Kristol’s New Column

Editor & Publisher reports on the NYT’s decision to hire William Kristol as a once-weekly op-ed columnist on a one year contract. The liberal outrage over the decision is ridiculous.  The Times purports to seek a diversity of views on its op-ed page, and it is hardly shocking (or unprecedent) for the paper to have two (or, in this case, one-and-a-half) right-of-center op-ed writers.  It is also a smart move insofar as the Times wants its editorial page to get read more often.  If there is a basis for criticizing the Times it would be that its two conservative columnists are of the same ideological stripe (e.g., Standard-esque “National Greatness” conservatism), but I don’t find this critique all that compelling either, and I look forward to reading (and at times disagreeing) with what Kristol has to say in the year ahead.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Most Popular


Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More