CRB: “The immortal Sowell” & more

Featured image I’ve been presenting previews of the Claremont Review of Books for more than 10 years. I am taking a break from promoting my favorite magazine that is in part prompted by “the Claremont question” that Steve Hayward raised with CRB editor Charles Kesler and Berkeley Law’s Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law John Yoo in Steve’s March 17 podcast. The CRB editors have posted the following highlights of the current »

Talking about M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom

Featured image Steven Hayward just concluded his conversation with AEI’s Matt Continetti about a certain book that is just days away from publication. Hint: Steve wrote the book. Steve is not exactly a tough interview, but Matt did an excellent job in hitting the high points. AEI’s live stream was converted to the video below a few seconds ago. There is not a dull moment in it and many laughs along the »

Conservatives, Ukraine and Russia

Featured image Conservatives are currently under attack on two contradictory grounds: 1) they are pro-Vladimir Putin, and 2) they are warmongers trying to embroil the U.S. in a war against Putin. Of course, it is possible that there are some conservatives in each of these alleged camps. Still, it is odd to be attacked from two utterly antithetical directions at once. I know hundreds of conservatives, and not one of them, to »

Not funny: P.J. O’Rourke dies at 74

Featured image John O’Hara famously observed on the death of George Gershwin that he “died on July 11, 1937, but I don’t have to believe it if I don’t want to.” I feel like that hearing the news that P.J. O’Rourke died yesterday at home in New Hampshire at the age of 74. He was a gifted humorist and prolific author in the American grain. His death represents an irreplaceable loss in »

Conservative clash captures media attention

Featured image I detect an emerging trend in the anti-conservative mainstream media — using conservatives to attack other conservatives. The New York Times is leading the charge. How else does one explain the Times publishing the op-ed by “common good conservative” Adrian Vermuele attacking originalism? Or an op-ed by three leading common good (or national) conservatives attacking the Republican foreign policy establishment? The publication of the two pieces can partially be explained »

Peter Berkowitz on the “common-good” conservatism debate

Featured image I’ve written a few posts about common-good/national conservatism and its challenge to the mainstream conservative movement as it has existed since the 1960s. Two of these posts are basically summaries of presentations in a forum hosted by The New Criterion. Among other things, my posts summarized the lead, anti-common-good conservatism piece by Kim Holmes and a rebuttal by Josh Hammer. Peter Berkowitz covers this ground in an article called “The »

A black conservative perspective

Featured image A friend called my attention to a show on YouTube called “Black Conservative Perspective.” It features commentary by Greg Foreman. I enjoyed the two episodes I’ve seen, which can be viewed below. The first is a report that MSNBC might fire Joy Reid, whom Foreman calls a racist, seemingly with good reason (I’ve never seen Reid’s show — just a few clips that support Foreman’s characterization.) The second is Foreman’s »

Blue State Exodus

Featured image Everyone knows that millions of people are leaving blue states and moving to red states, but I still haven’t have heard the liberal line on the phenomenon. They have to come up with an explanation other than the obvious one–liberal policies don’t work, and create inferior living conditions–but what is it? I am all ears. Mark Perry lists the top ten states that are gaining and losing residents (raw numbers, »

Shocker: A center-leftist dislikes contemporary conservatism

Featured image David Brooks argues that what goes by the name of conservatism today is grotesque and bears no relation to what conservatives traditionally have believed. Not surprisingly, considering that this is Brooks, he begins his piece on the subject with autobiography. A socialist early in life, he says he fell in love with conservatism in his 20s because events persuaded him that, as Edmund Burke argued, “human society is unalterably complex” »

The National Conservatives, a debate [UPDATED]

Featured image In this post, I discussed “national conservatives” and their movement (if one can call it that), “common good conservatism.” The New Criterion devotes a large part of its current issue to a debate on the subject. In this post, I will present two articles criticizing national conservatives and common good conservatism. I’ll present some entries from the other side of the debate in a follow-up post. But first, here is »

George Will, race, and the “national conservatives”

Featured image George Will predicts that the current fever of racial thinking in America will break in 2022. I agree that the fever will break because it represents an irrational view of modern America, the prescriptions of which serve the interests of few Americans and, on balance, the interests of few whom it treats as victims. Will the fever break in 2022? That may be optimistic. One reason for Will’s optimism is »

Liberals Are Miserable People

Featured image They say misery loves company, and that may be why liberals always want to extend their control over everyone and everything—because they are miserable people. Thomas Byrne Edsall covers some of the survey evidence about the misery and unhappiness of liberals in a New York Times article back in October: Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. Discuss. Two similarly titled papers with markedly disparate conclusions illustrate the range of disagreement on »

We Need More Republicans Like This One

Featured image In the last few years, partly because of Trumpian outreach and partly because of Democratic Party excess, more and more minority voters are swinging to the GOP. This is a trend that we need to encourage, with constant outreach and with good candidates. One such candidate may have emerged in Nevada: world champion fighter Jessie Vargas. Vargas, 32, is an excellent boxer, with a professional record of 29 wins, three »

Uncommon Knowledge with wokebuster Glenn Loury

Featured image Glenn Loury is a voice of reason in the madhouse of higher education. He speaks with a powerful voice that is all the more powerful for its modulation. Peter Robinson sat down with him at FOX News in New York City to record an installment of his Uncommon Knowledge series last month, although it was just posted online this week. Here are the show notes: Professor Glenn Loury is in »

Critique of pure Tucker

Featured image Ten years ago Wilfred McClay explained the deep meaning of Rush Limbaugh in the Commentary essay “How to understand Rush Limbaugh.” I more or less celebrated Professor McClay’s essay in the post “Critique of pure Rush.” Ten years later Professor McClay is back with an essay/review occasioned by Tucker Carlson’s collection The Long Slide: Thirty Years in American Journalism. The review is published by First Things under the heading “Tucker »

Reporting from Restoration Weekend

Featured image The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Restoration Weekend is wrapping up this morning. It has been, as always, a fun and informative three days. The event, held at the Breakers in Palm Beach, was sold out. I don’t know how many attenders were here, but there were a lot. We didn’t catch all of the speeches, but the ones we saw were uniformly excellent. Victor Davis Hanson, Jason Whitlock, Miranda Devine, »

Down With South Dakota!

Featured image Someone named Timothy Noah has a piece in the New Republic–once a respectable magazine, but that was a long time ago–in which he denounces the state of South Dakota as a “moral sewer” and calls for its expulsion from the Union. I think the piece is intended to be sort-of-humorous, but it betrays some of the Left’s current obsessions. The substance of the article is not worth talking about. Noah »