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Ramesh Ponnuru

Patriotism, Not Nationalism

Mona Charen, National Review has sparked an important debate about nationalism. As someone who has been accused throughout her life of excessive love of country (can’t count the number of times I’ve been reproached for arguing that despite slavery, Jim Crow and the internment of Japanese-Americans, our country is eminently lovable), I feel a bit

Obama Was Not the Left’s Reagan

Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review Back when they were fighting each other for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred about Ronald Reagan. In January of that year, Obama said, “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not and in

In Defense of Secret Santa (and the Not-So-Secret Kind)

Gift-Giving Is More Rational Than Economists Think Sure, it’s not exactly efficient, but Megan McArdle says that exchanging presents with loved ones creates a very real kind of economy — just not the sort where equations apply. Santa Is Worth Defending. Sign Me Up. Is it wrong to mislead kids about St. Nick? Was “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” nothing

Voters: How Do You Pander to The Disengaged?

Yoni Appelbaum writes that Trump voters are disproportionately less likely to be involved in religious or any other voluntary organizations.   Appelbaum thinks it will be tough for Trump to win with a core constituency that has so little experience of working within voluntary groups. That might be true, but the nature or Trump’s support