Milo Yiannopoulos’ ‘Dangerous’: A Manifesto for the Transgressive Right

When the Richard Strauss opera "Salome," based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, first premiered in the United States, critics dismissed it as tasteless and boring: nothing but schlock produced for the shock value. The truth, as composer and academic Robert Greenberg observes in his “Great Works” course on “How to

By | 2017-07-11T21:23:41+00:00 July 8th, 2017|

How Do We Rediscover Our American Heritage? Start With the Declaration

It’s sobering to consider the degree to which we have lost our knowledge of and connection to our American heritage. As a result, William B. Allen notes that we have been transitioning increasingly from a society of “independent yeomen” to a society of “wards of the state.” The challenge before us is to

By | 2017-07-11T14:15:09+00:00 July 8th, 2017|

Donald Trump as Pericles

I have no idea who wrote the rousing speech that Donald Trump delivered Thursday in Warsaw. But I think I know who might have provided a model: Pericles of Athens. As I noted yesterday, the speech contained the usual quota of diplomacy-speak, freshened up with numerous specific advisories: the US stands behind Article

By | 2017-07-12T14:32:11+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

On Trump’s Defense of the West: “Every Foot of Ground, Every Last Inch”

President Trump’s remarkable speech in Poland on Thursday reminded me in some respects of Churchill’s Zurich Speech, Solzhenitsyn’s Warnings to the West, Coolidge’s Speech on the Declaration, and, at the end, of Churchill’s speech of June 4, 1940, to the House of Commons (“We shall fight on the beaches...”). Yet the president’s speech

By | 2017-07-10T11:37:10+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

What Happened to America’s Elite?

It happened on campus. Once upon a time, the foundation of an American college education was common sense. Common sense realism was the philosophy young Americans learned in U.S. colleges. In the words of the great American historian, Arthur Herman, “Common Sense Realism was virtually the official creed of the American Republic.” Another

By | 2017-07-09T16:23:27+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

Bet on Palin: Why Her Libel Suit Against the New York Times Has Merit

Conventional opinion is that Sarah Palin must climb a steep hill in her fight with the New York Times. For a person of prominence to win a libel action against a big media company is so difficult that few are willing to try, and the nastiness of litigation discourages even the most intrepid,

By | 2017-07-09T12:40:19+00:00 July 6th, 2017|

CNN’s Maoism Should Be a Wakeup Call on Leftist Intolerance

In the ultimate display of irony-averse stupidity, Fraud News Network CNN threatened an American citizen on this fourth of July. The occasion was the now-infamous GIF tweeted out by President Trump, which shows Trump tackling and beating a wrestler on Wrestlemania. Except instead of showing the wrestler’s face, CNN’s corporate logo is substituted.

By | 2017-07-07T13:36:32+00:00 July 5th, 2017|

Trump Provokes CNN’s Self-Immolation, America Relieved

A couple of weeks ago in this space, I speculated that CNN, the Crackpot News Network, had reached the terminal stage of malevolent implausibility. “[I]t would be a good thing,” I wrote, “were CNN humiliated and sued out of existence. It performs no journalistic function, merely a destructively partisan one.” As usual, I

By | 2017-07-12T14:32:32+00:00 July 5th, 2017|