‘Miranda’ Versus America

When the great Thomas Sowell retired from writing commentary in 2016, he wrapped up his farewell column this way: With all the advances of blacks over the years, nothing so brought home to me the social degeneration in black ghettoes like a visit to a Harlem high school some years ago. When I

By | 2018-04-15T12:33:50+00:00 April 14th, 2018|

No Algorithm for the Human Soul

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week faced questions from powerful committees in both houses of Congress on the subject of how the social media platform handles and protects its users’ data. Most of the questions dealt with the breach and collection of user data, and whether Facebook has been cavalier with

By | 2018-04-13T11:09:35+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Living With Politics as War

Whoever was surprised by the hate-fest against the National Rifle Association and conservative Americans in general that followed the Parkland, Florida school shooting must not have been paying attention. Over the past half-century, a ruling class formed by our uniformly leftist educational system and occupying the commanding heights of corporate life, governmental bureaucracies,

By | 2018-04-14T00:15:20+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Is Ryan’s Exit the End of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party?

Paul Ryan’s announcement Wednesday that he is not running for re-election from his hitherto safe district in Wisconsin, coming as it did amidst the media-fueled fires of James Comey, Robert Mueller and all the other Stormy Danielses circling the Trump Administration, was the most underappreciated development of the day. Not necessarily because the

By | 2018-04-13T00:17:54+00:00 April 12th, 2018|

The Creeping and Creepy March of the Progressive Totalitarian Impulse

As a foreigner living in the United Kingdom, the first thought that occurred to me watching “The Death of Stalin” last month was how bleak and absurdist British dark humor is, compared to American humor. Of course, Jason Isaacs looks and acts more like Marshal Rokossovsky than Marshal Zhukov, but that is a nitpicking of an international

By | 2018-04-11T12:04:12+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

University of the Swamp

Is this just a gratifying dream or a frightful, dangerous fancy: to have a government agency that cracks down on the sources of intellectual and spiritual pollution the way the Environmental Protection Agency treats manufacturers that produce toxic pollutants? The dream is reality, at least in part, as evidenced by the recent  intervention

By | 2018-04-11T23:44:40+00:00 April 11th, 2018|