ESPN Shows Why Corporations Should Not Be Our Moral Arbiters
‘Amid this turbulence,” the New York Times breathlessly reported, “a surprising group of Americans is testing its moral voice more forcefully than ever: C.E.O.s.”
Vox upped the ante, explaining: “After Charlottesville, CEOs have become our public conscience.” ...
Trump’s Conservative Internationalism
Does Trump have a foreign policy?
You know the old saw: No one knows what Donald Trump thinks, even if his name is “Donald Trump.” True, but let’s try. If we can get beyond the man’s personality, we ...
How the Mainstream Media Operate
“The leading media [are characterized by] indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly.”
— Patrick Lawrence in The Nation, August 9, 2017, on the media’s reporting of the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia
To understand America’s crises today, ...
Welcome to the Permanent Campaign
Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. Donald Trump put on what his press secretary called a “campaign event” Tuesday night in Phoenix and, during the rally, made generous use of the future tense, that hallmark of ...
The Double Standard in the Progressive War against the Dead
Much of the country has demanded the elimination of references to, and images of, people of the past — from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee — who do not meet our evolving standards of probity.
In some cases, such damnation may ...
‘Get Tough or Shut Up’: The Malicious Spirit Loose in the Land
Sometimes, small stories can tell us big things. Last week, I had a telling conversation with a young Evangelical mom of three. I was a customer at her workplace, and we were making all the normal small talk. She asked ...
Trump’s Dumb Dance on Immigration
Donald Trump needs to put some points on the board, and fast. Health-care reform is dying. Every time the White House announces a new Infrastructure Week, Trump gets bored by mid-morning on the first day and goes to Twitter to ...
Parasitic Progressivism at ESPN, Marvel, and the University of Missouri
Consider the state of three longstanding, once (and arguably still) powerful institutions: the University of Missouri, the sports cable channel ESPN, and Marvel Comics.
As our former colleague Jillian Kay Melchior detailed earlier this week, the University of Missouri is ...
A Look Back at Love Actually: The Sweet and the Bitter Collide
The BBC has released the results of its poll of the greatest film comedies of all time. Some Like It Hot topped the list, followed by Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Groundhog Day, Duck Soup, Life of Brian, Airplane!, France’s ...
Can’t We All Just Stick to Sports?
‘Stick to sports.”
That’s the familiar refrain from football fans, who are tired of hearing about politics every time they turn on ESPN. It’s true: The sports media doesn’t abide by that rule, in large part because ...
American Politics Has Become Hyper-Nationalized
Last week, more than 200 Minnesota newspapers published nothing but “Imagine a Day without Local News” — or some variation — on their front pages. In organizing the campaign, the Minnesota Newspaper Association hoped to draw attention to the critical role local news ...
Do Democrats Remember That They Nominated a Hawkish Candidate?
Democrats are quite upset about President Trump’s decision to ramp up the war in Afghanistan — and I’m upset about it too, but I just have to ask: Do they remember that their own nominee had the most hawkish ...
Donald Trump Decided Not to Lose the War in Afghanistan
Last night, Donald Trump did the responsible thing. He reneged on a campaign promise to avoid losing a war. That’s exactly what we want presidents to do when they win elections, learn new information, and begin to fully understand ...
Oregon Governor Puts Taxpayers on the Hook for All Abortions
Oregon’s Democratic governor, Kate Brown, has just signed into law a radical new bill, and in so doing has made her state the nation’s leader in pro-abortion policy. The legislation requires all insurance companies in the state to ...
Back to the Future
Romans emperors were often a bad lot — but usually confirmed as such only in retrospect. Monsters such as Nero, of the first-century A.D. Julio-Claudian dynasty, or the later psychopaths Commodus and Caracalla, were flattered by ...
Define ‘Gerrymander’ Precisely: The Supreme Court Tackles the Impossible
Democrats know that they have a problem. As our country has become more politically polarized, we have increasingly sorted ourselves geographically. Democratic voters are far more likely to be found in dense and politically homogeneous urban areas. We see this ...
