Leftism

Is There Any Basis For Consensus In American Public Life?

Featured image Barbara Bush’s death prompted an outpouring of respect and affection on the part of many Americans. But that was not a universal response. Professor Randa Jarrar of California State University, Fresno, denounced Mrs. Bush as a “racist.” This engendered some criticism, so Professor Jarrar doubled down: The people of California pay Professor Jarrar to teach hate to college students. Presumably the administrators of California’s university system and the state’s ruling »

Is It History, Or Is It Propaganda?

Featured image Fox News reports on an AP American History textbook that tells our kids what happened in the 2016 presidential election. From Hillary Clinton’s point of view, of course: Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, who saw a copy of the book sent to her school, told Fox News she was “appalled” after seeing how “blatantly biased” the newest edition of “By the People: A History of »

Laura Ingraham thrives

Featured image Mediaite reports that Laura Ingraham maintained her ratings in her first week back from vacation following the ad boycott launched against her show prompted by that kid and the anti-gun movement. Ingraham had more viewers than Mad Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s host in the same time slot, and twice as many viewers as CNN’s entry, “CNN Tonight.” As for sponsors, one has returned so far. Ace Hardware will resume its sponsorship. »

Zuckerberg Speaks

Featured image Today Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees. Hanging over his appearance was the question whether Congress will enact new regulations on companies like Facebook. Zuckerberg was entirely open to the concept; if you are a monopolist, submitting to regulation simply cements your position. What is striking to me is the childlike faith that so many have in “regulation.” What regulation seems almost »

Can Internet Oligarchs Tilt the Playing Field to the Left?

Featured image In January 2005, I participated in a conference at Harvard’s Kennedy School on new media. A number of seminal internet figures were there–the founder of Wikipedia, a guy who was regarded as the original blogger, and others, along with some academics. The only “old media” person I recall being there was Jill Abramson of the New York Times, who seemed depressed. At one point, another participant who was also a »

Lessons from the Kevin Williamson affair

Featured image Scott has written about the firing of Kevin Williamson by Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic’s editor fired Williamson for having expressed the opinion that women (though not all of them) who get abortions should be hanged. In my view, this position, if not beyond the pale, is near the pale’s boundary. However, as Scott pointed out, Williamson had taken it before Atlantic hired him, and Goldberg knew this. Moreover, virtually all »

“Christian privilege” — the next frontier [UPDATED]

Featured image There’s a new privilege for malcontents to obsess over: Christian privilege. The phenomenon must be real because George Washington University is holding a program about it: How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians? Even with the separation of Church and State, are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians? How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited »

The left fails to take down Laura Ingraham

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the kerfuffle involving Laura Ingraham and David Hogg, teenage anti-gun advocate and survivor of the Parkland school shooting. As most of our readers are probably aware, Ingraham came under fire for poking fun at Hogg after he talked about his rejection by certain colleges he applied to. Hogg disclosed that he had been rejected by UCLA and a few other institutions. Ingraham then »

Seven reactions to the “March for our Lives”

Featured image Paul passed on seven observations on the “March for our lives.” Having slept on it for a couple of nights, I have seven seven personal reactions to offer as a counterpart. 1. I hate being lectured. 2. I hate being lectured in a tone of moral superiority. 3. I hate being lectured by preening ignoramuses. 4. I hate being lectured by teenagers who know next to nothing and who demand »

How the left fell short in Illinois race

Featured image Dave Weigel reports on last week’s Democratic primary in Illinois’ third congressional district. The seat is held by Daniel Lipinski. He’s a pro-life Democrat and a moderate, at least in the eyes of progressives. TPM, the left-wing website, says Lipinski “has spent his career sticking his fingers in the eyes of progressives, vocally bucking his party on everything from abortion to Obamacare to gay rights.” The district encompasses much of »

Seven observations on the “March for Our Lives” protest

Featured image I didn’t go to the children’s anti-gun march in Washington today, having paid my dues at the women’s anti-Trump march on inauguration weekend. However, Jarrett Stepman of the Daily Signal attended. He provides seven takeaways, none of which will surprise readers. The seven are: 1. It was a left-wing event. 2. It was well-organized and well-funded. 3. Prayer was ridiculed. 4. Those who disagree with the protesters were condemned as »

Influential Dem operative “stands with McCabe” even if he’s guilty

Featured image Ron Klain is a longtime Democratic operative. Among other important posts, he served as chief of staff to two vice presidents, Al Gore and Joe Biden. Klain is a personable guy. He was liked and respected by conservatives I know who dealt with him during the Clinton years. These days, though, Klain is so committed to the anti-Trump resistance that guilt and innocence don’t matter to him anymore, at least »

Hating whitey at Stanford

Featured image That’s the title of this article by Rod Dreher. Actually, the article doesn’t show contempt for Whitey at Stanford, just for poor or rural whites from the South. Other whites may be okay at Stanford as long as they keep their heads down and aren’t into the American flag. Dreher’s article is based on this report from the Stanford Review: A week ago, residents of Enchanted Broccoli Forest [apparently the »

The Obama Department of Labor in its tenth year

Featured image I’ve written a series of posts about how the Department of Labor under Alex Acosta has barely lifted a finger to overturn the radical policies and practices of the Obama DOL. Acosta has left former president Obama’s Administrative Review Board, the DOL’s appellate court, in place. He has refused to disturb the pro-illegal immigrant polices of Obama and former DOL Secretary Tom Perez. Acosta changed the Obama administration’s interpretation of »

California’s Suicide, the Cartoon Version

Featured image Steve has been writing about California’s suicide attempt, most recently here and here. There can’t have been many places in world history blessed with as many natural advantages as California, but that state’s far-left governing class is rapidly destroying its seemingly invincible heritage. Michael Ramirez tells the story in graphic form (click to enlarge). It is hard to foresee a happy ending for California: »

Whose Fantasy of the Past?

Featured image Joy Reid, a leftist writing at the Daily Beast, has a column titled “The Right Can’t Fight the Future.” It is an odd mingling of triumphalism and paranoia, a combination we see often on the left. It is the sort of thing we have seen a thousand times–the inevitable victory of leftism, never mind the USSR, East Germany, North Korea, Venezuela, and so on. But some found Reid’s column impressive, »

Anthem protests fail to catch on [UPDATED]

Featured image The recently completed NFL season was marred, in the opinion of many, by players taking a knee during the National Anthem. To what extent has this gesture, or similar shows of protest, spilled over to other sporting events at which the Anthem is played? The answer, as far as I can tell, is that it hasn’t spilled over at all. The playing of the Anthem was observed immaculately at the »