Once upon a time, and it was not so long ago, an American could recognize totalitarianism and say “Thank God we’ve escaped that.” Can we still say that?
As tales of fake woe and calls to ban conservative books circulate among woke booksellers, the White House is flagging “problematic posts for Facebook.”
Bad ideas never die, but their rebirths reliably are met—eventually—by critics who call attention to the emperor’s nakedness.
Joe Biden plays an ambiguous role in this malevolent charade. He is not the prime mover but merely the public face of the machine.
The ritual the convicted Minneapolis police officer was subjected to was less a legal trial than a sort of pagan sacrifice.
Pretty soon, perhaps, all the days will be national holidays, one for every left-wing interest group going.
The forces of decadence that Jacques Barzun described are formidably potent. But decadence is no more inevitable than progress.
The Chinese are keen to brush the historical reality of what happened in 1989 under the rug. Don’t let them.
The Democrats, no less than the media, slobbered all over the former House speaker for his recent anti-Trump speech. But their love is strictly conditioned on Ryan remaining a pajama-boy conservative.
The forces that Barr recognizes and rightly deplores are not confined to the obviously nasty precincts of explicit Marxism. They are also implicit in large swaths of traditional liberalism.
Amid the comedy, there are dark and minatory signals.
An absolute commitment to benevolence, like the road that is paved with good intentions, typically leads to an unprofitable destination.
If conservatives and Republicans don’t exactly constitute “the stupid party,” then there are certainly grounds to call them something else.
By making happiness incompatible with man’s essence, Schopenhauer found himself deaf to Goethe’s wisdom: “If you want to delight in life, then you must grant value to the world.”
Some people thought James Burnham’s identification of liberalism with civilization’s suicide was hyperbolic. In light of American institutions’ embrace of anti-Americanism, what would they say now?
When the world no longer speaks meaningfully to us, we shout into the void and pretend the echoes come from on high.
It’s easy to understand and reject the horrors of totalitarianism. It is much less easy to grasp its inexorable logic or its seemingly implacable attractions.
One of the most trenchant critics and historians of American culture died more than 25 years ago. What do his writings tell us about the present crisis? Turns out, quite a lot.
It would be difficult to overestimate the popularity of irrationalist sentiments in our culture today.
When the Gods of the Copybook Headings return maternity flight suits will not be part of the drama.