A Jewish Woman Unites the World’s Two Largest Religions
‘In the whole Qur’an, which has more than six thousand verses, there is only one woman mentioned by name. There is even a long chapter named after her. Even more, there is an even longer chapter named after he ...
Czesław Miłosz, Cold-Warrior Poet
On a summer morning in 1926, a lovesick 15-year-old on an aristocratic estate in Poland survived a drunken, solitary game of Russian roulette. The boy’s name was Czesław Miłosz (1911–2004), and the full life granted to him by Providence ...
I might as well start with something vulgar. Later in this journal, there will be the elevated, and the horrifying.
Anyway, I’m always amazed at the height of the urinals in the Oslo airport — high. What if you’re ...
How to Restore American Self-Reliance
When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in ...
The Problem with ‘Lock Them Up’ Politics
For a year, Democrats listened to crowds at Trump rallies and even the delegates at the Republican National Convention engage in chants of “lock her up.” Today, the Internet is reverberating with Democrats engaging in some virtual revenge as the ...
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 — a Script in the Service of Visual Effects
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a toddler’s birthday party of a movie: Everything is happening but nothing means anything. The movie has no more of a soul than do the dozens of undead pirates ...
How Sharia Supremacism and Judicial Imperialism Threaten National Security
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against President Trump’s so-called travel ban empowers both radical Islam and judicial imperialism. The combination portends lasting damage to the United States.
To rehash, the executive order (EO) proclaimed temporary restrictions (...
President Trump’s Growth Budget
When OMB director Mick Mulvaney unveiled the new Trump budget, he used language that is so important — although we haven’t heard it in so many years.
To paraphrase Mulvaney, the measure of budget success for the Trump administration is ...
EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece appeared in the May 30, 1994, issue of National Review.
Donald Barlett and James Steele are two of the most successful journalists in the United States. As reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer, they have won two Pulitzer ...
Unhinged Activists Never Enter the ‘Real World’
It’s almost summer, but it’s not too late for one last campus absurdity. At Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., biology professor Bret Weinstein is reportedly no longer safe on campus:
As a biology professor for 15 years at ...
Secession of the Intellectuals
EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece appeared in the December 1, 1970, issue of National Review.
At a patriotic rally in Seville during the Spanish Civil War the founder of the Foreign Legion, General Millan Astray, a colorful and frequently wounded figure, made ...
Trump’s Immigration Pre-Crime
President Donald Trump’s second attempt at restricting travel from certain predominantly Muslim countries has been struck down for a second time, and for a second time, the courts are in the wrong.
The language of the Immigration and Nationality ...
The president will soon be returning from his first foreign trip, in which he gave a speech about Islam in Saudi Arabia, had a short meet and greet with the Supreme Pontiff in Rome, and lectured the leaders of our ...
All politics is local, the cliché goes. But small races can have huge national implications.
Take the June 20 runoff in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. Republican Karen Handel, 55, a former secretary of state, is running for the seat that seven-termer ...
On May 16, New York’s state assembly passed legislation that would make the state government the sole payer for hospital and physician services. The state senate is only a few votes short of following suit, and California is considering similar ...
Let’s Give the Platitudes Surrounding Terrorism a Rest
Following the terrorist attack in Manchester that left at least 22 people dead and dozens injured, many of them children, President Donald Trump referred to terrorists as “evil losers in life.” As expected, a number of liberal pundits mocked the president’...
Why Trump Was Right to Call Terrorists ‘Losers’
‘Loser” is a strange word.
Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn’t win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that ...
Trump Acts Like a Competent, Conventional President Abroad
What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI director James Comey, ...
Why Middle East Peace Starts in Saudi Arabia
“Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab–Israeli conflict.”
— Irving Kristol
The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. ...
Gianforte and Middlebury: Our Political-Violence Problem
It’s a fitting coincidence that on the same day Middlebury College announced the end of disciplinary proceedings against the student mob that attacked American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray and Middlebury political-science professor Allison Stanger in March, Montana congressional ...
Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans
During the Obama years, the National Security Agency intentionally and routinely intercepted and reviewed communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution and of court-ordered guidelines implemented pursuant to federal law.
The unlawful surveillance appears to have been a ...
What the Media Can Learn from Professional Wrestling
‘Kayfabe” is a word that you probably won’t recognize unless you’re familiar with the professional-wrestling business. It’s a term used by insiders and passionate fans to refer to the portrayal of wrestling personas, storylines, and choreographed action ...
