Every State Needs Enhanced Penalties for Cop-Killers
The number of ambush-style killings of law-enforcement officers has increased significantly in recent years. In 2016, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, such killings had risen by 250 percent from the year before and were at their ...
Iceland Eliminates People with Down Syndrome
CBS News reported earlier this week that Iceland is leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births.”
One might be forgiven for assuming that Iceland has developed an innovative treatment for the chromosomal disorder. It turns out Iceland’s solution ...
What is it these white boys are so angry about?
You don’t go to a protest because you’re happy. You go to a protest because you are mad about something or, in my case, because it is your ...
Where Is the Corporate Disavowal of Black Lives Matter?
Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance.
These silly-string-spined CEOs have sided with social-justice agitators, Beltway media enablers, and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was wrong to condemn violence ...
Destroying Symbols: Where Does It End?
The orgiastic glee with which protesters tore down, then beat up, a century-old monument to a generic Confederate soldier in Durham, N.C., this week was alarming. The mob seemed to have lost control of itself. Who wears out his ...
Alabama Senate Primary Tests Trump’s Clout — and McConnell’s
How much help is an endorsement from the president? Luther Strange is about to find out.
Strange, who was appointed by then-governor Robert Bentley to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became U.S. attorney ...
James Mattis: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy
Jim Mattis, retired Marine four-star general, was the first person President Trump nominated to his cabinet. Mattis received nearly unanimous (99 to 1) bipartisan support for his nomination. He then received an extremely rare waiver of the guidelines that exclude recently active ...
Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?
The Trump victory and the Republican establishment’s mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not — and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore.
For all practical ...
How to Break Silicon Valley’s Anti-Free-Speech Monopoly
In the wake of the outrageous and possibly illegal firing of James Damore for writing a memo that pushed back against Google’s “politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence,” the company has been the ...
America Needs Health-Care Reform, and Single-Payer Will Be No Part of It
Is America’s adoption of Canadian-style, single-payer health care inevitable? As Republicans fail to enact conservative reforms, a growing consensus — ranging from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer to the liberal New Republic and former Senate majority leader Harry Reid — has emerged ...
India at 70: The Asian Tiger Rising
I am a child of two worlds. One is America, where I was born after my parents emigrated here in the late 1960s. The other is India, the land of my ancestors, a land that I am both eternally attached ...
Mothball the Confederate Monuments
Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white-supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.
That doesn’t change the fact that his statue is ...
For those who’ve forgotten one of the worst elements of the 2016 election, a short refresher is in order. Almost from the moment that Donald Trump descended on the lobby of Trump Tower to make his campaign announcement, an army ...
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission.Seizing the opportunity created by a stumbling president whose White House seems incapable of fulfilling his biggest campaign promises, Democrats counterattacked last month, ...
Divided Democrats, Incoherent Republicans
The Democratic and Republican parties are both split, but in different ways. The Democrats are united on what they want but disagree on how far they should go. The Republicans can’t even agree on what they want, much less ...
A Man Who Does More for the Korean People than Just Worry
‘Please, don’t tell me more.” It’s become a common plea if not a refrain as I encounter more and more people choosing to disengage from watching the seemingly constant car crash that is our politics and culture. Apparently ...
Condemn the White Supremacists, Mr. President
When he was running for president, Donald Trump often dinged his opponent for her failure to forthrightly name the preeminent threat to our national security: Islamic terrorists. Now that he is president and has been confronted with a different variety ...
How Would Churchill Tweet?
Since President Trump has taken office, the American public has quickly learned to get its political news from a novel source: the president’s Twitter account.
The move to this platform represents a monumental shift in the nature of politics, ...
McMaster and the Challenge of Sharia Supremacism
Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a great American patriot. I have not had the privilege of meeting him. Friends I trust who know him well, however, bear witness to his unsurpassed valor in the defense of our nation, to ...
The Size of Chairs Deemed a ‘Microaggression’ against Overweight People
The size of our society’s chairs is now being considered a “microaggression” against overweight people, according to a guide released by The New School, a private college in New York City.
In a list titled “Common Examples of Microaggressions ...
Can Taylor Swift Lead America Out of the Campus Title IX Wars?
The trial of the summer is taking place in a Colorado federal court. Taylor Swift is facing off against a Denver radio personality named David Mueller. At issue is a brief encounter in June 2013. Mueller and his girlfriend took a ...
Yale’s Disgraceful Whitewashing of History Continues
Yale’s determination to take a giant jar of Wite-Out to history has reached a new level of fatuousness.
