The Un-P.C. Reason for Labor Day

Ah, Labor Day! For many, this national holiday is chiefly a bittersweet celebratory marker: a line in the sand (preferably at some winsome beach) between the season of recreation and the seasons of toil. Summer is packing up, autumn and winter are about to schedule their arrival. Yet Labor Day is also something

By | 2017-09-07T09:04:09+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|

Media Normalizes Political Violence by Mainstreaming Antifa

Since February’s violence in Berkeley, which stopped a scheduled speech on campus by Milo Yiannopoulos, the media and the political Left’s relationship with Antifa has been similar to that of your favorite codependent couple; they’re either publicly and passionately in love with each other or loudly breaking up for-the-very-last-time and taking out restraining

By | 2017-09-06T14:21:07+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|

Republicans Cower in Charlottesville’s Aftermath

Last month's events in Charlottesville have given our Republican elected officials an excellent opportunity to educate the public on the violence of the hard Left and sources of their funding. Sadly, most are squandering the opportunity to make use of their bully pulpit and shed light on these disturbing realities. President Trump was

By | 2017-09-06T09:16:33+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|

Unstoppable Easternization?

The Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman has written an excellent new book, Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump. “The central issue,” Rachman argues, “is how the rise in Asian economic power is changing world politics” and we need to “understand how the governing elites of the big global powers see

By | 2017-09-02T14:06:03+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

Trump—Compared to What?

Tu quoque is a classical Latin term for “you too.” It is sometimes considered a logical fallacy: you do not defend your position, but instead point to someone else’s that is worse—in the fashion of a guilty child seeking to avoid parental discipline by claiming his unpunished brother “did it worse.” But in

By | 2017-08-30T16:59:32+00:00 August 27th, 2017|

If This is Strategy . . .

Strategy is neither more nor less than a map for getting from here to there—a reasonable plan for using what you have to accomplish what you want. President Trump’s August 21 speech, touted as “a new strategy” for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is not a strategy, because it did not even try to

By | 2017-08-25T14:40:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|

While They Rage, Trump Builds

What’s the highest pleasure known to man? Christian theologians talk about the visio beatifica, the “beatific vision” of God. Alas, that communion is granted to very few in this life. For the common run of mankind, I suspect, the highest pleasure is moral infatuation. Like a heartbeat, moral infatuation has a systolic and diastolic

By | 2017-08-25T12:43:57+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|

A Deplorable Conservative Response to Charlottesville and Bannon

President Donald Trump’s responses to the violence in Charlottesville have garnered the typical reactions from all the usual suspects in the conservative sphere of influence. Luminaries such as David French, Erick Erickson, and Ben Shapiro took the field against Trump, trying to prove the Leftist narrative that he sympathizes with white supremacists. One

By | 2017-08-23T10:29:12+00:00 August 19th, 2017|