There's No 'Nazi' Exception to the First Amendment
Piers Morgan is at it again:
I understand the purpose very well. I don’t think it should be used to protect Nazis. https://t.co/smPEGEdUNg
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 16, 2017
What these Nazis did in Charlottesville is not free ...
A lot of cable TV debate can stilted and rote, but this segment this morning was something else entirely:
One American People, or Many Peoples in America?
Let’s accept for the sake of argument the president’s contention that there were “fine people” on both sides in Charlottesville (though where you’d find such a person in a torchlight parade chanting about Jews isn’t clear). ...
Yesterday Was Worse Than Saturday
It’s frequently said that at his press conference yesterday Trump reverted to his Saturday statement. This isn’t quite right, for a couple of reasons:
1) His Saturday statement was vague and didn’t condemn the Nazis et al. by ...
Pianists aren’t ranked like tennis players, but if they were, Yefim Bronfman would be right up there. He is a Russian-born pianist, long a U.S. citizen. (He celebrated his citizenship at the Russian Tea Room next to Carnegie ...
The Unintended Consequences of Ending Insurer ‘Bailouts’
Under Obamacare, insurers are required to provide “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) — lower deductibles and so on — to lower-income enrollees who buy plans classified as “Silver” in quality. The government is supposed to reimburse the companies for the cost of doing this.
Professor Pushes the Ridiculous 'Words Can Be Violence' Notion
Professors say lots of ridiculous things that advance “progressive” notions about the world. It’s hard to top a recent New York Times article by a psychology prof at Northeastern who argued that there is a scientific basis for believing ...
President Trump is getting a lot of criticism for his response to Charlottesville, and he deserves, oh, 90 percent of it. (He still has not called Heather Heyer’s family.) His comment yesterday about the “very fine people” who marched on ...
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘What Trump Did Today Was A Moral Disgrace’
On Fox News, Laura Ingraham offered only a mild critique of President Trump’s comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Charles Krauthammer would have none of it. He explained:
To critique what [President Trump] did today on the ...
Donald Trump Just Gave the Press Conference of the Alt-Right's Dreams
Let’s be very clear about what just happened at Donald Trump’s press conference. He gave the alt-right its greatest national media moment ever. He even called some of them “very fine people.” Don’t believe me? Watch this ...
Trump turned in a truly extraordinary performance at his Trump Tower press conference just now that was probably meant, in part, as a middle finger to his advisers who convinced him to read yesterday’s remarks. He stood by his ...
Has CFPB Director Richard Cordray Violated the Hatch Act?
The so-called Hatch Act generally prohibits executive-branch officers and employees from “run[ning] for the nomination or as a candidate for election to a partisan political office.” (5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(3).)
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces ...
I had the privilege of talking about Dunkirk — not the movie, but the actual event — with two of the best historians working in the English language today, our own VDH and Andrew Roberts, for a special edition of The Editors ...
From my most recent NRO article, about the Left in the entertainment industry: “None of these people have any more right to be taken seriously when they inflict their sophomoric views of public policy and world affairs on their tens ...
Today is the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Obama’s lawless amnesty diktat enabling adult illegal aliens who claim to have come before age 16 to get work permits, Social Security numbers, driver’s ...
Federal Civil-Rights Case Can Wait — Let Virginia Prosecute Field
I have a new column up on the homepage about the murderous assault during this weekend’s horror show in Charlottesville. The thrust is to argue that the vehicular attack by James Alex Field, which killed Heather Heyer and wounded ...
Daenerys’s Fall from Grace
I agree with David that Game of Thrones’ new “The Fellowship of the Wight” plotline is pretty inexplicable, dumb, and unnecessary (even if, yes, it might provide us with a couple of good action scenes in the next few episodes ...
Reports are that Trump is going to come out more forcefully:
CNN’s @jeffzeleny reporting that President Trump expected to directly name hate groups and declare: “Racism is evil.” Tune in live
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrewalshcnn) August 14, 2017
Joint Elder Euthanasia in Netherlands
Remember when society considered it a tragedy when old people killed themselves?
Now, apparently, it is celebrated as a splendid “death with dignity” choice. From the Telegraph story:
An elderly couple died holding hands surrounded by loved ones in a ...
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 ...
Why White-on-Black Homicides Are More Likely to Be Ruled Justifiable
The New York Times and the Marshall Project report that homicides are much more likely to be ruled justifiable when a black man is killed by a white person. Racial disparities in self-defense is a topic I’ve spent a ...