How should we feel about our country when it has failed to live up to our values? That’s the question that lies at the heart of many of our political debates. It connects arguments as far apart as last ...
NATO Must Strengthen Its Anti-Submarine Capabilities to Meet the Russian Threat
The Russian Bear has emerged from a long hibernation to threaten American and NATO interests with highly capable submarines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. But neither the United States nor its allies are prepared to meet the Kremlin’s challenge.
This Time, Not for Prestige: The Space Race in the 21st Century
Why is everyone in such a rush to take giant leaps with space? NASA is examining the possibility of sending a crew on its first Space Launch System–Orion test flight. China and the European Space Agency are joining in ...
Has Globalism Gone Off the Rails?
Prague — The West that birthed globalization is now in an open revolt over its own offspring, from here in Eastern Europe to southern Ohio.
About half of the population in Europe and the United States seems to want to go ...
The Enduring Appeal of Evelyn Waugh
Evelyn Waugh’s friend and fellow novelist Nancy Mitford once wrote of his sense of humor: “Even his close friends were not spared. He criticized everyone fiercely and was a terrible tease, but he set about it in such an ...
The Internet Is Upset That Demi Lovato Was Not More Sensitive about the ‘Cultural Appropriation’ She Didn’t Even Commit
Pop singer Demi Lovato was falsely accused of cultural appropriation earlier this week.
But now, she’s being accused of insensitivity for not making it clear that it would have been very bad if she had done what people were ...
Soft Targets Such as Manchester Arena Are a Symbol of the West’s Success
Terrorists usually deal out death with ultimatums: Brits out of Ulster! America out of the Arabian Peninsula! But there is no legible political aim behind an attack like the one in Manchester on Monday. Vengeance for what? The answer never ...
The president’s tour in the Middle East and Europe is going extremely well, to the point where there is almost complete silence from the Democrats. The Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget are rolling out a budget ...
Trump’s Budget Proposal Isn’t Perfect, but It’s a Start
Our annual budget theater has now begun: President Trump has released his proposed FY 2018 budget, and Congress has pronounced it “dead on arrival.” This yearly ritual has become such a part of Washington life that presidential budgets should probably be ...
The Return of the Naïve Supply-Sider
President Donald J. Trump has produced a very silly budget proposal. Thankfully, presidential budget proposals have all the effect of a mouse passing gas in a hurricane — Congress, not the president, actually appropriates funds and writes the tax code.
The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory Is Shameful Nonsense
Do you want to hear a truly insane conspiracy theory? It’s a theory with almost as many moving parts as LBJ’s alleged mob hit on John F. Kennedy.
Multiple agencies involving hundreds of separate government actors are working ...
Manchester Isn't the First Time Jihadists Have Slaughtered Children
For now, everyone knows the sonorous name and cherubic face of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.
She’s the littlest known victim of Monday night’s jihad attack in Manchester, England. Her doe-eyed image spread as rapidly across social media as ...
If a Face Could Launch a Thousand Donations . . .
Week One of the NRO Spring Webathon is in the bag, and we are thrilled to report that some 600 people have contributed a total of $80,000. That’s an excellent fact. But then there’s this worrisome fact: We are seeking ...
The World Is Too Comfortable with Terror
Make no mistake, there is an emerging bipartisan consensus that a certain amount of terrorism is just the price we have to pay to live the way we want to live. Now, to be clear, very few people will come ...
Roger Moore Was the Best Bond
It may be that the way things were in childhood will forever remain, for you, the way things ought to be. Roger Moore was my James Bond, the Seventies 007, and for me there can be no other.
Moore, who died ...
Three Key Questions after the Manchester Bombing
Twenty-two people were killed and at least 59 wounded in last night’s terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. England’s third most populous city, Manchester is known for its soccer teams, its social vibrancy, and its diverse ...
Inside the Secret World of Ex-Muslims
In April, a defiant group of self-identified “apostates” convened in downtown Portland, Oregon, to revel in the joys of brew culture, bacon burgers, and atheism. Nine ex-Muslims from several states in the region gathered for a local meeting of the ...
The FCC’s ‘Open Internet Rules’ Make the Internet Less Open
As usual, John Oliver is not helping.
Earlier this month, the HBO funnyman revived his crusade for “net neutrality,” taking a segment of his show to scold and mock newly appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, who is aiming ...
White Author: Editor Told Me My Fictional Book Shouldn’t Have a Black Protagonist Because I’m White
Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz is claiming that an editor warned him against including a black character in his new book because he’s white — and that would be “inappropriate” and “patronizing.”