The Alt-Right Carries on Margaret Sanger’s Legacy of Eugenics
The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) is good at what it does. That’s why it is now trying to tie the white supremacists of the alt-right to the pro-life movement, even though the opposite is closer to the ...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the highly unusual step over the weekend of publicly explaining why he won’t resign.
He responded to Yale classmates who had written an impassioned open letter urging him to quit in protest over what ...
Don’t Blame Arthur Finkelstein for the State of American Politics
Arthur Finkelstein didn’t break American politics.
Finkelstein, who died last Friday at the age of 72, was one of the world’s most successful pollsters and political consultants. His career encompassed the rise of the modern conservative movement from the 1970...
Journalists Overreach in Their Quest to Purge ‘Hate’ from the Web
Last week, multiple major Internet corporations essentially cooperated to kick a hate site, The Daily Stormer, off the Internet. Cloudflare, GoDaddy, Google, and various other companies withdrew their services, and now one of the Internet’s most odious sites lives ...
The Fatuity of Fat Studies
Earlier this month, several websites covered news of an upcoming “fat studies” course that will be taught at Oregon State by Associate Professor Patti Lou Watkins. From the way some reporters wrote about it, you might have concluded that fat ...
‘No Enemies on the Left’ Is Still the Mantra of Too Many Liberals
One of the great gifts the British writer George Orwell gave us, in addition to his classics 1984 and Animal Farm, was a clear and uncompromising look at dangerous ideologies. In “Orwell and the British Left,” British writer Ian Williams recalls ...
On the Road to Somewhere, the Divide between Elites and Populists
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, by David Goodhart. It is reprinted here with permission.
Brexit and the election of Donald ...
A Different Kind of Border Wall
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at Populyst. It is reprinted here with permission.
An asset-management firm called ____ Capital recently sent out this e-mail seeking referrals:
The US Investor visa program allows one to invest $500,000 U.S. in ...
Three and a Half More Years!
The campaign to make Donald Trump president of these United States was a terrible idea. The campaign to drive him from office is a worse one.
House Democrats Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas filed articles of ...
Yes, Let’s Rethink Free Speech
In the New York Times, UCLA’s K-Sue Park proposes that “the A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech”:
After the A.C.L.U. was excoriated for its stance, it responded that “preventing the government from controlling ...
On Charlottesville, Trump, and Anti-Americanism
Susan Rosenberg was a terrorist in the early 1980s. Like her Weathermen comrades, she would have killed many people had she been a more competent terrorist. She was a fugitive plotting more bombings when she and a co-conspirator were captured ...
The outlook for an ambitious Republican reform agenda is bleak at this point, to put it mildly. The GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) foundered in the Senate. The president’s budget plan is already ...
After Charlottesville, the First and Second Amendments Are Under Fire
A very strange thing has happened since last weekend’s dreadful violence in Charlottesville. White supremacists used virtually every form of weapon except guns, yet somehow the Second Amendment is now under fire. Even worse, those who lawfully exercise the ...
How to Give Jeff Flake’s Senate Seat to a Democrat
President Donald Trump’s tweet yesterday morning endorsing a primary challenger to Arizona senator Jeff Flake was hardly a surprise. Trump likes to call himself a counter-puncher, so from his frame of reference, Flake had been asking for it by ...
No More Fair-Weather Federalism
The Republicans are supposed to be the party of state autonomy and strict limits on federal power. But you would not know it based on the first six months of the Trump administration. On a variety of major issues involving ...
Class Consciousness, French- and American-Style
Class confusion is always with us. Our social circumstances are in conflict with our ambitions and desires, and we are often in political denial. This American phenomenon resembles the new decadent cuisine that piles layers of proteins — and then tops ...
The Fascists Were Using Antifa against Conservatives
‘You must love Antifa, ya cuck.”
“Will you also condemn Antifa, BLM, and radical Muslims? I’m disappointed in you.”
It’s in reading these desperate social-media messages about violent left-wing protesters that I realized the true purpose of the ...
Universities Can Learn from Conservatives’ Love of Humanities
Don’t blame discrimination, writes Damon Linker, for the dearth of conservatives in the humanities. Though discrimination exists, I think he’s right. The real issue is that conservatives and the modern research university approach the humanities in fundamentally different — ...