In Defense of So-Called Both-Sidism
Over the last 24 hours, it’s become unacceptable in some quarters to point out that there was violence on both sides in Charlottesville, even though it’s unassailably true. Here is a New York Times reporter from yesterday:
Here is ...
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 ...
These Guys Are Losers Too
Think about the way Trump reacts to things. After the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, President Donald Trump called the perpetrators “evil losers.” It was a very Trumpian formulation, but one that seemed strangely appropriate, even insightful. “...
The Alt-Right's Chickens Come Home to Roost
It is not the responsibility of the president of the United States to make specific statements every time a gang of KKK cretins marches up and down a town square. I fear that we’ll never be rid of such ...
Writing in New York Magazine (you’ll have to scroll down a bit), Andrew Sullivan discusses the Google mess. His comments on what James Damore wrote deserve to be read in full, and it’s worth following some of the ...
#BelieveAllWomen Takes Another Blow, This Time in the Military
False premises and shoddy studies can do terrible damage. The false premise is that frivolous accusations of rape and sexual assault are vanishingly rare. The shoddy studies include those that purport to discover “true” rates of crime through anonymous surveys ...
Some Maryland Cities Think It's Okay to Let Illegal Immigrants Vote
College Park, Md., has proposed giving illegal immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections. A recently drafted charter resolution would, if approved, remove U.S. citizenship as a requirement for voting in local elections. College Park would be the ...
Haitian illegal aliens in the United States whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) amnesty is set to expire are streaming north into Canada. The Times reports that almost 800 “asylum seekers” crossed into Quebec in June (though not all were Haitian), about 1,500 ...
Immigration and the Economy
At first glance, a new study seems to suggest that halving legal immigration levels would be bad news for the economy–causing 4.6 million jobs to be lost by 2040. At Bloomberg View, I explain why at second glance, the numbers are ...
August 12 is Erwin Schrödinger’s (he of the famous half-dead cat) birthday: explanation, quotes, jokes, video.
12 Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation.
Browse the British Library’s online copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 570-page notebook.
A subway-style map of ...
Convenient Amnesia on How Deterrence Works
From the last Morning Jolt of the week…
Convenient Amnesia on How Deterrence Works
This morning, President Trump tweeted, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find ...
I am pulled over to the side of this lonely road, somewhere in Massachusetts, lost but determined to remind one and all to tune in to tomorrow’s episode of The Larry Kudlow Show. Sorry: I’m aloof as to ...
No, You Probably Don't Have to Start Digging a Bomb Shelter
A Seattle commenter responding to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman on tensions with North Korea:
At dinner last night we hade a lengthy discussion with our children (13 &11) on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack – stay ...
Americans Actually Want Something Like the Cotton-Perdue Immigration Bill
A recent poll conducted by Morning Consult and Politico found that most Americans support the most important provisions of the Cotton-Perdue immigration bill, known as the RAISE Act.
The RAISE Act, in addition to amending several provisions of the Immigration ...
I Want You . . . But Not You
Here’s the cover of the new issue of National Review, out today for subscribers, featuring Reihan Salam’s cover story on skills-based immigration reform.
For this and more from the best conservative writers, subscribe to National Review’...
U.N. Pushes ‘Right to Life’ for Some
The United Nations Rapporteur on the human “right to life” indicates that the UN is determined to make the right to life more relative and elastic than robust and near-absolute.
The interpretation reluctantly allows the death penalty “for the most ...
F. H. Buckley Looks Back at 2016
F. H. Buckley draws on recent work by Lee Drutman to make some important points about the 2016 election. Drutman divides the voters into four quadrants based on their conservatism or liberalism on economic and social issues. Buckley points out that ...
Berkeley Chancellor Dirks Mischaracterizes Goldwater Proposal
Nicholas Dirks, who recently resigned as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, argues in a long essay in The Washington Post that universities are “under assault” from illiberal leftist demonstrators, on the one hand, and conservative-sponsored campus free-speech legislation, ...
This Is No Laughing Matter
The SJW types on American college campuses are a pretty humorless bunch, always picking apart everything in search of some microaggression or deviationism. So when a documentary comes along that focuses on their humorlessness, you can guess how they take ...
