Rashida Tlaib’s Progressive Window Dressing

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), following the lead of the insufferable Keith Ellison, opted to be inducted with a copy of the Koran for her congressional swearing-in ceremony. “My swearing in on the (Koran) is about me showing that the American people are made up of diverse backgrounds and we all have love of justice […]

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When Life and Markets Come At You Fast, Rely on the Wisdom of the Past

There has been an interesting and somewhat esoteric debate this past week between Steve Sailer and Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan. Taleb suggests that IQ is not terribly relevant nor a particularly good test of the kind of intelligence that matters, in part because of its association with spectacular failures in the field […]

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Remembering the Patton Speech That Helped Win the War

World War II history is rich with some of the finest, most historically significant speeches of the 20th century. President Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech the day after the Pearl Harbor attacks; General Dwight Eisenhower’s ordering of the D-Day Normandy invasion; and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “We Shall Never Surrender” address to Parliament’s House […]

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Snowflakes or Mistletoe?

Baby, it’s cold everywhere these days, outside and inside. The #MeToo movement has put flirting and romance into a deep freeze. Men across the country fear the ramifications of holding a door open for a woman, let alone pouring her a Christmas cocktail. There’s ice, ice baby in feminists’ veins. What’s a man to do […]

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Western Leaders Pervert History in Recalling World War I

No sooner was President Trump derided for “brightening” upon Vladimir Putin’s arrival at the Armistice Day centenary last month than he canceled his planned meeting with Russia’s president at the recent G20 summit. This left Putin to high-five Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a gesture, no doubt intended to troll the Western hypocrites […]

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The Crisis of the Republicans Divided

To understand the Republican Party today, in all its cluelessness, one needs to know what it was when it was founded. One needs to know what went into the making of “the party of Lincoln”—less the details of the history than the great crisis of America that was involved. I would argue that the Slave […]

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On Revolutions and Civil Wars

In a recent essay for American Greatness, Ken Masugi refers to my book on American’s past Civil War in order to shed light on the question of whether we are already engaged in a new civil war, or will be soon. First, civil wars are of two types: Those in which the fundamental form of […]

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George H.W. Bush and the Failure of American Foreign Policy

Amidst the lavish praise for the late president, George H.W. Bush, allow me to offer a contrarian view. As we learned from the funeral of the non-president, John McCain, the leftist media has rarely met an ineffective Republican politician they didn’t want to celebrate when he passed, no matter what they’d said about him during […]

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Are We Facing a New Civil War or Just Continuing the Old One?

The passing of George H. W. Bush might be a cause to reflect more deeply on his famous civility and its relation to the coming of a new civil war with which we are threatened today. Was his own “thousand points of light” and his son, W’s, “compassionate conservatism” the best response to the threats […]

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Trump’s Nationalism Defined

Nationalism is back. President Trump proudly proclaims it with his America First stance. He’s quite explicit about it, too. “You know what I am?” he told a crowd at a rally ahead of the midterms. “I’m a nationalist, OK?” Meantime, proponents of nationalism are on the rise in countries from Hungary to Poland in Eastern […]

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