Monthly Archives: May 2013

How to Sell Activism

Republicans may look disarrayed – Michele Bachmann out, a tempestuous House that can’t agree to act in concert, and primary challenges that drive general election candidates further and further from the mainstream – but in one regard, at least, they have a significant advantage over Democrats. Republicans know how to draw all of their points […]

Hate Crimes and Terrorism

Some tragically parallel crimes appeared in the news this week: in one, a man in downtown New York was shot and killed while his attacker shouted gay slurs. In another, two men ran down a London soldier, then stabbed him to death while shouting jihadist phrases and slogans. These two crimes share a number of […]

(Don’t) Stop Your Whining

I noticed an odd phenomenon the other day: as an outspoken member of civil society, I sometimes find myself in the trenches of debate, arguing in odd places like banks and Internet message boards. (I must sound like tons of fun.) But one thing I noted about, especially, the message boards, is the large number […]

Why I’m Not Upset at the IRS

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve heard about the admitted targeting of Tea Party Patriot groups applying for nonprofit (and thus untaxable) status. Conservatives are livid: it seems, at first blush, to be expressly political. The more conspiracy-minded are sure that Obama’s secretive hand is behind it all (and, presumably, Benghazi). Even those who […]

The Madness of the Law-Abiding Citizen, or, There Are No Innocents

There’s a meme out in the pro-gun world that goes something like this: there are good guys and there are bad guys. Since all a gun does is increase the power of its wielder, all we have to do is get out there and make fewer bad guys (or at least identify them before they […]