Books

Now Is the Time for All Good Power Line Readers. . . (Updated)

Featured image Have I mentioned before that I have a new book coming out? I can’t remember. Just in case I haven’t: Patriotism Is Not Enough will be officially published next week, on February 21, but Amazon is already shipping it starting yesterday, which means you could have your copy by Thursday! And if every Power Line reader orders a copy, it will make the best-seller list, and I might just be tempted »

Our Fascist Moment—and Theirs

Featured image All of this talk from the left of Trump being a fascist is so much twaddle—or projection, since the left tacitly approves of Mussolini’s version of it (“Everything inside the state; nothing outside the state”). But even if there was some truth to the idea, liberals—or at least liberal academics—would be the last to figure it out. How do I know this? Because I’ve checked the academic literature on Hitler »

The Problem of Religion and Democracy

Featured image The American solution to the problem of religious conflict in politics—the First Amendment and the “religious test” clause of Article VI of the Constitution—is not well understood today. Much of the time, in fact, liberals deliberately distort the meaning of these clauses to imply a hostility toward religion. Recovering the rightful understanding can begin with a close look at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty. But readers really interested »

In Lieu of a Podcast

Featured image Last night Jim Bohannon kindly spent an hour with me on his national radio show on the Westwood One radio network talking about a certain forthcoming book, which I know everyone has pre-ordered. Jim is jumping the gun a little bit, since the book doesn’t come out for another month yet, and he used my old affiliation at Pepperdine University, but I didn’t want to spend scarce radio time correcting »

Hayward revisited

Featured image Our own Steve Hayward (@stevenfhayward) wears his learning lightly, but he is a learned man. Putting my insomnia to good use last night, I revisited Steve’s interview with Bill Kristol on Ronald Reagan and the study of statesmanship (video below, about 65 minutes, transcript posted here). Watching the interview this time around I was struck by the books mentioned in the course of the discussion. Steve’s own books — Churchill »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Ronna Burger, that’s who. Ronna is professor of philosophy at Tulane University, and author of several fine books, including one that Scott highlighted here once (though I can’t find his post in our archives), Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates. Ronna and I are at a three-day secret meeting in Claremont with several people much much more important than we are, conspiring about . . . wait! I almost blew it there. »

Anniversaries

Featured image Yesterday, I was reminded late last night, was the second anniversary of the passing of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, and I suppose it is a bit crass to use a sad occasion as an opportunity to plug my forthcoming book about these two great men (just a month to publication date now), but then publishers are even more craven than writers when it comes to promotion, so I thought »

A window into a depraved culture

Featured image In the important City Journal column “A window into a depraved culture,” Heather Mac Donald turns to the kidnapping and torture of the disabled white man by four black men and women in Chicago last week. Heather may be our foremost public intellectual on current controversies involving race and crime. Everything Heather writes on the subject is must reading, yet this column merits special attention. What is the cultural context »

Preview: Varieties of Constitutional Originalism

Featured image Anyone who would like to get a head start on a certain book that is being published next month (and which you can pre-order now, right here!—hint, hint) can find an excerpt in the new issue of National Affairs under the title “Two Kinds of Originalism.”  This is adapted from Chapter 7 of the book, which is sure to sell out (so order early). The complete book chapter is longer »

Books for 2016 and beyond

Featured image Tevi Troy offers his selections for the best books of 2016. At the top of the list is Yuval Levin’s Fractured Republic, which I discussed here (Steve’s podcast with Yuval is here.) It is certainly among the best books I read this year. So is Tevi’s own contribution, Shall We Wake the President?. Ross Douthat of the New York Times offers a different sort of list — “books for the »

Epstein blows the whistle on Snowden

Featured image Edward Jay Epstein’s Wall Street Journal column “The fable of Edward Snowden” (accessible here via Google) blows the whistle on Snowden and his presentation as a whistleblower, both by himself and his media enablers. In the column Ed summarizes the findings in his forthcoming book How America Lost Its Secrets. Ed previews his findings in the video below with the Journal’s Mary Kissel. Ed is in my opinion the foremost »

Coming in 2017: Scrutopia!

Featured image We’re always happy here to promote the various fellowship programs aimed for students and young professionals, like the Claremont Institute’s Publius, Lincoln, and Marshall Fellows (deadlines in late February or early March); the Hertog Fellows programs; AEI’s summer honors program; and the many terrific student programs of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). It was this embarrassment of riches that prompted Molly Worthen to ask in the New York Times recently, »

A Whitaker Chambers Xmas revisited

Featured image Reviewing the recommended reading list posted in the spirit of the season by our friends at American Greatness, I was reminded that a friend asked me to recommend a book about Whittaker Chambers as a Christmas gift for her smartly conservative daughter a few years ago. Chambers stands at the center of an incredible drama and four fantastic books that I know of about him. There is still much to »

Praise for Tevi Troy’s “Shall We Wake the President?”

Featured image Jeffrey Gedmin at the Weekly Standard has written a highly favorable review of Tevi Troy’s excellent book Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office. We have discussed the book here. Stanley Kurtz praised it here. Shall We Wake the President also made Yuval Levin’s list of best books of the year. Here is what Yuval said: This is a book about the president’s »

Patriotism is plenty

Featured image Our colleague Steve Hayward is the author of a brand new book called Patriotism Is Not Enough. I finished a pre-publication copy this weekend and strongly recommend it. Patriotism may not be enough, but it is plenty — at least in Poland. The Washington Post has a story about the alleged evils inflicted by Poland’s populist government. The Post’s Anthony Faiola bills what’s happening in Poland as “a harbinger of »

A Preview of Coming Attractions

Featured image Scott kindly mentioned my forthcoming book, Patriotism Is Not Enough, which will appear in mid-February (though you can pre-order today!). I’m going over the final page proofs right now, and thought I might as well share a couple of previews. The book centers around, but is not confined to, the story of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, two of the great thinkers of the late 20th century. I’m one of »

CRB: Voice of civilization

Featured image We conclude our preview of the Fall issue of the Claremont Review of Books today with the essay by Algis Valiunas on Edward Gibbons’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Algis is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis. Algis is also a learned essayist whose work regularly appears in the CRB. His essay on Gibbon »