This week the Yale Alumni Magazine reported that a stone carving of an Indian and a Puritan over an entrance to ...
The Right: United by Hate, Love, or Nothing?
The other day, I saw a clip on the Internet that made me think, “Where is American conservatism today? What do we stand for?” That is pretty much the bread-and-butter obsession of National Review.
The clip was an ad from ...
Emanuel’s Choice: Whom Does He Value Most — Illegal Immigrants, or Chicago Citizens?
By threatening to pull a federal grant supporting local police, President Trump has given mayors of sanctuary cities a choice: Do they continue protecting illegal immigrants from federal ICE agents or continue receiving federal funding for their police departments?
Clare, a Feminine Light from Assisi
Writing in the foreword to the new book St. Clare of Assisi: Light from the Cloister, Mother Rosella Chiara Mancinelli, OSC, a Poor Clare (one of Saint Clare’s spiritual daughters), writes: “May this book be like a mirror for ...
Donald Trump is on the hunt for a scapegoat, and he has settled on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. He isn’t entirely wrong to do so.
As a candidate, Trump promised big doings: repealing the Affordable Care Act and ...
Stifling Diversity to Protect Diversity
Most of the mainstream media refer to the former Google engineer’s leaked internal memo as the “anti-diversity memo.” The technology website Recode calls it “sexist.” And Google fired James Damore for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” But in reality, the problem ...
Another Manufactured Diversity Spat
In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest.
Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had ...
Transgenderism Doesn’t Excuse Treason
If Bradley Manning had stayed Bradley Manning, would he still be in prison? If Bradley Manning had stayed Bradley Manning, would he be basking in celebrity, enjoying fawning photo shoots? Given the magnitude of his crimes, I dare say that ...
Tax Reform Shouldn’t Punish Donations to School-Choice Scholarship Programs
As some supporters of school choice are pushing for a federal tax-credit scholarship program, opponents are proposing legislation in Congress that would impair similar programs already operating in 17 states. These programs allow individual and/or corporate donors to claim a ...
The Nuclear Taboo Is Weaker than You Think
North Korea has a lot of people thinking about nuclear war these days. But there shouldn’t be any reason to worry, right? We’re told that the world saw what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and learned never to ...
The New York Times Botches a Climate-Change Story
If the day ends in a y, the New York Times will run at least one breathless, apocalyptic story about how man-made climate change is destroying the planet and the future of our children. The paper has an entire propaganda ...
On North Korea, Christians Should Dial Back the Bellicosity
Neither the Bible nor Christian tradition supports a prominent Baptist pastor’s assertion that God has specifically ordained Donald Trump to “take out” the North Korean regime. And it’s especially important for orthodox and conservative Christians to be very ...
Follow the Pentagon’s Advice: Close Old Military Bases
On July 19, Representative John Ratcliffe (R., Texas) offered an amendment, adopted by voice vote, to the “minibus” spending bill (also known as the “security-bus”) then making its way through the House. His addition was brief: “None of the funds made ...
Should We Embrace an ‘America First’ Immigration Policy?
Last week, Trump held a press conference to endorse a new immigration proposal offered by two Republican senators. In the name of restructuring legal immigration to maximize its benefits for the United States, it would restrict family-sponsored immigration, eliminate the “...
John Bolton Endorses Kevin Nicholson in 2018 Wisconsin Senate Race
Late last month, Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson announced his campaign to challenge Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin for her seat in the U.S. Senate. This morning, his campaign got a major boost.
John Bolton, long-time Republican leader and former ...
Smartphones Are Destroying My Generation
I’ve picked up a new habit lately — more of a tic, perhaps. If I’m getting lunch or a coffee with a friend, I usually keep my phone in my pocket. My brother is a few years younger than ...
Is California Cracking Up?
Corporate profits at California-based transnational corporations such as Apple, Facebook, and Google are hitting record highs.
California housing prices from La Jolla to Berkeley along the Pacific Coast can top $1,000 a square foot.
It seems as if all of China ...
Mueller’s Raid on Manafort’s Home
Here’s the thing to bear in mind about the Washington Post’s report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had the FBI execute a search warrant against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in late July: Prosecutors don’t do ...
The U.S. Must Rethink Its Approach to North Korea before It’s Too Late
In response to the U.N. Security Council’s adoption of another resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea for its recent missile launches, Pyongyang has taken several provocative actions. It has threatened a nuclear attack on the United ...
