Articles by Joshua Sharf

The Soullessness of a Technocrat

f the Wuhan coronavirus and our federal, state, and local governments’ response to it does nothing else, it should put in sharp relief the limitations of experts and bureaucrats, and remind us of why so many people voted against them in 2016. Most will agree that Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx are superb public […]

What Price Protection?

n recent days, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has sent the team plane to China to pick up supplies. Colorado’s Democratic Governor Jared Polis thanked the private citizens who had made the connections to Chinese suppliers. If it hasn’t already, the sudden, almost desperate turn to China for medical gear should raise some very […]

The Wu New Deal

n his survey of the Great Depression and World War II, Freedom From Fear, historian David Kennedy makes the point that the New Deal—which manifestly failed to end the Depression—was only a failure if you assume that its purpose was, in fact, to end the Depression. Likewise, the Democrats’ attempt at pushing their wish list […]

The Last Frontier Strikes Back

Last week, the state of Alaska struck back. Specifically, it struck back against Goldman Sachs and the green ideology that is galloping through America’s boardrooms and now, apparently, its investment banks. Goldman Sachs had announced that it would no longer underwrite Arctic drilling operations. “We will decline any financing transaction that directly supports new upstream […]

Dreidels Left and Right

This week is the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek king Antiochus IV, and the rededication of the Temple after he had defiled it. In addition to the eight days of presents and the menorah and the Great Latke/Jelly Donut controversy, there’s the time-honored game of dreidel. It’s […]

Baseball’s Owners Plot Baseball’s Demise

Relentless love of competition is a profoundly American trait, but you’d never know it from the way the Lords of Baseball run their game. From the Designated Hitter and Astroturf™ to the Wild Card and those 1980s-era Houston Astros uniforms that looked like construction signs, Major League Baseball’s owners have never been short on terrible […]

Forgetting Our Story

Each week on the Sabbath, Jews read a section of the Five Books of Moses, completing the entire cycle each year. Recently, the portion included the “Bringing of the First Fruits.” When the Temple was standing, Jews from all over Israel brought the first produce of the year as an offering to God. Jonathan Sacks, […]

Slicing Through the Federal Spaghetti Code

I write computer programs for a living. One of the worst things you can do when programming is to produce something called “spaghetti code.” Spaghetti code is logic so tortured and convoluted that it becomes unstable and unpredictable. Not only can’t you figure out why it’s doing what it’s doing, but any changes become fraught […]

Hell No! We Won’t Go (to Kansas City)!

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Hickenlooper Does NPR

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The Problem With Amash

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Civilization Wins in ‘The Highwaymen’

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Student Council

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Illin’ Omar

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The Electoral College Power Grab

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The Way Back for Urban Republicans

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Walter Mitty at the Negotiating Table

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When Competition Causes an Industry to Collapse

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