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Welcome to the Twilight Zone, where your moral compass no longer works

David Cholesterol (the good kind) is, by his own description, "a Buckley/Reagan conservative who did not vote for either Democrat in the last election." Like me, he is astounded at how easy so many who consider themselves conservatives have bought into the authoritarian, populist, profoundly unconservative bilge being peddled by one Donald John Trump.

Earlier today I emailed by junior senator, Joni Ernst, urging her (probably in vain, from what I see on her web page) to oppose the so-called "tax reform bill" which would grant most people a substantial tax cut- at the cost of driving up the deficit by between one and two trillion dollars. It's a typical populist, pseudocon trick, guaranteed to appeal to the masses and certainly to the core of Donald Trump's constituency but doing nothing to address the problems the nation faces and in fact making them worse. For anybody with any pretension to being an economic conservative, this bill ought to be anathema. Y…

Meanwhile, in the lunatic asylum on the Left...

One of the most discouraging things about America in the age of simple-minded populist lunacy is the lack of an obvious option.

The alternative to hard-core troglodyte Trumpist seems to be the equally deranged third-wave feminist. The rise of the protectionist, authoritarian "conservative" seems to be matched by the dawn of the illiberal "liberal."

Traditional, pro-freedom conservatives and traditionally inclusivist "progressives" continue to exist, of course. But to an increasing degree, they are not only drowned out but intimidated into complicit silence by the irrationalists who have hijacked the two great tendencies of American
political thought.

I am so bugged by the death of American conservatism and the supine acquiescence of rank-and-file Republicans in the takeover of their party by an ideology which is the mirror image of everything it traditionally stood for that I tend these days to neglect the opposite form of insanity, the rise of the total…

Should Apple today keep Big Brother away?

The Texas church shooter's phone can't be unlocked without Apple's help. Should Apple be compelled to give it?

Frankly, I'm torn, although I'm inclined to come down on the side of "yes." We need to restrict the government's ability to pry into our lives if we are going to remain a free society. There is a free webmail service called Yandex, which is probably the best one out there, even better in pretty much every way than Gmail. I had an account there for a while. The problem is that it's Russian, and one Russian commentator has called it "virtually a department of the FSB" (the Russian security service that succeeded the KGB).

I canceled my account when I found that out and mentioned the reason on Quora. A Russian gentleman replied that if I'm not a criminal I shouldn't be afraid of the FSB monitoring my emails (I've actually heard that argument from some Americans, too, and it scares me to death). I replied that there was…