Joe Biden doesn’t make gaffes. He is a gaffe.
This time, we’ve traveled to the very edge of the abyss.
The hooligans smashing up courthouses and police stations as they pursue indiscriminate carnage are fired by the same unholy “train of disorderly appetites” that Edmund Burke anatomized 230 years ago.
Orwell intended Nineteen Eighty-Four as a warning, an admonition. Our woke social justice warriors, supposing they are even aware of Orwell’s work, would seem to regard it as a plan of action, a how-to manual.
The Democrats thought they could ride the tiger to victory. Instead, they will be consumed by the monster they created but could not control.
Looking back on the 2020 election, historians will say the Mt. Rushmore speech was the moment that Donald Trump won reelection.
The systematic campaign to undermine an incoming presidential administration through politicized investigations is a true constitutional crisis.
By all means, rename the Ivy League university founded on the riches of a slave-trader. But replace it with a more honorable name.
How the “resounding tinkle of virtue” has poisoned our politics.
A coalition of prominent Catholics has asked prominent Democrats to step up and defend American Catholics against anti-Catholic bigotry. Will they do it?
Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word.
For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful.
Tyranny is always more palatable when swaddled in the conviction of its own virtue.
Is the president right? Will we quickly revert to the status quo ante? No one knows.
The prospect of death, Epicurus knew, upset many people. Hence he and his followers expended a great deal of effort trying to remove the sting, the fear, from the prospect of death.
“If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights, you’d better have a good reason.” Do we?
The American public has been dutiful to the point of self-harm in heeding the injunctions of the people who manage their lives and livelihoods.
Although we do not yet know every detail of the end of our infatuation with the coronavirus, it’s clear that the historian of this episode will include a chapter called “Mistakes Were Made.”
The crisis led to a new appreciation of contingency—an appreciation of the fact that our world is beset not only by the fragility of normality but also the normality of fragility.
President Trump has shown great leadership during this manufactured crisis. Let’s hope he continues to ponder his observation that we do not want to get ourselves into a situation in which the cure is worse than the disease.