Liberals

CRB: The High-Low Coalition

Featured image I am advised by those who should know that Thomas Sowell has declared the Claremont Review of Books to be the best book review around, by far. That may be proof three thousand and thirty-six that Dr. Sowell is a man of great taste and erudition. Subscribe here for the unreasonably low price of $19.95 and get immediate online access to the magazine thrown in for good measure. In keeping »

Most Democrats Need Remedial Science Education

Featured image One of the more amusing aspects of the current political scene is the claim of liberals to be “pro-science”–a claim that is often made in the context of the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory, which is anything but scientific. Science is a method, not a body of dogma, and I am not aware of anyone in public life who is anti-science. Of course, before you can be pro- or anti-anything, »

Illiberalism In Action

Featured image Harvey Mansfield likes to say that the job of contemporary conservatism is “to save liberalism from liberals.”  I know we’ve written here before about how today’s “liberals” really aren’t liberal at all, but are shockingly illiberal–even fascistic, if the term could be used without so much baggage and misunderstanding. The IJ Review has a great compilation up this morning about “11 Stories About What Democrats Think of Your Constitutional Rights.” »

To Liberals, Arithmetic Is Magical Thinking

Featured image I have written that on the Left, a “wonk” is any liberal who can multiply and divide. But liberals often trip over even that low threshold. Take, for example, this piece by Norman Ornstein in National Journal. Ornstein–a friend, former colleague at AEI and occasional debating opponent of Steve Hayward–proposes a modest solution to the problem of economic inequality and the declining fortunes of America’s middle class: The first iteration »

Ripe for Mocking: The NGO Community

Featured image Fans of This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and similar “mockumentaries” will be delighted to learn that someone has trained their cinematic sarcasm on the NGO community.  Long overdue: the entire universe of self-appointed, do-gooder NGOs are among the most insidious forces in modern political life. The Samaritans comes out of Kenya, and takes aim at an NGO plausibly named “Aid for Aid.”  (That name itself »

Liberals Still Aren’t Funny: Seinfeld Feeds Buzzfeed to the Buzzsaw

Featured image No sooner than SNL’s Lorne Michaels ratifies the common sense perception that most liberals are humorless scolds, than Jerry Seinfeld shows up on Buzzfeed and remarks that complaints about the lack of gender and racial diversity in his comedy web series “really pisses me off.” “I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their little calculating – is this »

Annals of Situational Liberalism, and Other Musings

Featured image Okay, if there were any groundhogs around my neighborhood right now, they wouldn’t be seeing their shadows, and I can never remember from year to year whether this means six more weeks of winter, or an early spring.  Here in Boulder, I’m guessing it means at least six more years of non-stop global warming alarmism • From the Annals of Situational Liberalism: With regard to President Obama’s extraordinary power grab, »

Michelle Malkin Takes a 2×4 to MSNBC [Updated With MSNBC Apology]

Featured image A few minutes ago one of my daughters texted me, “Michelle Malkin is single handedly exploding Twitter.” She explained: MSNBC tweeted a Cheerios commercial that will play during the Super Bowl and the tweet said something like “right wingers won’t like it, but the rest of us will say awww” the commercial apparently features a biracial family. So Michelle started the hashtag #myrightwingbiracialfamily. CHEERIOGATE! Sure enough, here is the original »

Traffic Jams? You Want Traffic Jams?

Featured image There is a certain irony in the fact that Chris Christie is being pilloried because his aides caused a traffic jam that lasted for four days. Across the country, liberals have caused traffic jams that have lasted for years, and they are still trying to make them worse. Take the Twin Cities, where I live. Like some of those New Jersey residents, I have to cross a river to get »

Trash-Talking In Sports and Politics

Featured image As the world knows, Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman made a big play to clinch the NFC championship for Seattle, and almost immediately afterward was interviewed on television by Erin Andrews. Sherman went on an epic (albeit brief) rant in which he ripped San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree and proclaimed himself “the best corner in the game.” Many have claimed to be appalled by Sherman’s lack of sportsmanship, but »

Film Festival Censors Science: Should We Care?

Featured image The Frozen River Film Fest in Winona, Minnesota, has canceled a scheduled showing of FrackNation, a pro-fracking documentary. The cancellation, which the festival organizers concede is an instance of viewpoint-based censorship, has gotten some publicity: The documentary, FrackNation, was scheduled to be shown alongside Gasland Part 2, a factually suspect film attacking hydraulic fracturing as environmentally destructive. The showing of the anti-fracking film is, of course, going forward. “We definitely »

Once Again, Democrats Vote to Cut Veterans’ Benefits in Order to Enable Fraud By Illegal Aliens

Featured image Even if, like me, you are beyond being shocked by anything the Democrats do, this is remarkable. For the second time, Harry Reid and his Senate Democrat cohorts have refused to allow an amendment to revise the Ryan-Murray spending deal to be voted on. The amendment would restore the cuts in veterans’ benefits that are part of the deal, and instead raise the money by closing a loophole that makes »

Liberalism and Double Standards

Featured image Yes, I know we’ve mentioned before that if liberals didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all. My favorite double standard these days concerns how liberals think the “stop and frisk” tactic of New York and other police departments are abusive, arbitrary, etc.  Good that liberals have rediscovered at least a sliver of the potential for arbitrary government power—opposition to arbitrary state power being a core principle »

The NY Times: Against the Minimum Wage Before It Was For It

Featured image I had lunch with a couple of Republican Congressmen a week or so ago. They said the Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than Obamacare, and have decided that their best distraction is the minimum wage. So we can expect to hear a lot about raising the minimum wage over the next ten months. The New York Times editorial board, a reliable mouthpiece for the left wing of »

Inequality — a necessary ingredient of New York’s greatness

Featured image At his inauguration, New York’s new mayor Bill DeBlasio denounced the city’s economic inequality. He seemed to argue that to remain truly great, New York must remedy income inequality. I submit, however, that New York is great in part because of income inequality. The wealth at the top end of the economic spectrum clearly has played a major role in the city’s greatness. For one thing, the very rich have »

How Obama Thinks We Should Live: A Reader Responds

Featured image Paul’s dissections of the Obama administration’s “affirmatively furthering fair housing” initiative have been characteristically cerebral. But a reader responds a little more, shall we say, viscerally. Sit back and enjoy: Nothing surprising here–it’s the strategic end state, the logical culmination of the racially and economically just society…the final elaboration of the means to destroy the deep structures in society that produce most social evils, especially discrimination and racism from which »

Obama moves to impose his vision of how we should live, Part Two

Featured image I wrote here about the Obama administration’s proposed rule on “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH), an attempt to dictate how we shall live. I argued that, in essence, President Obama seeks to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having what the federal government deems an appropriate mix of economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. To get a good idea of what this »