President Trump’s recent decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has provoked strong reactions. The Washington Post’s editorial board calls the decision “heartless.” Silicon Valley CEOs have also strongly condemned the decision, and ...
Leftists Feed Extremists They Fear with Attacks on Amy Wax
Professor Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law has poked a stick into a beehive. Tenure is liberating that way. In an op-ed for Philly.com, she argued, with Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University ...
Trump Just Doesn’t Get It
The news that President Trump abandoned Republicans to strike a deal with congressional Democrats on a three-month extension of the debt limit yielded a predictable response from his predictable cheerleaders: It was brilliant and typically shrewd for the author of ...
‘We are all only rats trapped in Madison’s maze,” the late scholar of the American founding, Walter Berns, was known to say. But it turns out he was wrong — James Madison is only of secondary importance. “Whiteness,” subsequent generations ...
Thanks to One Reform, School Principals Spend Weeks Doing Paperwork
School reformers have shown an unlovely fascination with wielding top-down mandates in the hope of making school system bureaucracies behave. This inevitably means taking sensible ideas and turning them into paper-strewn compliance exercises.
A case in point is the 19 days ...
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative by Craig Shirley. It is adapted here with permission.
They began in old shoeboxes, Newt Gingrich’s ideas. Some good, some cockamamie, some ...
Beware of Narratives and Misinformation
U.S. intelligence agencies said Russia was responsible for hacking Democratic National Committee e-mail accounts, leading to the publication of about 20,000 stolen e-mails on WikiLeaks.
But that finding was reportedly based largely on the DNC’s strange outsourcing of the ...
Trump’s ‘Never Mind’ DACA Tweet
This was supposed to be about how all of yesterday’s heated rhetoric, all the defiant “Stand by Your Dreamer” talk from Harvard and from tech CEOs, was just so much theater. In truth, no one — at least no one ...
What Would Happen to DREAMers without DACA?
There’s a lot of concern that if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ends, a lot of people are going to be sent “home” to countries they don’t really know. Some are worried that so-called DREAMers could be ...
President Trump’s entire career has been built on one foundational myth: that he is tougher than his competitors. Trump positions himself as a knife fighter more than willing to wield the weapon. He’s a brutal negotiator, he says, ...
Can a White Person Make a Movie about African Americans?
Not content with harassing white people who wear their hair in cornrows and branding as “cultural appropriation” everything from college cafés serving sushi to Beyoncé donning a sari, now the new racial purists are coming for film director Kathryn ...
No, Hurricanes Are Not Good for the Economy
Do we really need to say it? Hurricanes are bad.
The pictures of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey have barely faded from our television screens (while Irma waits in the wings), but already we are seeing stories about the ...
Antifa Is Trouble, but Not Terrorism
The Obama Department of Homeland Security concluded that left-wing “Antifa” forces were engaged in “domestic terrorist violence,” according to documents obtained by Politico.
Who am I to argue with the fine men and women of former president Obama’s DHS?
A DACA Deal Should Include Real Enforcement
The Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on a delayed, rolling basis. The decision is the right one. DACA is an extralegal amnesty at odds with our constitutional system. It has to go. ...
‘Polished through countless takes,” wrote the New York Times’s Jon Pareles in his weekend obituary of Walter Becker, “Steely Dan’s musical surfaces were sleek and understated, smooth enough to almost be mistaken for easy-listening pop.”
Ouch. No one ...
Now Is Not the Time to Abandon Our Trade Agreement with South Korea
President Donald Trump seems inclined to withdraw from or renegotiate the Korea–U.S. trade partnership (KORUS) in the wake of North Korea’s latest nuclear aggressions. But doing so would only serve to limit America’s options for dealing ...
The Politics of the DACA Fix
President Trump’s decision to cancel DACA, an executive-branch program giving work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived as minors, is a huge gamble. If the Republican caucus tries to pass a stand-alone fix along the lines of the DREAM ...
