Fairy Lights in the Big City
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by Adam Simon
3d ago
Like a drunken but unforgettable one-night stand between Jay McInerny’s Bright Lights, Big City, and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Tara Isabella Burton’s Here In Avalon rips up the map of genre fiction, breaking walls and blurring boundaries that normally keep romance, thriller, fantasy, and literary fiction safely separated. The result is a bittersweet, romantic ride, but also a work that inspires us to think more deeply about the very nature of the genres we enjoy, to question, in effect, the genre of our own dreams and desires, and the writerly magic inherent in all fiction. All writers are tri ..read more
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Flying the Unfriendly Skies
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by David Krugler
3d ago
The best scenes in Masters of the Air, a nine-part series on Apple TV, arrive at 25,000 feet, as squadrons of B-17 Flying Fortresses cruise in formation to bomb Germany during World War II. Oxygen masks strapped on, the crews man their posts and brace for flak and Luftwaffe fighter planes. The ball turret gunner squeezes into his glass globe in the underbelly, the waist gunners swing their weapons to the ready, the navigator hunches over crinkling charts, the bombardier readies his Norden bombsight. On the flight deck, the pilot and co-pilot grimly watch as flak shells burst and pop. The gray ..read more
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Rules for Royalists
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by James M. Patterson
4d ago
Since the smash hit of Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, publishers have been looking for other notable figures who might provide self-help for young, conservative men. I reviewed another such entry for Law & Liberty, and now I turn to one by Eduard Habsburg, from the storied European aristocratic family that once ruled over half of Europe, most of South America, and even part of North America. Indeed, on the cover, Habsburg includes his title, “Archduke of Austria,” a claim now of only symbolic importance, as Austria is a republic that abolished titles of nobility in 1919. Habsburg ..read more
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Rethinking Thinking
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by Luis Pablo de la Horra
4d ago
You find yourself in a bar, deeply engaged in a discussion with a friend over a public policy issue. You hold your position with confidence, convinced beyond doubt that there’s no room for debate. Every article you have read, every news segment you have watched, and every conversation you have had in the past month regarding this issue has reinforced your stance. In your mind, you are right, and your friend is mistaken. The evidence, as you see it, is undeniable. Why, then, does she fail to acknowledge what seems to be so clear? However, it dawns on you that she’s not alone in her perspective ..read more
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Restoring Self-Government
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by Richard M. Reinsch II
5d ago
Daniel Miller’s sprawling essay “American Counterrevolution” argues in florid tones that the West and America are currently being devoured by revolution. Miller notes that “the distinctions which structured Western thought for millennia are in crisis.” What once stood “between the public and the private, between men and women, between the profane and the sacred, and between the guilty and the innocent” has broken down. This revolution—like all revolutions—promises us something new, but Miller notes earlier in the essay that all political revolutions are the same in their essentials. Miller rec ..read more
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Replace the Parenting Experts
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by Elizabeth Grace Matthew
5d ago
Abigail Shrier’s Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up makes a devastating case against the infantilizing way we are raising American children today.  Shrier, an investigative journalist and mother of three, draws on empirical studies to show that authoritative parents have the happiest, strongest, and most resilient kids. Her own study of nearly one thousand families tells the same tale: Kids who can rely on their parents for love, discipline, and boundaries typically grow up to become society’s “load-bearing walls,” capable of taking responsibility for themselves and others. But t ..read more
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Is There a “Post” in Post-liberalism?
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by Samuel Mace
5d ago
Liberalism has faced strong intellectual headwinds since 2008. The collapse of the financial system did not just rock consumer confidence but the political system on which it was founded. Ever since, we have witnessed rising concern about the state of liberalism in America, creating a genuine fear of backsliding. Could a political order again emerge that sees inequality between peoples as natural and ongoing? Will political movements fearful of globalisation and its fruits gain the upper hand? Will identity-focused politics overwhelm liberal ideals and values about intrinsic human worth? It is ..read more
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The Great Purge of Prices
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by Samuel Gregg
6d ago
Once upon a time, price theory and reasoning about prices was core to modern economics. Yet as Bryan P. Cutsinger and Alexander William Salter observe in a recent Free Market Institute paper, “the group that should be most committed to studying and appreciating (warts and all) the price system—professional economists—increasingly regards price theory as unworthy of attention.” To support this claim, they examine a range of datasets, ranging from the content of economics syllabi to the extent to which contemporary books on price theory are incorporated into graduate economics courses. Price the ..read more
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A Turning Point in the Battle of the Bulge
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by Helen Dale
6d ago
We’re still processing the pandemic. Covid-19 did odd things to people. Or, rather, government responses to Covid-19 did odd things to people as much as the disease itself. I was one of those people. At the same time, new drugs emerged which are starting to do odd things to civilisation. That they emerged as the world seemed to come unmoored from reality in other respects may turn out to be significant. In 2020 and 2021, I piled on roughly thirty kilos. That’s sixty-six pounds for the non-metric crowd up the back. I went from being a person who’d never been fat in her life to someone who tippe ..read more
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The Secret Side of Facebook
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by Ralph L. DeFalco III
1w ago
In 2021, Facebook insiders began to leak internal documents that revealed the company’s executives knew its platform was being widely misused. Pornographers, human traffickers, pedophiles, drug cartels, and other unscrupulous users found a home on Facebook. Yet, time and time again, Facebook executives chose to ignore or minimize these problems. The leaks, however, became the source for a series of articles by The Wall Street Journal investigative journalist and tech reporter Jeff Horwitz. His exposé—tied to the revelations of a whistleblower who eventually went public—prompted other media out ..read more
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