Liberals

Is Opinion Journalism Dead or Dying?

Featured image The self-inflicted death spiral of The New Republic continues to compete with the death spiral of the campus rape narrative at the hands of Rolling Stone, and both may be heralds of a turning point for the slow decline of liberalism. (And now TNR has had to cancel its next issue, due out in a few days, because the mass exodus of its staff has left it fatally shorthanded.) A »

Not a parody [Updated]

Featured image Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams. Here is the text of a message from interim dean Robert Scott to the law school community: The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some »

Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air?

Featured image Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television: [A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told »

A Bad Week for Rape Culture

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Rolling Stone magazine has backed off from its blockbuster story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. I wrote here that the story, written by an activist and based entirely on anonymous sources, was incredible on its face. “Jackie,” the alleged victim in the story, was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity house, but didn’t go to the police. Seriously? »

The New Republic @100: R.I.P.

Featured image The venerable New Republic turned 100 this year, and despite its ups-and-downs over the decades (such as being virtually pro-Soviet for a time in the late 1940s under the Communist editor and KGB agent Michael Straight), it was an important publication for thoughtful liberalism. It does not appear the magazine will make it to its 101st birthday, at least not in any recognizable form that a serious person will ever »

The Spirit of Salem Lives On

Featured image I was in graduate school in southern California 30 years ago when the McMartin preschool sex abuse scandal erupted in the news media, featuring incredible tales of Satanic rituals, underground tunnels, group sex with animals and children, and various alleged acrobatic acts that would challenge Cirque du Soliel, all believed credulously by the media and California prosecutors. A six-year criminal trial ultimately concluded that the charges were all bogus—every single »

Quotations from Chairman Barry

Featured image I still have my old copy of Quotations From Chairman LBJ. The book was inspired by Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (“the little red book”). Compiled by Jack Shepherd and Christopher Wren and published by Simon and Schuster in the annus horribilis of 1968, the book consisted of supposedly laughable quotes attributable to President Johnson. It was popular enough to go through multiple printings. My copy derives from the third »

The Telos of the Liberal Mind?

Featured image Remember the old joke from the 1960s about the liberal cleric who told his congregation that he had been mugged, but that he sympathized with his mugger, because injustice, etc. . . Whereupon an elderly lady in the back of the pews mutters loudly, “Mug him again.” The joke has come to life in Georgetown, where a student who was recently mugged at gunpoint has written an article justifying the »

Liberalism: Nihilist, Incoherent, or Both?

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson puts his finger on the core meaning of Grubergate with his most recent column referring to the Gruber types as “Snobocrats.” It is worth recognizing that Gruberism isn’t just simple elitism, but has an overlay of snobbery about how much better are the Grubers of the world than the grubby middle class on whose behalf the Grubers endlessly toil and fret. But this should raise a curious »

Teach liberals not to hate

Featured image Glenn Reynolds has been having a field day at InstaPundit with his “Teach women not to rape” series. Why should Glenn have all the fun? It occurs to me that the devotees of the philosophy of kindness deserve a comparable series calling on them not to hate: to learn or relearn civility. I know, I know. Mission: impossible. Hate has somehow become the motive force of the purported devotees of »

CRB: I feel your pain

Featured image If I were to name three books of the year for conservatives, one of them would surely be The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, by William Voegeli. I contributed a blurb with my assessment of the book that I posted in “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Compassion?” I posted Bill’s account of the book in “A word from the author.” Bill’s previous book was Never »

Dionne Gets One Right

Featured image Having beaten up on E.J. Dionne several times in the past for tendentious columns, fairness suggests noting when he gets something right, or at least partly right.  His post-election column doesn’t sugarcoat things for Democrats, nor engage in the excuses (turnout) or evasions (if only everyone was required to vote) that many liberals are using to comfort themselves. For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It »

Mayday Explains: When We Say “Money,” We Mean Conservative Money!

Featured image Two left-wing groups, MoveOn and Mayday.US, sponsored a video contest to highlight the “problem” of money in politics. They published the videos that were submitted on a web site, and encouraged viewers to vote for the best one. Sadly, their effort was nowhere near as successful as the Power Line Prize competition of a couple of years ago. They got one really good entrant, produced by American Commitment, which focused »

A Lefty Explains What the Election Is All About

Featured image Rob Stein is the founder of the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella a group that organizes the funding of left-wing causes by rich liberals and interest groups. In The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, at page 7, Stein explains candidly what politics is all about for the Left: “The reason it is so important to control government is because government is the source of »

Is Architecture “Racist”?

Featured image For a pure distillation of liberal stupidity, it is hard to beat this article in the Denver Post by the paper’s Fine Arts Critic. Denver’s main train depot, Union Station, has been renovated and restored to its former glory (more or less), which is what troubles the arts critic. The restored building is, he thinks, racist… Our fearless critic began by spending hours at Union Station, classifying visitors by skin »

Polarization? Consensus? Compromise? Nonsense

Featured image Both the estimable Bill Galston today and Wall Street Journal veteran political reporter Gerald Seib yesterday are making much of last week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll that finds a large jump in the number of people who say they prefer candidates who seek “consensus” and “compromise” over “sticking to principles.” The number who say “compromise” over “principle” has risen from 34 percent in 2010 to 50 percent today. Naturally this »

Environmentalism Kills Poor People

Featured image Are you in favor of banning fossil fuel consumption, or making it more expensive? Probably not, but pretty much every Democrat is. To insist on “green” energy sources rather than fossil fuels is to doom millions of people to poverty, disease and premature death. This video, by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, doesn’t try to cover the whole global warming waterfront, but it does a great job of making one »