The Daily Mail reports that Horowitz, author of the ...
The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word.
Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police. Their offense? Intervening after Turkish security ...
Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ Is Not Very Realistic about Islam
So for what exactly is the “extreme vetting” going to vet?
That was the question I could not shake from my mind while listening to President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to dozens of Sunni Islamic leaders ...
Here’s How Congress Can Fix the Way We Investigate Presidents
The controversies over President Trump’s firing of FBI director Jim Comey, and over the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, are yet another reminder that our existing process for investigating political figures is broken. To ...
Johnny Carson — the King of Late Night, and of Good Manners
It was exactly 25 years ago tonight that Johnny Carson signed off for the last time as the host of The Tonight Show, ending a 30-year run on NBC.
Jeff Sotzing was there. “It was an overwhelming outpouring of emotion,” said ...
Kate O’Beirne, Gifted Gift Giver until the End and Even Now
‘I’m sad this is so hard for Mommy. I think it is even harder for Mrs. O’Beirne.”
That’s my memory of a young girl’s wise observation as she watched the sadness of her parents and other ...
How to Read the Bible: Slowly, and Sport with the Words
We would value the written word more if we didn’t have so much of it. Street signs, product labels, instruction manuals, tax forms, blog posts, e-mails, text messages . . . What would Gutenberg say? “That’s not what I had in ...
Trump’s Saudi Speech: Pretty Good
In Riyadh, on the first stop of his tri-monotheism tour that will take him to Jerusalem and Rome (sorry, Mecca was not available), Donald Trump gave a major speech on a wide range of topics: the Middle East, jihadi violence, ...
Trump’s Statesmanlike Speech in Riyadh
President Trump did himself a great deal of good in his Riyadh speech, but he left a gaping hole in his approach to terrorism.
To begin with the positive, he was presidential, indeed statesmanlike, in his delivery and in his ...
Federal Power Spins Its Ever-Growing Web
A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two ...
On This Memorial Day, We Are Unmaking America
By now it’s an old cliché. Any movie about American fighting men has to include a collection of walking stereotypes. There’s the guy from Brooklyn with the crazy accent, the guy from Kentucky who’d never been outside ...
The Alleged Kushner–Kislyak Meeting: Amateur Hour May Be Worse Than ‘Collusion’
The Putin regime is hostile to the United States. Donald Trump’s infatuation with forging an alliance with Russia (much like his infatuation with crafting a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians whose objective is to destroy Israel) has ...
Tim McVeigh was God’s gift to the Left, and the Left will forever keep his memory alive, tending it like a kind of sacred flame.
Al-Qaeda attacks the United States on September 11, 2001? Yes, but don’t forget about McVeigh. ...
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Memorial Day Movies
Memorial Day is of course when we remember those who died serving their country in our armed services. There was a time when America’s movie industry took pride in honoring American servicemen, both the living and the dead; there ...
With its inherent contradictions and absurdities, war has always provided satirists with a target-rich environment. Fighting men themselves have a keenly developed sense of black comedy and love to joke about futility, the opaque nature of military jargon, the obliviousness ...
Jeremy Corbyn’s Disgusting, Cowardly Response to the Manchester Attack
Following Monday’s attack on Manchester, campaigning for next month’s British general election was suspended. Today, the race resumed. Conservative prime minister Theresa May chose a relatively low-key restart. Her main opponent, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, chose the ...
This morning I drove to work listening to the new Beatles Channel on Sirius XM. When I arrived at the office I read articles about the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars, and about its eighth sequel, which premieres in December, ...
Montana’s Early Voters Save Gianforte from Himself
Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte is the exception who proves the rule.
The anti-Trump Left repeatedly chants about extremist Republicans whose “violence” leaves them “terrified.”
Of course, it is the Trumpophobic Left that has shredded into ribbons the liberals’ twin banners of ...
The Pathetic Journey of ‘Mattress Girl’ Emma Sulkowicz
An especially acute headline in The Onion once proclaimed, “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-to-Door Trying to Shock People.” It’s an addictive thing, fame, and when it no longer need have any connection to talent, it can seem available for ...
Another Professor, Another Mob
Evergreen State College, a small liberal-arts school in Washington State, has long had an interesting tradition. Each year, there is a “Day of Absence” on which students and faculty members of color meet off campus to hold solidarity-building activities, leaving ...
