Bush’s point is not that people crave or desire or want freedom. The point is that people ARE free — that freedom is a God-given condition. As Thomas Jefferson said: “The God who made us made us free at the same time.” It’s certainly true that people don’t necessarily crave absolute liberty for anyone other than themselves, which is why people take such glee in things like smoking bans and zoning ordinances that don’t inconvenience them but impinge on the freedom of others. But I think it’s fair to say that even the most beaten-down victim of a totalitarian state has to exert energy to keep himself from speaking freely — and the fact that it takes effort to stifle free expression is the best proof that free expression is as natural to us as breathing.
Hillary Clinton insisted that the sexual-assault allegations against her husband are nothing like the accusations that have been levied against Brett Kavanaugh -- suggesting that Bill’s accusers are not examples of victims who must be believed as part of the #MeToo movement. “There’s a very significant ... Read More
Earlier today, freshly minted Atlantic writer Jemele Hill published a piece that broke new ground in the Brett Kavanaugh debate. She revealed that, in her experience, black men were more sympathetic to Kavanaugh than she anticipated: On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of ... Read More
When the history of the 2018 midterms is written, there will be a chapter on missed opportunities for Democrats. Some may wonder if they should have spent so much money supporting Beto O’Rourke in Texas, or whether Heidi Heitkamp was doomed from the start in North Dakota. One painful question for progressives ... Read More
The media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year -- that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh -- but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to ... Read More