This Election Year is No Time for Gentlemen

Relax. It's a metaphor. “This is a revolution, dammit! We're going to have to offend somebody!” — John Adams, 1776 After this election, conservatism is washed up . . . and it's about time. The word itself was never very useful. Remember when the New York Times would refer to the most hard core Marxists in the Kremlin as "conservatives"?

Seven Degrees of Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg has—if my memory is correct—responded at length to my writings six times, in his National Review columns and in the Corner. And only once in direct reply to something I wrote about him (which was only to respond to something he wrote about me, when I hadn’t mentioned him). Now he’s back for

America Through Shakespearean Eyes

In a recent essay for American Greatness, Decius dismantles Jeet Heer’s witless attack in The New Republic on “intellectuals for Trump.” He shows that like most Progressives, Heer has absolutely no understanding of the teachings of Leo Strauss, which currently animate both pro- and anti-Trump intellectuals. To begin with, Decius takes issue with Heer’s characterization

Conservatism Inc.’s Giddiness Affirmed

Adam White, a research fellow of the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., asked me if I could envision any circumstance that might cause me not to support Trump. I responded—like any sensible person would—that of course I could. Now he wants go through every possible action, revelation, or eventuality and have me serially affirm or

By | 2016-10-16T09:15:29+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Conservative Legal Movement Moves Steadily Left

By sebastien lebrigand from crépy en valois, FRANCE [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. In The Devil’s Advocate, an otherwise forgettable movie, Al Pacino, playing Satan in human form, asks the protagonist: “Who in their right mind . . . could possibly deny the 20th century was entirely mine?” One might ask

The Case Against “the Conservative Case. . .”

Welcome to the conservative hive mind. Careful not to get stung. Whenever you find an article that begins with the title, “The Conservative Case" for or against something, lock your door, check your wallet, and grab your gun. You know what’s coming is an unadulterated sell-out of everything “conservatism” purports to hold dear. The

By | 2016-10-06T10:25:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

What Trump Might Do That Hillary Will Not

"In politics as in emergency medicine, triage is king." Do you ever get the impression that the contemporary conservative movement is just a giant false flag operation? A living example of Conquest’s Third Law? There may be other explanations for its fecklessness, stupidity, and willful blindness, but this is the simplest. Attempts to