Leftism

Civil War on the Left, Part 40: Too Much Pride?

Featured image Last weekend was the occasion for gay pride parades in many cities around the country. Insofar as gay pride is associated with contemporary liberalism and has enjoyed continuous political triumphs over the last decade or so (including the election last November of our first ever president who took office having public supported gay marriage—heh), you’d think such parades would be matters of celebration. And you’d be wrong. Because never underestimate »

Anti-Fascist Fascists: A Sign of the Times

Featured image I totally missed the rise of the “alt-right.” Despite being personally acquainted with hundreds if not thousands of conservative activists, I had never heard of the “alt-right” until Democrats started talking about it during the last election season. Similarly, the “antifa” movement–antifa being short for antifascist–sprang up from nowhere. The difference being, I think, that the antifa movement actually exists. I know it exists because antifas keep starting fights. Yesterday »

Washington Post covers up left-wing violence in Portland

Featured image After the election of a president it hates, the Washington Post adopted as a slogan “democracy dies in darkness.” But “darkness” isn’t a problem in our society. With the media explosion of the past few decades and the constant glare of the news cycle, the problem, if any, is confusion. The danger is being blinded by the lights. But adopting the slogan “democracy dies in darkness” should carry with it »

Riding Bare/For Clean Air!

Featured image I recall several years ago coming across the statistic that the median age of members of nudist colonies is 55.  My first thought is that even mosquitos would find this fact unappealing. So what to make of this headline and story about yet another rending of, um, garments over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord: There’s video at the link, if you want something to make you want to gouge »

Report: Middlebury prof attacked by mob still suffers from concussion

Featured image Allison Stanger is the distinguished Middlebury professor who was physically assaulted for escorting conservative political scientist Charles Murray to an event on the Middlebury campus. Stanger, a Democrat, had agreed to moderate a session with Murray because she is committed to the robust exchange of views. An angry mob charged the car carrying Stanger and Murray. Someone pulled her hair. Others shoved her. The car was rocked. »

Rockefeller Brothers Fund supports Israel boycott

Featured image The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) commands $842 million in assets. The Rockefeller name, coupled with RBF’s financial clout, make this institution a pillar of American philanthropy. Thus, it’s disappointing, though perhaps not altogether surprising, to learn that RBF is a substantial contributor to the boycott Israel movement. According to this superb article by Armin Rosen in Tablet, since 2013, RBF has contributed at least $880,000 to groups working to advance »

The Sharks Are Going on Strike

Featured image I made a burrito for lunch today, because I wanted to commit a gross act of cultural appropriation. Have you heard the latest out of Portlandia? The appropriately named Kooks Burritos was forced out of business after being attacked for white supremacy because these kooky burritos were being made and sold by white women. Seriously. The Portland Mercury, whose title may explain its mindset because only something like lead or »

Freakout at an Alexandria gym

Featured image Last week at an Alexandria, Virginia fitness club, leftist Georgetown professor Christine Fair harassed a fellow club member, white nationalist Richard Spencer. Fair was forced to leave the gym. Spencer was later kicked out of the club. The Washington Post’s account of the affair is here. You can watch Spencer give his account here. In terms of the facts, the two accounts are largely in accord. Spencer was working out »

Getting Out of Your Parents’ Basement: How Liberal Policies Hurt Young People

Featured image The organization I run, Center of the American Experiment, has just released a funny video that, in just over two minutes, explains why liberal policies are bad for young people. It takes the form of a video game with commentary, and is titled “Parents’ Basement.” Here it is: Created by our friends at Madison McQueen. »

Robert Spencer Poisoned In Iceland

Featured image I had been scheduled to attend an event tomorrow night with Robert Spencer, a prominent anti-jihadist, who was to be in Iceland until shortly before his visit to Minnesota. I got word that the event was canceled because Spencer had fallen ill, and then learned that he had, in fact, been poisoned. Spencer describes what happened at PJ Media: After I spoke last Thursday in the beautiful nation of Iceland, »

It’s Official: On Trump’s Travel Order, the Left Is Bonkers

Featured image We wrote here about an ACLU lawyer arguing one of the Trump travel moratorium cases in the 4th Circuit who said that the president’s order “could be constitutional” if only it had been issued by the rightful president, Hillary Clinton. As a matter of constitutional law–or law, period–that is idiotic. But it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue by an incompetent lawyer. Today, arguing in the 9th Circuit Court »

Freakout at Howard University

Featured image Howard University, the “historically black” college in Washington, D.C., held its commencement this weekend. California Senator Kamala Harris, a Howard grad, delivered the address. Sen. Harris told the graduates: You are graduating into a very different time than it was when you arrived a few short years ago. We have a fight ahead. It’s a fight to determine what kind of country we will be. And it’s a fight to »

Michael Barone lampoons “cultural appropriation”

Featured image The concept of “cultural appropriation” is not the most pernicious of the current left-wing dogmas, but I consider it the most ridiculous. Cultural appropriation is defined by Wikipedia as “the adoption or use of the elements of one culture by members of another culture.” Another description for that phenomenon is world history. It’s the most natural thing in the world for members of one culture to “appropriate” from other cultures »

Dartmouth’s idea of “broadening the ranks”

Featured image Dartmouth College sends to alumni a publication called “Dartmouth Life.” The current issue introduces the teachers-scholars who joined the faculty this academic year. The article is called “New Faculty Broaden the Ranks.” The article allows each new faculty member briefly to summarize his or her area of academic interest. The hard science and math professors provided write-ups in line with traditional notions of what’s important in these fields. I discerned »

Late-Night Hate, Colbert Edition

Featured image I have never seen Stephen Colbert perform. From what I have read about his act, I don’t think I have missed out on a lot of laughs. It seems remarkable that someone who has nothing to offer but crazed, over-the-top hate can maintain an audience on television. Last night Colbert went around the bend: Colbert’s 12 minute monologue (!) began by addressing Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend and »

Linda Cohn: Political slant has hurt ESPN

Featured image Linda Cohn regularly “anchors” ESPN’s SportsCenter show. I haven’t watched SportsCenter in many years, so I hold no opinion about her as an anchor. But having been an ESPN stalwart for almost 25 years, Cohn probably has a good sense of her audience. Thus, her views on the network’s woes are worth considering. Cohn expressed her views shortly after ESPN’s mass layoff last week. She cited the loss of cable »

Democrats vs. Free Speech

Featured image It’s happening all across the country, not just at bastions of photo-fascism like Berkeley and Middlebury. The University of Arkansas one of many recent instances. Wherever Democrats predominate, they enforce orthodoxy. I seriously believe they would shut us all up, if they could get away with it. The way Michael Ramirez portrays Berkeley goes for the entire Left. Click to enlarge: “Now I can sit down, relax, and burn a »