The Week @ Yale: The Eternal Return of Socialism

Featured image For those of you in the New Haven area, I am returning to Yale this week for the latest installment of my lecture series for the William F. Buckley Program at Yale, this time on the topic “Liberalism vs. ‘Neoliberalism’: Why Is Socialism Popular Again?” The lecture will go off Thursday at 4:30 pm in WLH 116, at 100 Wall Street, right in the middle of campus. If you’re not »

Communications Director Sought

Featured image My organization, Center of the American Experiment, is hiring a new full-time communications director. If you live in Minnesota or are willing to do so, it will be a fun position. Among many other things, you get to write scripts for radio ads and design billboards. We are hiring through Talent Market, an awesome free-market service. The job’s advantages are 1) you can be part of a rapidly growing, impactful, »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 102: Is “Post-Modern Conservatism” an Oxymoron?

Featured image This week you’re really in for it, as I decided to offer up another of my lectures on conservative thought at Yale for the William F. Buckley Program. Steve decides to tackle the “P-word”—Postmodernism. The term is overused, vague, and, like so many other things, badly corrupted by the left. In fact, the useable parts of it are actually old conservative ideas in some respects—a fresh vindication of Samuel Johnson’s »

Death of the Standard: A personal note [with concurrence by Paul]

Featured image I was a charter subscriber to the Weekly Standard in 1995 and have kept up my subscription ever since. Founded by Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, the Standard delivered smart journalism produced by many of the best conservative writers (including the three founders). Among the stellar writers and reporters on its staff I would cite Andrew Ferguson (in a class by himself), Christopher Caldwell, Philip Terzian, Matt Continetti »

Weekly Standard, RIP

Featured image The Weekly Standard has been shut down. Rod Dreher’s view is similar to mine: Fairly or not, Bill Kristol is the brand. That’s simply the truth — and when Kristol did ugly, indefensible things, like accusing Tucker Carlson of defending slavery, it reflected on the magazine, even though he was no longer its editor. The Standard was relentlessly anti-Trump, which I never understood. Never-Trumpism strikes me as a mental disorder. »

Uhlmann’s Conquest

Featured image A week or ten days back we linked to Michael Uhlmann’s speech to the Claremont Institute on “The Struggle Ahead“—the “struggle” being the ongoing political battle to preserve our constitutional order from the predations of the contemporary left that hates the Constitution and its principles. But we were remiss in not including an excerpt from Claremont Institute president Ryan Williams’ introduction of Michael, which offered a summary of some of Michael’s »

The virtue of nationalism

Featured image President Trump came under the usual hyperbolic assaults a few weeks ago for defending the virtue of nationalism. As it happens, Yoram Hazony is the author, most recently, of a new book by that name (i.e., The Virtue of Nationalism). He is a conservative and, I think, one of Israel’s leading public intellectuals. If not the latter, he is certainly one of Israel’s leading lights. Taking up the theme of »

Donald Trump recommends

Featured image Reviewing President Trump’s Twitter feed to check his latest pronouncements on the so-called caravan, I find that he recommends the November 18 installment of Mark Levin’s FOX News show with Victor Davis Hanson. I have embedded video of the show below. Trump noted that Professor Hanson “was a very good and interesting guest” on the show and also recommended his most recent book, The Second World Wars, as well as »

This Week @ Yale

Featured image With all of the holiday commotion I have neglected to put up notice here of my final visit to Yale for this semester, this Tuesday at 4:30, in the same location as before (WLH 207, 100 Wall Street). Sponsored by the William F. Buckley Program, I’ll be giving a lecture on the topic of equality. I’m going to begin with the droll opening line from Peter deVries’s novel The Prick »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 97: Conservative Fight Club!

Featured image Just in time for the weekend, by popular demand (or at least the social media pleadings of show fanboy Seth Root), another special episode of the Power Line Show featuring—me. Now I know what you’re thinking from the title, and you’d be wrong: the first rule of Conservative Fight Club is that you never shut up about Conservative Fight Club! In this recent lecture of my series on conservatism for »

Memo to the Left: You’ll Never Be Sir Roger Scruton Cool

Featured image Up in our Picks section we have Douglas Murray writing about the latest politically correct attacks on Roger Scruton (“That’s SIR Roger, to you, buddy!”—ed.). I had been wanting to write about this myself, since I operate on the general theme that Sir Roger is enjoying a slow but steady vindication in his old age. (He just turned 75, he reminded me when I caught up with him in Washington »

Announcement: Me @ University of San Diego

Featured image For Power Line readers in the San Diego area, have I got the deal for you! And it’s free. Next Tuesday I’ll be delivering the annual Joan E. Bowles-James Madison Distinguished Lecture at the University of San Diego, at 6 pm. And as suggested above, it is free and open to the public. You can get all of the location details and such at this link (which you should pass »

This Week @ Yale

Featured image After the election is over tomorrow, I’ll be returning to Yale for the next installment of my lecture series there for the William F. Buckley Program, this time on the provocative title, “Justice Without Hyphens: The Dead End of Post-Modernism.” Yup, I’m planning to throw down, Jordan Peterson-style. Here’s a sample from the lecture to whet your appetite: It is not easy to get your hands around just what we »


Featured image I have returned from Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit, the first part of which I wrote about here, including our visit to the White House. A highlight of the second half of the event was the announcement of “Blexit,” a new project spearheaded by Candace Owens. What is Blexit? BLEXIT is a frequency for those who have released themselves from the political orthodoxy. It is a rebellion led »

At the White House As Trump Addresses the Bomber

Featured image I am in Washington to attend Turning Point USA’s first-ever Young Black Leadership Summit. Today’s highlight was a visit to the White House, where President Trump addressed the group in the East Room. We arrived at the East Entrance to the White House around 9:30, started going through security at 10:00, and were in the White House proper by 10:30 or so. The event was scheduled to begin at 11:00; »

Coming Out Day

Featured image This is National Coming Out Day. I’ve seen a fair amount about it on Instagram. Whatever. But a friend sent me this graphic, which celebrates a more dangerous form of coming out: Coming Out Day also reminds me of this classic YouTube video, which launched Candace Owens’s career as a conservative activist: There has been a lot of coming out lately, some of it prompted by the disgraceful display to »

Fight Back Against Campus Leftism!

Featured image No one who reads this site needs to be told that far leftists dominate America’s college campuses and are warping the minds of a generation of young people. The question is, what can we do about it? On Monday evening, Alan Dershowitz delivered a stirring defense of free speech to an audience of 770 at an event sponsored by my organization, Center of the American Experiment. I wrote about it »