Is ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Racist?
By now you’ve probably heard the claim that America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” is an expression of racial hostility toward African Americans and should be either retired or at least acknowledged as a subject of national embarrassment.
The golden age lasted about ten years.
In November of 1989, the gates of the Berlin Wall were opened. Soon after, the people themselves took to it with sledgehammers, and people who did not know that they could cry from joy …
‘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 …
What Can Reconstruction and the Gilded Age Teach Us about Today’s America?
The United States grew from a peripheral nation to a world power in a period that high-school history classes often gloss over. The Reconstruction era and the period of economic growth it touched off remade the American nation in the …
What Do Confederate Statues Say?
Like a lot of people I struggle somewhat with the issue of Confederate monuments. I understand why a devastated region would want to memorialize its war dead, and why we wouldn’t want to tear such memorials down years later; …
Confederate Monument Removal & Vandalism
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 …
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 …
John McCain: Homo Americanus
When considering the case of John McCain, I have often recalled an old rule from William Hazlitt, a partisan of the radical movements in the age of revolution: “It has always been with me, a test of the sense and …
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
I must confess to being surprised by how Jonah characterizes some comments I made on The Editors podcast last week. In a piece published this afternoon, he complains that during a discussion of whether America is an “idea” or a “…
Leftism Is Not Liberalism
What is the difference between a leftist and a liberal?
Answering this question is vital to understanding the crisis facing America and the West today. Yet few seem able to do it. I offer the following as a guide.
Since some folks either miss the G-File (or just read the opening bit or the canine update), I figured it couldn’t hurt to post this item in the Corner:
The other night, I happened to catch Rachel Maddow’s opening …
A Question from Toscanini
Today, I complete my notes on Toscanini, spurred by Harvey Sachs’s magisterial new biography of the famed conductor. I’d like to highlight one thing here.
Toscanini conducted Italian orchestras in Italy, of course, and French orchestras in France, …
The Manufactured Outrage over Statues and Monuments
Progressives need a steady stream of excuses for their manufactured outrage. The latest is statues and monuments that are supposedly harmful to “marginalized” people because they depict men who fought for the Confederacy (or were imperfect in other ways). Mute …
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 …
‘Why Was the Confederacy Founded? And Why Was the United States?’
Not all slippery slopes are slippery in the same way. You slide down some because you started out with an arbitrary distinction; you slide down others because you overlooked a sound distinction. It’s possible that removing Confederate monuments will …
Confederate Statues and the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn
“It’s often forgotten that Lee himself, after the Civil War, opposed monuments, specifically Confederate war monuments,” said Jonathan Horn, the author of the Lee biography, “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.”
In his writings, Lee cited …
The Last Great American Western Turns 25
It was once hard to imagine that the Western would ever go out of fashion. As epitomized by the novels of Zane Grey, the movies of John Wayne, and television shows such as The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke, the genre …
The Heritage of Natural Law: Mark Levin on Rediscovering Americanism
Is there an enduring American character?
For those who view our nation as at a tipping point, the question is urgent. Others scoff, “Why?” After all, if the American character is truly enduring, it will endure — the ship eventually will …
When Would You Stop Loving America?
First let me tardily congratulate Rich Lowry, Charlie Cooke, Ian Tuttle, and Michael Brendan Dougherty for a really outstanding episode of The Editors podcast. It was a joy to listen to, given how much all four really love the American …