After the election of Donald Trump, there arose a self-described “Resistance.” It apparently posed as a decentralized network of progressive activist groups dedicated to derailing the newly elected Trump administration.
Democrats and progressives borrowed their brand name from World War ...
The Return of Congressional Government
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at the Library of Law and Liberty. It is reprinted here with permission.
President Trump’s inability or unwillingness to lead on a legislative agenda has been cast as bad news for ...
Conservatives: The New Marranos
For those unfamiliar with the term, “Marranos” was the name given to Jews in medieval Spain, especially in the 15th century during the Spanish Inquisition, who secretly maintained their Judaism while living as Catholics in public.
There is, of course, ...
The Transgender Agenda Hits Kindergarten
From California to Minnesota to the District of Columbia, the transgender agenda has infiltrated the classrooms of even the most tender youth. Last week Alexandra DeSanctis reported for National Review Online about the “transition ceremony” hosted by a kindergarten teacher ...
They are “A People for others,” it says outside St. Ignatius Church in Houston. Even, as it happens, when they are under water.
“It’s devastating. . . . It is just unbelievable. Everything is under water. And I do mean EVERYTHING.” You ...
Hurricane Harvey has inflicted appalling suffering upon Houston, a city I called home until only a few months ago. But those flood waters have revealed more than they have covered, and what they have revealed gives us cause for hope.
As Brain Injuries Increase, National Enthusiasm for Football Fades
Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died ...
The Off-Mark All-Female Remake of Lord of the Flies
William Golding’s dystopian novel Lord of the Flies will soon become the latest addition to the all-female-cast-remake genre, joining Ghostbusters and Ocean’s Eleven. The directors, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, say the forthcoming remake will help people see ...
The American Genius of Twin Peaks
‘Shovel your way out of the sh**!”
So goes the tagline of Dr. AMP’s Great American Radio Show, an archetypal entry in the genre of ostensibly conservative but really schizo-libertarian local talk radio. It’s bellowed by a retired ...
Chuck Schumer is in a spirited mood. “This is going to be one of the biggest fights of the next three, four months,” the Senate minority leader said recently of the coming debate over tax cuts. “And Democrats are ready ...
Price’s War on Mental Illness
The abysmal failure of the U.S. mental-health system to serve the seriously ill is apparent to everyone except those who work in it. As I documented in Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill, in ...
No, Insisting on Proper English Grammar and Spelling Is Not ‘Elitist’
In an op-ed for the New York Times this past Sunday, columnist Farhad Manjoo urged Twitter users to let up on President Trump’s poor spelling in tweets, arguing that caring about spelling or grammar is “elitist,” and that linguistic ...
No, the Response to Harvey Doesn’t Refute Texas Conservatism
It’s not easy to burn a straw man in the midst of a biblical flood, but some on the Left are frantically trying to light the flame. The target, of course, is Texas conservatism, and the argument is old ...
Pipelines: Where Even Conservatives Support Eminent-Domain Abuse
Where is the conservative commitment to property rights?
At first, this might seem a silly question. Of course conservatives defend the right to private property, arguably the single most important principle upon which the nation was founded. But it’s ...
Fist Fight’s Final American Solution
Fist Fight was released last February just after the “Punch a Nazi” meme went viral, but now the movie is back; its home-video release tying in with the Left’s lenience toward Antifa anarchy. This coincidence suggests that violence has ...
Houston Rescuers Prove the Lie of ‘Toxic Masculinity’
EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece is reprinted with permission from Acculturated.
Men. We are just the worst, with our toxic masculinity and patriarchal privilege. We are the source of literally all of the world’s problems, from war, income inequality, ...
Trump’s Insubordination Problem
Donald Trump told us that he’d hire the best people. He didn’t mention that he’d be unable to fire them.
The president is experiencing a bout of insubordination from his top officials the likes of which we ...