It’s Time for the Police to Step Up
In video after video and in city after city, you see the same images. Wild melees break out in the streets. Men and women kick, punch, beat, and mace one another — in broad daylight. Lawless crowds surge through towns, vandalizing ...
What Identity Politics Hath Wrought
There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919–33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler ...
I'm the Target of Hatred, and I'll Still Defend It as Free Speech
It has been hard to see some of the hateful, disgusting things that people have directed at me since I criticized President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville — but I’m so glad that these people have the ...
Is the Party of Lincoln Now the Party of Lee?
This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled ...
The Left’s Brutally Obvious Economic Failures
It’s a debate as old as politics itself, but now we may finally have a winner. Or at least a loser.
The finale to the age-old argument over the state’s proper role in the economy is playing out ...
Congress Should Fund Obamacare Subsidies — or Trump Must Stop Them
The headlines were predictable: If President Trump halts Obamacare subsidies for insurance companies, the Congressional Budget Office predicts, premiums for “Silver” plans will skyrocket by 20 percent next year. Buried halfway through the CBO’s report, however, was an important qualification: ...
Get Rid of the Iran Deal: Here Are Four Options
It’s no secret that President Trump would like to shake off the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement with Iran. Negotiated by the Obama administration and opposed by most Americans when it was finalized in 2015, it ...
I am never quite sure whether I am really a Southerner. Texas was in the Confederacy, but West Texas is a lot more Albuquerque than it is like Birmingham. I have never felt any sympathy for the Lost Cause. If ...
Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons
Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers.
During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “...
Conservatives Need to Remember, Presidents Affect Culture
Last night there was an important exchange on Fox News, one that highlighted the growing divide on the right. In one corner was Trump supporter Laura Ingraham, in the other Trump critic Charles Krauthammer. Their exchange is below:
The entire ...
Magnificent Thrill Machines
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the August 14, 2017, issue of National Review.
Sandusky, Ohio — My parents weren’t wild about the prospect of a family vacation in Sandusky.
It was 1993, I was eight years old, and we had ...
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 ...
Putting an End to Government Funding of Islamism
In Tuesday’s speech, President Trump denounced the flow of U.S. money to Pakistan while that nation harbors terrorists. South Asian Islamism is an enormous problem, and yet a great deal of the discussion in America surrounding Islamism focuses ...
We’ll Need Something Other Than Big Government to Stop the ‘Hoarding’ of Economic Opportunity
‘First class,” Renée Zellweger sighs in Jerry Maguire. “It used to be a better meal. Now, it’s a better life.”
Richard V. Reeves of the Brookings Institution worries that tickets to first-class living are becoming impossible to acquire ...
Paul Ryan’s Conservatism Can Help the Poor
During his CNN town hall in Wisconsin Monday night, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was confronted by a Dominican nun who asked about his approach to health care and poverty, especially in light of his Catholic faith. Here’s ...
Jared and Other Sons-in-Law We Have Known, Part I
Editor’s Note: This series in Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus is an expansion of a piece he has in the current issue of National Review.
Quite possibly, the most ticklish relationship in human history is that between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. ...
The Next Obamacare Mess and the Rule of Law
When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’s Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. ...
The Left Opens Fire on Columbus Statues
When the going gets stupid, the stupid turn pro. On Monday, in an essay due to appear in the forthcoming print edition of National Review, I wrote, “The Christopher Columbus protests are coming.” That very day, a vandal in Baltimore ...
Trump’s Failures on the Easy Stuff Overshadow His Successes on the Hard Stuff
The last week was the Trump presidency in a nutshell. When faced with a situation that called for him to do one of the many easy things Americans expect of their president, he repeatedly failed. But when asked to do ...
The Problem with the ‘Otherwise, People Will Die’ Argument for Big Government
It has become the go-to policy argument for many liberals and the media: People will die. Repeal Obamacare . . . and people will die. Cut any social-welfare program by so much as $1 . . . and people will die. Reform unsustainable entitlement programs like Social ...
