Memo from Manchester: Don’t Let the Swamp Win on Immigration

The excruciating facts keep on coming in. Twenty-two are dead, many of them children. About five dozen others are wounded, such that the death-toll may climb. The Islamic State jihadist network, having exhorted its willing Western-based recruits to attack in place, has claimed responsibility. And now comes the revelation that the suicide-terrorist, Salman Abedi,

By | 2017-05-23T21:31:03+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd

Over the last few years, I have several times had occasion to cite Charles Mackay’s 19th-century classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The title by itself captures something essential about our situation. But the particulars of the stories Mackay tells form an engaging collage of social history quite apart from

By | 2017-05-24T00:56:59+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

Romancing Reactionaries: Andrew Sullivan, the Left, and Not Getting It

“Donald Trump is not being reasonable…. But, then, man does not live by reason alone, fortunately. Trump, who believes that excess can be a virtue, is as American as Manhattan’s skyline, which expresses the Republic’s erupting energies. He says the skyscraper is necessary because it is unnecessary. He believes architectural exuberance is good

By | 2017-05-23T22:33:20+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

No Guilt This Time

I have given up on discussing the ascendance of Donald Trump with anyone who didn’t vote for him. They are too hard in their denunciation. A mild suggestion that the Democratic Party went so far into identity politics that it pushed people toward a leader outspokenly tired of political correctness leads at most

By | 2017-05-12T22:10:07+00:00 May 9th, 2017|

Plain Talk about Law School Rot

The legal academy is a strange place. It differs from other intellectual disciplines in that legal scholarship is published mainly in student-edited law reviews, not peer-reviewed journals. Most faculty members at elite law schools have never practiced law, or have done so only briefly and usually without professional distinction. The curricula at many

By | 2017-05-12T21:26:09+00:00 May 7th, 2017|

Where Were You During the Battle of #FireColbert?

It may run against your nature, but you need to become a full fledged member of the #FireColbert movement. For years, we have seen conservatives get fired, or at minimum denounced by their children, for making comments that upset the progressive narrative, while watching Leftists spout the most hateful bile imaginable without much

By | 2017-05-10T19:09:16+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

Is Rush Limbaugh Right About the Declaration of Independence?

Rush Limbaugh has always had a keen talent for rooting out liberal assumptions. A gadfly to the ruling class, the broadcasting powerhouse has the unique (and almost philosophic) talent of angering the Beltway literati while at the same time edifying his audience. On his radio show last week, Limbaugh sensed he had happened

By | 2017-05-10T19:03:16+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

European Anti-Americanism and the Republican Party

Let me take you back to the Year of Our Lord 2012, when President Obama was running against Republican presidential nominee, Governor Mitt Romney. During the second presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, the sitting president twice delivered a line that would live in infamy. Obama mocked Romney’s aggressive stance on Russia,

By | 2017-05-14T14:41:42+00:00 April 28th, 2017|