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Posted: August 25, 2015
The original Tea Party was neither a political organization nor a populist movement. It was a one-night stand, an evening uprising. Nevertheless, the young John Adams judged it so intrepid and consequential as to mark "an epocha in history." The British government agreed. Lord North war ...
A Rational Islam? It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge Robert Reilly's favorable remarks about Sharia Versus Freedom in his recent review ("Arab Winter," Summer 2013), especially since my book includes an uncompromising critique of his own book, The Closing o ...
Can we finally tell the truth about the Kennedy assassination?
Charles Beard’s Economic Interpretation has not aged well.
Angels do not govern men in Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles.
Some coincidences are so striking—Adams and Jefferson both dying on July 4, 1826—they make fate seem plausible.
Under the leadership of Chief Justice Warren Burger, who joined it in 1969, the Supreme Court departed from the course taken during the 16-year tenure of his predecessor, Earl Warren.
Appalling ideas set to beautiful music.
A review of Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, by Dan Balz; The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, by Jonathan Alter; After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics, by James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney, Jr.&n ...
A review of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.
A review of Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict, by John Burt
A review of Coolidge, by Amity Shlaes and Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America's Most Underrated President, by Charles C. Johnson.
A review of P. G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters, edited by Sophie Ratcliffe
A review of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, by Glenn Frankel Glenn Frankel interprets John Ford's The Searchers as a film about race, missing what makes the film bookworthy. His interpretation is typical of contemporary criticism and dismissive of the older sor ...
A review of The Social Conquest of Earth, by Edward O. Wilson
A review of The Crisis of the European Union: A Response, by Jürgen Habermas
A review of Aristotle's Teaching in the "Politics", by Thomas Pangle and Aristotle's "Politics": Second Edition, by Aristotle, translated by Carnes Lord
A review of Natural Rights Individualism and Progressivism in American Political Philosophy, edited by Ellen Frankel Paul, Jeffrey Paul, and Fred D. Miller, Jr.
A review of On Constitutional Disobedience, by Louis Michael Seidman At first glance, On Constitutional Disobedience by Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman is the latest in a series of recent books that criticize the American Constitution severely, calling for its replac ...
A review of The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market: The Role of Employment Discrimination Policies, by June E. O'Neill and Dave M. O'Neill
A review of Shakespeare's Political Wisdom, by Timothy Burns
Why Breaking Bad is unexpectedly good.
In February 1945, when President Franklin Roosevelt received Ibn Saud on the deck of the USS Quincy, the king was a supplicant.
According to the Census Bureau, those born elsewhere in the world constituted 12.9% of the American population in 2010,
In this year that marks not only the centennial of the beginning of World War I, but also the sesquicentennial of the Civil War's climactic battles, we ought to think more about war than we do. The grainy old black and white photographs that served to immortalize those enormous, bloody confli ...
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Chinua Achebe defined the African novel—in his own narrow image.
The rise of alternative prehistory.
How football reflects the nation we've become.
Charles Murray reviews two books about meritocracy.
The power of liberalism has translated into the steady enrichment of those who wield it, and into steadily diminishing prospects in the lives of the very people it first rose to serve, writes Wilfred M. McClay in the Claremont Review of Books.
Abraham Lincoln was not only our greatest rhetorician and statesman, but a man who understood and encouraged abundant economic opportunity, writes Ken Masugi
Walter Russell Mead reviews Michael Barone's new book on immigration.
It is not an ordinary debate, nor even a great one, but the great debate that Yuval Levin brings to our attention. The debate is ours.
Gladden J. Pappin reviews two new books on Edmund Burke.
Darren Staloff reviews a new biography of one of our more colorful, and often forgotten, Founders.
Joseph Epstein reviews David Bobb's new book on humility.
John Bolton reviews Christian Whiton's book on diplomacy and war.
Carol Iannone reviews a new book of Willa Cather's letters.
Father Aquinas Guilbeau reviews two new books on Augustine and Aquinas.
National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood reviews Bill Bennett and David Wilezol's new book on the cost of education.
Peter Augustine Lawler on the mind of the South.
Martha Bayles discusses the new Coen Brother's movie, Inside Llewyn Davis.
President Obama doesn't understand that the more he speaks the less people listen. Maybe he grasps the lips-to-ears problem in the abstract, but he doesn't seem to apply the sobering ratio to himself. So a speech in Berlin—as a senator campaigning for the presidency in 2008, proclaimin ...
The administrative state doesn’t go broke by accident.
As America becomes less exceptional, so may its immigrants.
It’s not just Islam holding back democracy in the Middle East.
The Gettysburg Address at 150.
W.H. Prescott’s grand account of the bloody Spanish Empire.
A review of Creating the Administrative Constitution: The Lost One Hundred Years of American Administrative Law (Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference), by Jerry L. Mashaw
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A review of In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire, by Tom Holland
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A review of Governing the World: The History of an Idea, by Mark Mazower
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A review of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, by Andrew Preston
A review of The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity, by Robert Louis Wilken
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A review of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV, Paul A. Cantor
A test of this insight is The Great Gatsby, the latest screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and co-written and directed by the Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.
Israel is able to destroy the Iranian nuclear weapons program
Though it wasn't the filibuster heard round the world, it certainly reverberated around Washington. Rand Paul's nearly 13-hour talkathon not only extracted from the Obama Administration a rare constitutional limit to executive power, it made the senator from Kentucky a conservative hero and ...
Translating Aristotle We are delighted by Professor Diana Schaub's powerful endorsement of our new translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics ("Code of the Gentleman," Fall 2012). She clearly gave the text an attentive reading, even catching a small error in the i ...
Each unhappy genius is unhappy in his own way.
Drones and the dangers of risk-free war.
A soap opera with a British accent. That's the critical rap on Downton Abbey, the cross-Atlantic hit series which in January returned to PBS for its third season.
A review of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, by Michael Grunwald In a 2006 essay for the Washington Monthly, "Why Conservatives Can't Govern," political scientist Alan Wolfe ascribed the setbacks of conservative governance under George W. Bush ...
A review of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, by Michael Lind
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A review of William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative, by Jonathan Lurie
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A review of Joseph Anton: A Memoir, by Salman Rushdie
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A review of Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy: The Limits of Engagement, by Robert Singh; Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, David E. Sanger; Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreig
A review of Proconsuls: Delegated Political-Military Leadership from Rome to America Today, by Carnes Lord
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A review of The Juvenilization of American Christianity, by Thomas E. Bergler
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Lincoln and Django Unchained represent what passes for artistic sensibility in today’s Hollywood.
Newly Revised, Rearranged, Expanded, and Corrected According to Modern Principles
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Political Constitutionalism In "Restoring the Constitution," James Ceaser has presented a new teaching on "political constitutionalism" (Spring 2012). Now that the Supreme Court has spoken on the Affordable Care Act, I wonder whether he wants to embrace Chief Justice ...