Plurality Backs Halving Immigration in New Poll
Today’s Morning Consult/Politico poll finds that 48 percent of people back the most contentious element of the Cotton-Perdue immigration bill: halving the level of legal immigration. Only 39 percent oppose it. And after being read a description of the bill’...
PolitiFact, Wrong Again on Health Care
Getting rid of fines for people who lack health insurance would lead around 14 million fewer people to choose to get it: That’s what various Congressional Budget Office reports this year imply, as I wrote on NRO recently.
A reader ...
What is “illiberalism” and should we worry about it? Yoram Hazony wrote an essay in the Wall Street Journal the other day denying that there is any such thing as illiberalism. It is, to borrow a phrase from Pat Buchanan, ...
Perle of Wisdom on North Korea
Back in 1994, I was a young producer on a new PBS program called “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.” One of our first shows was “Defusing the North Korean Bomb” and one of our guests was Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle. ...
Friends as we empty out the storerooms we come across all sorts of stuff that believe you might want. Such as a copy of Bill Buckley’s 2002 novel, Nuremberg: The Reckoning. Critics called it “a masterpiece of historical fiction” (New ...
Choose Sides in This Civil War
From my most recent NRO article, about President Trump and his opponents: “This is a civil war and the apostate conservatives should realize that, if Trump loses, they don’t get a new Reaganism in the Republican party and renewed ...
Immigration Caps and Prudence
Earlier this week, Marco Rubio doubted that the RAISE Act would be able to make it through the Senate and outlined one of his major objections to the legislation:
I don’t want to limit legal immigration. . . . Where I probably ...
Defending the First Amendment against Another ‘Progressive’ Attack
Fresh from its triumph over poverty with its $15-per-hour minimum wage (kidding), Seattle has come up with another progressive way of making society better — a tax on property owners that funds “democracy vouchers.” Those are vouchers that residents (not necessarily ...
Is Euthanasia Corrupting Transplant Medical Ethics?
In my very first anti-euthanasia column, published by Newsweek in 1993, I worried that once medicalized killing became accepted, it would soon be joined by “organ harvesting as a plum to society.”
“Alarmist!” I was called. “Slippery slope arguer!” It will ...
You, Too, Can Say Anything You Want about Stephen Miller
It’s been open season on Stephen Miller since last week’s press briefing. What’s amazing is that he is being widely mocked for what he said about the Statue of Liberty — when he got the history exactly right.
On the Alt-Right and the ‘Alt-Left’
In one of his several press appearances addressing last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, President Trump asked, “What about the ‘alt-left’?” — a question that a few on the right have taken up, along with the label. A quick thought.
Al Sharpton Puts Jefferson Memorial on Notice
Asked by Charlie Rose (at the 15:30 mark) “should they take down the Jefferson Memorial?” Al Sharpton reflected on the nature of slavery then answered a different question: whether the federal government should support the memorial. Sharpton said it should not. “...
No, It’s Not the End of the Trump Presidency
The media often reacts to Trump’s outrages as though his presidency is on the verge of ending (some on the right also harbor this fantasy). But there’s no magic mechanism that is going to make him disappear.
The Editors: Charlottesville
Check out the latest episode of The Editors, in which Rich, Charlie, Michael Brendan Dougherty, and Dan McLaughlin discuss Charlottesville.
You can subscribe to The Editors on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode here.
Repeating the question of a French interlocutor, Jay asks: “Is there someone who can defy the two major parties, capture the imagination of the country, and be elected president?”
The good news is: Yes, there is.
The bad news is: ...
Trump’s ‘Over a Million Jobs’
It hasn’t gotten much attention for obvious reasons, but something else President Trump said at his impromptu press conference deserves comment: “I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m president.”
Conservatives would of course have been all ...
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. And ...
Texas Requires MDs to Get Permission for DNRs
Texas’s futile care law is a disgrace, permitting hospital bioethics committees to kick patients off of wanted life-sustaining treatment.
Until now, they could even impose DNRs on a patient’s chart before asking permission, and then notify the sick ...
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, as ...
‘You Have to Ask Yourself, Where Does It Stop?’
As it happens, I addressed the question President Trump raised — if you take down Confederate statues and memorials, will you end up knocking down Monticello next? — in a Bloomberg View column earlier today.
Our national mythos has come to celebrate ...
No, Don’t Remove All ‘Confederate Monuments’
I must take exception to the sweeping nature of Rich Lowry’s column arguing in favor of removal of all “Confederate monuments” from everywhere but battlegrounds and cemeteries, even though I agree with many of his points and with a ...
