Up From Liberalism—Now More Than Ever

Featured image I first read William F. Buckley’s classic 1959 treatise Up From Liberalism when I was in high school a long long time ago, and recently picked it up off the shelf for a quick re-reading.  And I’d recommend everyone read or re-read it, as many parts of it hold up extremely well, and could be deployed even more urgently today.  For example: The salient economic assumptions of liberalism are socialist.  »

Clearing my spindle: Video edition

Featured imageConversations with Bill Kristol has now added Bill’s interview with Charles Murray. In the video below, Bill reviews Murray’s productive career with the author himself. Murray comments regarding the interview: “Bill Kristol draws me out on things I haven’t said elsewhere, except occasionally at dinner tables.” The Tikvah Fund has posted its interview with Norman Podhoretz under the heading “Reflections of a Jewish neoconservative.” It is always good to hear »

Harry Jaffa on the Famous “Extremism” Speech

Featured imagePaul noted yesterday the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous—or infamous—convention speech in 1964.  Has there ever been another convention speech before or since that is as well recalled for a single line?  Only William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech comes close. Harry Jaffa, who turns 96 in a few weeks, reflected some time ago about the famous line—”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”—and his role in »

What is to be done?

Featured imageThe House Rules Committee took the first step toward initiating a lawsuit against President Obama over his faithless execution of the laws and abrogation of the separation of powers. The committee held a hearing on the House Resolution that would provide the House authority Four professors of constitutional law testified to the Rules Committee about the merits of the lawsuit, with two supporting and two opposed; the two in support »

Ernst and Braley tied in Iowa

Featured imageA new NBC/Marist poll of the Iowa Senate race finds Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst tied at 43 percent. The poll is of registered voters. The NBC/Marist result is in line with the findings, viewed collectively, of three surveys conducted last month. A Quinnipiac poll had Braley ahead by 4; a Loras College poll had Ernst up by 6; and a Rasmussen poll gave Ernst a 1 point »

Annals of Democratic insanity

Featured imageIt’s a little late in the day to start keeping track of instances of Democratic insanity, but what is to be done with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s continuing effusions? Yesterday Reid gave his best impersonation of Baghdad Bob, assuring all within his hearing that “the border is secure.” Speaking after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch, Reid expanded on his assertion: “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus »

The case for an Israeli incursion into Gaza

Featured imageNow that Hamas has rejected the cease fire proposed by Egypt, the next logical step is for Israel to move into Gaza and capture and dismantle Hamas’ arsenal of rockets. It’s not clear, however, whether this is what Prime Minister Netanyahu has in mind. Netanyahu says that “when there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire.” But this could mean a continuation of Israel’s air attacks on Hamas’ arsenal, rather »

Whew! We’re Back

Featured imagePower Line was down for a while, apparently because of a denial of service attack. Thanks to Joe Malchow and the folks at Rackspace, we were not inaccessible for long. Joe is trying to get more information about the source of the attack and we will update if we learn where it came from. But I suppose we can pretty well guess. »

Berkeley Finally Achieves Complete Utopia

Featured imageI checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site.  (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?)  Nope; it appears to be on the level. Berkeley dispensaries must give free pot to poor members, city says Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured imageLast month we noted the epic hypocrisy of Greenpeace flying a senior executive to and from his home in Luxembourg to company HQ in Amsterdam.  No worries about carbon footprints for him: he’s too important. Today there’s an even better story out of the UK reported in The Telegraph: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Use More Electricity By Matthew Holehouse People who claim to worry about climate »

The ISIS-Assad alliance

Featured imageMy last post about ISIS contained this passage from a report by John Rogin: “ISIS and the regime are working together [Der al Zour], and ISIS controls the suburbs without any fear of attacks from the Syrian Arab Army.” The reported collaboration cuts against the conventional narrative in Syria. ISIS has been considered the sworn enemy of Assad — indeed, his most radical opponent. But ISIS and the regime have »

The Wagner case decision

Featured imageThis past February Paul wrote about the case of Teresa Wagner v. Carolyn Jones, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in this post. Like Paul, I had read Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal column over the previous weekend and noted that the oral argument in Ms. Wagner’s appeal was scheduled before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul the following Thursday morning. TaxProf Paul Caron picked up on »

Media Alert

Featured imageDon’t forget to tune in tomorrow morning, 6-9 Pacific, 8-11 Central, 9-12 Eastern, as I will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham show. We have a terrific lineup of guests, and much to talk about. If you don’t know where to find Laura’s show on your local radio dial, there is a station finder here. »

Sessions Warns Of “Threat to the Foundations of Our Constitutional Republic”

Featured imagePresident Obama’s deliberate subversion of the nation’s immigration laws is one of his administration’s gravest failures. Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions had this letter hand-delivered to every member of Congress. While Sessions mentions in passing the president’s current request for billions of dollars in funding for the most recent wave of illegal immigrants, his broader point is that Congress must stand up to the administration’s lawlessness: Sen. Sessions Dear Colleague PDF »

The scandal of part-time America

Featured imageMort Zuckerman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes the deceptive nature of the hype surrounding the June jobs report showing the addition of 288,000 jobs. In reality, full time jobs decreased by 523,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — a shocking number that is obscured, but hardly offset, by the addition of 800,000 part time jobs. Following the release of the June report, President Obama proclaimed, “Make »

This week in conservative history — Goldwater’s acceptance speech

Featured image50 years ago this week, Barry Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination for president with this speech. Today, it makes for a great and timely read. But the speech should really be viewed (and can be here; watch for Richard Nixon’s reactions) in order to understand its impact. The main impact of the speech, unfortunately, was to scare Americans. Indeed, although Lyndon Johnson’s campaign did a masterful job of scaring Americans »

A book for all seasons

Featured imageThomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the book of the season. Published by Harvard University Press, it is a surprise best-seller. At the time of its publication earlier this year it neatly fit Obama’s theme of the moment on income inequality. Readers seem to have abandoned the book at page 26, as Obama seems to have abandoned the theme of income inequality. As the title of his book »