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Threats from Iran to Latin America, Russia, and China.
Reading the Iliad in English.
All American citizens have a stake in defeating terrorist attacks, sabotage, and subversion against the United States.
A review of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books, edited by Charles R. Kesler and John B. Kienker This was a fiendishly clever book review assignment. I am a notorious, one might even say promiscuous, fan of the Claremont Review of Book ...
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A review of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, by Charles Murray
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A review of The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism, by Jeffrey Bell
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English language are ravished by contemporary American politics
Out of the mouths of babes, and pirates, can come wisdom. The pirate in this case is the Pirate Captain, as he's called, brilliantly voiced by Hugh Grant in the new stop-motion animation film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. His quest to win the Pirate of the Year award brings him in contact ...
Malcolm and Martin In "Solve for X," my friend Diana Schaub writes, "Had he lived beyond the age of 39...I suspect [Malcolm X] would have preserved his ability to charm and surprise" (Winter 2011/12). On display throughout her review, however, are not only Malcolm ...
Tocqueville understood democracy, but the founders understood America.
Workers of the world—invest!
The Beach Boys’ Smile is an American masterpiece.
He was a conservative liberal and a liberal conservative.
A new dialogue between West and East.
The power politics of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
America has a problem, not because of our Constitution but because constitutionalism as a theoretical doctrine is no longer meaningful in our politics
A widespread sentiment today, especially among conservatives, holds that if America could just get back to the Constitution, the nation would go a long way to resolving its greatest challenges. This sentiment has produced celebrations of our Constitution at Tea Party rallies, the printing and distri ...
A review of Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, by Maya Jasanoff
A review of Why Marx Was Right, by Terry Eagleton and How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism, by Eric Hobsbawm
A review of One Nation Under AARP: The Fight Over Medicare, Social Security, and America's Future by Frederick Lynch How powerful is America's gerontocracy? In One Nation Under AARP: The Fight Over Medicare, Social Security, and America's Future, Frederick Lynch contends tha ...
A review of Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America, by Joseph A. McCartin
A review of Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, by Ian Morris and Civilization: The West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson
A review of How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too), by David P. Goldman
A review of Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others?, by John Fonte
A review of Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit, by Joseph Epstein
A review of A Matter of Principle, by Conrad Black
A review of Why Jane Austen?, by Rachel M. Brownstein
A review of Shakespeare's Freedom, by Stephen Greenblatt
A review of The Platonian Leviathan, by Leon Harold Craig
A review of Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy: On Original Forgetting, by Richard Velkley
A review of A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia, by Aaron L. Friedberg
A review of Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order, by G. John Ikenberry and The Future of Power, by Joseph Nye
A review of George F. Kennan: An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis
Barack Obama asks America to cast off many of its traditions in favor of the European model of governance and society
At a press conference shortly after the 2008 election, President-elect Obama was asked if he was appointing to his administration too many Washington insiders and retreads from the Clinton Administration, including Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Not at all, he replied. The important thing wa ...
Arguing Natural Law It would be absurd to try to respond here to the larger claims Hadley Arkes makes in his "A Natural Law Manifesto" (Fall 2011). I therefore limit myself to brief comments on three of his arguments. First, Arkes is right that disagreement is no proof of ...
It was a new age, until it wasn’t.
Malcolm X’s strangely American life.
A welfare state we can live with.
One side wins.
The careful balance of civil-military relations.
Novelist David Foster Wallace shows how to recover one’s soul.
A review of Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens, by Christopher Hitchens and Hitch-22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens
A review of Conserving Liberty, by Mark Blitz
A review of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker
A review of On Being: A Scientist's Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence, by Peter Atkins and The Tyranny of Science, by Paul Feyerabend
A review of Melancolie francaise, by Éric Zemmour and La France est-elle finie?, by Jean-Pierre Chevènement
A review of The Union War, by Gary W. Gallagher Less than a month after the Civil War began, Abraham Lincoln explained what the conflict represented. When told that the White House mailbag bulged with appeals to emancipate the slaves, the president, who hated slavery as much as any abolition ...
A review of The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law, by Kevin Jon Heller and The International Criminal Court: Europe’s Guantanamo Bay?, by David Hoile
A review of Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets, by Wendy Lesser
A review of The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Anniversary Edition), by Henry Hope Reed and Francis Morrone
A review of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, edited by Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub
A review of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough
A review of Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College, by Andrew Ferguson and In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic, by Professor X
A review of Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America, by Walter Olson
A review of Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind, by Tim Groseclose
Professor Harold W. (Bill) Rood was an uncommon teacher, in both style and substance, who lived an uncommon and thoroughly American life
China plans to blow up Hollywood’s monopoly.
The Iranian nuclear program is a mortal threat the president of the United States fails adequately to address.
Saturday Night Live, that reliable and now venerable source of political satire, took aim recently at the race for the Republican presidential nomination. It announced its spoof as "Either the 7th or 8th GOP Debate," nicely capturing the ennui already setting in. With nine candidates on st ...
Liberals and Leftists In "Days of Rage, Years of Lies" (Summer 2011), William Voegeli upbraids liberals of the 1960s for tolerating the New Left's anti-democratic excesses. He is perhaps too young to appreciate the profound challenge the radicals posed. The demands they made were ne ...
America’s misguided effort to transform the Arab Middle East.
Ten years after 9/11, America has neither peace nor victory.
With replies by David F. Forte and Michael M. Uhlmann.
A reply to Hadley Arkes.
A reply to Hadley Arkes.
But she had it right the first time.
The Boy Scout Handbook at 100.
Napa Valley is California, only more so.
A review of The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009, by Irving Kristol
A review of On China, by Henry Kissinger
A review of Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights against Progressive Reform, by David E. Bernstein
A review of Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World, by Jack M. Balkin
A review of The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Pay For, by Naomi Schaefer Riley;
A review of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought, by Scott Yenor
A review of Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age, by Mosette Broderick
A review of The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic, by Eric A. Posner
A review of The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama
A review of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, by David Brooks
The high priestess of Change Your Life TV.
According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, Doris Boitnott, assistant director of the Virginia Education Association (something one might once have called a union
Groucho Marx sang it in at the circus in 1939, and the young Virginia Weidler, playing Dinah Lord, sang it in the great movie The Philadelphia Story a year later. It was already a classic. I mean Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's "Lydia the Tattooed Lady": Lydia, oh Lydia, ...
Ten Years of CRB Like many Christians, I suppose, my "seasonal moods" are largely determined by the liturgical calendar—the annual sequences of Advent to Christmas, Theophany to the Triodion, Lent to Pascha, and Pentecost to the autumnal celebration of the Holy Cross. These interv ...
The rise and rise of Barack Obama.
A cure for unlimited government.
The prospects for democracy in the Middle East.
