Join the NormCons or Die

The political Right has always tolerated more intellectual variety than the Left ever will. It is one of our greatest strategic strengths but it’s also a tactical weakness. Unlike the Left—which will compromise principles and even reality to come together and win a fight—we actually adhere to our beliefs and refuse to compromise them for […]

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How the GOP Can Become the Party of Labor

In many ways, politics is about scoring points and, right now, there are a lot of points on the table up for grabs. While Republicans and Democrats quibble about minutiae—does Trump have the power to declare a national emergency? Is the president responsible for the shutdown or does the blame fall on Democrats in Congress? […]

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What the Covington High Schoolers Taught America

What is the real lesson of the Covington Catholic School incident last week at the Lincoln Memorial? Decent Americans are rightly appalled at the deliberate lies propagated by the “mainstream” media, the knee-jerk surrender to Leftist narratives by allegedly “conservative” commentators, and the resultant abuse and death threats hurled at children and their families since […]

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Call-Out Conservatives Join the Left’s Lynch Mob

When I first started writing for National Review in 2015, Nick Frankovich was my editor. He always was kind and professional, offering advice on how I could develop my nascent writing style. Although we never met in person, he appeared to be cautious and reserved. I know he is a man of deep faith and […]

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What Young Men of Courage Teach Us about Ourselves

You might have seen a headline or two about how “Students in Trump Hats Mock Native American.” The story is a carefully crafted piece of propaganda, with a deceptive image and edited video at its core. As Daniel McCarthy points out, “it was a tale perfectly tailored to liberal biases: white Catholic teenagers in MAGA […]

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MAGA and the Pro-Life Movement Need Each Other

Many MAGA adherents may think pro-lifers are whiny or too focused only on abortion. But without the right to life, the reinvigoration of a recognition of the people’s sovereignty that the MAGA-types yearn for is but a wistful dream and useless to boot; for the right to life precedes all other rights. And while pro-lifers […]

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Populism, Elitism, and the Principle of Human Equality

We can’t seem to get away from populism in today’s political discussions. People disagree about what the term means, but R.R. Reno put it concisely: “populism . . . is by definition anti-elite.” The problem is there are two ways to see populism. One can be anti-elite in the sense that one thinks the elites […]

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The Causes of Steve King’s Moral Relativism

In the course of their public responsibilities and acting on concrete political problems, Congressmen should know better than to ask abstract questions—particularly when in the company of New York Times reporters with no inclination to give them the benefit of the doubt. At best, this from Steve King, seemed another provocation: “White nationalist, white supremacist, […]

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Boy George: NeverTrump Columnist Becomes an Obama Groupie

No European nation,” writes George Will in a recent column, “was as enchanted as Germany was by Barack Obama’s studied elegance and none is more repelled by Donald Trump’s visceral vulgarity.” Just so Millennials know, the Washington Journalism Review once proclaimed Will the “best writer, any subject” and in 2017 Andrew Ferguson hailed him as the […]

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Market Fundamentalism or Love of Country?

Tucker Carlson’s much-discussed monologue last week leaves much to be desired. But factual errors or rhetorical excesses are not why it attracted vociferous criticism on the American Right. What really set the critics off is Tucker’s underlying moral premise: American republicanism sometimes requires public restraint of private vice, even in the sphere of economics. The […]

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