Newark Terrorized by Whole Foods
After half a century of urban disorder in Newark, yet another disaster has befallen New Jersey’s largest city: The city’s first Whole Foods just opened.
First it was arson, then it was crack, now it’s farm-fresh goat ...
Merkel’s Generous Refugee Policy Puts Germany at Risk
On July 28, one person was murdered and another five were injured by an Islamist wielding a knife at a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany. The sad tale had an all-too-familiar ring to it for many Germans: The perpetrator should not have ...
The Google Firing Demonstrates That Identity Politics Is Incoherent and Vicious
If there is one good thing that can perhaps come from Google’s abrupt firing of James Damore, the employee who wrote a memo urging the company to increase its ideological diversity and try different, non-discriminatory methods for increasing female ...
It’s Idiotic to Say a Congressman’s Hijab Painting Violates the Separation of Church and State
A conservative group is demanding that Representative J. Luis Correa (D., Calif.) remove a high-school student’s painting from his office because it shows the Statue of Liberty wearing a hijab — and it claims that violates the separation of church ...
How Did the Dems’ IT Scandal Suspects Get Here?
Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public’s ...
The Mountain View Inquisition
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, probably broke state and federal laws in its firing of engineer James Damore, who questioned the value and efficacy of the company’s diversity programs in an in-house forum intended for such discussion. California ...
How Progressives Will Scare Off Moderates and Squander the Moral High Ground
A recent Harvard-Harris poll reveals that 57 percent of Americans have an “unfavorable opinion of Black Lives Matters protests and protesters.” Broken down further, the results only get worse for the Democratic party, which has made support for the movement a ...
The Mainstream Media Misrepresents a Google Engineer’s Memo
It is getting more difficult by the day to have a rational public conversation about anything. The latest panicked hubbub is over a memo about diversity in the tech industry, written by a Google engineer. Last night, that Google engineer — ...
On Afghanistan, Trump Is Right to Hesitate
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and other military men are often said to provide a stabilizing influence in the Trump administration, helping moderate the reckless policies favored by the president and his hardline chief strategist, Steve Bannon. But when it ...
The Case for Diversity in Immigration
If you’ve read the title, then there’s a good chance that you come to this article disagreeing with me already. Conservatives tend to be uncomfortable with the notion of “diversity,” after all. It smacks of some the worst ...
Let Ukraine Defend Itself
Say an expert tells you that if you don’t follow his advice, the world or a substantial part of it might go up in flames. You do nothing, and two years later no fire is apparent — but the same ...
No to Coal Subsidies, No to Corporate Welfare
Conservatives have long been among the biggest critics of welfare programs for poor and low-income Americans, mostly with just cause. But such criticism would probably be received better if there was even half as much outrage directed at welfare for ...
The Ivy League Has Lost Sight of What Really Matters
Editor’s Note: This Piece was originally published by Acculturated. It is reprinted here with permission.
Earlier this summer, I attended a two-week summer philosophy course that included many students from Ivy League universities. It didn’t take long for ...
Conservatism’s Damaging Game of Footsie with the Alt-Right
Last year around this time (and the year before that), I was arguing with some of my fellow conservatives about the insanity of finding any common cause whatsoever with the so-called alt-right. The issue wasn’t that every avowed nationalist ...
The Media Mislead America about Domestic Terror Threats
It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west: When there’s an act of Islamic terror, some in the media will take great pains to minimize the threat. When there’s an ...
Liu Xiaobo’s Stern Warning
Last month, as the entire world watched, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo died in miserable conditions. Despite his wish to die as a free man and the efforts of countless individuals and organizations to help him, Liu Xiaobo died ...
Antifa and the Alt-Right, Growing in Opposition to One Another
America has cancer.
On Saturday, a crowd of alt-right white supremacists, neo-confederates, and Nazi sympathizers marched in Charlottesville, Va.; they were confronted by a large group of protesters including members of the Marxist Antifa — a group that has time and ...
Watching Everything Is Copy, Jacob Bernstein’s documentary life of his mother, Nora Ephron, the other night gave me a much clearer picture than I had had of the force, attractiveness, and danger of that talented cultural, media, and entertainment ...
Trump’s War with Congress Is Just Getting Started
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at Honest Graft. It is reprinted here with permission.
How many Republican members of Congress are still wearing their Donald Trump socks?
When House and Senate Republicans held a policy retreat in ...
