A Long Overdue Goodbye to Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan was one of two big-time bloggers--the other being, of course, Glenn Reynolds--to have helped put me on the blogospheric map. For that, I shall always be grateful. He was also--as Ross Douthat pointed out--extraordinarily influential in advancing the cause of same-sex marriage. Anyone who is the least bit concerned with fundamental human rights …

“To See what’s In Front of One’s Nose . . .”

Sam Harris is an atheist Jew who believes that Judaism ought to disappear as a religion, and who also doesn't qualify as your typical Zionist supporter of the state of Israel (to say the least). At the same time, Harris understands the difference between Israel and her enemies, and has a debate about the issue …

Everything Old Is New Again

The president who promised to get us out of Iraq--and keep us out--has decided that we need to go back into Iraq. My realist bent understands the reasons for our return, and my realpolitik leanings appreciate them, but of course, we have absolutely no idea when our how our involvement is going to end, what constitutes "victory" …

More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Those who think that Israel's enemies are serious about wanting to bring an end to the fighting have not been paying attention to current events:It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.On Friday morning, …

The Liberal Reagan? Not So Fast.

Andrew Sullivan is fond of claiming that Barack Obama is a liberal version of Ronald Reagan. James Freeman throws an appreciable amount of cold water on the notion: President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed …

Politics Kills Economic Growth

This editorial is entirely right to attack House Republicans for killing prospects for immigration reform, just as it takes on Democrats for killing free trade. Encouraging smart, hardworking people to come to the United States and chase the American dream--while enriching America with their own talents--is one of the best ways around to help foster increased …

Charles Lane v. Protectionists

Anyone who wants the United States to benefit from more economic growth would do well to take Lane's side: The Great Recession wrought global havoc, but at least it did not rekindle protectionist sentiment. Or so it seemed until last week, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) trashed President Obama’s request for authority to …

Why Does Harry Reid Hate Prosperity?

As I have written before, free trade is one of the best, most surefire ways to grow the economy, put more money in people's pockets, and create new jobs. So, while I am not surprised that the worst Senate majority leader in history is working to undermine free trade, I am disappointed. And I confess …