The Corner

Farewell Arkansas

I had a really nice time at Arkansas Tech yesterday. Very nice bunch of folks. In fact, I’ve got to say that Arkansas, in my experience, is perhaps America’s politest state, or certainly up there alongside Utah and Georgia (I keep the official index of America’s politest and rudest states in my head). Thanks especially to the NRO readers who showed up. Many in the large crowd of students were there for credit for their classes, which is always my least favorite kind of audience. Audiences that love or hate are engaged, audiences that are indifferent can be a cold bunch. So having friendly faces in the crowd helps and is appreciated.

The most pleasant surprise, however, was the fact that the professor who brought me to campus is one of NRO’s longest readers and interlocutors, Don Gooch. The Gooch goes back to the earliest G-File days. I didn’t even realize it until we were driving from the airport yesterday.

Anyway, tonight it’s a debate with Peter Beinart at Maryville, University at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium. Hope folks in the area can make it.

Most Popular

U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More