Articles by Bruce Bawer

9/11: 19 Years Later

or 19 years, we all lived in the long, dark shadow of 9/11. Every time September 11 rolled around again, we engaged in ritual remembrance of the events of that day and reflected on the ways in which the world had changed in its aftermath. There was pre-9/11 and there was post-9/11. If the immediate […]

Trump Takes on the Real Pandemic

o be a freedom-loving individual in the year 2020, and to have a proper understanding of modern history and current events, is to be terrifyingly aware of just how much the liberty, prosperity, and stability of America and the free world depend on one thing and one thing alone—namely, the continued physical and intellectual health […]

Slaves of a Different Color

elcome to 2020. The New York Times wins a Pulitzer Prize for its “1619 Project,” which depicts slavery as a distinctly American phenomenon and as the very foundation of American civilization. For several weeks, a half-dozen all but unreadable books seeking redefine the concept of racism hover at or near the top of the bestseller […]

Poetry Magazine Caves to the Mob

n or about December 1910,” wrote Virginia Woolf in a 1924 essay, “human nature changed.” Woolf was exaggerating for effect, but it’s true that in the first years of the 20th century, imaginative artists of every stripe responded to the rapid social changes and technological developments of the day—and to the profoundly challenging ideas of […]

How Confident Can We Be of
Victory in November?

n a way never seen before, America has gone mad. The Democratic Party, having left the likes of Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan far behind, is being steered by the ideology of Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. It’s in thrall to a Maoist mob. It’s tacitly (and sometimes not so tacitly) accepting wholesale […]

A Tale of Two Progressives

don’t remember the specifics of what I was told in school about Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States (1901-09), and Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president (1913-21), but I remember what I came away with—namely, the vague notion that while both men were leading lights of the turn-of-the-century “Progressive Era,” they were two […]

The Cancellation of David Starkey

n 2020, you can destroy your whole life with a single word. On Thursday, David Starkey, the distinguished 75-year-old historian who is familiar to many TV viewers because of his frequent appearance on TV discussion programs, panel shows, and documentaries about the British monarchy (especially the Tudors) and Magna Carta, was interviewed online for 53 […]

The New Orthodoxy of Lies

he lies have been around for half a century, wafting through America’s elite institutions until, in the last few years, they began to coagulate into an orthodoxy—a process that has reached its culmination in just the last few weeks. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says America invented slavery. CNN’s Don Lemon says: “If you grew up […]

The Jacobins of Our Time

ot long ago, it was all #MeToo, all the time. All men were potential rapists; all women, potential victims. All men are perpetrators or potential perpetrators. The world was patriarchy, where men had oppressed women from the beginning of time. But that’s behind us now. Now the war is between black and white, and the […]

An Open Letter to the D.C. Right

’m addressing this to several of you whom I know in Washington, D.C. Not all of you, but some of you.  I’ve known you for decades. You’re think-tankers, government officials, political journalists, and pundits. Some of you have been all these things.   For a long while, I thought you were the good guys. You talked […]

Protecting the ‘Precious’ NHS

ight years ago, I wrote about the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, which presented in song, dance, and spectacle a history of Britain so ideologically tendentious as to rival the Communist propaganda of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.  The basic narrative, in case you missed it, was this: a green […]