Time to Drop Colleges' Racial Quotas and Preferences
When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal.
That thought was prompted by a New York ...
The Trump Administration Believes in the Dignity of Work
Major bipartisan accomplishments in federal policy feel like a rarity these days. But it was just over 20 years ago that the parties came together to pass significant, positive reforms to our nation’s cash assistance program for families in poverty. ...
The North Korean Axis of Middle East Proliferation
Last week, Reuters revealed the existence of a confidential U.N. report claiming that two North Korean shipments bound for the government agency in charge of Syria’s chemical weapons were intercepted in the past six months.
Put in its ...
Hidden Abuse of Women: Coerced Abortions
While traveling recently, I stopped for lunch with a new relative in her mid sixties who recently married into my family. From across the table, the woman, who had met me twice before, learned that I worked for a pro-life ...
The Death of Fun as We Know It
These days, when people ask me what I do, I tend to brace myself a bit, battening down the proverbial mental hatches. “Oh, I’m a writer,” I’ll say cheerily, warily scanning my new friend’s eyes, especially if ...
‘The Bard,” William Shakespeare, had a healthy distrust of the sort of mob hysteria typified by our current epidemics of statue-busting and name-changing.
In Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar — a story adopted from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives — a frenzied Roman ...
Yale Offers a Tutorial in Higher-Education Indoctrination
Summer brings no respite for academics committed to campus purifications, particularly at the institution that is the leader in the silliness sweepstakes, Yale. Its Committee on Art in Public Spaces has discovered that a stone carving that has adorned an ...
Can a Progressive’s ‘Inclusive Values’ Include Christianity?
Don’t ever forget that, for some folks, “separation of church and state” is a half-measure. It’s just a pit stop on the road to de-Christianizing America. It’s a temporary means to a much bigger end.
Over the ...
Keith Ogre-mann: Condé Nast-y’s Misogynist-in-Chief
Once a woman-hating blowhard, always a woman-hating blowhard.
Keith Olbermann, the “new” face of the Democratic resistance on Condé Nast’s digital video platform, is the same old foul-mouthed beast he was on cable TV.
Over the weekend, the former ...
The Inheritance of Generals Washington and Lee
If we are to question our patron saints, then we must do so without losing a sense of ourselves.
University presidents have struggled to strike this balance in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. The rush to remove controversial ...
Gone with the Wind, Soon to Be Gone with the Wind?
Asked how she could debase herself to the level of playing Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel replied, “I’d rather play the maid and make $700 a week than be a maid and make $7.”
Now McDaniel’s iconic ...
The Peculiar Conservatism of the Lonely American
Editor’s Note: In a series of columns, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a Paris-based conservative and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will write on an alarming trend, which he calls the Francification of America.
What is America’s ...
From Black Annie to White Daimio
So do fictional characters have races, or not? I hope we settle that question soon, because I’m getting sick of hearing about it every year or two.
The current controversy centers on the forthcoming Hellboy movie, and specifically on ...
Trump’s Unmerited, Unnecessary, Impulsive Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio
As our Monday editorial explains, there are several problems with President Trump’s highly objectionable pardon of former sheriff Joseph Arpaio. I want to address a couple of them in more depth — one here and one in a subsequent column.
The Joe Arpaio Pardon Won’t Destroy Democracy
If the best thing you can say for a presidential action is that it is no worse than things previous presidents have done that you condemned, perhaps it would be better not to have done it at all. That’s ...
Trump Haters, Supporters, Neither, and Both
The Left-Wing Trump Haters
About a third of the Democratic party (15–20 percent perhaps of the electorate?) loathes Trump, from reasons of the trivial to the fundamental.
The hard-leftist hatred is visceral; it is multidimensional; and it is unalterable.
Trump is ...
Democrats Are Increasingly Comfortable with Religious Tests
‘Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) asked Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for a federal appeals court, on Wednesday.
