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 is 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 ...
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 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 ...
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., ...