Conservatism

No Safe Spaces: See It!

Featured image No Safe Spaces is a terrific documentary about the Left’s assault on free speech. It stars Dennis Prager and Adam Corolla, and is directed by my friend Justin Folk. My organization, Center of the American Experiment, held a pre-screening of the film in Minneapolis last Summer. We sold out a 368-seat theater and the movie got a great reception. I wrote about the event here. Having seen No Safe Spaces, »

Jailbreak in Red States

Featured image Daniel Horowitz asks: “Who needs George Soros when you have Republicans. . .enacting his number one agenda item – de-incarceration?” Horowitz’s case in point is Oklahoma: The Koch-funded “conservative” organizations have convinced Oklahoma Republicans to embark on a one-sided mission of prison release rather than stemming the tide of growing crime. They have made them feel guilty about having the highest incarceration rate of any state. Yet rather than identifying »

Claremont Awarded National Humanities Medal

Featured image The White House announced today the forthcoming recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal, and one recipient stands out: The Claremont Institute for championing the Nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds. Its publications and public events have deepened our understanding and appreciation of American freedom, democracy, justice, and rule of law. The Claremont Institute is only the second think tank ever awarded the National Humanities »

Restoration Report

Featured image I am en route home from the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Restoration Weekend in Palm Beach, Florida. This was my first Restoration Weekend, but it won’t be my last. It was an intense three days; I can’t begin to do it justice in a post but will try to touch on a few highlights that may be of interest to our readers. * David Horowitz, at age 80, remains a »

Restoration

Featured image I am in Palm Beach for David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend. I will be on a panel tomorrow morning, the title of which is “A Look Ahead to 2020, the Election the Media and Our Future.” Which should be a broad enough topic to keep us going for a while. If any of our readers are attending Restoration Weekend, please be sure to look me up. I will be here through »

A Victory For the Forces of Good

Featured image This is a great example of why we are so fortunate to have a Trump administration instead of a Clinton administration. It has to do with how severely disabled people are cared for. Some years ago, Republicans and Democrats came together with a good idea: severely disabled people, usually children, were being institutionalized at extraordinary cost. If those disabled people could be cared for at home, by mothers and others »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 151: Phase Three for the Conservative Movement?

Featured image Whither American conservatism is the question on everyone’s mind these days. Recently I gave a short talk about this topic with the central thought that the American conservative movement was now entering a distinct third phase of its modern existence, though I took the opportunity to say a few words about my first mentor, the late M. Stanton Evans, and what can be learned from his disposition, which was ahead »

We’re in E.J. Dionne’s head, he wants into ours

Featured image There’s a certain kind of liberal who likes to tell conservatives what they should think about this or that matter in order to be true to conservatism. He has no counterpart on the other side of the political divide. I know of no conservative who gets off on telling liberals what they should think about anything. We tend to confine ourselves to pointing out liberal hypocrisy. What explains this difference »

The Power Line Show, Special Bonus Episode: “Bronze Age Decius?,” and Scott on His Visit with the President

Featured image This special bonus double-episode tests the proposition that a good podcast format is a conversation among friends at a bar—because that’s exactly what the first segment of this show offers. Last week I was overseas on the joint cruise of the Claremont Institute and the Pacific Research Institute, both celebrating their 40th anniversary this fall. Following a day tromping around Florence taking in the scenes of various locales for Niccolò Machiavelli, »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 148: Age of Iron: On National Conservatism, with Colin Dueck

Featured image Nationalism is the subject of the moment, and both the term and the idea come with more baggage than Paris Hilton and Khloe Kardashian after an afternoon of shopping on Rodeo Drive. I’ve had a few things to say about this controversial topic myself, but I am delighted to feature as this week’s special guest Colin Dueck of George Mason University, who is the author of a new book coming »

Mike Uhlmann, RIP

Featured image Very sad news on Tuesday of the passing of Michael Uhlmann, one of the unsung heroes of the conservative movement since the 1960s. It is not easy to convey the insight and virtue of this energetic and magnanimous man, or to do justice to his significant impact, almost always behind the scenes because of his modest and self-effacing manner. A precis of his bio, drawn from Ryan Williams’s introduction of »

Reporting From the Black Leadership Summit

Featured image Yesterday my wife and I attended Turning Point USA’s Black Leadership Summit, including a visit to the White House and a small dinner afterward. Like last year’s event, which I reported on here, it was an inspiring day. The White House event took place in the East Room. It took an hour or so to get through security, but it was a beautiful afternoon in D.C. and the crowd was »

CPAC Comes to Town

Featured image As I noted on Tuesday, the American Conservative Union put on a 9/11 commemorative program last night in Minnesota. It was an excellent show, attended by around 300 people, including a number of Power Line readers. This is the program in its entirety, around four hours. My panel with Ed Morrissey starts at 1:40, Senate candidate Jason Lewis comes on at 3:48, and pillow magnate Mike Lindell closes the show »

What Is Socialism?

Featured image Many, like us, are appalled that some politicians now openly advocate the failed system of socialism, while they and others try to deny the obvious fact that free enterprise has enriched the lives of billions of people. One is tempted to chalk such opinions up to an abysmal ignorance of history. But something else is going on, too. The meaning of “socialism” has evolved; or, one might say, it is »

George Will’s Triumph

Featured image By special request, my long review (almost 4,000 words) of George Will’s big new book, The Conservative Sensibility, is out from behind the paywall at the Claremont Review of Books. Everyone should buy this book and actually read it: it is built to last, and, as I say early in the review, it “deserves to take its place with such classics as Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom (1944) and »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 137: Burke, Lincoln, and the Politics of Prudence with Greg Weiner

Featured image “Prudence” is not just something Dana Carvey liked to lampoon back when President George H.W. Bush was in office. Rather, it is the highest and most essential quality of those superb human beings we used to call “statesmen” before political science and history banished both terms in a fit of egalitarian madness that has yet to abate in our leading intellectual circles. One antidote to this narrowing of our horizons »

Conservative internationalism?

Featured image Liberals who offer advice to conservatives are best ignored. Almost invariably, they want to advance liberal interests, not conservative ones. This rule of thumb applies to Anne Applebaum’s column called “Conservative intellectuals are at a turning point: Normalize Trump or resist him?” The title itself is nonsensical. The opposite of “resist” isn’t “normalize,” whatever that means. The opposite of “resist” is “support” or “embrace,” and conservatives also have options that »