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Banning Straws

Want to sip a refreshing beverage this summer? If environmental zealots and sycophants get their way, you won’t be allowed to sip it through a plastic straw. Actress Nina Nelson and other celebrities made a video claiming that plastic straws kill sea life: “In the USA alone, over 500 million straws are being used every […]

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Dads Needed

Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. But then, as he learned more, he started to disagree with parts of modern feminism. “I don’t agree with the part of feminism that says men […]

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One Nation, Many Individuals

We celebrate the Fourth of July because that’s the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, 242 years ago. You might call July 4 America’s birthday. The Declaration didn’t just declare our independence from Britain; it vowed to create a government that respected all people’s rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It […]

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Shut Up, They Explain

I’m not surprised that mobs shriek at Trump administration officials in restaurants and that Maxine Waters wants more of that. I’ve watched this happen at American colleges. One example: Heather Mac Donald is a Manhattan Institute scholar who wrote the book “The War on Cops.” She argues that Americans are less safe today because police, […]

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Chinese Big Brother

Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China. Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba. Now the Chinese government takes data from those platforms to assign all people who use […]

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Patriarchy Defender

“Shame on you! Shame on you!” chanted protestors after psychology professor Jordan Peterson said he’d refuse to obey a law that would require everyone to call people by the pronoun they prefer — pronouns like “ze” instead of “he” or “she.” It wasn’t just radical college kids protesting. Hundreds of Peterson’s academic colleagues signed a […]

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Crony Developments

“Are you on the take?” When I tried to get Edgewater, New Jersey, politicians to answer that question, the mayor wouldn’t discuss it, ultimately telling me, “You may sit down.” The town of Edgewater is right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Anyone fortunate enough to live there gets a spectacular view of New York […]

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Against Higher Education

Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!” President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.” But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go. “How many thousands of hours did you spend in classes studying subjects that you never thought about again?” he asks. Lots, in my case. At Princeton, I […]

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The Innocence Project

On TV crime shows like “CSI,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order,” science gets the bad guys. In real life, “science” often ensnares the innocent. Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck gets annoyed when TV shows make forensic science look infallible. “You watch a detective get down and look at a body (and say), ‘He’s been dead […]

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Thank You, Mrs. Bush

My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston. It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do for an AIDS patient but hold his hand. And many people still thought […]

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