Obamunism

Our Clueless Professor

Our Clueless Professor

Have we ever had a president so disconnected from the heart of America? On Friday...

Media Death

Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It

Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act....

Manhunt

The Relativist Roots of Libertarianism

The Relativist Roots of Libertarianism

Conservatism is sometimes criticized as unprincipled, relativistic, or contradictory. ...

The Bell Curve Tolls for Thee

The Bell Curve Tolls for Thee

We do not live in Lake Wobegon. In all areas of academic ability, half of the children are below average. This fact has implications for education and public policy, and yet it’s something most politicians and public intellectuals would rather not talk about. It amounts to educational romanticism. At its heart is a glib presumption that every child can be anything he or she wants to be if only the schools do their job properly. No one really believes it, but we approach education’s problems as if we did. We are phobic about saying out loud that children differ in their ability to the things that schools teach. Not only deo we hate to say it, we get angry with people who do. We insist that the emperor is wearing clothes, beautiful clothes, and that those who say otherwise are bad people.

Law

They Really Meant It

They Really Meant It

[Editor’s note: see also rounds 1-3 of our debate on originalism, interpretation, and...

Romney and the Rockefellers

Romney and the Rockefellers

When Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney about the Mormon Church’s politically incorrect...

Fascist Statues, Calvados and Vicodin

Fascist Statues, Calvados and Vicodin

I just flew in from Rome, and boy is my liver tired. Given the turbulence you get in...

Zeitgeist

A Nation of Helpless Idiots

A Nation of Helpless Idiots

Don’t Suspect a Friend, Report Him! As most of us know, Kansas City, Missouri is a...

Modest Proposals

The Last Days of D.C.

The Last Days of D.C.

It is plain that no U.S. administration of any party is going to build a wall along our...

District of Corruption

Washington Murdered Privacy At Home And Abroad

Washington Murdered Privacy At Home And Abroad

In the Swiss newspaper Zeit-Fragen, Professor Dr. Eberhard Hamer from Germany asks,...

High Life

Goldman Sachs Turned The Greeks Into Crooks

Goldman Sachs Turned The Greeks Into Crooks

Bravo Goldman Sachs. You’ve done it again. As in the U.S. subprime crisis,  this...

We’ve Never Seen a War We Didn’t Like

We’ve Never Seen a War We Didn’t Like

No, we've never seen a war we didn't like, the torture and the raping and the dead. But don't ask us to be in it, 'cause we'll be gone in just a minute, and no one will know exactly where we've fled.

Foreign Policy

The Postmodern Alliance

The Postmodern Alliance

Americans can sleep easier after months of jitters over the decisive issue in U.S....

The Customer is Always Wrong

The Customer is Always Wrong

What is lacking in Peter Gay's account of modern art is a serious effort (or any effort) to explain that maniacal anti-bourgeoisie hatred which Baudelaire and, especially, Flaubert injected into modernism’s bloodstream. It was a hatred all the more ridiculous, and all the more dangerous, because it took the form of masochism: its artistic adherents being, after all, bourgeois themselves. Not a single aristocrat or prole in the entire bunch. Save for this obvious masochistic element, the emotion thus generated did not differ from Der Stürmer's subsequent loathing of Jews, or from Stalin’s eventual cheery talk of “exterminating the kulaks as a class.” Fortunately, mere historical accidents—of the kind that Marxists, with their infantile determinism, suppose to be impossible—prevented Baudelaire and Flaubert, at least, from acting on their own hate’s implications.

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