• Has Russia Given Up on the West? - 9/21/2018

    By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an "evil empire," was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive.

  • Dirty, Dirty Dirt - 9/20/2018

    "Dirt is dirtier than clean is clean," observes one of John O'Hara's characters—a history professor, I think—remarking on the human race's observed partiality for darkness and grime in their news diet, rather than sweetness and light.

  • A Question of Dots - 9/19/2018

    The Watchers is a well-written and gripping account of the emergence of the “surveillance state,” seen primarily through the prism of John Poindexter’s career.

  • The Late Hit on Judge Kavanaugh - 9/18/2018

    What is being done here stinks. It is a transparently late hit, a kill shot to assassinate a nominee who, before the weekend, was all but certain to be confirmed and whose elevation to the Supreme Court is a result of victories in free elections by President Trump and the Republican Party.

  • Cowboy Heroes - 9/17/2018

    The cowboys were our heroes. There were dozens to choose from. My favorite among the B Western stars was William Boyd, who made 66 films as Hopalong Cassidy beginning in 1935 and ending in 1948.

  • The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson - 9/14/2018

    Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific."

  • The Declaration Now—and Then - 9/13/2018

    In 1996, Barry Alan Shain published his Myth of American Individualism: The Protestant Origins of American Political Thought. It was a book that should have shaken professional conservatism to its foundations.

  • Clap & Trap - 9/12/2018

    I had heard about, but not read, "The End of History?" Francis Fukuyama's star-burst essay published in 1989; but I felt a twinge of sympathy for him as his critics chortled and pointed at history rumbling anew: people dancing atop the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Union falling to pieces, an American Army flying into Arabia.

  • Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria? - 9/11/2018

    Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling.

  • A Skeptical Note on Skripal - 9/10/2018

    Two words of caution before we close down our judgment on the Salisbury poisonings.

  • Grand Juries Are Not the Answer to Clerical Scandals - 9/10/2018

    The primary purpose of a grand jury is to vote on indictments. The Pennsylvania grand jury that examined the Church issued two indictments. Forty-four percent of the priests mentioned in the report are dead; the average age of the remainder is 71.

  • John McCain: The Score - 9/7/2018

    Now that a week has passed since Sen. John Sidney McCain III was given a truly presidential sendoff in Washington, it is not in poor form to try and amend the gushing record presented by the media and the bipartisan establishment.

  • Regime Change—American Style - 9/7/2018

    The campaign to overturn the 2016 election and bring down President Trump shifted into high gear this week. Inspiration came Saturday morning from the altar of the National Cathedral where our establishment came to pay homage to John McCain.

  • How Do You Spell 'Individualism'? - 9/6/2018

    Shain's study of America's communal past is a fascinating work that does much to expose the hollowness of early American individualism.

  • Making Custer Great Again - 9/5/2018

    If kids aren’t reading books, maybe it’s because they don’t have exciting books to read. According to the American Psychological Association, a third of all teens have not a read a book for pleasure in a year.

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