The radical tip of the liberal spear.
Reading the American Presidents Series.
A review of Brief Lives: An intimate and very personal portrait of the Twentieth Century, by Paul Johnson
A review of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, by Eugene Robinson; Freedom is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life - LBJ to Obama, by Harold James; and Race, Wrongs, and R
A review of Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since WWII, by Colin Dueck
A review of Plato’s Political Philosophy, by Mark Blitz
A review of La Vita Nuova, by Dante Alighieri, Translated by David R. Slavitt
A review of Young Romantics: The Tangled lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation, by Daisy Hay
A review of Frank: The Voice, by James Kaplan
A review of The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, by Erwin Chemerinsky
A review of H.L. Mencken: Prejudices: The Complete Series (Library of America), by H.L. Mencken, edited by Marion Rogers
A review of A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad, by Robert S. Wistrich
A review of A Slaveholders' Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic, by George William Van Cleve and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, by Eric Foner
A review of Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities , by Martha C. Nussbaum
A review of Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788, by Pauline Maier
A review of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America, by William McGowan
A review of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet, by Jennifer Homans
A review of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell
A review of Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element , by John D. Mueller
A review of The CONSERVATIVE FOUNDATIONS OF THE LIBERAL ORDER: Defending Democracy against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends , by Daniel J. Mahoney
A review of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson
What soap operas at home and abroad teach us.
A Space Odyssey suggested that in another 30 years commercial flights to the moon,
Freud believed that Wilson, his head ringing with scripture, mistook himself at times for the son of God, writes Christopher Caldwell.
Wo generations ago, men as cultivated as Lionel Trilling and Louis Hartz took it for granted that conservatism in America was either liberalism in disguise or a European affectation, at once aristocratic and ridiculous
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Mr. Brown goes to Sacramento…again.
Limited government rests ultimately on moral reasoning.
Reductions in nuclear arms make America less safe.
What a round of golf reveals about today’s higher education.
What we’ve lost in the age of Facebook.
What their lively correspondence reveals about our politics.
Tocqueville’s alliance of religion and liberty.
Americans’ appetite for cheap labor and cheap drugs endangers Mexico.
The European roots of Chinua Achebe’s postcolonial classic.
Honoring the Gipper’s principles and his resolve.
Soaring prescription drug prices were a hot issue at the time
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A review of William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement, by Lee Edwards; and Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus, edited by Linda Bridges and Roger Kimball
A review of The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope, by Roger Scruton
A review of Thomas Paine: A Collection of Unknown Writings, edited by Hazel Burgess; and The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine , by Jack Fruchtman, Jr.
A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam, by Fred M. Donner; and The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, by Robert R. Reilly
A review of Designing a Polity: America's Constitution in Theory and Practice, by James W. Ceaser In ancient Rome, they hailed Julius Caesar. In modern America, we read James W. Ceaser. Or at least we should. The American Ceaser is a longtime professor of politics at the University of ...
A review of The History of the Social Sciences since 1945, edited by Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine
A review of The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism, by Gary L. McDowell
A review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy , The Girl Who Played with Fire: Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy , and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Book 3 of the Millennium Trilogy , by Steig Larsson
A review of On Whitman , by C.K. Williams
A review of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, by Stanley Kurtz; and The Roots of Obama's Rage, by Dinesh D’Souza
A review of Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law, by Hadley Arkes
A review of The Truth About Obamacare, by Sally C. Pipes The title of Sally Pipes's new book, The Truth About Obamacare: What They Don't Want You To Know About Our New Health Care Law, tells you everything you need to know about her views on President Obama's health care law ...
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A review of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law, by Gabriel Schoenfeld
A review of Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States: His Own Words, Selected and Arranged by Daniel Ruddy, by Daniel Ruddy
A review of Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character, by Claude S. Fischer
A review of Decision Points, by George W. Bush
A review of Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age, by Adrian Johns Growing up as a teenager in the United Kingdom's swinging '60s, I did not watch television (except at the homes of friends and neighbors) because we did not own one, and besides it off ...
A review of The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century, by Peter Watson
A review of Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, by Ian Buruma
Cambridge, MA, March 15, 2014—Noh Hao, at 25 the social media’s youngest—and first female—multibillionaire, explains her meteoric success in an exclusive interview with Martha Bayles.
further reductions in American military power are warranted and unavoidable
A short two years ago, the Democrats basked in the glow of their dynamic new president, elected by their largest popular-vote margin since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, accompanied into office by a fiercely Democratic House of Representatives and a veto-proof Democratic Senate. A long two years later, aft ...
Defending ROTC Michael Nelson does a monumental job of focusing a lot of books about the service academies (including two of mine) into a finely-honed argument in his essay "The Case for the Academies" (Summer 2010). Now in my 24th year in the English Department at the United States Nav ...
The meaning of the midterms.
The long twilight strugglIf the owl of Minerva flies at dusk, then those electoral beat-downs offered a promising moment to take stock of neoconservatisme between idealism and pragmatism.
Cass Sunstein and the administrative state.
New light on religion in the American Founding.
A review of Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation, by Steven Greenhut
A review of The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies, by Danielle Celermajer.
A review of The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life, by Kenneth Minogue.
A review of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter.
A review of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, by David Remnick.
A review of A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along , by Thomas Bruscino.
A review of Church, State, and Original Intent, by Donald L. Drakeman.
A review of Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court, by by Jeff Shesol.
A review of The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography, by Selina Hastings.
A review of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, by Andrew C. McCarthy.
A review of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America, by Jack Rakove.
A review of The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir, translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier.
A review of From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In, by Jacob L. Vigdor.
A review of The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future, by Arthur C. Brooks. Barack Obama's rapid fall in the public opinion polls should come as no surprise to Arthur Brooks, who could have told the president that his plans to ra ...
A review of American Politics, Then & Now: And Other Essays, by James Q. Wilson.
A review of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, by Tom Bissell. Tom Bissell, a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine and the Virginia Quarterly Review, begins his new book with an admission of guilt. He apologizes for missing "the moment America changed forever.& ...
A review of The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, by Alan Brinkley.
A review of The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, by Joyce Appleby. Joyce Appleby's The Relentless Revolution is not a good book. It is too often thin, confused, even silly. Although she grudgingly concedes capitalism's triumphs, the only thing relentless is h ...
A review of Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic, by Michael Scammell.
Sixty-five years after Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews, of the many countries in the world Israel is the only one repeatedly subjected to calls for its extinction
One of the last American combat soldiers to leave Iraq exclaimed, according to the New York Times: "We won! It's over! America, we brought democracy to Iraq!" It's easy to understand his giddiness as he exited Iraq for Kuwait and soon America. Over here the reaction to the ...
Tea Party vs. Grand Old Party William Voegeli's essay on "The Meaning of the Tea Party" is the best analysis out there to date (Spring 2010). But although he does a superb job explaining the dissatisfaction with President Obama's empty promises, he might have said more about the ...
