“I am the late Dauphin,” or so goes the line from Huckleberry Finn. American fraudsters long have sought to clothe themselves in the trappings of European aristocracy. A permanent elite is alien to American culture. Being alien, it is altogether fascinating. The distraction opens the door to swindle. Last week in City Journal, Harvard political
The College Board last week announced a plan to add an “adversity score” to its Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Justifying the move, College Board President David Coleman said, "Through its history, the College Board has been focused on finding unseen talent. The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated
Last Sunday, Edward J. Erler replied to Mark Pulliam in their battle over positivist originalism and natural rights originalism. Erler’s relies primarily on the opinions of founders and leading politicians responsible for the 14th Amendment to show the natural rights basis of both the Constitution and the 14th Amendment. The emphasis on opinion
Mitt Romney, the former candidate for president who struggled to get out from under the shadow of his pick for vice president, Paul Ryan, posted this to his social media accounts: The Mueller investigation, led by a person of such honor and integrity, has faithfully applied the rule of law despite accusations and
For weekend reading, I chose a volume of slave narratives, The Classic Slave Narratives, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I started with The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Douglass’ story is one of savagery within the clutches of America’s institution of chattel slavery. One can read of
Colorado, having cast its electoral votes for a loser in the 2016 presidential election, may not be content merely to be a one-time loser. The Colorado State Senate voted Tuesday—along party lines—to adopt Senate Bill 19-042, a bill to require that Colorado’s electors vote in presidential elections according to the national popular vote.
Teeming on the far shore of the Red Sea, a great itinerant caravan, the Trump revolution, has completed the first leg of its long journey. The blue wave of Egyptians sent to run down a people fleeing the slavery of the administrative state have drowned in a counter “red wave.” The parted loam
We Trump supporters don’t care about Paul Manafort’s conviction on eight of 18 charges nor do we care about Michael Cohen’s plea bargain, specially worded to frame the president. We know that these charges, while bona fide in some parts, are in their parts material to public opinion, politically motivated. But here’s the
The American war began in April of 1775. “By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson Today we commemorate the day the war that started at Concord became the American Revolution.
We Germans fear God but otherwise nothing else in the world and that fear of God causes us to love peace and cultivate it.” — Otto von Bismarck, 1888 A review of Bismarck: A Life, by Jonathan Steinberg (Oxford University Press, 592 pages, $21.95 [paper]) Bismarck: A Life, Jonathan Steinberg’s best-selling biography