Plain Talk about Law School Rot

The legal academy is a strange place. It differs from other intellectual disciplines in that legal scholarship is published mainly in student-edited law reviews, not peer-reviewed journals. Most faculty members at elite law schools have never practiced law, or have done so only briefly and usually without professional distinction. The curricula at many

By | 2017-05-12T21:26:09+00:00 May 7th, 2017|

Is Trump’s Embrace of Andrew Jackson a Problem?

The arrival of a column by National Review founder William F. Buckley was almost always of some intellectual and literary significance. With his high command of the English language, Buckley would explore a vexing question of public policy or pillory an unsuspecting political opponent. He often made quick work of arguments that were

By | 2017-05-12T21:25:20+00:00 May 5th, 2017|

Where Were You During the Battle of #FireColbert?

It may run against your nature, but you need to become a full fledged member of the #FireColbert movement. For years, we have seen conservatives get fired, or at minimum denounced by their children, for making comments that upset the progressive narrative, while watching Leftists spout the most hateful bile imaginable without much

By | 2017-05-10T19:09:16+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

Is Rush Limbaugh Right About the Declaration of Independence?

Rush Limbaugh has always had a keen talent for rooting out liberal assumptions. A gadfly to the ruling class, the broadcasting powerhouse has the unique (and almost philosophic) talent of angering the Beltway literati while at the same time edifying his audience. On his radio show last week, Limbaugh sensed he had happened

By | 2017-05-10T19:03:16+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

In the Battle for Liberty, Complacency is Retreat

Another day, another health care debate being dominated by the Leftist opposition. Earlier this week, the Republican leaders in Congress announced that they had come to an agreement with the House Freedom Caucus and would be putting forward a new attempt at repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The reaction

By | 2017-05-14T14:42:13+00:00 April 28th, 2017|

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a European White House Correspondent

I was fortunate to be among some 50 conservative journalists and writers invited to a private reception and press briefing at the White House on April 24. It was mostly a symbolic act, meant to reward long-time loyalists who’d risked blacklisting and anathema by the establishment media for supporting Donald Trump, with the

By | 2017-05-14T14:43:41+00:00 April 27th, 2017|

A Call to Mend, Not End the NEH

In its draft budget, the Trump administration has proposed the abolition of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of a dramatic reduction in non-essential discretionary spending. The NEH’s budget is so small (0.004 percent of the federal budget) that its elimination would serve as a mere gesture. In fact, Trump-inspired conservatives

By | 2017-05-14T14:57:32+00:00 April 24th, 2017|

Kate O’Beirne 1949-2017

The news yesterday that Kate O’Beirne—longtime Washington editor for National Review, quick-witted talk-show debater for CNN— had died was sad but not surprising. I had had dinner with Mary Ellen Bork, one of her closest friends, a few weeks before and had heard how sick she was. As can be said of us

By | 2017-05-14T14:58:06+00:00 April 24th, 2017|