‘Freedom of the Press’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think

Progressive propaganda, relying on misdirection, misinterpretation, and outright falsehoods, permeates American life and touches or taints every topic. The corporations that produce mass entertainment and news, the government bureaucracies that shape and fund education, the schools from kindergarten to college, and the tech firms that control the flow of information and ideas, are

By | 2017-08-15T11:25:08+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

What the #GoogleMemo Reveals About the Left

Much digital ink has been spilled over the recent #GoogleMemo incident: why former Google employee James Damore should have been fired, why he shouldn’t have been fired, what this says about political correctness, what this says about conservatives’ hypocrisy and fitness for the tech industry, etc. But precious little has been said about

By | 2017-08-14T18:01:49+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

Steve Bannon, Superstar: Are You Really What They Say You Are?

Let’s face it: nothing pleases the Left more than Republican-on Republican-violence—especially when it aids the Regressive agenda. So, if you’ve discerned snickers and smirks amidst the latte-sipping social justice warriors patronizing the Starbucks you pass on your trek to 7-Eleven for a Big Gulp (before it’s banned), this untoward occurrence is the consequence

By | 2017-08-14T11:18:50+00:00 August 10th, 2017|

The Mournful Nostalgia of the Conservative Intellectual Elite

Writing think pieces filled with a mournful nostalgia for the conservatism of yesteryear seems to be one of the core requirements of being a member of the conservative intellectual elite. Though Yuval Levin has argued that a suffocating nostalgia was the foundation of Trump’s campaign, conservatives like Levin and others eager to write

By | 2017-08-11T14:39:39+00:00 August 9th, 2017|

McMaster and Mattis Are Rare Assets—Not Deep State Liabilities

There is a larger context concerning the recent controversies among the architects of Trump’s national security team and agenda, and the criticism of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. Recall first that the foreign policy of Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton could be best termed “provocative appeasement,” and it logically

By | 2017-08-09T10:36:04+00:00 August 5th, 2017|

Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Appropriation’ of Barry Goldwater

Insufferable Republican establishmentarian Sen. Jeff Flake, hawking his new Conscience of a Conservative book, has been channeling Jeb Bush on amnesty, unlimited free trade, and “civility” (read: “spineless appeasement of progressives and the media”) on the cable news shows these past couple of days. It’s certainly the junior senator’s right to make a fool

By | 2017-08-07T06:11:26+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

Killing the Gods of the City

On Thursday, the world was ending. Or at least, that is what you would have thought from watching the news. President Trump made a policy decision without consulting all the right experts and getting the right approvals. Even worse, he tweeted it out (Oh Lordy!). David French is aghast (big surprise), and even

By | 2017-08-03T14:39:47+00:00 July 29th, 2017|

Why is Everyone Suddenly Quoting Thucydides?

Currently, the historian Thucydides is the object of debate among those within the Trump Administration and its critics, who, like scholars of the last three millennia, focus on lots of differing Thucydidean personas. Did Thucydides warn in deterministic fashion about ascendant powers like Athens that disrupt the existing order of Sparta and its

By | 2017-07-30T20:54:24+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Make Rhetoric Great Again

At the university where I teach rhetoric, an organization called the Center for Public Deliberation promotes events where students, faculty and other citizens can discuss issues that are relevant to American democratic life. Among the goals listed on the Center’s website are decreasing political polarization, creating safe spaces for dialogue between “co-creating agents

By | 2017-07-25T13:50:57+00:00 July 20th, 2017|