Its ill effects on health care, politics, and our character.
The challenges ahead on the road to solvency.
Where should America get her military officers?
The problem of presidential power.
A review of Renegade: The Making of a President, by Richard Wolffe; The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election, by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson; and Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race
A review of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, by Peter Beinart
A review of The Flight of the Intellectuals, by Paul Berman The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism
A review of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, by Lee Smith
A review of Econoclasts: The Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity , by Brian Domitrovic Econoclasts is the inspiring story of how a few entrepreneurial scholars and thinkers turned economic orthodoxy on its head and brought unprecedented pr ...
A review of God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson, by Vincent Philip Muñoz
A review of Religion and the American Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush , edited by Gaston Espinosa
A review of The American Civil War: A Military History, by John Keegan
A review of From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776 , by George C. Herring George Herring's From Colony to Superpower is the latest installment in that excellent series, the Oxford history of the United States. Best known for his distinguishe ...
A review of To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement, by Robert H. Churchill Robert Churchill's To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face comes at the perfect time. Two years after declaring (at long ...
A review of Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics , by Lewis L. Gould; Remaking the Presidency: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916, by Peri E. Arnold; The Dilemma of Progressivism: How Roosevelt, Ta
A review of John Marshall: Writings (Library of America), edited by Charles F. Hobson
A review of Law and Judicial Duty, by Philip Hamburger;
A review of The Legend of the Middle Ages: Philosophical Explorations of Medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, by Rémi Brague, translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
A review of Straussophobia: Defending Leo Strauss and Straussians against Shadia Drury and Other Accusers, by Peter Minowitz and Cloaked in Virtue: Unveiling Leo Strauss and the Rhetoric of American Foreign Policy, by Nicholas Xenos
A review of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life ,by Gerald Martin
A review of The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, by Derek Bok The Declaration of Independence eloquently recognizes the natural rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Life and liberty are relatively clear concep ...
A review of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, by Gail Collins
What does Sex and the City show the world about America?
Lurking about the presidency in the guise of secretary of state,
Sometimes the most obvious derangements of our politics are staring us in the face but we don't see them. Take, for instance, the health care reform bill for which President Obama and the Democrats are forever lusting. Many people have protested it isn't really a reform bill, because re ...
Making California Golden Again I found William Voegeli's cover essay on California to be very incisive and, to be honest, painful ("Failed State," Fall 2009). As he points out, the state's decline has been largely self-inflicted and unnecessary. My only suggestion w ...
Nearly a decade after 9/11, the U.S. government hasn’t managed to ensure our peace, safety, and freedom.
Appreciating Boston’s Robert Gould Shaw memorial.
A man for his time, our time, or all times?
To succeed, conservatism must rediscover its intellectual roots.
Once again, the contrast between Churchill and Bloomsbury matters.
A review of Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, by Matthew B. Crawford; and The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, by Alain de Botton
A review of Addiction: A Disorder of Choice, by Gene M. Heyman
A review of UN Ideas That Changed the World , Richard Jolly, Louis Emmerij, and Thomas G. Weiss This is a dreary volume. It claims to be about "ideas," but that turns out to mean only that the authors disdain mere facts. Instead of serious analysis or evaluation, the book cata ...
A review of Voting Rights--and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections, by Abigail Thernstrom Few scholars in the united states have transformed the debate in an area of law and policy the way Abigail Thernstrom has. Her 1987 book, Whose Votes Count? Affirmative Action and ...
A review of The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989, by Steven F. Hayward
A review of Union, Nation, or Empire: The American Debate Over International Relations, 1789-1941 , by David C. Hendrickson; and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism, by Julian E. Zeli
A review of The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care, by Sally C. Pipes
A review of Islam in American Prisons , by Hamid Reza Kusha
A review of Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West, by Christopher Caldwell
Winston Churchill’s Thoughts and Adventures.
Avatar is the latest example of where art, politics, and theology meet.
Cancelling the F-22 Raptor, the most capable fighter plane ever produced, is yet another act in the tragedy of a nation
Everything depends on health care reform. President Obama has made that clear in his 29 (at last count) speeches on the subject and by his administration's legislative and lobbying priorities. His long-term ambitions to revive the Democrats' reputation for epochal social reform, to restore h ...
The New Liberal Challenge In "The Conservative Challenge," Charles R. Kesler writes with his typical eloquence that "To an amazing degree, Obama's agenda represents a return to liberalism's roots. Modernized, reenergized, repackaged, to be sure, but recognizable a ...
Making War by Angelo M. Codevilla I thank Bret Stephens for his kind judgment on my new book, Advice to War Presidents, which he calls "bracing and intelligent" with "no shortage of wisdom and wit" ("Statecraft as Warcraft," Summer 2009). But I notice he qu ...
How the California dream became a nightmare.
The challenge of creative destruction.
Lewis Lehrman rediscovers the Great Emancipator’s seminal anti-slavery speech.
A review of The Crisis of Islamic Civilization, by Ali A. Allawi
A review of Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, by Mark Rudd Mark Rudd used to be a famous radical activist, a leader in the turbulent 1960s and '70s of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and its more radical offshoot, the Weather Underground or Weathermen, and in his ...
A review of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, by Jon A. Shields
A review of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, by Dereck Chollet and James Goldgeier Clinton's Foreign Policy: Between the Bushes, 1992-2000 , by John Dumbrell The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition i
A review of The Madisonian Constitution , by George Thomas and James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government, by Colleen A. Sheehan
A review of Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, by Graham Allison On Nuclear Terrorism, by Michael Levi The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation, by Thomas C. Reed and Danny B. S
A review of Freedom Just Around the Corner : A New American History: 1585-1828 and Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877, by Walter McDougall
A review of A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression, by Richard A. Posner and Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis , by John
A review of Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History , by Margaret MacMillan Margaret Macmillan is a renowned professor of history at Oxford University, and everything she writes is worth reading. Some more than others: her Paris 1919 (2003) is a shining descriptive acc ...
A review of The Founding Fathers Reconsidered, by R.B. Bernstein In his new book, R.B. Bernstein, the author or editor of more than a dozen books on American constitutional history, offers a "distilled introduction" to the founding, drawing on the best historical literature and a s ...
A review of Phenomenology of the Human Person, by Robert Sokolowski
A review of A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments , by Robert H. Bork
A review of Gilead: A Novel and Home: A Novel, by Marilynne Robinson
A review of Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law, by Philip K. Howard
With both a collapsing economy and natural gas reserves sufficient to produce 270 years of electricit
Environmentalism vs. Democracy In his article "All the Leaves are Brown," Steven F. Hayward takes environmentalists to task for their doomsday scenarios and failure to see that free enterprise and global capitalism have improved the lives of most of the people on the planet (W ...
