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  • American Tragedy - 8/16/2019

    One thing about tragedies: They reveal people for who they really are. In the past two weeks, we've learned a lot about our media and political class. Our country endured two separate and horrifying mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas, and the other in Dayton, Ohio. Between them, at least 31 people were murdered. Two massacres, back to back. It's tempting to look for themes that connect them, but if there are any, they're not political.
  • Trump's Great Gamble - 8/16/2019

    President Donald Trump's reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee. The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability Trump wins a second term. Thus Trump got good news this week.

  • The City Beat - 8/15/2019

    Red Love is "third generation Leninist" porno star Suzie Sizzle's yet-unmade dream project, the love story of her aunt and uncle, the Rosenberg-like spies Dolly and Solly Rubell. Until Suzie's industry develops a revolutionary consciousness, we'll have to settle for David Evanier's novel of wit, fine malice, and the same title.

  • Yemen: The Geopolitics of Chaos - 8/14/2019

    The war in Yemen is like the drought in the Sahel or the carnage in the streets of south Chicago: an ongoing unpleasantness of which we are but vaguely aware, a regrettable but irrelevant fact of life. It is nevertheless remarkable that the capture of Aden by southern Yemeni separatists on August 10 has received scant media attention in the U.S.

  • Twilight of the Meritocrats - 8/12/2019

    “Merit” is always debatable outside certain skills. In the many organizations that are hierarchic in structure, “merit” means a capacity for advancement via intrigues, well-understood techniques of self-promotion, and a total commitment to the house value-system.

  • Biden Goes All In on the Race Issue - 8/9/2019

    Those who believed America's racial divide would begin to close with the civil rights acts of the 1960s and the election of a black president in this century appear to have been overly optimistic. The race divide seems deeper and wider than at any time in our lifetimes. Most of the aspiring leaders of the Democratic Party have apparently concluded that branding the president a "racist" and "white supremacist" is the strategy to pursue to win the nomination and the White House.

  • An Image of the East - 8/8/2019

    It is a cliché among Byzantinists that too few people in the world, especially in the West, know anything about Byzantium, so there is no doubt that more works of “popular synthesis” that make this Christian successor to the Roman Empire in the East accessible to a broader audience are greatly needed. Colin Wells sets out to provide one with Sailing From Byzantium, his overview of the rich legacy of Byzantium to the Latin West and the Islamic and Slavic worlds.
  • The Pilgrimage of Malcolm Muggeridge - 8/7/2019

    Malcolm Muggeridge was more than a social critic and irreverent humorist who pinpointed the pitfalls of human institutions. By the time he died in November 1990, he had become the most widely read Christian apologist since C. S. Lewis—much to the disgust of his peers in the press, who had been irritated with him since he first rejected his family faith. Muggeridge saw that it is our values, not our production processes and social arrangements, that make life bearable or worth living.

  • Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings - 8/6/2019

    It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019. In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera—police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI and city officials—were nonpartisan, patient, polite and dignified in the unity and solemnity of their grief for their dead and wounded. But for the Democratic presidential candidates, the El Paso atrocity was like a loose football in the Super Bowl.

  • A Welsh Defeat Shows Boris Needs Nigel - 8/5/2019

    Brecon & Radnorshire was an encounter battle, unplanned and unwanted. This obscure border constituency has just seen a by-election whose occasion was absurd—the sitting MP was recalled after some minor expenses claims transgressions and was allowed by his Conservative party to stand again—but which, as is the way with more famous encounters, stood for much greater issues.

  • Trump’s China Gamble: Bold, Rational - 8/5/2019

    Last Thursday President Donald Trump announced that his administration would impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports starting September 1, in addition to the existing 25 percent tariff on $250 billion in goods introduced last spring. Virtually everything the Chinese export to America may soon be subject to some level of import tax. The decision has prompted two broad types of criticism: one viscerally Trumpophobic, the other pro-“free trade” globalist.

  • A Multicultural Mugging of Uncle Joe - 8/2/2019

    In his opening statement at Wednesday's Democratic debate in Detroit, Joe Biden addressed Donald Trump while pointing proudly to the racial and ethnic diversity of the nine Democrats standing beside him. . . . Whereupon the other nine–three women, two African Americans, one Asian American and one Hispanic–began a multicultural mugging of Biden that at times took on the aspect of a flash mob.

  • Mr. Eliot's Dreams - 8/1/2019

    T.S. Eliot has become so thoroughly exalted, especially among conservative intellectuals, as the greatest poetic avatar of Western civilization in modern times (a role he must share, though, with Yeats and Pound) that it may shock many to notice the unmistakable oriental elements embedded in even his most overtly Christian works.
  • Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'? - 7/31/2019

    One of the lessons that was reinforced for me at my alma mater was that Communism was a great evil. This lesson was taught by classmates whose families had fled that evil in such places as Vietnam, Lithuania, and Hungary. It was also taught by friends and classmates whose families barely escaped Tito’s butchers . . . .I was thinking of all this because America, the magazine published by America’s Jesuits, recently featured an essay making “The Catholic Case for Communism.”

  • Is Trump Capturing the 'Law and Order' Issue? - 7/30/2019

    Did President Donald Trump launch his Twitter barrage at Elijah Cummings simply because the Baltimore congressman was black? Was it just a "racist" attack on a member of the Black Caucus?