Articles by Michael S. Kochin

Lincoln Enough

A recent poll, widely reported, found that a slight majority of self-described conservatives say Donald Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln. God only knows what such a response means, in an age when our mass media considers it their democratic duty to dox and fire ordinary people for their opinions, and when most […]

L’etat C’est Nous

Democrats have been threatening Donald Trump with impeachment from practically the moment he won the election, after all the “decent” people in the world had worked together to make sure he lost. Brits like Christopher Steele, the Russian officials who gave Steele bogus claims, and the American diplomats, security officials, and politicians who fed that […]

Shallow Politics and Deep Politics

In January, three new telegenic, outspoken, and self-proclaimed “progressive” congresswomen took their seats: Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Omar, a former refugee from Somalia who has maintained political connections there, brought to Capitol Hill her baggage of Islamist political affiliations and credible claims of immigration fraud; Tlaib, born to Palestinian […]

The Hour of Avigdor

The connections between America and Israel are deep: grounded on religious cultural, and political ties that go well back before Israel’s founding. What’s more, Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s whole political existence has been a decades-long struggle against globalist leaders and transnational institutions that aim to subvert national independence and democratic rule. The stability and […]

Out of Syria

Wednesday afternoon Israel time I was outlining with my collaborator Yoav Kapshuk our paper on the meaning of the Syrian civil war and its resolution for the future of world order. As soon as I got off the phone with Dr. Kapshuk, I saw on my news feed that President Trump had declared victory against […]

Starbucks Socialism

For decades, my parents have frequented one “Bamboo Gardens,” a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in possession of that rare treasure in the neighborhood of Seattle Center: its own private parking lot. Shortly after it opened the owners put up a large sign reading “No Thai Parking.” The allusion was not to some quarrel among the inscrutable […]

Packing and Unpacking the Court

In response to President Trump being called upon, once again, to exercise his constitutional power to fill a seat on the Supreme Court, Democrats broke the outrage meter. University of Baltimore Law School teacher Garrett Epps wrote at The Atlantic that “on the day the Democrats hold power to alter the makeup of the court […]

Wisdom, Unwisdom, and Jordan Peterson

The university takes upon itself two tasks: to educate the young in the most important things that can be learned from books, and to push back the frontiers of knowledge. The second of these tasks used to be called “philosophy,” and even today those who train researchers and conduct research themselves are mostly certified Ph.D.’s: […]

The Whipped-Cream Boys of Affirmative Action

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if there were some public policy by which the United States could mitigate the shameful legacy of slavery? The descendants of American slaves live shorter lives than other Americans, are less likely to have stable families, are more likely to be victims of violence, have lower incomes, less wealth, and lower […]

Second Amendment Duties

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A Tale of Two Cities: Charlottesville v. Seattle

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Of Paper and Paper Tigers

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Combating the Power of Media Lies

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Draining the Academic Swamp

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Chairman of the Board Trump

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America Needs Constitutionalist Judges, not Conservative Ones

In foreign and domestic policy, Barack Obama has left a legacy to President Trump that it will take years of hard work to overcome. The racial tensions and hatred of police that Obama and his Holder/Lynch Justice Department did so much to encourage, for example, will not vanish overnight. But in one area, as many […]