The Conservative Movement: ‘How Much Wisdom Have We Lost?’

"The Poverty of Riches," depicting aristocrats queueing outside a pawnbroker's shop to sell their unwanted property. (1894) In autumnal weather, one grows wistful . . . As a member of Generation X, I remember how difficult it was to scrounge up conservative tomes, publications and—above all prizing—broadcasts. Indeed, if memory serves,

By | 2017-11-19T13:51:49+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

We Need a New Elite

President Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the establishment consensus, and that consensus deserves it. New affronts to the people’s common sense emerge daily to vindicate his project. Just take the recent example of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Upon the publication of the Washington Post’s exposé alleging Roy Moore’s sexual impropriety with minors,

By | 2017-11-17T14:09:12+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

The Thoughtfuls vs. the Roughneck-in-Chief

When it became increasingly clear in the spring of 2016 that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president, a group of Catholic Thoughtfuls penned a letter that March warning that the Catholic project was in “grave danger” because of Trump’s “vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance and . . . demagoguery.” They made

By | 2017-11-15T12:11:29+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Sex, Politics, and the Judiciary: We’ve Seen This Movie Before

A claim of sexual harassment of any kind is now the nuclear option in American politics. It was most famously (although unsuccessfully) deployed against Clarence Thomas, 27 years ago, near the end of his confirmation hearings, by a former subordinate, Anita Hill. To this day, Justice Thomas’s detractors believe Hill, but Thomas has

By | 2017-11-10T20:08:10+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

NeverTrump Makes a Left Turn

National Review in February 2016 published “Against Trump,” a special issue that made a reasoned case for why conservatives should oppose Donald Trump’s nomination as the Republican candidate for president. Nearly two-dozen conservative writers and influencers weighed in; most of them cogently—and correctly—explained that Trump was not a “true conservative.” He had supported

By | 2017-11-09T14:12:57+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

“Nothing to See Here!”: The Crackup of the Democratic Party

Last night’s Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey have caused pollsters and pundits to focus all of their attention on the potential looming troubles for the Republican Party. The ruling class, of course, is only too happy to keep us fixated on the shellacking Republicans took yesterday. But overly focusing on Republican

By | 2017-11-08T22:59:13+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Jihadist Insurgencies and Conservative Priorities

Western conservatives need to internalize the lessons of previous policy failures and adjust accordingly. In a recent statement, the MI5 chief Andre Parker said that Britain is facing the most severe and unprecedented threat of Islamic terrorism. The United Kingdom is seeing “a dramatic upshift in the threat” post attacks in Westminster, Manchester, on

By | 2017-11-06T16:24:36+00:00 November 6th, 2017|