Campus Conservatives Gave the Alt-Right a Platform
Why did so many otherwise respectable conservative groups host Milo Yiannopoulos, an apologist for the alt-right, on college campuses across America? After the violence in Charlottesville, it’s time we looked in the mirror. Steve Bannon was far from the ...
Sometimes the Good Guys Win
I am writing this column to inform readers of some good news.
The sustained efforts of individuals, organizations, and the media who oppose everything people like me stand for – America as an exceptional nation among the nations of the world; ...
Let Virginia Prosecute the Charlottesville Terrorism
One of the odder sidelines of this weekend’s murderous vehicular attack in Charlottesville, which killed a young woman and injured at least 19 others, has been pointed media questioning of Trump-administration officials about terrorism. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked ...
Two Blocks from the Culture War
Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. It is reprinted here with permission.
Robert E. Lee’s statue stands on Second Street NE in Charlottesville. I live two ...
Initiated under Obama, a Plan for Cleaning Voter Rolls Is Now ‘Radical’
Can a state ensure that its voter rolls aren’t filled with non-residents and dead people who shouldn’t be registered to vote? The Left doesn’t think so, but the U.S. Department of Justice answered yes recently when ...
Trump’s FDA Commissioner Transforms the Government’s Policy on E-Cigarettes
On July 28, new Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a bold shift in the way the FDA regulates tobacco, e-cigarettes, and nicotine. Dr. Gottlieb should be applauded for endorsing a scientific reality that has been well understood for ...
Will Democrats Bet That Their Party Can Fly with Only a Left Wing?
While left-wing activists were brawling with white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend, another political battle was taking place in Atlanta. At Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of the nation’s progressive leaders, some Democratic lawmakers declared war against their own ...
What Persecution We Raise
The argument for free trade was won by Richard Cobden and the Anti-Corn Law League in the 1840s. But winning the argument is something different from winning the fight, and the campaign for free trade continues, against the headwinds of ...
Why Are the Media Sympathetic toward the Women of ISIS?
Editor’s Note: This piece wasoriginally published by Acculturated. It is reprinted here with permission.
A young blonde girl of 18 once joined a legion of women fighting for a cause, listing among her motivations the need for the “feminine ideal ...
The Appeal of Jacob Rees-Mogg
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
Leslie Odom Jr., ...
Index Capital Gains for Inflation, Mr. President
Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again” requires nothing less than reigniting economic growth and prosperity. Wealth creation is essential. Yet as Congress pivots to tax reform — which is crucial to the wealth creation that will put the ...
Some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.
The Election Integrity Project of Judicial Watch — a Washington-based legal-watchdog ...
Regaining Legitimacy through Immigration Cuts
Many have responded to the RAISE Act by praising its proposal to use a points system to select skilled immigrants but criticizing its overall reduction in annual immigration. Senator Marco Rubio said as much, as have the USA Today editorial ...
Good Time: A Thrill Ride in Post-Obama America
The Oscar-nominated Somali immigrant Barkhad Abdi brought a non-professional’s awkward conviction to his modern-day Somali pirate line “I’m the captain now” in Tom Hanks’s Captain Phillips by unexpectedly tapping in to menacing hip-hop satire. Now Abdi makes ...
Immigration Is Mainly about Values, Not Economics
Here’s a story. Long before immigration from Mexico was an issue in America, immigration from America was an issue in Mexico. The question in the 1820s was over Mexico’s very sparsely populated northeastern borderlands. It was dangerous to ...
Minority Religious Groups Suffer in Iran
The Iranian government continues to persecute religious minorities, including groups supposedly given special recognition by the country’s constitution: Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) annual report for 2017, Iran’s ...
Polls Don’t Measure What You Think They Measure
Another stupid poll has been making the rounds. Two professors, Ariel Malka and Yphtach Lelkes, claim to have found that 52 percent of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 election “until the country can make sure only eligible American citizens can vote.” ...
Google's 'Tolerance' Requires Repression
Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these ...
Google shouldn’t have fired James Damore. The company claims to encourage internal dissent and debate, and that is what Damore provided. But the contents of his memo are nothing to celebrate: He said nothing that hasn’t already been ...
No, Conservatives Did Not Fire James Damore from His Google Job
When you think about it, it was conservatives’ fault that Google engineer James Damore was sacked for contributing to an internal message board Google set up for soliciting ideas and feedback on its diversity initiatives. After all, conservatives champion the ...
Are Trump’s Staff Turnovers Abnormal?
In the past two weeks, the West Wing under President Trump has looked more like a revolving door than an optimally functioning office; three resignations and two new staff hires within ten days have drawn criticisms that the White House ...