Campus Double Standards Mean Free-Speech Laws Are Just a Start
In May, Tennessee enacted Senate Bill 723, the Campus Free Speech Protection Act. The law is based on model legislation drafted by the Goldwater Institute and has been hailed as the nation’s “most comprehensive” protection for campus speech by FIRE’...
Baywatch’s Cultural Blindness
The new Baywatch movie, a reboot of the Nineties beach-set crime-and-melodrama TV series, continues Hollywood’s unoriginal marketing. It holds momentary interest for the way it adapts television culture (free, meaningless distraction) for a new era.
On the big screen, ...
The Congressional Budget Office’s revised score for the revised American Health Care Act has been fodder for another round of alarmist headlines. But, as in March, the congressional scorekeeper’s projections merit a serious grain of salt.
The CBO ...
Twenty-First-Century Politics: Patriots vs. Transnationalists
Politics in the Western world is undergoing a “big sort” that could upend major parties in several nations that date their existence to the industrialization of the 19th century. While it’s no sure thing, conservatives stand a good chance ...
Honoring a Terrorist at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
Why are major sponsors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11 pulling out? In recent days, Goya Foods, Coca-Cola, the New York Yankees, Jet Blue, AT&T, and several police unions have pulled their support from the New ...
Stop Making Excuses for Greg Gianforte’s Assaulting a Reporter
The first question you have to wonder about concerning the assault and battery allegedly committed by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is: How could he possibly have put out a miserable, lying cover story when there were at least four ...
If President Donald Trump has acted as his own worst enemy in the Russia controversy, as everyone says, he’s been baited into it.
Rush Limbaugh a couple of weeks ago said he was laughing over Trump’s “epic troll” ...
Student Group Sues School for Allowing a Social-Media App Where People Posted Mean Stuff
A feminist student group at the University of Mary Washington has filed a Title IX lawsuit with the school, claiming that it failed “to protect them from a sexually hostile school environment” because it didn’t block a social-media app ...
The Fourth Circuit Distorts the Law to Defeat Trump’s Travel Ban
A strange madness is gripping the federal judiciary. It is in the process of crafting a new standard of judicial review, one that does violence to existing precedent, good sense, and even national security for the sake of defeating Donald ...
Baywatch the Movie Is as Bad as Baywatch the TV Show
Here’s a big-screen adaptation whose source material no one will argue is sacrosanct: The film version of Baywatch is now bouncing into theaters, and it’s about as much fun as getting stung by a jellyfish or run over ...
Britain Should Seek Vengeance for Manchester, Not Justice
Let me share with you some deeply flawed words from the editorial board of the New York Times. I do this not because the Times is alone in its sentiment but because the paragraph below is perfectly representative of the ...
Don’t Count On the Growth Fairy
Real economic growth in the United States has stunk on ice since the financial crisis: 1.6 percent in 2016, 2.6 percent in 2015, 2.4 percent in 2014, 1.7 percent in 2013, 2.2 percent in 2012, 1.6 percent in 2011, 2.5 percent in 2010. The economy shrank by 0.3 percent in 2008 and plunged by 2.8 percent in 2009. ...
When ‘Organic’ Food Isn’t
When the Washington Post isn’t lighting the funeral pyre for our dying democracy, the paper is doing solid investigative work into the organic-food industry. Over the past decade, the media has largely avoided scrutinizing the $40 billion organic market. An ...
The early Trump administration has been many things, but “populist” hasn’t truly been one of them.
When you discount the tweets, the all-consuming media controversies, the drama over personnel, and the Russia investigation — granted, that’s a lot of ...
‘I Might . . . Pull Off a Leg or Two’
Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated since its initial posting.
A shocking new video has just been released by the Center for Medical Progress, the undercover investigative group that in 2015 released videos showing that Planned Parenthood affiliates have ...
A Portentous Election in the Peach State
Atlanta — By the time Georgia’s sixth district votes in the special congressional election on June 20, $40 million — perhaps more than $130 per ballot — will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one ...
While Donald Trump’s political foes continued to make the most of his ill-advised statements about the Russia investigation, Trump had some of the best days of his presidency this week. Though he is a man who can’t seem ...
Fighting the Politicized, Evidence-Free ‘Collusion with Russia’ Narrative
If police believe bank robbers were hoping for inside help on a heist, they don’t hold a press conference to smear the bank manager with their suspicions about “collusion.” They go about the quiet police work of building a ...
Liberal Bullies Threaten Free Speech
In the months leading up to and immediately after the election of Donald Trump, one could honestly observe that the Left has never been more fair — or, more accurately, more “Fair.”
