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 …

The Very Meddlesome Robert Reich

Kevin Williamson reads Robert Reich so that the rest of us don't have to, and discovers that Reich has decided that he is in the very best position possible to tell people how to make charitable donations. Reich's stance seems to herald something of a new development in the port-side creed; evidently, not only should the …

“Libertarians Are the New Communists”?

I think not. Far more accurate to say that Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu are the new Joseph McCarthy: Hanauer and Liu's mode of argument consists of repeating negative statements ("Radical libertarians would be great at destroying," they are "fanatically rigid," they are "economic royalists" who are "mirror images" of communists, etc.) and writing opponents out …