I know, I know, I've been gone so long someone should've revoked my Ricochet privileges. Yet, hard as it is to believe, I don't actually do this for a living and I've been buried under two separate book deadlines for three months and have hardly had time to breathe. By way of apology for my absence, let me offer up a link to what I think may well be the best short political essay of the year: On "Tyranny and Liberty," by the matchless Myron Magnet of City Journal. I won't even try to quote from it—you can read the whole thing in fifteen minutes and it's so succinct, eloquent and erudite, I guarantee you'll find it like swallowing a book whole. You'll be a lot smarter when you finish it than you were when you started. Unless you're Peter Robinson, then you'll just... sort of go on being smart.
If someone has seen a better short political essay this year—or one anywhere near as good, I'd love to hear about it.