Wolfe’s Witness

Tom Wolfe died last week. His works will live on for a long time. There is a scene in Wolfe’s 1968 book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test that, once read, is never forgotten. He’s on assignment for New York Magazine, riding in a 1939 school bus painted in wild colors and packed with

By | 2018-05-20T13:42:07+00:00 May 20th, 2018|

Make America Not Small Again

On the eve of the release of the IG report, President Trump can be seen in relief against the backdrop of a year and a half of events. So can his enemies.The elite’s embrace of globalism has choked off recognition of ordinary Americans—those without a recognized grievance—in favor of the outer of the concentric

By | 2018-05-20T09:57:34+00:00 May 19th, 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|

Help Me Randa! Firing Back at Fresno State’s Femme Fatale

Comedian Jay Mohr has called for California State University-Fresno’s Bush-bashing English professor, Randa Jarrar, to be fired. But, as Fresno State’s Bruce Thornton notes, dismissal is a long shot so it’s probably better to ignore the woman who called the late Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” and who can’t wait for other members

By | 2018-04-24T12:30:57+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Want to Shut Up Leftist Professors? First Ignore Them

These days the California State University Fresno isn’t getting attention for its world-class agricultural college or for its top-rated nursing program. Instead, it’s getting noticed for its hard-left professors tweeting outrageous insults about President Trump, or violating students’ free-speech rights. First was the adjunct history professor who last year tweeted “Trump must hang.”

By | 2018-04-20T16:00:17+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

The Fiery Angel, Western Culture and Its (Dis)Contents

This week, I’m in Washington, D.C. giving a series of lectures and seminars at the Institute of World Politics, a small postgraduate school that specializes in the areas of defense, foreign policy, and intelligence work. The school will feature Secretary of Defense James Mattis as its commencement speaker in May. On Monday, as

By | 2018-04-20T00:19:34+00:00 April 19th, 2018|