What is it we are doing in Afghanistan? What do we think we are doing in Afghanistan? All we can say with any confidence is that the former and the latter bear only a theoretical relationship.
The United States invaded ...
Political Violence Is Not Okay
America can survive crappy ideas.
America can survive nasty statues.
America can’t survive normalization of political violence.
That should be the takeaway over the last two weeks. The latest round of racial and political recriminations began with a horrifying ...
It’s Only Going to Get Weirder from Here
You hear it constantly these days: “This can’t go on.” “Something’s got to give.” The hope that impeachment is around the corner is an unspoken assumption in much media coverage. “Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From ...
Trump’s Afghan Escalation
President Trump doesn’t want to lose a war on his watch and that’s a good thing.
He had a choice. On one hand, he could follow his instinct to pull out of Afghanistan, act on his many bumptious ...
Trump Was Right to Acknowledge His Flip-Flop on Afghanistan
Lost in the details of Donald Trump’s address last night was one extremely notable point: the fact that the president admitted he had changed his mind on the issue of American military involvement abroad.
Trump has long been known ...
President Donald Trump is thrilled with the stock market. Trump marvels at the sustained rise of equity prices in public appearances and tweets, marshaling it as evidence that “we’re doing tremendously well” and there’s “no WH chaos!” Yes, ...
The whole world is astounded and distressed at the incivility of American public discourse. Not since Senator Joseph R. McCarthy accused President Dwight Eisenhower, former president Harry Truman, and the late president Franklin D. Roosevelt of being Communist sympathizers, and ...
The Destructive Power of Progressive Overreach
Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by Arc Digital. It is reprinted here with permission.
As the reality of Trump’s election to the presidency first set in, analysts immediately began their frenzied search for an explanation. Within ...
Salzburg Journal, Part II
Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, Jay Nordlinger was at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, hosting a public-interview series for the Salzburg Festival Society and writing criticism. Some of this criticism has appeared at The New Criterion’s website. More ...
Survey: Plurality of Med Students Support Trigger Warnings
According to a survey conducted by Ohio University medical-school professors, a plurality of med students think that using “trigger warnings” in med-school classrooms is a good idea.
According to the study, published in Teaching and Learning Medicine, 31 percent of the 259 ...
A Profound Tension Point for Conservatives
News that Steve Bannon is the latest casualty in the palace intrigue inside the Trump White House dominated the news cycle last Friday and throughout the weekend. The news came off of what many believe (this author included) was the ...
The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers
Let’s say you’re a prosecutor in Washington. You are investigating a husband and wife, naturalized Americans, who you believe have scammed a federal credit union out of nearly $300,000. You catch them in several false statements about their qualifications ...
‘Aleppo Awaits You” isn’t the ultimate exit strategy for anyone tired of politics in the United States, the ultimate tactic for distancing oneself from the Confederacy. The father of the city, Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, in fact, doesn’t ...
Venezuela and the Gray Shades of Communist Czechoslovakia
The sign caught my attention. Attached to a fence in Pastora, a Caracas neighborhood and former bastion of the Hugo Chávez revolution, it read: “If not now, when? If not us, who?” That was the Spanish version of the ...
When Every Republican Is a Crypto-Nazi
The New York Times is engaged in an ongoing effort to rehabilitate Communism. For some inscrutable reason, it has published a series of articles nostalgic for the Soviet Union’s Gulag-filled past, most recently explaining “Why Women Had Better Sex ...
Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, Jay Nordlinger was at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, hosting a public-interview series for the Salzburg Festival Society and writing criticism. Some of this criticism has appeared at The New Criterion’s website. More ...
It’s a government so lawless it thinks it can murder U.S. citizens with impunity. A government so indifferent to family values that it holds up adoptions for years on bogus technicalities, letting children die who had been destined ...
Confederate Statues Honor Timeless Virtues — Let Them Stay
There are times when I wonder if we’re coming to the harsh, bitter end of the American experiment. The weekend of August 12 was one of them.
My wife and I have lived in Charlottesville for the past 14 years, and ...
The Best Approach To Racism: Engage Each Other
Last weekend’s events in Virginia continue to reverberate across the nation. In 2017, it’s hard for many Americans to believe there could be a rally involving white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen. As a nation, we have made ...