Charles Kesler reviews President Obama's first inaugural address.
Taming Leviathan William Voegeli offers a rare view into the realities of public finance and especially the way in which entitlements are edging out discretionary spending ("Reforming Big Government," Fall 2008). In their frustration, politicians may well escalate their attack ...
What the Right got wrong—and right.
Ordinary Americans deserve some respect.
At last, some good news about race and crime.
Why the answer is crucial to the coming debate.
Today’s environmentalists see no hope for man—or nature.
A symposium featuring George Gilder, Robert Higgs, Stephen Moore, and Alan Reynolds.
We live in racially interesting times.
Rethinking America's healthcare system.
Government work in the 21st century.
A history of the Supreme Court and Congress on voting rights.
What led contemporary liberalism down the path of wholesale child neglect?
Rahe explains the genesis of British republican thought and its later embrace by America's founders.
Reconsidering Nixon's presidency and legacy.
Sketching Lincoln's life.
Great political oratory depends on an occasion, as does great statesmanship itself.
A review of Lincoln's wartime leadership.
The parallel lives of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.
Shakespeare's plays were ubiquitous in antebellum America.
Can any film do justice to the political genius of Abraham Lincoln?
Conservatism and Civil Rights; Understanding Clarence Thomas; Chinese Influence; Judicial Supremacy Conservatism and Civil Rights William Voegeli is to be commended for his important and informative examination of "Civil Rights and the Conservative Movement" (Summer 2008). ...
Taking the Democratic nominee seriously.
The welfare state can’t go on indefinitely, but it does.
Every four years, it’s a whole new ball game—with different rules.
The small screen’s new sophistication.
Are we doomed to enter into another confrontation with Russia - a new cold war?
Why do Jews figure so prominently in the politics of regimes that also threaten the rest of the world?
A review of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, by Andrew C. McCarthy
Is America's relative power ebbing in the face of advances by other countries?
The conservative movement in the 21st century.
Reviewing two very different histories of the early conquests of Islam.
Teles gives an account of the rise of the conservative legal movement.
A new account of the James Family, one of America's most interesting dynasties.
How do we know Barack Obama hasn't secretly been reading Pufendorf?
America understood the principles of 1776 as practical goals, not categorical imperatives.
Zittrain argues that the "generativity" that made the internet unique is now in danger.
A review of Terror and Consent : The Wars for the Twenty-First Century, by Philip Bobbitt
A review of Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness, by Joshua David Hawley
Reviewing a new history of the first Arab-Israeli War.
The Lincoln-Douglas debates set a bad example for American politics.
Science and Design; The Collapse of Civilization? Science and Design I find much to agree with in Joseph M. Bessette's review of three books arguing for divine design in the universe ("Science and Faith," Spring 2008). It would be nice to have something more solid ...
What the Right got wrong—and right.
We ignore China’s grand strategy at our peril.
The life and character of Clarence Thomas.
A review of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography, by Alberto Manguel
Edmund Wilson remains the finest critic American literature has produced; we can only hope for a better.
Constitutional government depends on liberty of conscience and on softening religious fervor.
Has the science of politics improved since the American founders wrote the Constitution?
The central problem in politics - the theological-political problem - reduced to 1st amendment jurisprudence.
Brink Lindsey attempts to recover that good liberalism.
A review of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics, by Rober Faulkner
Nixon's influence on the way we practice politics today.
Reviewing a new history of the United States from 1815 to 1848.
A new translation allows the reader to experience the grandeur of Tolstoy's War and Peace.
Conservative philosophy must do better at vindicating America's greatest president.
The present E.U. philosophical framework is, ultimately, incompatible with liberal democracy.
A review of Dualisms: The Agons of the Modern World, by Ricardo J. Quinones
HBO's John Adams is a brilliant portrait of a great American.
Which would the regime in Sudan prefer - annihilation or the discontinuation of its campaign of mass murder?
We honor Buckley by taking up the work of defending and restoring the Republic.
Losing the Iraq War Victor Davis Hanson takes aim at many critics of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, beginning with my assertion that it is likely to turn out to be "the greatest strategic disaster in American history" ("In War: Resolution," Winter 2007/08). Virtually all of his re ...
With no new thinking to offer, the candidates offer…themselves.
A sermon on charity in deed and speech.
What Senator Obama and Reverend Wright don't know about their country.
Celebrating the eight-volume Winston S. Churchill, a biography worthy of a great man.
How the 20th-century debate on economics shaped the 21st-century economy.
Lawyers and legislators can only go so far in directing the conduct of war. Then you need a president.
Adams "never got to the point of playing the game at all; he lost himself in the study of it."
As a scientific theory, Darwinism must be made susceptible to scientific refutation.
Strengths and weaknesses of the Whig interpretation of the Glorious Revolution's legacy.
Reviewing a new history of the secession crisis.
Can any regime bring together equality and strong democracy with extensive material prosperity?
A review of The Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology, by P.G. Wodehouse
Christianity has less to fear from new atheism than from religious indifference and self-worship.
Now the Bill Buckley is gone, who will teach us to make the hole a little larger?
In order to defeat liberal fascism, conservatives will need to awaken from the progressive spell.
Cheney Derangement Syndrome is threatening the mental health of the cultural and political Left.
At 70 years old, America's finest essayist isn't ready to hit the showers just yet.
Aaron Burr may have been a politician, but he was no statesman.
A review of A Secular Age, by Charles Taylor
McCain is the only Republican candidate with a chance of winning, and thus preserving conservatism.
The uncertainty of the Republican primary of the 2008 presidential race.
Big Government's Intractabilty William Voegeli correctly identifies the Right's strategic dilemma: given the welfare state's enduring popularity, should conservatives opt to make their peace with it and seek merely to limit its reach, or should they recommit to a gratifying (if futile ...
Mistakes are inevitable; victory is not.
Is the election over before it begins?
Appreciating Kurt Vonnegut.
The social roots of jihad.
Macbeth is a moral play par excellence.
A new history of the Great Depression.
A review of The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century
The Laffer Curve, conservatives, and the defense of tax cuts.
A review of two new books on the development of Leo Strauss' thought.
In the end, public opinion is central to the perpetuation of our political institutions.
Reflecting on Dred Scott, 150 years after that most disastrous Supreme Court decision.
A review of Politically Incorrect Guide To The Constitution , by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
The arrested development of the rising generation - and what it means for Western Civilization.
Examining the troubling prospects of marriage and family in America.
Reviewing both a worthy new translation of the Aeneid and a new, disappointing critique.
Attendant Cruelties: Nation and Nationalism in American History, by Patrice Higonnet Patrice Higonnet praises American inclusion and open-mindedness, reminding us there has always been a strong link between "progressive America" and "forward-minded Europe"; but he laments that ...
War and torture get the Hollywood treatment.
Germany, Russia, and the evolving situation in Europe.
