Leftism

Bringing literature to the masses, Mayor de Blasio Style

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York has been following New York City mayors since the days of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. I think John Lindsey remains his nominee for the worst of the lot, but the current mayor seems to be closing in fast. My cousin reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an ardent admirer of Communist Cuba and the Sandinistas. He presides over a town whose »

Donald Trump vs. the Post-West

Featured image “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, our civilization and to set free suffering humanity….and we know that by thy grace, and the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.” Who wrote these words, asks John Fonte. Was it someone from the Alt-Right? A white nationalist, perhaps? In fact, they were composed »

When You’ve Lost Rick Perlstein . . .

Featured image I offered a long reflection here the other day on what is shaping up as the most scandalously bad book since Michael Bellesiles’s fraudulent Arming America—Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains. I decided to get a copy for myself (despite complaining that the criticism of the book is yet another Koch-directed conspiracy, MacLean must be delighted that the controversy is juicing sales), and there is literally a howler on every page. »

Friedrich Engels, “icon” of the modern left

Featured image Andrew Stuttaford at NRO informs us that a statue of Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx’s writing partner and and benefactor, has been erected in Manchester, England. The Manchester Evening News gushes: Iconic socialist thinker, Friedrich Engels has returned to Manchester[,] 150 years after he left. As part of the Manchester International Festival, a statue will be officially unveiled of the German writer, in Tony Wilson Place, this Sunday. Tony Wilson, by »

Trump: The West’s Suicide Hotline?

Featured image I join John in utter amazement (though not surprise) about the left’s freak out over Donald Trump’s defense of the West in his terrific Warsaw speech. From the reaction John and others have highlighted, you’d have thought Trump had called Russia an “evil empire” or something. (Heh.) I hope Trump continues this theme, and provides the left with more beclowning opportunities. If this keeps up Trump is going to carry »

It’s True: Liberals Hate Western Civilization

Featured image President Trump’s superb speech in Poland has been praised by most observers, including Paul. On the Left, however, Trump’s speech has been criticized for its principal virtue, the president’s spirited defense of Western civilization. Here are some of the many such instances. Amanda Marcotte writes at Salon: “Trump’s alt-right Poland speech: Time to call his white nationalist rhetoric what it is.” Trump argued that Western (read: white) nations are “the »

Leftists Riot In Hamburg and Caracas

Featured image Representatives of the G20 countries are meeting in Hamburg, so the traveling circus of anti-capitalist rioters naturally showed up. As best one can tell, it is more or less the same people who turn out for all of these anti-capitalism demonstrations around the world. They don’t appear to have jobs, and quite a few of them are reported to be trust fund babies. These photos from Hamburg are typical; they »

Some Additional July 4 Notes

Featured image My favorite indictment against King George III in the Declaration of Independence is this short passage that applies more fully today than in 1776: He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance. Yep. That’s why this is the feel good story of the day, even though CBS surely doesn’t think so: Meanwhile, the next time »

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. »