Young Americans for Folly

It was the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) convention of 1968, and a conservative civil war was in the process of erupting. A vocal faction of libertarian students, incensed at YAF’s ongoing support for the Vietnam War, burned their draft cards in protest, which prompted a quite literal floor fight with the traditionalist

By | 2018-05-25T23:34:04+00:00 May 26th, 2018|

Culture Wargames

The classic Marxists of the 20th century wanted to bring the entire world under Communist domination. The new Millennium’s heirs to that movement on the progressive Left are more ambitious: They strive to dominate all the worlds—even the ones that exist only in your imagination. Perhaps especially those. Using strategies reminiscent of campus

By | 2018-05-17T23:19:06+00:00 May 18th, 2018|

Marx at 200 and the Ruling Class

The Bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth (May 5, 1818) has come and gone without much fanfare, except in the People’s Republic of China. It’s not that the founder of Communism is forgotten or disrespected in America (a fate that befell him in the former Soviet Union and in North Korea), but that he

By | 2018-05-15T23:49:33+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Conservatism’s Flirtation with Feminism is Suicidal

As any longtime listener to President Trump’s political rhetoric knows, the president is fond of reciting Al Wilson’s classic song “The Snake.” The president usually uses the song as a metaphor for the incursion of Islamic terrorists, but its message applies just as strongly to the attempts by unwelcome infiltrators of all types

By | 2018-05-12T07:58:32+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

For Trump, the End of the Beginning

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Barack Obama’s fantasy “Iran deal” brings a much-needed dose of realpolitik to a fossilized Washington foreign-policy establishment that has operated for far too long on “consensus” and an inflated reliance on the estimation of others, especially those hostile to the American experiment. What the novice president understands,

By | 2018-05-11T00:23:57+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

#NoMoreApologies

Does anyone say “department store” anymore? If you’re a Millennial or maybe even a tad older, you may not even be aware of what a department store is. If you're thinking, Walmart or Target, or even Kohl’s, think again. Until the 1970s or so, department stores were grand affairs; multi-story edifices, arranged in

By | 2018-05-09T15:13:10+00:00 May 9th, 2018|

The War on Wisdom

There is more knowledge available today than ever before in history. But few would argue people are wiser than ever before. On the contrary, many of us would argue that we are living in a particularly foolish time—a period that is largely wisdom-free, especially among those with the most knowledge: the best educated.

By | 2018-05-07T13:34:43+00:00 May 8th, 2018|