtime leftist titan James Oberstar [...]
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.
American presidential elections are often best read as verdicts on the administrations that precede them, and in that light, Barack Obama’s victory on November 5 marks the long-overdue death of neoconservatism.
A new form of Catholic education, born of financial necessity, is creating results for at-risk kids. Do the lessons of the Cristo Rey schools hold the key for broad education reform?
Inside the political numbers racket.
Hawaii’s congressional delegation wants the federal government to enshrine a racial purity test in law, roll back decades of social progress, and set the stage for the state’s eventual secession.
Demystifying the prof-crush.
Why a small band of upstart filmmakers is spending six figures on a short film no one will see.
From rappers to novelists to our very own lives, the cultural demand for authenticity has never been higher. But is it worth the price?
Former Congressman Bob Barr talks big on small government as he vies for this year’s Libertarian Party presidential nomination.
We’re pleased to announce that in a few short weeks, Brainwash will be relaunched as Doublethink Online.
You need to know what to do this week. And I happen to need to tell you. And I love to use infinitives. To die for.
In a New Orleans public school, Lois Tilly plays the organ and leads 5- and 6-year-olds in “Sing a Rainbow,” their favorite song about colors. It begins, “Red and yellow, and pink and green / Purple and orange and blue / I can sing a rainbow / Sing a rainbow / Sing a rainbow too.” [...]
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