Immigration and America's founders.
Reading Leo Strauss In his review of recent books on Leo Strauss ("A Guide for the Perplexed," Spring 2007), Steven Lenzner treats especially harshly The Truth About Leo Strauss, by Catherine and Michael Zuckert. In their concern to refute charges that Strauss was an enemy of liber ...
Beyond the Bush Doctrine.
The eclipse of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
How to reinvigorate American public diplomacy.
Congress won’t and the president can’t.
Who Really Cares: America's Charity Divide-Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why it Matters by Arthur C. Brooks. With a charming mix of gentle humor and hard data, Arthur Brooks's fine new book attacks what the author calls "one of the greatest political hypocrisies of our time,&q ...
Interpreting the presidential speeches of Abraham Lincoln.
Interpretive disagreements about Dante reflect two persistant and divergent rhetorical models.
Is the Constitution undemocratic?
Examining Christopher Wolfe's defense of natural law liberalism.
The life and soul of Alexis de Tocqueville.
The story of how Thatcher, Reagan, and the Pope contributed to fall of the Soviet Union.
A review of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens
A devastating critique of the intellectual state of the Left and the academic world it dominates.
The CIA serves not the United States but its own corporate interests and its partisan vision.
The democratization of American political oratory.
Manent warns Europe against leaving the political behind.
John Gross and the art of the anecdote.
A review of Architecture of Democracy, by Allan Greenberg
What is the place of religion in American politics?
No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property in the United States.
Bringing the Constitution back would lend the 2008 race a presidential seriousness and focus.
Gordon Wood Reconsidered Much could and should be said in praise of Steven F. Hayward's careful consideration of Gordon Wood's historical oeuvre, but it is also true that in certain regards Hayward misses the mark ("The Liberal Republicanism of Gordon Wood," Winter 2006/07) ...
Democrats want to love the senator’s problematic populism.
Now is not the time to fear the imperial presidency.
Western travelers in the Muslim world.
Larry McMurtry has under his belt 29 novels, five collections of essays, several screenplays
To Dare and to Conquer: Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations, from Achilles to Al Qaeda, by Derek Leebaert, Although Democrats have made expanding special forces a cornerstone of their "smarter and tougher" alternative policy for fighting terrorists, one suspects that in t ...
A review of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, by Mark Steyn
Dinesh D'Souza, the Cultural Left, and 9/11.
A review of The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege, by Damon Linker
The 9/11 attacks, the projection of American power to Central Asia and Afghanistan
Did the first wave of globalization help make America exceptional relative to European nations?
The Age of White Guilt signifies only a peculiar extension of the Age of White Racism.
A review of God's War: A New History of the Crusades, by Christopher Tyerman
Viewing Alexander's campaign in Afghanistan through the eyes of a footsoldier.
The Civil War and the way that America has come to see itself.
Detailing the assault on biotechnology by irrational religious believers.
Leo Strauss and the theologico-political problem.
On the difficulty of translating Virgil's greatest poem.
Rejecting deterministic interpretations of military innovation.
An epic history of the classical world from Homer to Hadrian.
Kagan argues that, even during its formative years, America was never a modest, insular nation.
Leo Strauss: An Introduction to His Thought and Intellectual Legacy, by Thomas Pangle, Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism, by Steven B. Smith and The Truth about Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy, by Catherin
The merciless comic keeps hitting below the Borscht Belt.
China is not as technically dependent as we are.
Conservatism moving forward.
Academic Freedom Is liberty too frail to withstand the attacks of its ideological opponents? Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn appears to think so ("Why the GOP is Flunking Higher Education," Fall 2006). Dr. Arnn's critique of Republican plans for higher education makes importa ...
Reassessing liberalism's favorite historian.
Shakespeare tried to understand the world, and now the world tries to understand him.
Why the president cannot leave constitutional interpretation to the courts.
Steven F. Hayward remembers a great Claremont teacher and scholar.
All American Colleges: Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith, ed. John Zmirak. Why does America need another college guide? The answer is in the subtitle to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's fine new entry in this crowded field. This volume fills an ...
Harry Jaffa and Michael Uhlmann on the Supreme Court and the Declaration of Independence.
History, natural law, and Leo Strauss.
The presidency of FDR, from the perspective of the post-Reagan era.
The life of William Jennings Bryan.
Examining the Christian clergy's intellectual and moral leadership during the Civil War.
A review of The Foreign Correspondent: A Novel, by Alan Furst
The gospel of the born-again Religious Left.
Journalism, conspiracy-mongering, and the Iraq War.
The revival of President Harry Truman.
The jurisprudence of Antonin Scalia.
A review of Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, by Caroline Finkel
Nicolas Sarkozy and the future of the French center-right.
Insight into the devolution of America's foreign policy establishment.
Alan Gibson and the study of the founding's historiography.
John Stuart Mill and the shaping of classical liberalism.
A review of Soldiers to CitizenWhy the G.I. Bill was the most successful social welfare program in American history.s: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation, by Suzanne Mettler
Journalism and the American founding.
What anti-Americanism means, what causes it, and how much it even matters.
A history of foreign involvement in Iraq and what it means for America.
The history of novels, from Burke to Trilling.
The Queen and Marie Antoinette ask whether the modern world can understand monarchy anymore.
The Hidden Meanings of Bernard de Con's Account of the Assault on Fort Ticonderoga.
George W. Bush, decider-in-chief.
Immigration and Assimilation Victor Davis Hanson is to be commended for another outstanding analysis of America's de facto policy of "mass immigration without assimilation" ("France's Immigration Problem—and Ours," Spring 2006). His 2003 book Mexifornia  ...
John Lewis Gaddis's evolving history of the Cold War.
To win in 2006 and beyond, Republicans need to recover their standing as the party of limited government.
Why the Court thinks it is above the law.
Americans have saved their Constitution from the Court before.
The Future of the United Nations: Understanding the Past to Chart a Way Forward by Joshua Muravchik Joshua Muravchik has compiled a calm, well-documented, depressing survey of the United Nations' performance, concentrating on the last 15 years, which indicts the organization as hopelessl ...
Crunchy conservatism and the plan to save America.
How little the Democratic Party has changed since Jackson's day.
Recovering the historical truth of the American Indian and his conflicted, quirky humanity.
The Founding Fathers or the radical "unknowns" of the American Revolution?
Re-imagining the American founding to advance an ideological and political agenda.
Lessons from ancient battles for contemporary America.
Disproving 18 common beliefs about public education.
Turkey and correcting the gap in American's historical and geopolitical understanding.
A fresh reading of Plato's Republic.
The sad end of children's literature.
The remarkable life and writings of Samuel Johnson.
Liberalism and the life of John Stuart Mill.
An account of Bernard-Henri Levy's travels across the United States.
Immigration and American civic nationalism.
Frederick Douglass and the principles of the American founding.