Bannon’s Ouster, the Latest Episode in a Show about Nothing
There’s a mismatch between the political press and the White House it is intended to cover. Political scribblers like myself are primed to greet the news of Steve Bannon getting bounced from the White House as an event with ...
Trump Accurately Blames Both Sides for Charlottesville Mayhem
How dare he?
President Donald J. Trump stood before journalists on Tuesday and said the unsayable: “I think there is blame on both sides.”
Rather than denounce only the execrable white supremacists and swastika-wielding neo-Nazis who organized Saturday’s hate-o-rama ...
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. The childish playground ditty is at least partly true: Mere words cannot break an arm or bust a nose. Words can be hurtful emotionally and psychologically, but ...
Rebuilding the Public Square after Charlottesville
The riots and violence in Charlottesville accentuate, like the tired chorus of a far-too-long song, the dangerous effects of racism, bigotry, and misrule by mobs. Whatever “white nationalists” call themselves, no rebranding can wash the moral taint from doctrines of ...
A New Political Party Aims to Stop Brexit
James Chapman, former chief of staff to Brexit secretary David Davis, plans to create a new political party in a desperate attempt to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union. The new party will be known as “the ...
Ukraine’s Army Needs Equipment from the U.S., Not All of It Weapons
The road that runs between the east Ukrainian towns of Marinka and Krasnogovorvka is called, ironically, “the road of life.” It is lined with red-and-white signs with skulls and crossbones warning drivers of mines. Locals say that sniper fire from ...
Why Should Anyone Care What Mick Jagger Has to Say about Brexit?
Existence: deep stuff for deep minds. Neil Diamond plunged into its essence this way, in 1971’s “I Am, I Said”:
“I am,” I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair.
In his ...
If Van Jones was right that a moving tribute to the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL in a speech to Congress earlier this year was the moment Donald Trump became president, Trump’s news conference on Tuesday was the ...
The Alt-Right Is Bad — And So Is ‘Antifa’
Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact.
The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed ...
Don’t Kick Neo-Nazis off the Internet
The mad scramble to signal virtue can operate contrary to the virtue under consideration. Being opposed to racism is virtuous. Seeking to proclaim this quality to the world by booting neo-Nazis off the Internet is not. Those on the activist ...
Andy McCarthy has written an estimable column outlining the legal aspects of federal “domestic terrorism” laws. One of Andy’s points is that acts of violence in the context of protests are overwhelmingly state rather than federal crimes; another is ...
America’s Francification, Part Deux
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 ...
Trump’s Disastrous Mishandling of Charlottesville Will Have Consequences
After Charlottesville, Donald Trump’s presidency is entering a new phase, and it is his own fault. It was Trump who decided to throw away prepared remarks on Saturday in favor of an equivocal statement that once again proved racists ...
The Fall of Jupiter? Macron’s Declining Popularity
Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential election this year marked the triumph of a steady, centrist hand over the far-right nationalism of Marine Le Pen. His presidency, moreover, was supposed to be “Jupiterian,” characterized by an aloof, dignified ...
Strategic Vulnerability: Obama’s Drastic Cuts to Missile Defense
In response to growing concerns that North Korea would launch an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) at the U.S., President Donald Trump retweeted former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, who argued that the Obama administration’s skepticism of ...
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect Is a Disgrace to Its Namesake’s Memory
How woke is Anne Frank? The answer to what appears to be a silly philosophy-class inquiry can be found on the Twitter feed of the New York-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Here, Executive Director Steve Goldstein brings Anne’...
Elizabeth Warren Sells Out
Senator Elizabeth Warren once appeared on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, TBS’s unwatchable Daily Show spinoff. This pairing had potential — for the first time, Bee had a chance to appear funny in comparison with her guest.
“I am exhausted. ...
What’s So Generous about Spending Other People's Money?
The popularity of Democratic Socialism is rising, and more and more people are viewing it as a generous, compassionate alternative to “cruelty” of capitalism.
As The Week notes, membership in Democratic Socialists of America has more than tripled in the ...
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 ...