Since Durbin inquired in the form of a question, we ...
Turn Off the TV, Mr. President
Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage.
Less than twelve hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the administration is ending DACA — ...
Can Trump and Congress Make a Deal on Immigration?
Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by ...
Trump Nominates Greg Katsas to the D.C. Circuit
Conservatives who voted for Donald Trump based on his promises to restore the integrity of the judiciary had a point. If there was one compelling reason to support Trump, even for those who harbored serious concerns about his readiness for ...
Andrew Cuomo's Boondocks Boondoggle
No matter how awful a comedy club may be, you will scarcely find any lackluster Laff Lair or cheerless Chuckle Factory that charges $10 million for its two-drink minimum. Yet in a wacky scheme that could have been devised by Seinfeld’...
How ‘Fake but Accurate’ Stories Sunk Liberal Journalism
When CNN had to retract a story about a Trump campaign adviser named Anthony Scaramucci and his alleged ties to Russians this past June, the president crowed. This was before Scaramucci’s brief comic turn as White House communications director, ...
What Kind of War Is Trump Threatening with North Korea?
The U.S. Air Force “sniffer plane” was collecting air samples off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on September 3, 1949, when it gathered evidence of radioactivity, confirming that the war-shattered Soviet Union had tested a nuclear device. The Soviets’ August 29, 1949, test had ...
Worry about Kim Jong-un, Not Trump
So far, the assumption that Trump is bungling or exacerbating the crisis with North Korea isn’t justified.
Ever since he came down the escalator at Trump Tower that fateful day in June 2015, President Trump’s critics have worried that ...
The moment I have been awaiting with trembling and prayerful anticipation since the week of President Trump’s inauguration is dawning: The hysterical assault by the media and Democrats is starting to crumble and fall apart. Like shrieking babies who ...
Republicans Helped Make the Politics of DACA So Toxic
On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced a delayed end to Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, presumably to bring urgency to congressional efforts at immigration reform. Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the program this way: “The executive branch through DACA deliberately sought ...
‘Tactics’ Are Not the Problem with Antifa
If it was disturbing after Charlottesville when the media came out in support of the masked mobs of black-bloc “anti-fascists” who “seek peace through violence” (CNN), it was downright Orwellian when that support faded after yet another episode in Berkeley, ...
There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Deserving DREAMer’
Over and over again, from the mouths of politicians in both parties, along with identity-politics purveyors and cheap-labor lobbyists, we hear the same refrains about President Obama’s 800,000 amnestied illegal-alien youths:
“They don’t deserve to be punished.”
“They deserve ...
Even in our divided politics, it should be a matter of consensus that the president of the United States can’t write laws on his own.
That’s what President Barack Obama did twice when he unilaterally granted amnesties to ...
Hurricane Harvey and the Debt Ceiling
As Congress returns from its August recess, it’s staring at a difficult proposition: do its job. It must pass a new appropriations bill, or a continuing resolution, by September 30. In order for the government to spend, the Treasury has ...
On North Korea, U.S. Must Respond with an Eye to the Future
With the test of a possible hydrogen device, Kim Jung-un has now played his latest and most powerful card. In doing so, he has imparted a greater sense of urgency to the ongoing crisis. But, like the launch of a ...
Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared at Strong Towns. It is republished here, with minor changes approved by the author, under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
‘These are Americans. They’re our neighbors. If not Houston, who else?”
Governor Chris Christie refused to rule out the possibility that he could replace New Jersey’s U.S. senator Bob Menendez if the Democratic lawmaker is convicted on fraud and bribery charges in a trial that begins this week. “I ...
To End DACA, Follow the Constitution
The DACA controversy demonstrates the wages of the “progressive” conceit that our ingenious constitutional system is obsolete, that modern problems are so unprecedentedly complex they demand extra-constitutional solutions — such as a president’s usurping of congressional power, exactly the road ...
