Our Republic Is Under Attack from the Admirals and Generals

Retired Admiral William McRaven’s recent opinion column in the New York Times is one of several recent indicators of how anti-republican (note the small “r”) our military leadership has become. First, as Brandon J. Weichert so ably pointed out in these pages the other day, the military’s pathetic conduct in response to a predictable and

By | 2019-10-20T14:03:17-07:00 October 20th, 2019|Tags: |

The Perils of Praetorianism

From the time of Augustus Caesar until Constantine, the Roman emperor was protected by a corps of soldiers known as the Praetorian Guard. Over time, the Praetorians became the real power in Rome, appointing and deposing emperors at will. In our time, praetorianism has come to mean despotic military rule, something associated with countries in

By | 2019-10-16T14:37:36-07:00 October 16th, 2019|Tags: |

History Both Repeats and Rhymes

“Encore, c'est la meme chose” means “Again, it's the same thing.” Or as the American meme puts it, “same stuff, different day.” Actually, that's the cleaned-up version. You can guess which word to substitute for “stuff.” The point is that similar social problems occur again and again across time and space. First-World Drugs The U.S.

By | 2019-10-13T17:36:20-07:00 October 13th, 2019|Tags: |

Of NeverChumps and Magaphobes

Two suggested additions to our political taxonomy. We’re familiar with the “NeverTrumper.” He’s a public person on the Right whose principles are ever-so-refined. Somehow, though, in the refining process, those principles finally coalesced around blind resentment of a single individual. The NeverTrumper is a curiosity of the current moment in time. One day he’ll end

By | 2019-10-12T05:48:17-07:00 October 11th, 2019|Tags: |

A Constitution for Ambitious Men

Long revered by their grateful countrymen, the Founders recently have become more ambiguous figures in American life. A central premise of the Left is that American history is a story of oppression and that the Founders are tainted, being memorable chiefly because some of them owned slaves. In opposition, the NeverTrump GOP imagines itself to

By | 2019-10-12T05:50:33-07:00 October 7th, 2019|Tags: |

How the Times’ 1619 Project Misses the Point

It was an ordinary event when the first black slaves arrived in the Virginia colony in 1619. Subjection and force were the way of the world. It wasn’t just that nigh all mankind practiced slavery—that the African enslaved and sold his brothers to the European, that the Arab, the Comanche, and the Melanesian all slaved,

By | 2019-10-04T19:43:34-07:00 October 4th, 2019|Tags: |

Why Libertarians Are Unwitting Enablers of Socialism

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves

By | 2019-10-03T20:02:51-07:00 October 2nd, 2019|Tags: |

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