Category: National Review

History Has Shown That Socialism Isn’t the Cure

Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Detroit, Mich., October 27, 2019. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)Sometimes the naive and disaffected must relearn that their pie-in-the sky socialist medicine is far worse than the perceived malady of inequality.

Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail.

Russia and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal Communism.

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Warren and Trump Have More in Common Than You Think

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, November 1, 2019. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)Warren’s catchphrase, “I’ve got a plan for that,” has as much cultural resonance with her base as Trump’s “Make America Great Again” does with his.

Culturally, Elizabeth Warren is a lot more like Donald Trump than you might think.

Hold on.

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The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?

President Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy Airport, December 2, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president bets that a booming economy, a beefed-up military, and U.S. energy dominance will deter enemies without the need for preemptive invasions.

Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign sought to overturn 75 years of bipartisan foreign policy orthodoxy, especially as it applied to the Middle East.

From 1946 to 1989, the Cold War logic was to use both surrogates and U.S.

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Cancel the Primaries

From left: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg onstage before the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Westerville, Ohio, October 15, 2019. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)Primaries are a lot like Christmas: The shopping season begins way before, and things rarely live up to expectations.

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Is California Becoming Premodern?

Traffic on Interstate 110 in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2012. (Bret Hartman/Reuters)California is nearing the logical limits of progressive adventurism in policy and politics.

More than 2 million Californians were recently left without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric — which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year — preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high autumn winds.

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Trump’s Best Option for Avoiding Impeachment: An Apology

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)The longer the president defends a lie, the more Americans will resent being lied to.

In l’affaire Ukraine, the president is guilty as charged. And the best strategy for him to avoid impeachment by the House and perhaps even removal by the Senate is to admit it, apologize, and let voters make their own judgment. It’s also the best way to fend off a disaster for Senate Republicans.

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Anatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union

From left: Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Westerville, Ohio, October 15, 2019. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)Impeachment, and then what?

In the 20th century, no Congress brought impeachment proceedings against a first-term president facing a reelection.

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The Crazy CrowdStrike Conspiracy Theory

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with President Donald Trump during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 25, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The suggestion that ‘the server’ is being hidden in some Ukrainian warehouse is straight-up bonkers.

The impeachment drama is already a three-ring circus, with a full complement of clowns to the left and the right.

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No Quid Pro Quo?

President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., July 17, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)As evidence mounts, the GOP defense of Trump’s call is falling apart.

During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s own rough transcript of the Trump–Zelensky call was disclosed.

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