The Corner

Quick Agreement on Dem Debate

Just a quick note to thank Tom Elliot for flagging some of Hillary Clinton’s disturbing remarks on race and crime last night, and to agree with Wesley Smith’s remarks on same. Her claims of “systemic racism” in our criminal justice system and suggestion that it has resulted in an open season on young black men is uninformed, divisive, and irresponsible. I would add that Bernie Sanders’s claim that there should be an attorney general’s investigation whenever anyone dies in police custody is eyebrow-raising, as is his demand that police forces reflect the demographic makeup of the citizenry (quotas, anyone?).

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Liberalism as Faith

The British philosopher John Gray is not someone to shy away from ‘difficult’ topics. If you are looking for a provocative long read this weekend, his new article in the Times Literary Supplement ought to be a contender. I didn’t agree with all of it (for example, I would argue that the supposedly ... Read More
Culture

Our Cultural Crisis: A Kirkian Response

Editors’ note: The following article is adapted from a speech the author delivered at the Heritage Foundation on March 14, 2018. Few would dispute that we are in the middle of a grave cultural crisis. A despairing conservative critic wrote: “We are on the road to cultural disaster.” He placed the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

An Enduring Error

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Fifty-one years ago, in July 1967, in response to an explosion of rioting in poor black urban neighborhoods around the United States, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory ... Read More
Culture

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More