It’s Time Once More to Pay Poetic Homage to the Chicago Blackhawks

A little under two years ago, the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe visited me, and demanded that I write a poem in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks, who had just won the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins. I was happy to oblige. The Blackhawks have not yet won the Cup this year, but they …

For the Love of All that Is Holy, Stop Claiming that China Will Supplant America as a Superpower. It Won’t. No, Seriously, It Won’t.

Our punditry class and our media in general are filled to the gills with incredibly lazy people who are far more content to recycle stories and analysis than they are to put forth anything resembling original thought and commentary. That's in part why certain strains of thought that utterly lack any serious intellectual content and are …

Another Reason to Despise the Anti-Vaccination Movement

Would you like to be vaccinated against Lyme Disease? Sure you would; why would anyone want to put up with the complications that might arise from having a Lyme tick bite you--complications that "can lead to arthritis, neurologic problems like meningitis or nerve inflammation, and sometimes even heart problems"? Yes, a vaccine against Lyme Disease …

How Martin O’Malley Can Beat–or at Least Weaken–Hillary Clinton

Let's make something clear: I don't think that Martin O'Malley--who has officially jumped into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination--will be his party's standard bearer in the 2016 presidential election, much less get elected as the 45th president of the United States. But I don't discount for a moment his ability to weaken the …

Quote of the Day

At 9:30 a.m. on a sunny weekday, the phones at Candelia, a purveyor of sleek office furniture in Lille, France, rang steadily with orders from customers across the country and from Switzerland and Germany. A photocopier clacked rhythmically while more than a dozen workers processed sales, dealt with suppliers and arranged for desks and chairs …

Sometimes, Politicians Need to Be Political

Kevin Williamson is being quite unfair to Robert Gates in his editorial piece. Sometimes, an argument from organizational self-interest is the best argument to carry the day on a particular issue, and failing to argue from a standpoint of organizational self-interest means losing the argument on that issue. There are doubtless a significant number of …

Semi-Good News on Trade Policy

I am pleased to see that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act has gotten a boost from the United States Senate with the Senate's decision to grant President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a new trade deal. I wish that I could say that the vote was unanimous, but alas, it wasn't, thanks mainly to protectionist Democrats …

Paul Krugman Is Fundamentally Dishonest (A Continuing Series)

Any just and intellectually defensible analysis of the New York Times's decision to hire Paul Krugman as a columnist has to conclude that in making the hire, the Times severely harmed its own credibility. Krugman simply cannot be trusted to present facts and make honest arguments. Behold the latest example of Krugman's thoroughgoing mendacity. Comes …