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The Yarbrough citation

Featured image Dealing in our own way with Obama’s long goodbye, John and I have drawn on the twisted catalog of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks to ask: “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?” We won’t miss President Obama if he ever goes away, but the point remains. Professor Jean Yarbrough is Gary M. Pendy, Sr., Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Government and Legal Studies »

Hayward revisited

Featured image Our own Steve Hayward (@stevenfhayward) wears his learning lightly, but he is a learned man. Putting my insomnia to good use last night, I revisited Steve’s interview with Bill Kristol on Ronald Reagan and the study of statesmanship (video below, about 65 minutes, transcript posted here). Watching the interview this time around I was struck by the books mentioned in the course of the discussion. Steve’s own books — Churchill »

The Arab-Israel conflict for dummies

Featured image Dennis Prager gave the Prager U short course on the Arab-Israeli conflict in the video below in 2014. Events have overtaken and complicated the larger context of the story, but the point remains accurate: Israelis want to live in peace and are willing to accept a neighboring Palestinian state. And most Palestinians do not want Israel to exist. Dennis does not dispute the mythology of “Palestinian” Arab identity. He accepts »

Who Is Responsible for “Normalizing Tyrants”?

Featured image A couple weeks back over at The Conversation, Prof. John Broich of Case Western Reserve University spun out a piece about how the American media “normalized” Hitler and Mussolini back in the day. Although the article doesn’t mention Trump, the implication of the piece is clear. Broich is not wrong to point out how much of the American media simply didn’t recognize Hitler for what he was: When Hitler’s party »

Coming in 2017: Scrutopia!

Featured image We’re always happy here to promote the various fellowship programs aimed for students and young professionals, like the Claremont Institute’s Publius, Lincoln, and Marshall Fellows (deadlines in late February or early March); the Hertog Fellows programs; AEI’s summer honors program; and the many terrific student programs of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). It was this embarrassment of riches that prompted Molly Worthen to ask in the New York Times recently, »

A Whitaker Chambers Xmas revisited

Featured image Reviewing the recommended reading list posted in the spirit of the season by our friends at American Greatness, I was reminded that a friend asked me to recommend a book about Whittaker Chambers as a Christmas gift for her smartly conservative daughter a few years ago. Chambers stands at the center of an incredible drama and four fantastic books that I know of about him. There is still much to »

Praise for Tevi Troy’s “Shall We Wake the President?”

Featured image Jeffrey Gedmin at the Weekly Standard has written a highly favorable review of Tevi Troy’s excellent book Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office. We have discussed the book here. Stanley Kurtz praised it here. Shall We Wake the President also made Yuval Levin’s list of best books of the year. Here is what Yuval said: This is a book about the president’s »

Patriotism is plenty

Featured image Our colleague Steve Hayward is the author of a brand new book called Patriotism Is Not Enough. I finished a pre-publication copy this weekend and strongly recommend it. Patriotism may not be enough, but it is plenty — at least in Poland. The Washington Post has a story about the alleged evils inflicted by Poland’s populist government. The Post’s Anthony Faiola bills what’s happening in Poland as “a harbinger of »

Trump can’t help it; he prefers extremely successful people

Featured image The mainstream media seems upset with Donald Trump for picking very rich people and successful generals for key positions in his administration. Where are the lawyers, the college professors, the public administrators, and the activists? In a more rational world, it would be hard to argue with Trump’s preference for people who have been extremely successful in the business world and the military. These backgrounds are no guarantee of success »

Pearl Harbor remembered

Featured image One hundred and three year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing was serving on the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. On CNN, Jake Tapper invited former Lieutenant Downing to discuss the Japanese attack on the American fleet on the 75th anniversary. Downing testifies: “It’s frozen in our minds the destruction that took place that morning…Somehow that image of the attack is frozen in »

Remembering Roddie Edmonds

Featured image Steve Hayward’s book Patriotism Is Not Enough is forthcoming on February 14, 2017. The book is rich in reflections occasioned by a close reading of the intellectual history Steve takes up. In the introduction Steve quotes Walter Berns’s understanding of the Founders to the effect that “the making of patriots cannot be left to chance.” Later in the book Steve writes that “the tyrant of the ‘liberated self’ cannot be »

Dayton’s stormy Tuesday

Featured image In 1994 or so one of my daughters was in school with one of Mark Dayton’s sons. Dayton was serving his last year as state auditor. At a silent auction to raise funds for the school, Dayton contributed Power Lunch for 2 with Mark Dayton at the Minneapolis Club. As the auction was winding down, I noticed that not a single person had entered a bid on it. So I »

Justice Stras remembers his grandfather

Featured image The Twin Cities Cardozo Society is an affinity group of Jewish lawyers and judges who contribute to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation or the United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul. Its annual dinner has turned into a great event that features awards to two attorneys for personal and professional excellence. It also traditionally features a nationally renowned keynote speaker. This year’s speaker was a little different thanks to of »

Happy Thanksgiving

Featured image We pause to give thanks Sarah Josepha Hale, the 74-year-old magazine editor who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, »

CRB: Voice of civilization

Featured image We conclude our preview of the Fall issue of the Claremont Review of Books today with the essay by Algis Valiunas on Edward Gibbons’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Algis is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis. Algis is also a learned essayist whose work regularly appears in the CRB. His essay on Gibbon »

First Lady-elect meets First Lady

Featured image Melania Trump met yesterday with Michelle Obama at the White House. I doubt that two more physically attractive women have ever met in this context. The meeting went very well, according to all accounts. I suspect that’s what “all accounts” would say regardless of how the meeting actually went. However, I’d be very surprised if Michelle Obama was other than gracious and helpful to Melania Trump. The First Lady has »

Hayward unbound

Featured image Below is the complete video of Bill Kristol’s conversation with Steve Hayward about the study of Ronald Reagan and statesmanship. The video is also posted here at Conversations with Bill Kristol. The transcript is posted here. Listen and learn. If you dropped an obnoxious comment about Bill Kristol or Steve Hayward on Steve’s post of the video, I have banned you as a commenter. The same applies here. Quotable quote: »