That Old-Time Hollywood Religion, Part One
Whatever else it is, the latest Coen brothers movie Hail, Caesar! is a fun look at the classic Hollywood of the late 40s and early 50s. I’ve heartily recommended it, and not just for the artier types. But it …
‘Sole Force,’ They Called Him
At a Christmas party for Labour staff, the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, quoted Enver Hoxha — which is shocking news. Labour has a Christmas party? (Surely they don’t call it a Christmas party.)
Corbyn described Hoxha as a “…
It Is Good to Be a Communist
Today, I have a “Colorado Journal,” which includes a visit to the university in Boulder. They have — drum roll, please — a Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court. I have since learned that a major motion picture is about to be …
Heck, Jay, that’s not even the worst line in the song. I suppose that this exercise in commie lyrical twaddle is limited by the need to rhyme words with “amor,” but the song also promises “free ice-creams by the score.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Conquest, the great British historian and man of letters, who in 2005 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush, died this week. In the December 9, 2002, issue of National Review, Jay Nordlinger wrote the following appreciation …
Anti-Communist Films of the ’50s
It is widely believed on the left that the anti-Communist films of the 1950s were hysterical and unprofitable. This characterization originated with blacklisted Hollywood Communists. Adrian Scott and Dalton Trumbo — both of the Hollywood Ten, the group of Communist screenwriters …
The Man Who Punctured Communism’s Lies about the Spanish Civil War
In 1986, the liberal weekly The Village Voice had its offices picketed by aged left-wing protesters. What occasioned this protest was an interview columnist Paul Berman conducted with William Herrick, who had served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish …
Carl’s Rock Songbook No. 97: Imagine No Possessions
NOTE: This was originally posted last summer. But since it was lost in the transition to the new NRO, and a new post of mine is going to be refer back to it, I present it again today.
What I …
Bowdoin Professor Defends the Communists
After all, they were fighting the Nazis and wanted a nicer world, doncha know: Listen here.
If You Ever Wonder if America Has Been a Force for Good . . .
Over 60 years ago, my father served with the Army’s Third Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was always proud of the role that the U.S. and over 15 other nations played in keeping South Korea free of Communist …
The Castro Who Stole Christmas
In recent days, I’ve written a post on Mussolini and Christmas trees. And on Jeremy Corbyn and Enver Hoxha. Can you stand one on Corbyn and Christmas? And Castro (Fidel)?
An article from the U.K. begins,
Jeremy Corbyn …
Undeterred by pesky responsibilities like the War on Terror (as we called it in the bad old days), President Obama is headed to Paris to confront the Greatest Threat of Our Time: global warming (as they called it in the …
As you may have heard, the New York City government honored Ethel Rosenberg this week, on the hundredth anniversary of her birth. There are many things to say about this. I would like to spend a second talking about David …
There Is (Still) No Alternative
Nicolás Maduro is the heir to Hugo Chávez, who was after Fidel Castro the tin-pot dictator most beloved of Democrats in Hollywood and Washington alike, and his government is in the full, mature stage of socialism, which means …
Robert Conquest, R.I.P., was a great voice for truth and freedom in the twentieth century. He was also a serious poet and a master of the limerick.
To show that the last two coincide, here are two of …
Communists Preferred on Campus
There’s probably nothing strange about a university in China expressing preference for a member of the Chinese Communist Party when announcing a job opening.
What is strange is that the university is jointly owned and operated with an American …
Sean Penn’s Household Gods
In case you’re in the market, Sean Penn’s 1.4-acre estate overlooking the Pacific is on the market, and Forbes offers a peek inside. Note the artwork.
“Che chic” is très chic — in the luxury of one’…
Guess who I saw on a T-shirt yesterday. No, not Che Guevara. That’s dog-bites-man. I saw Stalin — young Stalin, in this famous photo.
He was a handsome young SOB, Koba. (Stalin’s nickname.) Helluva swordsman. Several illegitimate children. …
‘Wisconsin’s Shame’ . . .
. . . which is really America’s shame. I just want to add one note. A while ago, a couple of people involved in the Wisconsin case, on the conservative side — or the freedom side, or the rule-of-law side — came …
Impromptus: The cruelty of comedy, &c.
I learned something about Saturday Night Live, in the articles about its recent 40th-anniversary special. Maybe I had known it, but forgotten it.
Eddie Murphy, a onetime star of the show, stayed away for years, because he was really mad …