Sanctimony as a Conservative Principle

Reposted with permission from the Claremont Review of Books. I admit to a bit of disappointment at the reaction to my two prior articles. I went into the agora with the hope of getting flayed by good arguments. Instead I got ankle-bitten on Twitter. What is it with conservatives and Twitter anyway? The enstupification of […]

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What’s Truly De·plor·a·ble

The “most qualified” candidate for president is briefed on bombings in New York and New Jersey and the best she can muster is: “I think it’s always wiser to wait to until you have information for making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened,” and, “Well I […]

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The 9/11 Awakening That Still Needs to Happen

  Five years ago, on what was the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country, I offered this reflection as I recalled the horror of that day. The confidence that assures the vulnerable and makes them forget their condition was shaken. We were all vulnerable now. In truth, however, this was not […]

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American Candidates Abroad

It is difficult to imagine a better day on the campaign trail for Donald Trump than August 31, 2016. Future historians will recall it as the day when a skeptical American public saw a palpable contrast between the real Trump and the cartoon image—not even drawn but merely “phoned in”— by a tired and arrogant Hillary Clinton campaign. […]

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A Cosmopolitain Hillbilly Tries to Understand the Race Problem in America

When I saw that J.D. Vance, the author of the widely (and justly) acclaimed Hillbilly Elegy, had written an essay examining why racial relations in America have deteriorated, I thought: “Ah, now we are getting somewhere. This will have some important insights.” I had good reason for thinking so. As I read Vance’s memoir in […]

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