Coates’s moment

Featured image Ta-Nehesi Coates was awarded the National Book Award (non-fiction) for Between the World and Me on Wednesday night. It is an utterly abominable book. I wrote about it in the City Journal column “An updated racial hustle.” Christopher Caldwell nailed it in the Weekly Standard. Anthony Daniels administered justice to it in the New Criterion. Most recently, Bill Voegeli took a learned whack at it in the Claremont Review of »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll calls this one “Things That Make You Go “WHAT??…” She takes a winding path to an inspirational destination: So, I’m drivin’ along on my last big road trip between Arizona and Minnesota and I come to some merged lanes, rapidly-descending speed limits, and the usual ten guys leaning on the shovel while two or three work on a very small section of road with many miles conveniently blocked »

Hillary Doubles Down On Clueless

Featured imageHillary Clinton delivered a speech today to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She discussed terrorism extensively, taking time (like her boss) to ridicule Republicans for referring to radical Islam: Reading her speech at a brisk clip from a teleprompter at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, she slowed momentarily to mock three words – “radical Islamic terrorism” – that Republicans often accuse President Barack »

When a moment of silence is too much to ask

Featured imageThe Paris terrorists attacks occurred during a six day period of “international” soccer matches — i.e., contests between national teams. In fact, one of the attacks was directed at the Stade de France, where France was hosting Germany. During the remaining matches, there was supposed to be a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks. Unfortunately, this was too much to ask of many Muslim »

A Modest Proposal from Robbie George

Featured imageRobert P. George is the McCormack Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton (the chair originally created for Woodrow Wilson a person we can no longer mention at Princeton), and the founder and director of the James Madison Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions there (that is, as long as we can still mention James Madison at Princeton), which offers conservative counter-programming on Princeton’s campus. Robbie has a modest proposal that »

A copycat league

Featured imageThe Ivy League has long been a copycat league, especially when it comes to its students. In the late 1960s, Dartmouth’s radical activists consciously copied our Harvard counterparts. However, Dartmouth’s administration, learning from Harvard’s response, handled our takeover of the administration building with more savvy, thus avoiding much of the post-takeover turmoil we had hoped to generate. Flash forward 45 years or so, and we see black protests over nothing »

Civil War on the Left, Part 24

Featured imageBy the usual train of serendipitous internet wanderings, I ran across The Kinfolk Kollective, which uses K in the same sense as “Amerika” back in the 1960s. The subtitle gives the first hint of coming attractions: “All skinfolk ain’t kinfolk. Where do you stand?” The post I stumbled into is an attack on Caitlyn Jenner—from the left. Jenner’s sin, apparently, is remaining a Republican and not genuflecting sufficiently in the »

Are American Universities Overrated?

Featured imagePeriodic surveys of higher education around the world usually find American universities dominating the top of the lists. But I wonder whether they deserve this high esteem—especially after the last two weeks. European and Chinese universities tend to feature more large, rote-learning lecture classes, sometime with as many as 800 students in the lecture hall. That’s not teaching; that’s just a large TED talk. Seminars and interactive discussion are much »

Harry Reid under investigation by Utah prosecutor

Featured imageA Utah county prosecutor says he is investigating Sen. Harry Reid in connection with a pay-to-play scheme involving two former Utah attorneys general. The prosecutor investigating Reid is Troy Rawlings of Davis County, a Republican. The former Utah attorneys general are Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, both Republicans. The two were arrested last summer after prosecutors accused them of engaging in a wide-ranging scheme through which they traded favors with »

Stockman Agonistes

Featured imageEveryone’s pretty much forgotten about David Stockman, the supposed wunderkind director of OMB under President Reagan. If’s he’s remembered at all it’s for becoming a traitor to Reagan’s supply-side economic policy in 1981, with a series of ill-advised conversations with left-wing journalist William Greider, then of The Atlantic. I call Stockman a “supposed” wunderkind because his intellectual probity and general disposition have always been unstable if not unsound. I observed »

(No) Good Mockin’ Tonight [updated]

Featured imageFive stand-up comedians performing at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory subjected Madam Hillary to rude mockery. Who do these people think they are? What country do they think they’re living in? Madam Hillary holds no office, but she wields the royal prerogative. No court jesters allowed. That’s no lady, that’s my queen! Judicial Watch concisely summarizes the story: A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted »

Who Are We Letting Out of Prison?

Featured imageHere in California, the federal courts have ruled that California’s overcrowded prisons amount to violation of the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment,” and rather than build more prisons, California is releasing a large number of inmates. This coincides with the national move to “de-incarcerate.” Who are we letting out? The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has a website where you can scroll through the names of inmates »

More “Legitimate” Terror?

Featured imageIn Israel today, five people were murdered and more wounded in two separate terrorist attacks. In southern Tel Aviv, an Arab terrorist murdered two Jews at prayer and wounded a third. In Gush Etzion region, just south of Jerusalem, terrorists shot three people fatally and wounded seven more. Several of the victims, including one of the dead, are reported to be Americans. This is, of course, the same Islamic terrorism »

The French government steps up its game

Featured imageOn Sunday, I posted a discussion by Paris lawyer (and Power Line reader) James Gillespie of the measures taken by the French government in response to the Paris attacks, and the legal underpinnings of these measures. Since then, of course, the government has conducted a highly visible (and successful) raid in Saint Denis, just outside of Paris. This, one strongly suspects, is just the tip of the iceberg. To get »

Trump at Gettysburg

Featured imageToday is the 152nd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, and leave it to the people at Funny or Die? to render Donald Trump’s version: Thanks. What an incredible crowd. They tell me this is the biggest crowd in the history of the North. A while back some founders got together. And I mean they were good people but they really didn’t know anything about building a country. C’mon, you know, »

National Review, the Musical! [Updated With Comment by John]

Featured imageIf Broadway can turn Alexander Hamilton’s life story into a rap musical, then why can’t we turn National Review‘s 60th anniversary into a musical number as well? Here it is: NR asked me to contribute a short item to the 60th anniversary issue on what one book stands out for having influenced my thinking at a young age, and I selected C.S. Lewis’s Abolition of Man. Since it’s behind a »

An open letter to President Hanlon

Featured imageThe Dartmouth College Republicans have promulgated an open letter to the president and trustees of Dartmouth College. The letter smartly heightens the internal contradictions of Hanlonism, i.e., the college’s pronouncements to students and alumni following the rampage of the Black Lives Matter mob through Baker-Berry Library last week: It is with great sadness and the utmost disappointment that we find ourselves having to write this letter. As the Dartmouth College »