Trump: You Can Tell When He Means It
As I often noted, you could tell when President Obama’s heart was in it. You will recall his riff on businessmen and greater society: “You didn’t build that.” Obama was impassioned. His heart was in it.
In his 2008 ...
‘Mothball the Confederate Monuments’
I wrote about Confederate monuments in my column today:
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.
Trouble from Latin America
A little news from Latin America (affecting the United States, as so often): Some of our diplomatic personnel in Cuba have come home, because they have been physically harmed — deafened. By what? A covert sonic device, apparently. The same thing ...
Krauthammer's Take: President Did Not Have 'Reflexive, Automatic Response' To Charlottesville
Charles Krauthammer said President Trump’s initial response to the violence in Charlottesville was disappointing:
This is not a media story. This is a presidential story. What’s shocking is that the president of the United States did not have ...
Watch Rich Lowry on Meet the Press
Watch Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, discuss the big issues of the week on Meet the Press.
Debate got heated when Rich argued with MSNBC’s Joy Reid about whether it is “crazy” for Reid to label Stephen ...
‘Racism is evil – and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists.’
That was a strong statement from President Trump. Obviously, it would have been much better on Saturday, and he got pushed into coming back to this by external and internal pressure. But saying this is much better than the alternative ...
If recent headlines over the last few weeks can tell us anything, it is that America needs to get serious, and quickly, about E pluribus unum.
America has always been a multiracial and multiethnic country, and it is becoming dramatically ...
The Case for Offering ‘Specialist’ Degrees
There is much to be said for the traditional American college degree, but it might be sensible for our schools to offer a different sort of learning experience — one that is more focused on coursework the student wants, right away. ...
NRI Seeks Development Officer – Maybe You!
Maybe even officers. The non-profit sister organization of National Review is looking for a talented and experienced (five years minimum) individual in the Midwest (preferably Chicago) who will help gain new financial support and supporters for NRI’s exceptional fellows, ...
Game of Thrones Episode 5 — Fellowship of the Wight
Spoilers, of course.
I fully confess that I’m going to watch every second of next week’s episode – featuring Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, and the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring, er, wight — battling it out against overwhelming ...
California Hospital Sued for Refusing to Assist Suicide
This lawsuit is a little before its time.
Should assisted suicide become widely accepted in this country, activists will try to force all doctors to participate–either by doing the deed or referring to a doctor known to be willing ...
‘This Grotesque Act of Domestic Terrorism’
Ted Cruz does not mince words about Charlottesville:
It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great Nation with bloodshed. Heidi’s and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and ...
A couple of points about Charlottesville:
—I don’t have a problem with Trump condemning both sides, since both sides resorted to violence. And he did denounce bigotry and hatred. But I agree that it was mealy-mouthed and wrong not ...
What Would Less Immigration Look Like?
In Vanity Fair this week, T.A. Frank published The Democratic Case for Restricting Immigration, which isn’t actually all that different from the Republican case. He’s no Trump fan, but he lays out his “vision of what might ...
Canadian MDs Want More $ To Kill
Some Canadian homicide doctors–those that euthanize patients–believe they aren’t paid enough. From the Maclean’s article:
All in, a MAID [medical assistance in dying, e.g., lethal injection] provider can claim a maximum of $440. That would be ...
Teen-Pregnancy Prevention Programs Are Largely Ineffective
This summer, the mainstream media have lobbed a considerable amount of criticism at the Trump administration for cutting funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. This program began during the Obama administration and is funded by the Department of ...
Mitch McConnell provoked Donald Trump by complaining that the president had created unrealistic expectations for fast action on Obamacare. This criticism of Trump is misplaced. It was congressional Republicans, not Trump, who created the expectation that they would pass legislation ...
No, It’s Not the Cuban Missile Crisis. It Probably Isn’t Even New
The media is treating the North Korea flare-up like a new Cuban Missile Crisis, when it isn’t even close. It is very unlikely that Kim is going to hit Guam — assuming he’s capable of it — because it would ...
Ideas (Like the Bad Ones Kids Learn in College) Have Consequences
The most written about story this week has been the Google firestorm. A much less covered story was the taking down (at least temporarily) of a site, Quillette.com, that had posted commentary favorable to the Google engineer’s memo ...
