Conservatism

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 »

Some of the best of 2016

Featured image I wish I had thought to keep a list of best columns and articles of the past year, but I didn’t. I do have a few tabs I kept open to revisit. I can guarantee that these columns and articles are worth your time. Here they are in alphabetical order by author: James Ceaser, “What’s next for the left?,” Weekly Standard (February 8, 2016). Matthew Continetti, “The return of street »

CRB: How to understand Trump

Featured image The Claremont Institute has sent out a year-end message highlighting “the best of 2016” from the Claremont Review of Books. I thought readers who missed these pieces the first time around might enjoy them as we turn the corner to the new year. I am going back to these pieces with the benefit of hindsight as I bide my time in the penalty box. The CRB has also separately compiled »

Thomas Sowell in Pictures

Featured image As Scott notes below, the indispensable Thomas Sowell is ending his column. One of the things that will be missed is the aphoristic quality of  his writing that has spawned a cottage industry of Sowell memes. I’ve included a few now and then in the Saturday Week in Pictures gallery, but I think he deserves a grand send off from our format. (And here’s to hoping the mischievous folks at »

Thomas Sowell signs off

Featured image Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell is a remarkable man who has produced a distinguished body of work over a long career. I have discovered many friends and acquaintances have Sowell’s books and columns to be a source of inspiration. In 2003 President Bush awarded Sowell a National Humanities Medal; he sent his friend Justice Clarence Thomas to pick it up on his behalf. Nevertheless, his achievements should long ago have »

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, »

Pearl Harbor day for the lawless EPA

Featured image Donald Trump’s administration will not be an entirely orthodox conservative affair. The Carrier deal so demonstrates. However, Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA demonstrates that, in important respects, the Trump administration will likely be more conservative than that of George H.W. and George W. Bush, and more conservative than a John McCain or Mitt Romney administration probably would have been. William Reilly was the EPA administrator under »

What to make of Francois Fillon

Featured image For almost as long as Power Line has been around, I have bemoaned the fact that France never produced a successful political leader willing to push Thatcherite/Reaganite economic policies. When Nicolas Sarkozy began to emerge, I held some hope that he might take France in that direction. However, I never really thought he’d take it far, and he didn’t. With Francois Fillon now in charge of France’s conservative party, there »

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 »

You Are Invited, One Week From Today!

Featured image If you live in or near the Twin Cities, December 8 is a big day. At noon, my think tank will sponsor a lunch forum starring Heather Mac Donald, author of The War On Cops. We are expecting a crowd of 500 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. More than 100 law enforcement personnel will be honored, on behalf of all Minnesota law enforcement. It is going to be »

A plausible scenario

Featured image A reader whose insights I value writes: I saw a comment yesterday that Trump’s success is a lot like Schwarzenegger’s in California. . .I suggest that what we are going to see is that Trump moves as did Schwarzenegger, being a basically a Democrat. The Trump victory speech showed this. Trump is going to keep the media liking him — the media is really his core industry. I think that »

Hayward unbound

Featured image Below is the complete video of Bill Kristol’s conversation with Steve Hayward about the study of Ronald Reagan and statesmanship. The video is also posted here at Conversations with Bill Kristol. The transcript is posted here. Listen and learn. If you dropped an obnoxious comment about Bill Kristol or Steve Hayward on Steve’s post of the video, I have banned you as a commenter. The same applies here. Quotable quote: »

Behind the Trump/NeverTrump intellectual divide

Featured image Our friend Tevi Troy, author of the excellent new book Shall We Wake The President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office, has written an enlightening article for Politico about the way in which Donald Trump’s candidacy has split conservative intellectuals. Tevi argues that the conservative intellectual divide over Trump corresponds to a longstanding East Coast-West Coast split — the feud between East Coast and West Coast Straussians. »

Your Pre-Election Diversion

Featured image Bill Kristol kindly invited me to sit down recently for one of his “Conversations with Kristol” series to talk about the enduring lessons of Ronald Reagan, and the hows and whys of studying statesmanship. Just the thing to take your mind off the election for a little while, as we don’t talk about Trump or Clinton at all. It’s divided into two segments, each about a half-hour long. Enjoy! And »

Sunday Afternoon Ramping Up

Featured image You know, this really ought to be the favorite weekend of conservatives everywhere. We literally got to turn back the clock! Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? That, and cut taxes? Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the schadenfreude of liberals bemoaning that Hillary might still have to face a Republican Senate as well as a Republican House if she wins on Tuesday, which means six more weeks years of gridlock. But as »

Is there a conservative case for voting for Hillary?

Featured image I don’t think so. What conservative would vote for a corrupt, dishonest, vindictive left-liberal with a long record of disregarding the law? If anyone can make a persuasive case for doing so, it probably would be the estimable David Frum. He undertakes the task here. In my view, Frum makes a decent conservative case for not backing Donald Trump, but comes up well short of a case for backing Clinton. »

South Dakota: A Beacon to the Nation [Updated With Video]

Featured image Politically, my home state is a model for the rest of the country. As the Associated Press notes, every statewide officeholder is a Republican, and both houses of the state’s legislature have Republican supermajorities. When Senator John Thune ran for re-election in 2010, the Democrats chose not to oppose him. This year–did you realize there was a Senate race going on in South Dakota?–the Democrats have come up with an »