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|

Sex, Politics, and the Judiciary: We’ve Seen This Movie Before

A claim of sexual harassment of any kind is now the nuclear option in American politics. It was most famously (although unsuccessfully) deployed against Clarence Thomas, 27 years ago, near the end of his confirmation hearings, by a former subordinate, Anita Hill. To this day, Justice Thomas’s detractors believe Hill, but Thomas has

By | 2017-11-10T20:08:10+00:00 November 10th, 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|

Corruption, Globalized

As long as there has been politics, there has been corruption. So the investigative hand-grenades which have been flying for the past year, first at the Trump campaign, now at Mrs. Clinton’s, are not exactly new in American political life. What is new, however, is the geography. Corruption used to be something American

By | 2017-11-07T11:20:56+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

The Forgotten Great American Male: Who’s Your Daddy?

Photo by Everett Collection / Rex Features (415460l) "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," John Wayne and James Stewart, 1962. Women, minorities, and other so-called marginalized groups have multiple champions. All well and good, even inevitable, I suppose. Picture right now in your mind’s eye: Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John,

By | 2017-11-06T22:29:01+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

How Bergdahl’s Case Perverts Military Justice

In his 60-year old classic study of U.S. civil-military relations, The Soldier and the State, the late Samuel Huntington observed the traditional attitude of liberal American society toward the military was “conform or die.” During periods of peace, when security was not at stake, he contended, liberalism’s policy was “extirpation,” the attempt to

By | 2017-11-06T13:01:19+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

A Danny Deever Do-Over

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling. “What’s on the news this mornin’, Sarge?” said Files-on-Parade.“More signs of the Apocalypse,” his Platoon Sergeant said.“Hey, Sarge, how come you turned it off?” said Files-on-Parade.“ ‘Cause I can’t stand to hear no more,” the Platoon Sergeant said.“For they’re releasing Bowe Berghdahl; they have let him off scot-free,“He’s said he’s

By | 2017-11-06T12:29:08+00:00 November 6th, 2017|