The history of speculation about truth has prominently included what we might call a school of impatience that, instead of trying to solve the problem, has endeavored to dismiss it.
The pandemonium at the Capitol was not the cause but merely the pretext for the unprecedented second impeachment by the U.S. Congress of a single individual.
From a torrent of executive orders to federal law enforcement agents acting like East Germans, the satirists are having a hard time keeping up.
Anyone not blinded by prejudice can see that freedom is under concerted assault in America. To rekindle the distinctively American variety of freedom it is first essential to understand it.
There are many lessons to be drawn from the 2020 election. The transformation of the United States of America from a republic into an oligarchy is a large and portentous lesson.
Later ages are always surprised by the casual brutality of totalitarian regimes. What they neglect is the unshakeable (though misguided) conviction of virtue that animates the totalitarians.
What is unlikely is not impossible—an admonitory caution, not an appeal to false hope.
We're reposting a few of the more notable essays we've published this year. This article first appeared October 10, 2020.
Benjamin Constant’s writing is as pertinent to our concerns today as it was in the immediate post-Napoleonic era.
It is a mournful, and usually sanguinary, alternative that awaits those who barter freedom for the simulacrum of normality.
Whoever is inaugurated on January 20, the spirit of Trumpism, which is the spirit of America, is not vanquished.
The faith in fairness has been shattered beyond recovery, and the assumption of anything like a shared consensus seems more and more like a naïve pretense when it isn’t just a cynical hustings gambit.
Despite the blandishments of the narrative, which seek to seduce you into acquiescence with rumors of inevitability, we really do not know how this story, which seems so familiar, will end.
The pressure to make these allegations disappear is enormous. Where is the evidence?
Never bet against Donald Trump or his supporters.
During the campaign, Joe Biden bragged that he had put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” Perhaps he wasn’t exaggerating.
Biden didn’t really campaign because he—or at least his handlers—knew the fix was in.
Trump presumably will fight it in court. But I think he should take a page from his own playbook and hold rallies the contested spots over the next couple of days.
We should be under no illusions about the momentousness of the choice facing the country.
Donald Trump may be an odd ambassador of freedom. But Joe Biden is but a gibbering front for a vanguard that would destroy America as traditionally conceived.