Liberals

Until Now, the Only Goats In Minnesota Were Field Goal Kickers

Featured image How do they control weeds in Minneapolis parks? Mostly, they don’t: park employees just mow them along with the grass. But for some invasive species, the city has been using Roundup, the world’s most common herbicide. Anti-herbicide activists don’t like that, and they showed up in force at a recent Park Board meeting to demand alternatives: The Minneapolis Park Board is considering two new tactics in the battle against weeds »

Liberalism for dummies

Featured image William Voegeli seems to understand modern left-liberalism from the inside. In Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State (2010, foreword by Steve Hayward), Voegeli explains why contemporary liberals can never tell you when you have paid your “fair share” of taxes. It’s a mystery that had always troubled me. Well, they want it all. I wrote about the book in “An old argument revisited” and elsewhere. Bill’s preface to the paperback »

Who Attacked Donald Trump?

Featured image A scary incident occurred yesterday at a Donald Trump event in Dayton, Ohio. A man rushed the stage, coming from behind Trump. His intent was unclear, but there was every reason to assume he intended to injure or kill Trump. He was quickly stopped and led away by Secret Service agents: The man was identified as Thomas (“Tommy”) DiMassimo. He is a leftist, of course. Early on, the Trump camp »

For Once, I Am On Trump’s Side

Featured image Today far-left protesters disrupted a Donald Trump rally in St. Louis: Trump’s St. Louis rally was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, and police said 31 people were arrested and charged with general peace disturbance. One person arrested outside the event was charged with third-degree assault. Trump berated and ridiculed the disruptive protesters from the stage, as well he should: “They’re allowed to get up and interrupt us horribly and we have »

Why Are Liberal-Run Institutions Such Hotbeds of Racism and Sexism?

Featured image That’s the question Glenn Reynolds likes to ask periodically over at Instapundit. Today we’ll add some data points to the file, starting with the news that the New York Times has settled a discrimination lawsuit. From The Daily Caller: The New York Times should change its famous motto to “all the blacks and women fit to fire.” It apparently does not value diversity and is waging a war on women. Just »

Time to Drop the Curtain on Radical Chic

Featured image What is it with the Black Panthers? They were exposed as a vicious criminal gang long ago, and liberals who fawn over them have been subjects of ridicule at least since 1970, when Tom Wolfe wrote Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. Yet somehow, they keep coming back. I wrote here about the University of Minnesota’s disgraceful plan to honor two surviving Panthers, both of whom are available for »

Annals of Liberal Illiteracy

Featured image There’s a fuss going on Stanford right now about the proposal to bring back a serious requirement for the study of Western Civilization—you know, the lineage of ideas that brought us things like freedom, prosperity, and . . . Stanford University. Okay, two out of three ain’t bad, so maybe the radicals are ironically correct. “Up to a point, sir,” if you know the reference. Which brings us to today’s »

An Island of Rattlesnakes: What Could Go Wrong?

Featured image There was a time when human beings had a pretty clear idea of who their friends and enemies were. Rattlesnakes were definitely in the latter category. Political figures like Ronald Reagan and Rick Perry earned credit by shooting them, as I recall–or at least being prepared to do so. But that was then, and this is the bizarrely perverse now. In Massachusetts, government officials worry that they don’t have enough »

The “Strange New Respect” Award Makes a Comeback

Featured image The “Strange New Respect” Award is the invention of Tom Bethell, who noted decades ago how liberals would always start praising a conservative or Republican who showed signs of moderation, Bob Dole being a great example. “New respect”—a phrase you’d actually see in the media—was a euphemism for “moved to the left.” It is a totem of insincere liberalism, a coy way of attacking present-day conservatives. My corollary is that »

Presidents’ Day 2016

Featured image Is our country going downhill? In some ways, obviously so. Presidents’ Day has evolved as a tribute to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Statesmen of their caliber are in short supply, although I think there are a few today who are capable of carrying on the tradition. That short list does not include the childishly uninformed Bernie Sanders, as Michael Ramirez rather brutally points out. Click to enlarge: Somehow the »

Beating the Drum

Featured image It’s not just The Nation that we read so that you don’t have to. We also monitor Mother Jones. (Actually, I snuck an article into Mother Jones once. I wondered, when I got my $100 check, whether I should rush to cash it or frame it. I got to mention this once to a Mother Jones board member and major financial patron, and the shocked look on her face had »

The Character of Modern Liberalism in One Paragraph

Featured image The character of the modern Left, and the core of the censorious campus leftism at the moment, has seldom been better described than by this 1978 passage from Harry Jaffa in How To Think About the American Revolution. Most importantly he understands that the distinction between liberalism and radicalism had dissolved, which explains Bernie Sanders, among other things. I’ve added a few comments of my own along the way in »

I’m Not an African, I Just Play One In the Movies

Featured image The controversy over race and the Oscars has made its way to Berlin, where a film festival is in progress. It happens that the festival judges are all white, so one of the judges, Meryl Streep, fielded some questions about diversity. Streep, who heads a festival film panel for the first time, had been asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa. »

Sports for Politics’ Sake at the Washington Post [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul notes below the irrepressible reflexes of the Washington Post’s arts and entertainment coverage that often appears in their misnamed Style section (misnamed because its relentless politicization shows it has little style and no class). But apparently the problem extends to the Sports section as well. I don’t often take in the Post’s sports section any more, but this morning happened to find me in Washington, DC, where I made »

They Don’t Make Liberals Like They Used To

Featured image In our Picks section yesterday we linked to Fred Siegel’s recent City Journal article, “The House Divided,” which is a 25-year retrospective on Arthur Schlesinger’s 1991 attack on leftist “multiculturalism.” As it happens, I’ve been reading one of Schlesinger’s older books, The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom (published in 1949), as background for the book project I have under way. And also as it happens, I’ve had dinner with »

Does The Donald Drive You to Drink?

Featured image Well, no he doesn’t, but I don’t need an excuse for a drink. But the folks at The Nation magazine do. I’m on The Nation‘s email distribution list (so that you don’t have to), and the latest subscription bleg for their wine club opens as follows: Are you looking for that perfect Merlot to pair with Donald Trump’s immigration-policy proposals? A Sauvignon Blanc to help obscure Mike Huckabee’s tweets about »

The Great Gasbag

Featured image Yesterday I was booked on Fox Business News with the plan of offering some comment on Leo di Caprio’s remarks at the World Economic Forum about how corporate “greed” is preventing global warming from being solved. (Then he hopped back on his private jet and flew away to one of his many mansions that have the carbon footprint of a small African nation.) But the market crash of the morning »