Over at Reason, Brian Doherty gathers anecdotal evidence that Ron Paul may prove attractive to many on the Left. Unfortunately, this sounds to me like more Liberaltarian-style wishful thinking brought on by libertarian frustrations with Bush. It would be great, as Jonah has noted before, to see more liberals embrace small government. But strict, Ron Paul-style limited government is inherently contrary to the vast majority of the liberal domestic-policy agenda. When I interviewed Paul last month, he told me that he finds that most everyone is for limited government—except on one or two issues that interest them. I’d bet most of his liberal supporters fall into this category. I also suspect that liberal interest in Paul is focused mostly around his outspoken anti-war views; that’s the biggest issue for the Democratic base right now, and it’s not all that surprising that some Democrats have latched onto one of the most outspoken Republican war critics. And of course, liberals have a consistent habit of speaking fondly of conservatives and Republicans who’re out of favor with and critical of their own; this strikes me as just more of the same.
During last night's CNN town halls, Bernie Sanders endorsed reinstating the voting rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, and Kamala Harris indicated that she was open to the idea. Anne Carlstein, a junior at Harvard, asked Sanders, “You have said that you believe that people with felony ... Read More
I believe three things at the same time. First, Donald Trump should have voluntarily produced his tax returns years ago. Second, one of the laws Democrats are using to demand production of Trump’s returns — which grants the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee the right to see the returns of any ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
If you’re paying attention to presidential politics, you should be paying attention to Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur running for president as a Democrat. Yang is worth taking seriously not because he has a real shot at the nomination (he comes in at about 1 percent in most polls), but because, unlike most ... Read More
Two eminent public intellectuals -- Jordan B. Peterson, the Canadian psychologist, and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher -- sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto with their debate “Happiness, Capitalism vs. Marxism.” What followed had little to do with happiness and less to do with capitalism and Marxism, ... Read More
On Monday, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan to completely eliminate student debt and make college free. It’s a terrible, financially infeasible idea, which is something that has been pointed out many times over by the more economically literate among us. So, I’d like to ask ... Read More