The “Fair” referred to in this instance is Georgetown ...
Boris Nemtsov’s Legacy Haunts Putin’s Russia
Amidst the hundreds of Russia-related headlines saturating the current U.S. media landscape, it was almost inevitable that a small but significant one of them would go almost unnoticed. On May 13, the U.S. Senate came one step closer to ...
Ben Sasse on Bringing Adulthood Back
Ben Sasse’s The Vanishing American Adult is ostensibly a parenting guide, and indeed, it serves as an excellent one. “Our kids are not ready for the world they are soon going to inherit,” the Nebraska senator writes, offering practical ...
Democrats’ Incessant Trump Bashing Will Pay Electoral Dividends
Conventional wisdom says that Democrats are in serious trouble.
In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the narrative goes something like this: Democrats are internally divided, with the far-left wing led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren battling it ...
Trump’s Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise
‘We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East.
As Trumpisms go, this one is easy ...
Learning from Peter Lawler
I write to praise a man of some fame from my own knowledge. This is the right place for such praise, both because Peter Lawler wrote for National Review and because I got my start as a writer here because ...
Sound Priorities, Unsound Budget
Inasmuch as it stands approximately zero chance of ever becoming law, President Trump’s budget proposal demands that we enumerate the angels dancing on the head of a pin. But there is good dance criticism and bad dance criticism.
Blame Clinton for Monica Lewinsky’s Woes, Not Ailes
Monica Lewinsky is entitled to hold a grudge. No one, especially no one in their early 20s, should be subjected to the sort of scrutiny she faced as her affair with President Clinton exploded into a scandal of unprecedented proportions.
Why Impeaching Trump Is a Bad Idea
The past two weeks have effectively shattered any hope that the floundering Trump administration would eventually settle into the daily grind of “politics as usual.” First, President Trump fired FBI director James Comey after the bureau requested extra resources from ...
Jerusalem, Israel — “We have returned to the cisterns,” legendary Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer crooned exactly 50 years ago in her famous song “Jerusalem of Gold,” which she revised to reflect Israel’s historic liberation of the Holy City. “A ram’s ...
Callista Crosses the Tiber
During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. ...
Unsayable Truths about a Failing High School
Editor’s note: The following piece originally appeared at City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission.
Earlier in the month, my high-school alma mater in the prosperous Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia went viral. A video of a student ...
An American Outsider, Part II
Editor’s Note: In our May 15 issue, we had a piece by Jay Nordlinger on this remarkable musician. Mr. Nordlinger is expanding it in Impromptus. For Part I, go here. The series concludes today.
Where were we? We have graduated ...
Regime Change by Any Other Name?
Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.
There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered ...
The Curtain Falls on the Greatest Show on Earth
Uniondale, N.Y. — Send home the clowns.
After 146 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolled up the net. Sunday evening’s performance was its last.
My friend Neal K. Carter and I attended Friday night’s presentation of the ...
Michael Flynn’s Decision to Plead the Fifth Tells Us Nothing about His Guilt
After a short, merciful weekend break from Trump–Russia scoops, the Associated Press reported this morning that Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Already, Twitter is exploding with ...
Trumpism without Trump in the U.K.
Donald Trump began fumbling the ball almost as soon as he ran away with it. The political revolution that was Trumpism is on hold for now, while the White House undergoes a series of scandals. All for reasons that are ...
The Painful Story of How U.S. Special-Operations Forces Grew Up
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Mark Moyar’s Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces. It is reprinted here with permission.
The first month of 2012 was, indeed, a highly auspicious time to ...
An American Outsider, Part I
Editor’s Note: In our May 15 issue, we had a piece by Jay Nordlinger on this remarkable musician. This week — today and tomorrow — he expands on it, Impromptus-style.
George Walker greets me at the door, smiling and dapper. I figured ...
HuffPo: The ‘Male Romper’ Is Offensive Because Rompers Should Be Gender-Neutral
A group of business school friends is trying to raise funds to launch a line of rompers for men called “RompHim” — and, according to a piece in the Huffington Post, its marketing campaign is very problematic.
According to Claire Fallon, ...
The president has not been in office for a year, and already there is talk of impeachment.
He is a man of means, in his seventies, and accustomed to getting his way. He seems genuinely confused by the situation. He ...
New Orleans — Robert E. Lee lost again.
The statue of the Confederate Army’s general in chief vanished Friday from atop a 60-foot-tall column in the middle of Lee Circle. This work is the fourth of four Confederate-oriented statues that ...