Mueller Is Squeezing Manafort
The Washington Examiner catches some Trump Twitter intrigue: The president’s July 26 tweet grousing that acting FBI director Andrew McCabe should have been fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions came only hours after the FBI’s raid on the Virginia ...
The Francification of America: The American Le Pen and the French-style Realignment
Editor’s Note: In a series of columns, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a Paris-based conservative and Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will write on an alarming trend, which he calls the Francification of America.
France and America are countries ...
The One Film to Unite New York City
New York City is looking for one film to unite all New Yorkers, via a contest co-sponsored by the metropolis and the New York Times. But the five candidates on the short list are insufficient in that each of them ...
Are Conservatives Really Just Liberals?
‘Conservatives could ‘rebrand’ as liberals,” wrote Bill Kristol on Saturday, delighting the subset of the Internet that has long raged about neocon infiltrators and fake conservatives. But Kristol, editor at-large of The Weekly Standard and a one-time professor of political ...
Plutarch’s Advice to Trump: Be Humble
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Acculturated and is reprinted here with permission.
Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but it was the flattery of his courtiers that convinced the emperor he could get away with it.
Obamacare Is Uninsuring the Insured
The number of people with individual health-insurance coverage is shrinking.
Despite $146 billion in federal subsidies to low-income households and well-capitalized insurers, 2.6 million fewer people had individual policies in March 2017 than in March 2016, a drop of nearly 15 percent.
The most precipitous ...
Boots to Suits: Reforming the State Department
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has announced an ambitious project to reform the structure of his cabinet agency because, as he put it, it is “not a highly disciplined organization, decision-making is fragmented and sometimes people don’t want to ...
Into the Abyss: A Scenario for the Next Korean War
“One principal lesson of the Gulf War is that, if a state intends to fight the United States, it should avoid doing so until and unless it possesses nuclear weapons.”
— Krishnaswamy Sundarji, former chief of staff, Indian army
To this ...
Chicago Sues Trump’s DOJ in Attempt to Have It Both Ways on Immigration
The city of Chicago has plenty of problems. Its latest? The Justice Department plans to deny it law-enforcement grants over its government’s refusal to enforce federal immigration law. In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has filed a lawsuit against the ...
Pastor Hillary Wants to Preach to You
Hillary Clinton wants to talk to you about God.
According to The Atlantic, the once-sure-thing White House candidate is back on the campaign trail, this time on behalf of Jesus. Hillary, they say, spent years holding back her faith from ...
Choose Sides in This Civil War
The battle lines have been so sharply drawn, in what is now a bloodless civil war for direction of U.S. public policy, that the two sides cannot really communicate with each other. There is a commendable candor in Kellyanne ...
Debt-Ceiling Fight Looms as Next Big Test for Congress
If you thought the recent fight over health-care reform was fun, get ready for the next big Washington circus: raising the debt ceiling.
In October of 2015, Congress chose to avoid the usual fight over setting a symbolic debt target by ...
It is easy to despair: nuclear confrontation abroad, social and intellectual decline at home. But the calendar helps, sometimes.
At the nation’s leading technology company, an engineer has been blacklisted for having unpopular political views, and, rather than recoil ...
Report: Professor Allows Students to Choose Own Grades for ‘Stress Reduction’
A professor at the University of Georgia reportedly allows its students to choose their own grades as part of a “stress reduction policy.”
According to an article in the College Fix, computing instructor Rick Watson allows his students at the ...
What’s Next for the Beleaguered Party System?
‘The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that “will never change.” Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn’t borne out in ...
James Damore is fortunate that we don’t burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed.
The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world’s largest companies ...
Discrimination against Men at Google
A male engineer at Google created a storm by arguing that men and women are deeply different and that the difference helps explain why women are less likely than men to work for Google and rise to the top there. ...
I bet Google Memo Guy eats a lot of cheese.
Because according to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, cheese is the most sexist thing you can eat. The innocent-looking piece of Provolone on your sub sandwich or ...
Boulevard of Woken Dreams
David Brooks devoted a recent column to explaining the concept of “cool” to hep-cat readers of the New York Times. The cool aesthetic is on the wane these days, but Brooks sees a plausible successor in the concept of “woke.” ...
Google Receives 95 Theses of Diversity and Inclusion
You may have heard that a Google software engineer anonymously circulated a memo about “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” The tech blog Motherboard reports that the memo went viral within the company. In it, the engineer argues that Google has ...