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The Optimistic Column

The Optimistic Column

I recently did a duplex book review for a respectable conservative quarterly...

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Raise the Drawbridge!

Raise the Drawbridge!

So how are you doing at keeping up with events in MENA (the Middle East and North...

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

Zero Shades of Gray.  The U.S. Supreme Court punted on homosexual “marriage”...

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The Great Circle of Despots

The Great Circle of Despots

History is full of strange folds, wrinkles, and repetitions.  Consider for...

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Four Billion Africans

Four Billion Africans

A new study on world population trends came out last week from the University of...

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Scotland: The Hole in the Lifeboat

Scotland: The Hole in the Lifeboat

An opinion journalist is expected to take a stand on newsy issues, even ones he...

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The Occupation

The Occupation

I have taken another trip on my syllogismobile to an alternate universe. Among the...

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Alaska Diary

Alaska Diary

The Derbs—Mr., Mrs., and Missy—spent two weeks in Alaska. Here are some random...

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Red Pill Blues

Red Pill Blues

Do I get downhearted? Yes I do. You think it’s easy, living on the red pill? In...

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Sorry, Ladies: The Great Chain of CultMarx

Sorry, Ladies: The Great Chain of CultMarx

From the police blotter: New York City police have arrested a man wanted for...

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One Cheer for Meritocracy

One Cheer for Meritocracy

I have just finished reading David Lebedoff’s 2008 book The Same Man: George...

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

You can’t faze a New Yorker.  After all these years in the Big Apple, I really...

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Of Meth and Men

Of Meth and Men

A few columns ago I mentioned in passing that the Mrs. and I had been watching...

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A Fate of Ice and Fire

A Fate of Ice and Fire

The title I wanted for my 2009 call to pessimism was We Are Doomed, Doomed. The...

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