Education

The War Over America’s Past

The War Over America’s Past

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the...

Politics

What McCain’s Tactics Teach

What McCain’s Tactics Teach

John McCain is headed back to the U.S. Senate, perhaps a changed and chastened man, and...

The Right’s Science Problem

The Right’s Science Problem

As neoconservatism ascended, its regard for science slipped to the brink of open contempt, for it owed much of its political traction to social conservatives apt to dismiss science as corrupt as literary theory, only more materialistic, and a born-again Base defensive of Biblical authority. Both seemed to worry little about what children needed to know about science as technological change transformed the world economy in the post-Reagan era. So to the horror of yuppies raised on a mixture of Doctor and Mister Spock, a counterculture of tabloid science providers and anti-science journalists arose on the right in the '90s, catering to a Base ten million families strong. The End Of Natural History wasn’t what Francis Fukuyama had in mind, but as long as televangelism competes with the internet for hearts and minds, some media niches serving the Base will prosper by anathematizing science.

Requiem for a Tough Guy

Requiem for a Tough Guy

Norman Mailer died around four thirty Saturday morning New York time. Unlike his tumultuous life, his end was very peaceful. I spoke to his oldest son Michael who called me. I met him in the early Sixties during a riotous party in his house in Brooklyn. I was in my twenties....

War

Willful Blindness

Willful Blindness

In two successive editorials in the Washington Post, George Will has officially...

The Lies of Jamie Kirchick (Part MCLVIII)

The Lies of Jamie Kirchick (Part MCLVIII)

Poor little Jamie Kirchick: it can’t be easy being a known lickspittle and liar. This...

National Bankruptcy

Democracy: The God That Failed

Democracy: The God That Failed

“We just can’t afford it!” Not long ago, every America child heard that, at one time...

Terror!

9/11 Truths and Lies

9/11 Truths and Lies

On September 11, 2001, nineteen hijackers, wielding nothing more lethal than...

Jonah Goldberg Takes on Ron Paul

Jonah Goldberg Takes on Ron Paul

Jonah Goldberg’s critique of the Paul campaign – published in the dead-tree version of National Review -- is surprisingly respectful, but, alas, he gets several things wrong: heck, he gets just about everything wrong. But then, if he didn’t, he’d be in the Paul camp, and probably wouldn’t be Jonah Goldberg.

Sex

The “Values” Fetish

The “Values” Fetish

Pardon me for not being able to figure this one out, but the furor over Mark Sanford,...

China’s Island of Stability

China’s Island of Stability

The optimism of today’s Chinese is not hard to understand. To be sure, China is still a poor country, with a per capita GDP only a ninth that of the U.S. Look back at your own life, though. The times when you felt most upbeat were not the times when you had the most money. They were the times when you had that rising sensation: “I’m on my way up!” That’s how the Chinese feel. Life has been getting better for them very fast these past few years, and there doesn’t seem any clear reason why this shouldn’t continue.

Obamunism

The Vampire Sector

The Vampire Sector

Be it the “public option” (that’ll eliminate all other options), the co-opting...

The Obamaverse

Change Has Come to the Galaxy

Change Has Come to the Galaxy

What follows is the text of former President Barack Obama’s farewell address, which he...

Ozymandias Airlines

Ozymandias Airlines

Does one American in a thousand know that the Federal government is buying 23 VIP helicopters, each one of which will cost more than the extravagantly expensive F-22 fighter aircraft? A half-billion dollar helicopter—a half billion dollars each! — to ferry political hacks to their campaign events?

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