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Class Consciousness, French- and American-Style

Class confusion is always with us. Our social circumstances are in conflict with our ambitions and desires, and we are often in political denial. This American phenomenon resembles the new decadent cuisine that piles layers of proteins — and then tops them with fatty bacon. …

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No More Fair-Weather Federalism

The Republicans are supposed to be the party of state autonomy and strict limits on federal power. But you would not know it based on the first six months of the Trump administration. On a variety of major issues involving immigration, law enforcement, and the …

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Rebuilding the Public Square after Charlottesville

The riots and violence in Charlottesville accentuate, like the tired chorus of a far-too-long song, the dangerous effects of racism, bigotry, and misrule by mobs. Whatever “white nationalists” call themselves, no rebranding can wash the moral taint from doctrines of racial supremacy. Yet Charlottesville also …

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The solar eclipse that rocked the world of science

This coming Monday’s total solar eclipse is also a sobering reminder of the famous 1919 eclipse that unceremoniously demolished a 232-year-old scientific consensus many once thought was unassailable – Newton’s theory of gravity. Continue Reading....

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Why Georgia Sticks With Nuclear Power

It’s a hedge against a low-carbon future—and much more. Continue Reading....

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All the President's Advisers

Steve Bannon all but dares Trump and Kelly to fire him. Continue Reading....

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Trump's Tangle of Rhetorical Inadequacy

A gifted leader might make the case for building more statues rather than tearing down the ones we have. Continue Reading....

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Charlottesville: What happens if America's children lose our history?

What’s happening in the country right now actually offers a perfect opportunity to teach children about our past. The response to Charlottesville should not be to remove our national monuments, but to point to them and teach the history behind them. Why are we so …

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Balls, Strikes, and Trump

Jay Nordlinger and David French have both written in recent days against those conservatives who “call balls and strikes,” praising and criticizing President Trump when they think each is warranted. Jay says this stance “misses the moral dimension of a presidency” and that at some …

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‘Why Was the Confederacy Founded? And Why Was the United States?’

Not all slippery slopes are slippery in the same way. You slide down some because you started out with an arbitrary distinction; you slide down others because you overlooked a sound distinction. It’s possible that removing Confederate monuments will result in our eventually dynamiting the …

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