My article on Sen. Pat Toomey and his refusal to endorse Donald Trump is in the new National Review.

As he wrestles with the anxieties that so many conservatives have felt about Trump, Toomey will choose between sticking to a principle that puzzles people whose votes he needs and making a compromise that he probably fears will haunt him later. His decision, and the question of whether he runs ahead of or behind Trump on November 8, will shape the post-election recriminations of 2016.

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Home Economics

by John J. Miller on August 11, 2016 · 0 comments

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The new issue of National Review carries my profile of Jennifer Roback Morse, the free-market economist who thinks family breakdown is at the root of many social ills.

Morse refuses to speak in code. … Here’s how she talks about single motherhood, for example: “There’s no such thing as a single parent. They’ve become dependent on other people in commercial transactions, such as their employers and child-care providers. A single mother may look like she’s doing so much ‘on her own,’ but she has merely commercialized the things the father would have done.”

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Homecoming

August 1, 2016

The Millers moved to Michigan a little more than five years ago. A friend recently reminded me of a short essay I’d written back then about returning to my native state. It appears to have vanished from the website of the Detroit News. So I tracked down the text from an online database and created a […]

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Trailblazer

July 26, 2016

Ten years ago, when Naomi Schaefer Riley was an editor at the Wall Street Journal, she asked me to write on the plight of Indian reservations. Read the article here. Now Naomi has written an excellent book on the subject, called The New Trail of Tears, and she’s my latest podcast victim.

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Raising Arizona

June 11, 2016
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“Freedom of Worship”

June 10, 2016

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I discuss why “freedom of religion” is more than “freedom of worship”–and describe the skirmish Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma fought to restore the distinction.

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