What Has Been Forgotten About our Common Sense Founding

To the extent that America may be said to have a central idea, common sense is the key to understanding it. America’s Founders used the term “common sense”with regularity, and common sense operated at every level during the Founding Era, starting with the American Revolution itself. Indeed, Common Sense is the title of

By | 2017-11-15T12:08:37+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

From One Frenzy to the Next

America is in another of its Salem moments. Frenzy is almost a living, breathing monster. It moves from host to host, fueled by rumor, gossip, and self-righteous furor. The Greeks knew well of the transitory nature of these mass panics. They claimed such fits were inspired by the Maniae, the three daughters of

By | 2017-11-14T01:12:04+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

The Last Great All-American Film

February will mark the 34th anniversary of the wide release of the last great all-American film: “The Right Stuff.” Neither a love letter to liberals nor a clarion call to conservatives, neither a critique of President Eisenhower nor a celebration of President Kennedy, the film is all-American because we are all Democrats, we

By | 2017-11-12T12:07:01+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

Reflections on Terrorism: Idiots in Paradise

Every time some Muslim bombs, beheads, shoots, runs over, and otherwise terrorizes the likes of us in New York, Paris, London, Madrid, Boston, Barcelona, San Bernardino, or any other Western city, the Euro-American ruling class asks whether he acted in concert with international organizations. Decades ago, it asked about connections with states. It

By | 2017-11-13T07:18:44+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

It Did Happen Here—How Fascism Came to America

 Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 satiric novel about a fascist takeover, It Can’t Happen Here, has made a furious comeback at the expense of the maligned Donald Trump. That it is an act of supreme political ignorance for anyone to think Lewis’s novel somehow foreshadows the rise of Trump has not prevented such ignorance from manifesting

By | 2017-11-10T14:59:30+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

Who Are the ‘Globalists’? Defining Globalism in an Age of Uproar

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism. —Donald J Trump, April 27, 2016In 1950 the American dream lived in Detroit: it was a magnet for talent, for hardworking hands and dreaming minds. The city was rich—fabulously rich, boasting enough classical art to satisfy a Medici—and

By | 2017-11-07T11:44:10+00:00 November 5th, 2017|

Life Is Rich: Filmmaker Michael Ritchie’s Portrait of America

If you want to understand America, you need to understand Americans’ attitudes toward politics and baseball. More to the point, you need to understand how Hollywood reveres the former and romanticizes the latter—one notable exception notwithstanding. In the case of the late Michael Ritchie, director of “The Candidate” and “The Bad News Bears,”

By | 2017-11-02T22:24:36+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Conservatism Needs a Reformation

Yesterday was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s start of what became known as the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation was launched and gained traction because of a belief that an institution, long beloved and promising salvation to its believers, had grown remote, confused, corrupt, and ineffective. Today another institution is facing a similar

By | 2017-11-01T22:22:22+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

Thinking Clearly About Russia

It is fair to say that the American Left as whole was “soft” on the Soviet Union during the last 25 years of the Cold War. It’s old-time pro-Communism largely was a thing of the past or had been transferred to more exotic instantiations of the Communist idea from Havana in the Caribbean

By | 2017-10-30T13:45:15+00:00 October 30th, 2017|