Editor’s Note: We honor our late former colleague, D. Keith Mano, by sharing over the next weeks several of his acclaimed columns, which were published in National Review every fortnight from 1972 to 1989. The following piece was first published in the …
Redefining Conservatism — Part II
So I’m still about spewing out background for redefining conservatism. In case you’re wondering, the background for the background is Orestes Brownson, and all this will eventually be in a book.
What have I liked about the Republican convention? Well, …
America Isn’t Growing More Liberal; It’s Growing More Polarized
Writing in The Atlantic, Peter Beinart has launched yet another debate about America’s ideological direction. Asserting that the country is becoming more liberal, Beinart argues that Occupy and Black Lives Matter activists have commandeered the national debate far more …
New York’s city council has taken it upon itself to posthumously honor Ethel Rosenberg, a Soviet spy who helped, in her modest way, the worldwide Communist enterprise to murder some 100 million people.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer was joined …
When ‘Life’ and ‘Pregnancy’ Begin Are Different Concepts
The anti-science liberals are denying again that human life begins with the completion of fertilization (without getting into an arcane debate of the exact moment that process is completed).
Thomas Edsall uses his NYT column to mock that embryology truth. …
Standing Up to the Ruling Class
“To learn who rules over you, find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.”
If you’re wondering what Americans can do as our ruling class sets about enforcing its redefinition of marriage, start by looking back at …
Liberals Are Apparently Increasing Their Share of the Population, and I’m Not Surprised
Over the weekend, Drudge highlighted this Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll analysis showing that liberals are increasing their share of the population, while conservatives seem to be in slight decline:
In three national polls conducted so far in 2015, the …
Liberals Can’t Tell the Difference Between ‘Satire’ and News
Have you noticed your liberal friends on Facebook spotlighting some unbelievably shocking comments from Republican presidential candidates lately?
Comments like Ted Cruz declaring on May 22, “While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less …
Progressives Try to Reform Society; Conservatives Work to Improve Themselves
The difference between Right and Left addressed in this column concerns a fundamentally different method that each utilizes to improve society.
Conservatives believe that the way to a better world is almost always through moral improvement of the individual — …
At Least the Communion Bread Will Be Vegan
David: About those up-and-coming progressive Protestant churches:
I grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has long had progressive inclinations — it was resolutely anti-creed from its founding in the early 19th century, i.e., way before …
Washington Post Writer Claims Mike Pence Planned to Be Booed at Hamilton
Catherine Rampell has a hot new theory about Mike Pence’s Hamilton experience: Pence and Donald Trump planned the whole thing.
Trump, and only Trump, won this round in the culture wars. And with many more rounds to come, liberals …
The Way Back from Liberalism
The inexplicable rise of Donald Trump is perfectly explicable if you accept the following: The Republican party has failed.
Since the New Deal, there have been six Republican presidents. But Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and both Bushes all failed to …
Occasionally a member of the chattering classes writes something that is not just wrong, that is not just irritating, but that is genuinely dangerous. Matthew Yglesias’s latest essay at Vox is just such a piece. Writes Yglesias:
From her …
Liberals’ Aversion to Debate
Liberals are done with debating. Not always. Not everyone. But enough.
This week, for example, while thinking about the pope’s take on global warming, I tweeted out this comment: “Celebrate climate change, an externality of the greatest poverty destroying …
Will Your Sociology Professors Talk behind Your Back if You’re Conservative? They Just Might
‘Will everyone be whispering about you behind your back because you’re a Republican? Yes.”
I was sitting across from a senior sociology professor of a respected institution in the Northeast when I heard these words earlier this year. It …
Weinstein and Wattenberg: Patriotism, Optimism and Good-Natured Debate
The Fourth of July is a time to remember Americans who have contributed much to their country, and this weekend is a good time to remember two such Americans who died in recent weeks — and whom I’d had …
Why Liberals Oppose Over-the-Counter Birth Control
The supposedly pro-woman Left has erupted into fury this past week, denouncing new legislation proposed by Senator Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) that seeks to encourage over-the-counter status for birth control.
Salon’s Katie McDonough called the senator perpetually “full of …
Four Liberal Myths about Reagan — and the Truth
Presidential historian H. W. Brands’s new biography of Ronald Reagan and his conclusion that modern American politics is best seen as “The Age of Reagan” has aroused liberals to circulate once again the hoariest myths about the man and …
Social Liberalism Isn’t as Popular as a New Poll Would Have You Believe
Late last week, Gallup released the results of a survey which showed that the percentage of Americans who have liberal views on social issues equaled the percentage of those who identify as socially conservative. Gallup has been conducting surveys on …
Making Distinctions in an Age of Abstractions
“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” Thus begins Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind. Bloom famously explores the …