Articles by Lee Harris
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 ...
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.