The final Tuesday of January, I sat in a crowded venue in Washington, D.C., and as countless other Americans, observed a power play. However, I was not at the State of the Union address. I was two blocks away at the Folger Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Richard III dramatizes the narrative of the crookbacked younger [...]
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, [...]
In light of the ongoing debate about citizenship and immigration policy heating up within the Beltway, I thought I would take a moment – from outside the beltway – to reflect on what it means to be an American citizen. I am a second-generation Indian-American. My father immigrated to the U.S. in 1983, leaving Chennai [...]
“The holiday is over, brother dear. Back to Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes.” These words thrilled thousands if not millions of fans on Sunday night, when season 3 of Sherlock, the BBC’s popular adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories, started airing on PBS. Sherlock is remarkable in how effortless it feels. The writers took [...]
On Sunday night, season 4 of Downton Abbey will kick off on PBS. The show about the lives of privileged aristocrats and their servants in the early 20th century has proven to be global phenomenon. Figures as diverse as Prince William, President Obama, Joan Rivers, and Katy Perry admit to being fans. Beyond attracting millions of [...]
Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14, London, England, Penquin Books, Ltd., copyright 2012, 205 pp, hardback, $26.95. My two favorite apocalyptic books are 1984 by George Orwell, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. In 1984, we are given a vision of what life would be like if the state had absolute power and the individual [...]
Donna Tartt has a talent for writing openings. The first few pages of her new novel The Goldfinch don’t just hook you, they reach out and pull you in so fast you could find yourself dropping everything to keep reading. In the opening pages, the narrator, Theo Decker, is mysteriously hiding out in a hotel [...]
Big government proponents are finally getting their humiliating turn in the proverbial town square’s stocks, to have rotten fruit thrown at them by passersby. Unfortunately for them, the tormentor in question happens to be a particularly brutal one: South Park. In the first episode of the latest season, “Let Go, Let Gov,” the perpetually-irreverent animated [...]
Perhaps it really was just a harmless gesture of frustration, but a San Francisco Giants fan provoked a flurry of disdain by tossing a banana at Orioles star Adam Jones earlier this month. A week prior to this incident a defacement of a Jackie Robinson statue — in Brooklyn of all places — generated a flurry of [...]
Sunday kicked off the final eight episodes of one of the most popular shows in both main stream and libertarian circles, “Breaking Bad.” The series has turned out to be highly entertaining and even more thought provoking for anyone interested in moral issues. The show tells a story about a Willy Loman-like character, Walter White, a [...]
Few television shows present evil. Sure, we follow the lives of rakes, cads, and criminals. We have cheered for the likes of Don Draper (Mad Men), Tony Soprano (The Sopranos), Al Swearengen (Deadwood), Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire), and Stringer Bell (The Wire). But we don’t think of them as evil. They are misunderstood, had a [...]
Spoiler Alert: This column details some of the ways in which Aaron Sorkin writes about last year’s news. Two episodes into its second season, the HBO drama The Newsroom is looking less and less like an idealist’s hope to restore journalistic integrity and more like writer/creator Aaron Sorkin’s personal quest to spread his leftist views. [...]
PC World is reporting that Google Books has been allowed to live, for now. The win is huge for Google, which faced fines of up to $750 per copyrighted work, leading to a potential overall cost of more than $3 billion. But even more, it is a huge win for markets and access to information. [...]
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 [...]
For Arrested Development fans, the May 26 release of Season 4 on Netflix cannot come soon enough. The show was cancelled in 2006, but nevertheless remained a cultural phenomenon especially among twenty and thirty-somethings. Die-hard fans flaunt scores from the latest Arrested Development online quizzes (I got a 32, can you do better?) and can’t [...]
Along with 43 other states, Michigan offers a government incentive program for movie producers. The Great Lakes State has one of the nation’s most generous programs – subsidizing up to 32 percent of expenditures for film, television, music video, video game and other media projects done in the state. Essentially, this means that select qualified [...]
Today, “I do” seems to be one of the only surefire lines delivered at a wedding. The rest of the ceremony has become complicated as more and more marriages unite persons of different religious backgrounds: it’s not uncommon to witness a priest and rabbi at the same ceremony, readings from Gandhi and Genesis, or an [...]
Writing at Slate earlier this week, Julia Shaw noted that “these days, young, married couples are an anomaly.” I think she’s right. I also think that trying to convince women to marry in their young twenties by itemizing the perks of marriage is somewhat of a pointless endeavor. That said, when I get married later [...]
In December 1992, Wayne Lo, an 18-year-old student at Simon’s Rock College in Massachusetts, opened fire on students and faculty on the school’s campus. He smuggled a Chinese-made SKS semiautomatic assault rifle on campus in a guitar case and had the ammunition sent to his dorm room, and he used them to kill two people [...]
People don’t usually want to suffer, but we tend to honor those who do, especially when they suffer through conviction of some enduring principle. Think of Mother Theresa, Lu Xiabo, or the soldiers who fight America’s wars, however remote. Especially fixating are people who suffer through no or little fault of their own. Victor Hugo [...]
Lance Armstrong’s confession is sure to spark another frenzied hunt for the hundreds of still-unknown doctors, trainers, and athletes who have engaged in the doping business over the last decade. Fans of elite endurance sports, however, ought to abandon media-fueled hysteria and consider the revolutionary power these stigmatized techniques could hold for athletes and mankind. [...]
