What Happened to the ‘Libertarian Moment’?
A year is an eternity in politics, the saying goes. If that’s true, then two years is an eon. And it seems an eon ago that the common wisdom held that the GOP was entering its “libertarian moment,” when …
Our Bipartisan Elite Is Stuck in the ’90s
I don’t know how it happened. And I’m quite sure it was an accident that will soon be corrected. But over the past year I’ve become the type of person who gets invited to hear important mainstream …
Conservatives Should Disavow, Not Embrace, Roy Moore
William F. Buckley, the founder of National Review (where I work), once confessed in private, “I wish to hell I could attack them without pleasing people I can’t stand to please.”
By “them” he meant the members of the …
The ‘Never Trump’ Misunderstanding
In the spirit of collegiality, let me begin by saying I find Conrad Black a welcome and useful voice here at National Review.
I do not feel the same way about his column today, titled “The Never Trumpers’ New Strategy.”
For a long time now, I’ve thought of George F. Will as one of the freest conservatives in America. He writes what he thinks, with abandon. He is not burdened by calculation. He simply writes what he thinks is …
Impromptus: Without fear or favor, &c.
Last week, I wrote a tribute to, and appreciation of, Martin Bernheimer. (Go here.) He is a friend and colleague of mine. Moreover, he is one of the best critics of our time. For 60 years, he has been a music …
A Conservative’s Conservative
When I was growing up, George Burns was sometimes referred to as “a comedian’s comedian.” And Alicia de Larrocha was referred to as “a pianist’s pianist.” Well, George F. Will is a conservative’s conservative, as I see …
On his Group, John McLaughlin used to ask the “mega-question”: the big question. I have one for you — but I’ll need to set it up first.
There are conservatives who are anti-Trump. There are conservatives who are pro-Trump. …
What Trump Could Do — If He Wanted
You know the old expression “Not in my name”? It would be so easy — so easy for President Trump to say to the neo-Nazis and the neo-Confederates and the neo-Klansmen, “Not in my name.” He is good with words, …
The Fragility of Civilization
For the last week and a half, I’ve been working at the Salzburg Festival, in Austria. Salzburg is the most beautiful and civilized place imaginable. It breathes peace, order, and delight.
Imagine waking up today. It is a sun-splashed …
A Shift (as Detected by One Man’s Nose)
In the mail comes a new book by Patrick M. Garry, a law professor at the University of South Dakota. It is a little paperback titled “The False Promise of Big Government: How Washington Helps the Rich and Hurts the …
The Future of Conservatism (and Other Stuff)
A couple weeks ago, I sat down with Bill Kristol to discuss the state of conservatism and other things.
Conservatives Should Reconsider Their Opposition to Hip-Hop
Most conservatives don’t like hip-hop.
The typical conservative case against the genre amounts not to music criticism, but to the charge that it promotes dangerous behaviors in the culture. Rap group N.W.A.’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton …
Of Dinos and Scouts: Some Mail
Below, I had a post about “dinosaurs,” or “dinos,” which is what some people are calling us pre-Trump conservatives, perhaps with justification. A reader from Israel sends this note:
Here’s a dinosaur joke for your amusement. A little girl …
He instructed his disciple: “U should be OWNING this conversation because u r everything they hate!!! Drop your toys, pick up your tools and go help save western civilization.”
So said Stephen Bannon to Milo Yiannopoulos, according to an exposé …
Heroes and Anti-Heroes of the ‘Working Class’
Last Friday, a Fox Sports personality went on CNN and made the following statement: “I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in only two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs.” He went on to affirm what he had …
The fabled golf teacher Bill Strausbaugh Jr. used to say, “I may bore you, but I hope never to confuse you.” In other words, he may have repeated himself, but he always wanted to be clear. (And he was.)
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 …
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 …
About Yesterday, and Today (and Tomorrow)
During the campaign, Donald Trump lashed out at a lot of people, including John McCain and Megyn Kelly. These two were the targets of two of his most repulsive lashings.
When Trump became president, I had it explained to me …