Does Trump Threaten Science?

The American Association of University Professors has issued a short thunderclap of a report accusing President Trump of undermining the natural sciences. By itself, this would be pretty bad, but according to the AAUP, Trump’s hatred for science extends by means of foreign policy to damaging intellectual inquiry, economic prosperity, and human health

By | 2017-12-16T09:20:53+00:00 December 16th, 2017|

Disruptive Politics in the Trump Era: Yuval Levin or Victor Davis Hanson?

The crucial question for the American Right today, as it has been for at least 60 years, is: What is the nature of its confrontation with modern liberalism? Is it a policy argument over how to achieve the common goals of liberal democracy? Are we working to expand liberty, equality, and prosperity for

By | 2017-12-16T09:27:57+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Stuck in the Middle with the Circumlocution Office

Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit is not among his finest novels—those would be Dombey and Son and Bleak House—but it deserves its place in the literary pantheon not only for its depiction of life in the Marshalsea debtor’s prison (something with which Dickens had personal experience) but for its invention of the Circumlocution Office.

By | 2017-12-15T10:15:56+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

What’s At Stake in Alabama

Are we “really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice” or are we “forever destined to depend for [our] political constitutions on accident and force.” That’s the question Alexander Hamilton asked during the fight to ratify the Constitution. And the special election in Alabama should cause us to ask

By | 2017-12-11T16:12:49+00:00 December 11th, 2017|

Breaking the Republican Stockholm Syndrome

The Democrats are rolling out their 2018 campaign strategy: Resurrect the “war on women” rhetoric that served them well in 2012 against Mitt Romney and his hapless presidential campaign. Senator Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) atrocious and ugly “resignation” speech on the Senate floor last week can only be understood in light of this larger

By | 2017-12-11T10:49:51+00:00 December 11th, 2017|

Baby It’s Dumb Outside

Isn’t it enough that the Always Correct Left has created an environment where we, in our gender fluidity, are now constantly and carefully dodging a minefield of emotional triggers? No. In recent years, a segment of the conservative population has begun to adopt the Left’s habit of subjectively “reading into” most any situation

By | 2017-12-09T12:37:49+00:00 December 9th, 2017|

The Arc of History Bends Toward . . . What, Exactly?

One of the most dishonest and pernicious phrases in the cultural-Marxist lexicon—much favored by Barack Hussein Obama during his eight years in office—goes like this: “The arc of history bends toward justice.” The former president borrowed the phrase from Martin Luther King, Jr., who lifted it from the abolitionist Theodore Parker; attached to the

By | 2017-12-08T09:40:33+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Monumental Dishonesty

Walk around any college campus, and you will see the names of distinguished faculty and generous donors adorning most of the buildings. Likewise, many campuses feature statues, memorials, or plaques dedicated to individuals or events of historical significance to that particular school, or the school’s home state. Such monuments typically seek to connect

By | 2017-12-07T08:04:19+00:00 December 6th, 2017|