Guns: who needs ‘em? Should citizenry be permitted to own military-style assault weapons? Should they have guns at all? These are the questions furiously circulating around the public policy world in the wake of several recent shootings, the most notorious of which involved a preschool in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. But there’s a much more important [...]
Roasted leg of lamb tastes like Easter, turkey and dressing tastes like Thanksgiving, and as I discovered for the first time this month, mince meat pie tastes like Christmas. This is a pie not just rich in flavor, but in Christian tradition, Americana and history. When six friends joined us for brunch – featuring mince [...]
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 is the final installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. This item originally ran on March 16, 2009. Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors — Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, James Poulos of The Huffington Post, and Reason Magazine’s Peter [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece is the ninth 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 Huffington Post, and Reason Magazine’s Peter Suderman — who assisted in compiling this list. [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece, one of several written by Mollie Ziegler Hemingway for her regular Doublethink sex column, considered why men consume pornography and how it affects relationships. This piece is the seventh installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. This item originally ran on February 26, 2006. [...]
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, Kelly Jane Torrance’s interview with novelist Mark Helprin, is the fifth installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. (This publication retains the editorial introduction provided when the interview was first published in 2006). Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors — Cheryl Miller [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece, Baylen Linnekin’s report on attempts to ban foie gras, is the fourth 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 — Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, James [...]
Editor’s Note: The following piece, Michael Brendan Dougherty’s discussion of artists in society, is the third installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. This item originally ran on May 6, 2008. Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors — Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, James Poulos [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
James Joseph argues in “Ayn Rand’s Paradox” that Rand’s “defense of individual freedom provides a self-defeating apologia for the American welfare state.” Mr. Joseph’s essay takes the communitarian view that, without the bulwark of “natural community” (including “shared duties” or “natural duties and obligations” or “claims from direct community”), the individual becomes increasingly reliant on [...]
With late-night talk show host (and greatest White House Correspondents Dinner emcee since Don Imus) Jimmy Kimmel finally bumping Nightline and moving up half an hour to ABC’s 11:35 pm timeslot opposite Jay Leno and David Letterman, the showbiz media is collectively asking the same question: will Kimmel succeed in the timeslot where Conan O’Brien [...]
Called “arguably the greatest American in the 20th century,” during his 95 years, Norman Borlaug probably saved more lives than any other person. He is one of just six people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And yet Borlaug, who died three years ago today, is scarcely [...]
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 [...]
Poetry, says Plato, has no good place in a well-ordered society. The power it exercises over people can be dangerous, he believes, and the crowd it attracts is often undesirable. It could corrupt the young. Modern Americans may sympathize with this position if they fail to examine their assumptions about poetry. They may dismiss poetry [...]
Since fame & fortune knocked upon our door I spend all my evenings all alone Success has made a failure of our home – Elvis Costello, from his country album “Almost Blue” Earlier this month I was amused, but not exactly surprised, to find out that a handful of A-list country singers would be counterprogramming [...]
The Kim Il-Sung International Friendship Exhibition has a gift store. Walk up to a huge, windowless concrete complex in the middle of the woods. Put dingy surgical covers on your shoes. Leave all personal belongings at a security station. Walk through a single, structurally questionable metal detector manned by no fewer than six military personnel. [...]
Wolf: The Lives of Jack London James L. Haley, Basic Books, $17.99. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote facing a wall. He found his window to the cold meadows and deep forests of Massachusetts too distracting. Edith Wharton wrote in bed. I always picture her draped in white sheets, bed covers, and thin, lacy shawls—far removed from [...]
Starting a business in the middle of a recession.
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.
Why, one wonders, does Jon Stewart’s contempt focus on newsmen to the exclusion of the news makers? Why do Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson deserve scorn and humiliation, but not the leaders they follow lockstep on the left and right? Might it be because they offer easier and more tempting targets to Stewart, while taking aim at actual leaders might dry up his guest pool?
Zack Snyder’s adaptation of “Watchmen” is slavishly committed to the details of Alan Moore’s original comic book. From its opening sequence to its final moments, Mr. Snyder loyally renders the story as close to the comic book as humanly possible, meaning the need to move the action along often takes a back seat to speeding [...]
Barack Obama was not the first African-American elected to the presidency. By my count, he was the seventh. It was just that he was the first nonfiction one. While pundits marveled over the fact that Americans could elect a man one generation removed from Africa to their highest office, popular culture was way ahead of the curve.
The clock strikes midnight and our cigars are still lit. “Put those out, they’re illegal now!” shouts a man from across the room. He’s only joking, but his voice is tinged with gallows humor. From now on, complaints could bring in fines of $500 per day and the menacingly vague threat of “further administrative action” for any bar that racks up multiple violations. The nanny state is coming to Oregon.
A few years ago, no one would have predicted a site like www.SaveOurStarbucks.com. Created by entrepreneur Paul Konrardy after the financially troubled coffee chain announced in July that it would be closing 600 American stores, the site gives loyal customers a place to sign petitions urging the corporation to take their beloved shops off the [...]
All is the president of the eponymous David All Group (DAG), “the nation’s first conservative Web 2.0 agency.” All founded the group in 2007—the same year he launched Slatecard.com, a fundraising site for Republicans, and TechRepublican, a blog focusing on the intersection of politics and technology. All is not just looking to bridge the technological divide between Democrats and Republicans—he’s moving one step ahead.
It’s really no big deal to be a spy, adulterer or murderer when you live in Washington, D.C.
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