The prudence and humanity of Abraham Lincoln.
American liberalism died in 1980.
A call to renew our devotion to the principles of the American founding.
The unvirtuous life of Mao Zedong.
The films of Krzysztof Kieslowski.
When nations in decline are assaulted from without, they often lose the capacity to defend sensibly.
Most Americans do not wake up every morning thinking about the United States Navy. It is probably fair to say that many Americans never think about the United States Navy. The very success of the Navy over many years goes a great way toward explaining this state of affairs. In December 1941, it was ...
Once liberals' faith that history is necessarily on their side is shaken, they are left bookless.
Gerard Alexander applauds Natan Sharansky's epic journey to freedom, but questions the methodology of the author's
University presidents used to be dignified.
We must walk in new ways, or we can never encounter our enemy in his devious march.
How William F. Buckley, Jr., launched the American conservative movement.
Seven scholars assess C.A. Tripp's The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln.
A review of I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
What does it mean to be an American?
American-European relations after the Cold War.
Racial profiling in World War II and post 9-11 America.
Two introductions to the judicial philosophy of one of the Court's most talent and vocal jurists.
Examining Justice Clarence Thomas's jurisprudential philosophy.
God, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Establishment Clause.
Richard Nixon was at heart a Machiavellian.
How might history have been different if Reagan had won the 1976 Republican nomination?
In the last half century, America has undergone a regime change.
Identifying the victims of career-oriented feminism.
Religious leaders and the Eugenics movement.
How Shakespeare became Shakespeare.
Translating Petrarch and Dante.
The love story of Abelard and Heloise.
We must read Heidegger with a truly open mind.
Textual authority was a revolutionary idea in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Hitchen's progress since 9/11 has brought him halfway to a sensible understanding of politics.
"A, my lorde Arthur, what shall becom of me, now ye go frome me and leve me here alone amonge myne enemyes?"
Hoping for recovery of both Chief Justice Rehnquist and the U.S. Constitution.
Lincoln’s Legacy I am grateful indeed for Allen Guelzo's very kind words about my book Lincoln at Cooper Union ("Lincoln's Audition," Fall 2004). But he and I differ a bit on contemporary politics (I am, as he points out, a former press aide to Mario Cuomo), and so I ...
Liberalism has always been unwilling, and unable, to define itself.
The country is less divided than in 2000.
This essay is adapted from a speech sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the Claremont Institute.
Exporting compassionate conservatism.
A review of The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, by Michael Ignatieff
Bush, anti-neoconservatives, and anti-anti-neoconservatism.
John Quincy Adams and the recovery of the foundations of American constitutionalism.
Confronting the paradox that strong government is a necessary condition for the existence of a free society.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was perhaps the last Jeffersonian in American politics.
A review of Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876, by Roy Morris, Jr. and Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876, by William H. Rehnquist
Jacques Chirac and the French betrayal of America
Correcting the myth that America and France are sister republics with shared ideals, purposes, and strategies.
Revel highlights the most irresponsible expressions of anti-American sentiment in Europe.
A new translation of Art of War, by Niccolò Machiavelli.
Alexander Hamilton and American foreign policy.
Lincoln set a high standard for leadership in time of war
In an uncertain world, history can also tell us who we are and for what, if necessary, we fight.
A review of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, by Stephen M. Barr; The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design, by William A. Dembski; By Design: Science and the Search for God, by Larry Witham;
Three trends of religious pluralism in American history.
Weigel hopes to inspire youthful souls toward a way of life far more erotic and rational.
Identical translations of original texts constitute a rare occurrence in the history of the English Bible.
Shakespeare's ability to provoke a variety of thoughtful responses is one measure of his enduring greatness.
Plato is studied more carefully than he was a generation or two ago.
The ancient quarrel between the philosophers and the poets concerns the meaning of life and death.
Linking Camus and Sartre.
Culture wars and the legacy of Edward Said.
Jeffrey Stout and the question of democracy.
Is chivalry dead?
A review of The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art, by Roger Kimball
Reviving liberal education in a free society.
Remembering Ronald Reagan.
Southern Strategy In his essay, "The Myth of the Racist Republicans" (Spring 2004), Gerard Alexander challenges the conventional wisdom that Republicans' use of strategic racism was an important catalyst for the GOP's post-Civil Rights Era revival, especially in the South. In su ...
Is there a neoconservative connection?
Why the Court should have listened to Justice Jackson.
What happened to the colorblind Constitution?
A sermon on science and religion.
Re-examining Reagan's legacy.
The split on the Left over foreign policy.
George Soros and the 2004 election.
Left and Right illustrations of the polarization of U.S. foreign policy.
Examining the creation of the United Nations and its future usefulness.
Is the U.S. -Canadian relationship really at its historical worst?
When did Progressivism die?
The Wilsonian nature of modern America.
France could have taken liberal roads during Napoleon's rule, if Napoleon had wanted to.
Could America have won its independence without Washington?
How can Jefferson be rescued from the contemporary historians' obsession with sex and slavery?
The great days of theology are worth remembering.
Lincoln knew the political principles underlying our nation depend upon faith in a God who rules all.
Examining the life of Justice Samuel Freeman Miller.
The framers system of structural protection for individual and minority rights, or an aristocracy of the robe?
Seeking a golden mean in which rights are taken seriously in courts of law and public policy is made democratically.
A review of The End of Blackness, by Debra J. Dickerson
Patient moral reflection is required if science is to promote human flourishing, not undermine it.
The McKinley and the Bush Administrations shatter the stereotypes of American conservatism.
A modern Prince for both political leaders and citizens, who need to know how to judge their leaders' performance.
Tocqueville unveiled at last?
If you really want to learn something about Shakespeare, go back to the plays.
Was William Butler Yeats the greatest poet of the twentieth century?
A review of the Slaughterhouse Cases and the Fourteenth Amendment.
The grand days of the sporting gentleman.
The Gilda Lehrman Collection invites Americans to fall in love with their history.
Politics means disagreement, and no amount of enlightenment or good will can abolish that.
On Pierre Manent Daniel Mahoney's letter ("Doing Manent Justice," Fall 2003) protests the criticisms that William B. Allen had advanced against the French thinker Pierre Manent ("Making Citizens," Summer 2003). According to Mahoney, Manent is "a friend to the politica ...
Today's boys have little sense of how to be men.
From recall to reform.
Jefferson's opponents were awkward but indispensable.
Why Chief Justice John Marshall was not a judicial activist.
What Rumsfeld's memo reveals, and conceals.
A much needed reappraisal of the realignment genre.
Examining the paleo-liberal.
Weinstein attempts to resurrect the socialist God that failed.
Remembering the Soviet gulags...
In the terror war, we confront the face of an old enemy: totalitarianism.
What attacked us on 9/11, how have we responded, and how should we respond?
In a country split politically almost 50-50, the fight may have gone out of third-party movements.