Sofia Vergara and the Fraudulent Science of ‘Pre-embryos’
The case of Emma and Isabella versus Sofia Vergara was about two human embryos on an unusual journey to try and reach the next stage of human development. Many media outlets are repeating the language of Vergara’s court filings ...
James Madison’s Lesson on Free Speech
The broad middle of this country seems caught between a rock and a hard place. On the far left, the “Antifa” movement has taken to protesting — often quite violently — ideas that do not conform to their transitory notions of social ...
Tax Reform Conservatives Can Get Behind
This past Wednesday, President Trump kicked off his public push for tax reform with a visit to Missouri, where I live and work as an economics professor. While an affinity for tax cuts has long been a part of the ...
Why Aren’t Wages Growing?
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the July 31, 2017, issue of National Review magazine.
After adjusting for inflation, hourly wages in the private sector grew 0.4 percent between April of last year and April of this year. The four-fifths of ...
Berkeley Mayor Is So Concerned About Antifa Violence That He Wants to Reward It
On Monday, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said he was so “concerned” about Antifa violence at a scheduled speech at the University of California–Berkeley that the school should cancel it altogether.
In other words: His strategy for stopping Antifa violence ...
Arpaio Pardon Shows the Futility of Mueller’s Obstruction Investigation
Where are the calls for obstruction charges?
On the matter of President Donald Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, just about any bad thing that could be said has been said. This is the second of a two-part series ...
What Is American about American Art
I’m an art historian specializing in American art. I also directed a museum that focused entirely on the art of our country. After the election, a friend with lots of political connections asked me to write a memo to ...
Vox Ruins Funerals in a Quest for Environmental Justice
What is the goal of a funeral? Is it to pay tribute to a life lost? To commit the soul of the decedent to his final reward? Or an opportunity to extol your passion for environmental justice?
A recent Vox ...
Will Comey’s Deception Cause Republicans to Rally around Trump?
As Hillary Clinton might say, “At this point, what difference does it make?”
That’s the reaction many Americans might have to the revelation that former FBI director James Comey was preparing to exonerate the Democratic presidential candidate in the ...
The Navy Is Not Ready and It’s Our Fault
Ten sailors died and five sustained injuries when USS John S. McCain collided with a 600-foot merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore, east of the Straits of Malacca, on August 20. This is not the first time the Navy has ...
Hollywood’s Horrendous Summer
All you need to know about the Hollywood box-office situation is this: Last weekend, sales plummeted to the worst level this century — and this weekend will be even worse.
So bare is the Tinseltown cupboard that this weekend’s biggest ...
Check out the latest episode of The Editors, in which Rich, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Dan McLaughlin, and Theodore Kupfer discuss Hurricane Harvey, Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, and more!
You can subscribe to The Editors on iTunes, Google Play, ...
Panhandling for Notre Dame Cathedral
Sometimes my job sends me on flights. Sometimes the need to call on far-off family sends me on them. And often now they are smaller planes, from a regional airport. Some travelers don’t do as well with small planes. ...
When They Take the Catholic Statues Away
Catholic schools in America got a late start on secularization, in which most of their Protestant peers had completed the course generations earlier. Six of the eight Ivy League institutions were founded as Christian colleges, as people now are sometimes ...
The Press Must Take It as Well as Dish It Out
In the country where United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein grew up, the government doesn’t criticize the press. Why would it, since in his native Jordan, the family (of which he happens to ...
How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?
The first step in thinking through a problem is to ask whether it’s a problem at all. Problems without solutions, the saying goes, aren’t problems. They’re facts.
Some people argue that a nuclear-armed North Korea is less ...
Frat Retreat Ends Early after Students ‘Frightened’ by a Banana Peel
A weekend fraternity retreat at the University of Mississippi ended early on Saturday because a student threw his banana peel away in a tree — and some students who saw it got “frightened” that the peel was a racist attack.