If nothing else, the fiasco at Google is yet another reminder that the current onslaught on free speech is not going to be confined to the academy. Students graduate and when they join the workplace they will bring with them ...
On the homepage today, I have a piece headed “The Right: United by Hate, Love, or Nothing?” It is a ruminative piece about the state of conservative politics and other things in life. I don’t claim that it captures ...
Working alone in the house,
I look to the solitary sculls
passing on the river
for a sense that I am
among others. The geese —
my dogs — convene in the yard
near the water. A summer
in which ...
No, the Iran Deal Isn't a Blueprint for Dealing With North Korea
I’m seeing this argument make the rounds online:
If the administration thinks really hard about best outcome with #NorthKorea they will see it is the #IranDeal
— Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr) August 10, 2017
Nasr, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School ...
Elizabeth Harman’s Dystopian Philosophy
Via the Washington Free Beacon, I watched this James Franco (yes that James Franco) interview of Elizabeth Harman, a philosophy professor at Princeton. You really should watch it, if for Franco’s facial expressions alone.
To make a long story ...
Some Transparency for CBO
This year’s health-care debate has launched, or at least reawakened, a related argument about the work of the Congressional Budget Office.
Republicans have found themselves very frustrated with CBO’s health-economy model, and especially its tendency to ascribe much ...
Failed Candidate Ossoff to Explain How Democrats Can Win in 2018
Jon Ossoff, the failed Democratic congressional candidate from Georgia, will participate in a panel discussion on how Democrats can succeed in the 2018 midterm elections. Perhaps Democratic candidates who actually managed to win their elections will be busy this Saturday since, ...
WaPo and The Hill Publish ‘Troll Poll’ about Postponing the 2020 Election
Today’s hot-take headline that’s burning up Twitter and Facebook is a report published in the Washington Post and The Hill with sensational headlines. The Post: “In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 ...
North Korea Likes to Throw Sucker Punches
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
North Korea’s Recent History of Random, Sudden, Violent Provocations
One aspect of the threat from North Korea that doesn’t get addressed seriously enough is that the regime is either unable ...
It's Raining Cats and Dogs
The latest in global warming: Get rid of your dogs and cats.
Do We Hate Sanctuary Cities More Than We Like Federalism?
A lot of conservatives have been supportive of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s attempt to strip certain federal funds from sanctuary cities, which Chicago has challenged in a lawsuit. I am no fan of sanctuary cities, but I am not ...
Washington State Can't Prepare for Nuclear Attack
For all the panic resounding on the Internet today, a North Korean nuclear attack on U.S. soil seems highly unlikely. Nevertheless, it can’t hurt to be prepared. Unfortunately for residents of Washington State, being prepared is illegal.
Mueller, FBI in Predawn Raid of Manafort’s Virginia Home
I’ll have more on this shortly. Suffice it to say, prosecutors don’t seek search warrants and arrange predawn raids of people they regard as cooperating witnesses. Meantime, the Washington Post reports:
FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of ...
History’s Brutal Verdict on the Last U.S. Agreement with North Korea
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
History’s Brutal Verdict on the Last U.S. Agreement with North Korea
Are the current tensions with North Korea something new, a harbinger of a new era of nuclear threats and ...
RIP Glen Campbell - here’s his heartbreaking Alzheimer’s-related song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”.
Now you can directly stream music and voice from an iOS device to your cochlear implant.
This 1814 Beer Flood Killed Eight People.
North Korea – A ‘Basic Position of Solidarity’
Well, North Korea is—how shall I put it—in the news, here’s an extract from something written by one Andrew Murray, then a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain’s executive committee back in 2003 (my emphasis ...
Uncommon Knowledge: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the West, Dawa, and Islam
Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins me to discuss her new book, The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It, and her views on the challenges facing Western civilization in regards to political Islam. She ...
Trump Warns North Korea of 'Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen'
Speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., President Trump warned today, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Texas Women Are Not Facing a Health-Care Crisis
Since Texas defunded Planned Parenthood in 2011 there has been an endless parade of studies arguing that the Lone Star State is facing a public-health crisis. The latest such study emerged last week, conducted by the Texas-based Center for Public Policy ...
The Neutral Position on the Google Story Isn't Neutral At All
By far and away the strongest argument in favor of Google’s firing the employee who wrote the now infamous memo is a neutral one: That, irrespective of its contents, the memo itself was a suicide note. Those advancing this ...