This may seem kind of random — and certainly a bit tardy — but better late than never. I’ve been reading and writing a lot about the 1960s and 1970s lately and I’m constantly amazed by how good Steven Hayward’s The Age of Reagan is. When it first came out, I never got around to reading it because, well, I didn’t. But I always sort of assumed it was a just a Reagan bio — not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it’s really not. It’s really one of the best histories of recent American politics I’ve ever come across. Exhaustively researched and meticulously argued, it’s just an immensely useful piece of work. No, Steve didn’t put me up to this. I’m sure he’d rather I plug his Index of Environmental Indicators.
Lots of people are wondering just why Democrats rejected President Trump’s plan to reopen government agencies even before he announced the plan. House speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a “non-starter,” and Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin rejected it even though, as the Daily Caller noted, Trump’s proposal ... Read More
This weekend, Americans traveled from across the country to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life and the Women’s March by walking with their poster art. While the pro-life marchers’ art focused on women and unborn life, the posters of Women’s March attendees, including small children, ... Read More
This may seem kind of random — and certainly a bit tardy — but better late than never. I’ve been reading and writing a lot about the 1960s and 1970s lately and I’m constantly amazed by how good Steven Hayward’s The Age of Reagan is. When it first came out, I never got around to reading it because, ... Read More
The U.S economy is aching for many more highly skilled, technically trained people. But what if men end up limiting their eventual marriage prospects if they pursue careers in the trades or other jobs that don’t require a four-year degree? Some proportion of women who have bachelor's and post-baccalaureate ... Read More
Leon Trotsky — n.b., Millennials: He was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she was — understood the power of single-payer systems: “The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced with a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.” The socialist powers of Trotsky’s time made good on ... Read More
You’ve probably seen the viral footage of a Native American beating his drum, surrounded by a crowd of students from Covington Catholic high school. One of them, wearing a MAGA hat, is right in front of him, with a smirk on his face. It was an odd moment combining the end of the March for Life, which the ... Read More
Last night, I tweeted that the Catholic high school that apologized over the conduct of its kids at the Lincoln Memorial did the appropriate thing. Then someone shared with me a snippet from a different angle/time that showed the Indian elder/activist approaching the kid in a MAGA hat who looked initially like he ... Read More