‘Designating’ Antifa a Terrorist Organization Is a Bad Idea
The violent radical leftist group that goes by the Orwellian name “Antifa” (anti-fascist) “is thuggish in its tactics and totalitarian in its sensibility,” as Rich Lowry forcefully put it in a column on Tuesday. It also engages in terrorism. The ...
Slate: Houston Doesn’t Show America at Its Best
‘Houston,” declared a Slate headline, “Doesn’t Showcase ‘America at Its Best.’” When a tweet promoting the article from the site’s official account went viral, and not in a good way, the editors reconsidered the wisdom of trolling a ...
Occupational-Licensing Reform Can Improve Upward Mobility for Low-Income and Military Families
Occupational licensing, the requirement that people get a government permission slip to work, hurts millions of Americans in their efforts to make a living and support themselves. But licensing laws disproportionately harm two groups in particular: those trapped in poverty ...
‘The End of Loyalty’ and the Surge in Populist Sentiment
In the literature that helps explain the shocking results of the presidential election of 2016, Rick Wartzman’s new book, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, merits a place alongside J. D. Vance’s ...
MLB Commits an Error with Harvey
When faced with a major social issue or a crisis, Major League Baseball usually finds a way to do the right thing. It often produces a moment or a decision that transcends its circumstances.
Famously, baseball integrated before the U....
The Fashion Police Take On Politics
In case you missed it, yes, Vogue has deemed Melania Trump out of touch for wearing a pair of stiletto heels on her walk on the tarmac to board the Texas-bound Air Force One.
But it wasn’t just the ...
Weather Is Politics by Other Means
Weather emergencies on the scale of Hurricane Harvey ought to be about common humanity, not politics. Americans have been saddened at the losses suffered by those affected by the storm, have cheered the efforts of rescuers, and have reached into ...
Hurricane Harvey’s Men, Women, and Children
On Sunday, as images from Hurricane Harvey stunned the nation, one particular image stuck out for many Americans as indicative of the heroism of Texans in the face of disaster: a picture of a man in a baseball cap carefully ...
Monuments to Racist Democrats Should Enrage Leftist Mobs
If those on the left sincerely wish to address America’s historical injustices, rather than simply pursue partisan advantage, they should advocate the removal and purification of the hundreds of tributes to Democrats who oppressed blacks and other minorities.
• They ...
Trump’s ‘Toughness’ Is an Insult to Law Enforcement
By now, we’ve all seen the pictures: police officers and sheriff’s deputies wading into Houston’s floodwaters to rescue people, exhausted from working 20-hour shifts, disregarding their own safety to help others. Nothing could be more emblematic of ...
Harvey Awakens a Divided America’s Better Angels
Even hurricanes have a silver lining: The downpour washes away a lot of bull.
Don’t get me wrong. This is a tragedy for untold thousands of people. And no upside could possibly balance the scale against the downside. The ...
Those Who Don’t Fight Evil Fight Statues
All my life I have known this rule about people: Those who don’t fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.
This happens to be the morally defining characteristic of the Left. During the Cold War, ...
Catholic School Removes Jesus, Mary Statues Because They’re ‘Alienating’ to Non-Catholics
The San Domenico School, the first Catholic school in California, has removed all but 18 of its 180 religious statues in an effort to be more “inclusive” and “forward looking.”
Several parents have complained about the decision, according to Marinij.
“Articulating an ...
Scandal Erupts over the Promotion of ‘Bourgeois’ Behavior
Were you planning to instruct your child about the value of hard work and civility? Not so fast! According to a current uproar at the University of Pennsylvania, advocacy of such bourgeois virtues is “hate speech.” The controversy, sparked by ...
Pope Francis Is Diminishing the Papacy. Good.
Sometimes I think Pope Francis is a gift to the Catholic Church, especially when he says something silly, clumsy, or even stupid. He allows serious Catholics to take the papal cult less seriously than they have been doing for generations. ...