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Large Government Out of Place in a Society Based on Small Technology

September 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

"Twentieth-century technology," writes economic historian Joel Mokyr in the Manhattan Institute's excellent City Journal, "was primarily about 'large' things."

Large in physical size, that is. Mokyr's examples include the diesel engine and the gas turbine, shipping containers, communications satellites launched by giant rockets, oil-drilling platforms, massive power stations, giant steel mills and huge airplanes.

The President who Is Uninterested in Other People

September 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

Some time ago I contrasted the reaction a conservative would get if he were in the same room with the two most consequential politicians of the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.

Primaries Show Republican Voters Wary of Tea Party Candidates, Skeptical of Party Establishment

August 7, 2014 - 6:00pm

The standard thing to say about the various Republican primaries this year is that the tea party movement has lost one race after another. That's a defensible conclusion but also an oversimplification.

Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but Not in the Obama White House

August 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's a lot of evidence to support it.

Obama Dragged Down by Chaos at Home and Abroad, not by the Economy

July 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

"Why do you think President Obama's job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?" the interviewer asked.

It's a fair question, even though the economy declined 2.9 percent in the first quarter, even though most jobs created in June were part-time, and even though labor force participation remains low.

How Obama is Turning Liberalism Into an Instrument of Coercion

July 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Liberals just aren't very liberal these days. The word "liberal" comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century, liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech, free exercise of religion, free markets, free trade -- for minimal state interference in people's lives.

Obama Pays Price for Inaction on Immigration Law

July 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

The flood of underage -- and nonunderage -- illegal immigrants from Central America coming across the border in Texas is, to paraphrase a former Obama administration official, a "man-caused disaster." The man who caused it, more than anyone else, is Barack Obama.

Obama Skitters, Scampers and Scuttles Away From Failure

July 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Skitter, scamper, scuttle. That seems to be the mode of the Obama administration of late.

Skitter away from your red line in Syria. Scamper off to a meeting you'd previously nixed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Supreme Court Slaps Down the Obama Administration

July 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

Seldom in American history has the Supreme Court unanimously rejected positions advocated by presidents' administrations.

But in this respect at least, President Obama has produced the fundamental transformation he promised in his 2008 campaign. Over the last three years, the court has rejected Obama administration positions repeatedly in unanimous 9-0 decisions.

Liberals Champion Freedom of Speech -- Except in Politics

June 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

I'm old enough to remember when American liberals cherished the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. They celebrated especially the freedom accorded those with unpopular beliefs and protested attempts to squelch the expression of differing opinions.

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