Books & Culture

Deep State, Dark Intentions

The NSA concentrates on collecting information on ordinary citizens because they are the low hanging fruit, while the real enemies of the U.S. are much harder to protect against and to catch. 

The Baby Boomers’ Dismal Legacy

In all the fields touched by the Boomers Helen Andrews profiles—technology, entertainment, economics, academia, politics, law—what they passed on to their children was worse than what they inherited.

Practical Freedom, Part III

How free are a people? Tell me whether they know the names of their neighbors along the block, and what their children are doing on a sunny day in June.

Jon Westling, R.I.P.

Among his favorite sayings was the Latin tag, An nescis, mi fili, quantilla prudentia mundus regatur? (“Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?”)

Practical Freedom

At every pass we have absorbed laws, not of morality, which are liberating, but of etiquette, which is a curb on adventure and genius, and of security and sloth, which deaden the soul.

Money, Money, Money

In our recent election, counties representing 70 percent of gross domestic product voted for an oligarchic coalition of progressives, Big Tech, and Big Finance.

Joseph Epstein, In Brief

To think that a single op-ed could elicit such an effluence of opinion and such a diluvium of print is to recognize that Epstein, who will turn 84 in January, has lost none of his touch.