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Articles by Lee Harris

Newspeak's Comeback and the Invincible Sincerity of America's Liberal Elite Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The president was not lying when he promised that people could keep their existing health insurance. He was using Newspeak, a language which allows reigning ...
When Nudge Comes to Shove Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Obamacare is simply old-fashioned social engineering dressed in trendy new clothing — and as such, it is destined to fail.
The Political Genius of Ted Cruz Thursday, October 31, 2013
Why does the Tea Party love the man who led them to abject defeat?
Sympathy for the Devil Saturday, April 27, 2013
When the search for motives leads to moral alibis.
North Korea's Bluffing Blowhard Saturday, April 6, 2013
Should we still be worried even if North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is only bluffing? The best policy may be to humor him.
Why Not Soak the Rich? Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Republicans don’t want to ask multimillionaires to pay a penny more in taxes. Isn’t that proof that the Republican Party is the party of the rich, as liberals ...
Enlightened Conservatism Monday, February 18, 2013
A cause is to politics what fanaticism is to religion — a plague to be avoided at all costs.
Can the GOP Be Saved? The Myth of the Demographic Fix Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Conventional wisdom holds that as African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and gays increase their political clout, Republicans must devise a way of reaching out ...
What Does It Mean to Say That a Gun Law Is Tough? Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Perhaps the best that can be said about the New York gun law is that it is a modern updating of the old principle of apotropaic magic.
The Trouble with Conspiracy Theories Saturday, January 12, 2013
Perhaps the problem with conspiracy theorists is not that they have gone too far, but that they haven’t quite gone far enough yet. But, if James Tracy is any ...
Eric Hobsbawm, Eugene Genovese, and the End of History Friday, October 5, 2012
Grand historical narratives have been repeatedly abused by those true believers who convince themselves that a few million lives are a small price to pay to ...
Stop Apologizing for Our Liberties Wednesday, September 26, 2012
You cannot apologize to a fanatic. It only serves to convince him that he was right all along, and that is the last course the United States should be pursuing ...
Obama and Second Chances Thursday, September 20, 2012
The voters who really matter are those who, like me, were willing to give Obama a chance the first time around, but who, after watching his performance over ...
Thucydides in London: Would the Ancient Greeks Approve of Our Modern Olympics? Thursday, August 9, 2012
The precious heritage of ancient Greece: The recognition that a life without excitement is a life scarcely worth living and that a life of excitement must ...
‘It’s Not About Crime, It’s About Values’ Thursday, July 12, 2012
On the moral pussyfooting of contemporary liberalism.
Scalia’s Wise Dissent Thursday, July 5, 2012
Critics of Justice Scalia’s dissent have lambasted him for his reference to Obama and have mocked his admission that his mind was ‘boggled’ by the government’s ...
Are Americans Too Dumb for Democracy? Saturday, June 9, 2012
The best hope for democracy still lies in the unregulated marketplace of ideas, in which the maxim ‘Let the buyer beware’ remains the surest safeguard against ...
The Hayek Effect: The Political Consequences of Planned Austerity Thursday, May 17, 2012
Why the political revolt in Greece may not be a fluke, but a harbinger of more revolts to come.
The Occupy Movement and the Communism of Everyday Life Monday, May 7, 2012
As Occupy protesters turn violent, it’s worth reflecting on why the movement failed in the first place.
Science and the Republican Brain Monday, April 30, 2012
The so-called Republican brain, with its deep resistance to yielding before mere scientific evidence, has played an indispensable role in the making of modern ...
Why ObamaCare Has Proved a Hard Sell Monday, April 9, 2012
It may be that ObamaCare isn’t ‘suitable for framing’ and that there is no way to make the individual mandate intuitively convincing to ordinary Americans.
More than Just Broccoli: The Real Slippery Slope of ObamaCare’s ‘Must-Buy’ Provision Wednesday, March 28, 2012
If ObamaCare is judged constitutional, it will not simply be a new law, but a precedent for laws of the kind that should trouble us all.
Double Talk about Double Standards Thursday, March 15, 2012
Writing in the New York Times, Stanley Fish reveals he is happy to live with an immoral double standard; but no decent society can.
Explaining the Santorum Surprise Friday, February 17, 2012
It was a foolish hope all along to imagine that the American people would be so exclusively concerned about their narrow economic self-interest that they would ...
Tim Tebow and the Atheist’s Dilemma Friday, January 20, 2012
Perhaps the only effective remedy for the all-too-human temptation to hubris among the spectacularly gifted, especially when they happen to be amazingly lucky ...
The Spirit of Independence: The Social Psychology of Freedom Friday, July 2, 2010
Intellectuals routinely give undue weight to people’s ideas. They tend to believe that ideas cause attitudes, though it is far more often the other way around. ...
The Revolt Against Cronyism Thursday, June 24, 2010
What the South Carolina Republican primary means.
Extremism in the Defense of Rand Paul Is No Vice Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A healthy democratic society should be grateful for those who are extremists in the defense of liberty. Even when the extremists are wrong.
Weak Tea or Strong Tea? Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Too many of those currently ‘analyzing’ the Tea Party movement seem to have no genuine interest in grappling with its potential historical significance.
‘Attention Must Be Paid…’ Friday, February 19, 2010
Understanding Joe Stack, anger, and ideology.
Why We Still Argue About Darwin (And Why We Should) Thursday, February 12, 2009
When Darwin ceases to astonish us, we will cease to understand him.