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CRB: San Francisco values

Featured image With its Fall 2015 number, the Claremont Review of Books celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. It has rolled out a new site. It has sent its characteristically excellent new issue off to the printer. And it has let me dip in to the issue to select a few pieces to bring to the attention of Power Line readers. (Subscription services are accessible via the CRB home page linked above — a »

How Many Democrats Are Totalitarians?

Featured image I think we can say with confidence, at least 27%. Rasmussen Reports asked likely U.S. voters whether the government should criminally prosecute those who don’t go along with the global warming scare. This was the precise question: Should the government investigate and prosecute scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming? In response, 27% of Democrats called for prosecuting global warming realists. (Remarkably, 11% of Republicans did, too.) »

Margaret Thatcher: Not Stylish Enough For the Victoria and Albert

Featured image Margaret Thatcher stopped Britain’s slide into poverty and irrelevance, and the British Left has never forgiven her. So when someone–her heirs or estate, I assume–offered a collection of her clothing to the Victoria & Albert Museum, which has a huge fashion collection and has often exhibited various sorts of clothes, the V&A declined: A range of items that belonged to Margaret Thatcher are to be sold at auction after the »

Israeli Speaker Shouted Down at the University of Minnesota

Featured image If anti-free speech demonstrators shout down a speaker at the University of Minnesota, where do you read about it? In the Washington Post, apparently: On Tuesday afternoon an Israeli academic was shouted down by two dozen protesters as he tried to begin a lecture before about 100 students and faculty at the University of Minnesota. The speaker was Moshe Halbertal, a professor at NYU Law School and a professor of »

Today in Liberal Tolerance

Featured image I’m not the first to argue that for the left, the greatest attraction of climate change is the opportunity for authoritarianism it provides. Today’s exhibit is this tweet from a twit over in Britain: Advice for Mr. Rendall: Bring it on, bro. Over here in Second Amendment America, you won’t get very far with that program. »

An epidemic of ignorance

Featured image A faithful reader writes from Halifax: “In our current federal election, marked by media hostility to the Conservative government at levels unprecedented in recent Canadian history, a leading candidate of the Opposition New Democratic Party (actually to the Left of Bernie Sanders) in Hamilton, Ontario has claimed that she’d never heard of Auschwitz. This after having made a tasteless joke about pictures [of Auschwitz]. Even worse she is the Vice-Chair »

A word from Ahmad Batebi

Featured image Ahmad Batebi is a relatively well known Iranian dissident. He appeared on the cover of the Economist in 1999, waving the bloody shirt of a fellow protester. He was tried behind closed doors and convicted of “creating street unrest.” In the Islamic Republic of Iran, that’s a hanging offense. Batebi was sentenced to death, though the sentence was subsequently reduced and he escaped to fight another day. 60 Minutes told »

Inside higher ed: Reimagine this

Featured image A faithful reader writes from deep inside higher education: One of my responsibilities is tracking down ads for our recent PhDs. I just came across this one for SDI Training Manager. It’s self-parody, and so is good for laughs. Until one looks up the office of the vice chancellor under whom the successful candidate for this $70,000 position (more money, incidentally, than most college professors make) would be working. That’s »

Ted Cruz Crushes Code Pink

Featured image Earlier today, Ted Cruz spoke to a rally protesting the administration’s Iran deal. Representatives of Code Pink and other radical groups, representing the establishment, crashed the rally and tried to shout him down. Cruz responded by inviting the leftists to the podium, where he engaged them in a civil debate. Medea Benjamin represented Code Pink, and another leftist or two was also heard from. Did Cruz crush them? He did. »

Hillary’s Alinsky factor

Featured image The David Horowitz Freedom Center has posted videos of several presentations at its June 17-18 Texas Retreat. Stanley Kurtz spoke on Hillary Clinton. He also takes up Obama’s Alinskyite assault on the suburbs via the new HUD rule promulgated this week. Kurtz devoted much of his second book on Obama to the subject and his current NR column here to the new HUD rule. All is proceeding as Kurtz has »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll stands and delivers Psychotic Ninnies, Circa 1975. She writes: Last Friday I referred to the Psychotic Ninny Wing of the feminist movement. In the beginning they were a relatively small part of the legitimate push for equality and expanded opportunities for women. But they always existed. In a meeting I attended in 1970, a certifiably insane woman waxed rhapsodic about how “when we hang all the men they »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (3)

Featured image This concludes my series of posts on Bryan Burrough’s important and riveting new book, Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here. We recorded an interview with Burrough about the book earlier this week; the interview is posted here. • Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur was a member and leader of the cop-killing Black Liberation Army. Burrough »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (2)

Featured image Reading Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Bryan Burrough, recorded on Tuesday, is posted here. • Burrough tells the story of six terrorist groups that conducted campaigns of “revolutionary violence,” »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (1)

Featured image Over the weekend I read Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. I read it in preparation for the brief interview we recorded with the author yesterday afternoon for the Power Line podcast posted here. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first of what I think will »

The Left’s New Definition of Treason

Featured image Tom Cotton and 46 other senators have published an open letter to the government of Iran, in which they lay out the constitutional framework within which a president of the United States can negotiate international agreements. They point out that under Article II of the Constitution, an agreement with Iran has the status of a treaty only if it is ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. Otherwise, it is a »

Student Sit-Ins: Not What They Used To Be

Featured image Those of us who were college students in the late 1960s and early 1970s recall student occupations of administration buildings with varying degrees of fondness. Foolish as they may have been, student radicals in those days had a good idea what they were fighting for: an end to the Vietnam war (not that our colleges were doing anything to prosecute it) and, more broadly, imposition of a Communist dictatorship. Radicals »

The Climatistas’ Climate of Hate

Featured image I guess the strictures against “hate speech” don’t apply to the climatistas, or at least about their invective against climate skeptics. In our “Picks” section we linked David Rose’s Daily Mail column about the death threats he’s received for being environmentally incorrect (though Rose is, like Matt Ridley and several others, a “lukewarmer”—a category that the climatistas will not acknowledge or tolerate): Some would say this makes me a ‘lukewarmer’ »