A review of Nelson: Love and Fame, by Edgar Vincent
Pangle and Krass grapple with the philosopher's perennial sparring partner: the Bible.
Was Winthrop America's founding father?
A review of A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic, by John Ferling
The invention of public debt and its impact on American history
A review of Exploring Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Men and Wilderness, by Thomas P. Slaughter
Proper understanding of judicial power requires re-examination of the great founders of modern liberalism.
O'Connor offers her reflections on the law.
Ann Coulter, traitors, and political correctness
Willmore Kendall - a maverick among conservatives.
How border policy threatens national security, and how massive illegal immigration is transforming California into Mexifornia.
Watts attempts to establish common ground between economists and literary critics.
An indictment of American librarians' affection for the Soviet Union from the time of the Russian Revolution through the 1950s.
Craig portrays Shakespeare as a political philosopher with a special kinship to Plato.
Money and morals in the American dream.
Prizes and praise have not been wanting for each of the five volumes of Joseph Frank's recently completed biography.
It's a shame that bad political science can't be recalled as easily as the California governor.
Whose Victory? In "Lincoln's Victory" (Summer 2003) Angelo Codevilla takes issue with Mac Owens's review of David Blight's Race and Revision: The Civil War in American Memory ("How the Confederates Won," Winter 2002). The Confederates won, according to ...
More than merely winning the war in Iraq, we needed to stun the Arab World.
Victory comes when enemies are identified correctly, then killed or cowed.
Does the Iraq war mark the end of the great conflicts of the 20th century, or the beginning of those of the 21st century?
As dreadful as these books are in a literary sense, they are politically instructive.
In these pages, one finds Hamilton, the friend of republicanism and humanity.
Why is it that America is loved and despised, resented and emulated and envied—often all at the same time?
Jeopardizing the claims of the science of natural rights by allowing them to be disproved by the natural sciences is foolish.
Does the living-constitution vision ultimately contribute to the happiness of the American people?
By rights, Lott's new book ought to have a powerful effect on the gun control debate in the country.
Levitas leaves the impression that there is nothing native to the United States that might enable us to resist the evils of racism and anti-semitism.
Dating only from the 17th century, The Book of Five Rings is a Japanese work on the specifics of martial arts and swordsmanship.
A review of John Brown: The Legend Revisited, by Merrill D. Peterson
Podhoretz's book is at once a work of biblical scholarship and polemic.
Most books on Islam should be ignored, but there are a few gems.
This new edition caters to those seeking a readable, readily available, and reliably literal translation of Kant's Metaphysics of Morals
Weigel argues that the Catholic Church in the United States is going through the worst crisis of its long history
Dershowitz would reclaim the Declaration of Independence from Thomas Jefferson and the revolutionaries of 1776.
America's story is interwoven with religion and cannot be told accurately without noting Christianity's influence.
Anti-foundationalists have not in fact succeeded in shutting down the possibility of philosophy.
Fortin offers a distinctively medieval view of the permanent question as to what is politics.
Whether citizens embody virtue is not an issue in Neier's atomistic view of liberty
Certain strains of American existentialism court political imprudence while others preserve the tokens of hope and truth.
Telling the history of conservatism exposes the power of ideas to form, deform, or reform the world we inhabit.
Is Nader's truculence and grating moralism simply the product of the peculiar personality or is it the result of a "public interest" political ideology
Many Europeans have succumbed to the temptation of a transnational community that will put an end to politics
International peace and justice requires the sustained application of power and purpose that cannot be generated by the international community.
A greater biological and mechanistic understanding of human nature does not mean we must abandon human values.
The American constitutional regime is designed to satisfy both the manly desire to rule and popular desire to be free from tyrannical rule
Brookhiser gives us a portrait of a man who is too worldly to be approached as a hero, yet not so world-weary that we can be cynical.
By treating civil rights and natural rights, Kaminer would deprive the people of their right to peace and order
If left alone, biotechnology will reduce our humanity and virtue.
Reagan's devotion to principle allowed him to see past the immediate crisis and go on to some of his greatest successes.
Books great, near-great, and not-at-all great in the Library of America.
Casting a jaundiced eye at "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
A BBC documentary that misses the point of the American Revolution.
Paul Barolsky views the Sistine Chapel afresh, in Michelangelo and the Finger of God.
Jefferson's Pillow is written not merely for blacks but for all American; it is a book of hope and reconciliation.
A review of The Gentleman from New York: Daniel Patrick Moynihan—A Biography, by Godfrey Hodgson and Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics, by Robert G. Kaufman The primary political achievement of Bill Clinton, we are told even by such sensible observers as Norman Podhoretz ...
The First World War and its lessons.
Richard T. Ely was one of Progressivism’s leading minds at the end of the 19th century
Two recent art exhibits make it harder to see things as they are.
The thrust of Jeremy Rabkin’s “A More Dangerous World” (Spring 2014) is clear.
A review of A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism, by Christopher C. Harmon
A review of To Make and Keep Peace: Among Ourselves and with All Nations, by Angelo M. Codevilla To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune, Lady Bracknell observed in The Importance of Being Earnest, but to lose both looks like carelessness. To have lost the peace three times in t ...
A review of The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, by Steven D. Smith The standard version of the American religious freedom creation story goes something like this: inspired by Enlightenment ideals, and shocked that European patterns of religious intolerance were taking ...
A review of Originalism and the Good Constitution, by John O. McGinnis and Michael B. Rappaport The place to begin understanding Originalism and the Good Constitution is its rejection of “thick theory.” Authors John O. McGinnis and Michael B. Rappaport, law professors at Northw ...
Two state funerals in less than two years is a lot for any nation to bear. The first, officiated by liberal commentators after the 2012 election,
A review of Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government, by Clark M. Neily III In the Wall Street Journal, Randy Barnett, a libertarian professor at Georgetown Law School, hailed Clark Neily’s Terms of Engagement as &ldquo ...
Does any conservative understand the American Left better than David Horowitz?
A review of Through A Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, by Martha Bayles There are many variations on this story: an American diplomat/academic/journalist listens patiently to his counterpart from Europe or the Middle East roundly denouncin ...
A review of The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, by F.H. Buckley Liberals have long attacked the Constitution’s separation of powers. Thomas Jefferson, in some ways the original radical, started the ball rolling by using his political party to synchroniz ...
When George Anastaplo died on February 14, 2014, he was a distinguished professor at the Loyola University Law School and in the Basic Program in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. He was also a professor emeritus at Dominican University (formerly Rosary College). A son of Greek ...
As much as Machiavelli, who in the Discourses on Livy observed that a “corrupt people,” if it should obtain freedom, “can hardly preserve it,” Myron Magnet believes that private virtue is essential to the
A review of Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritas in Veritate, by Maciej Zięba and Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing, by Samuel Gregg The social teaching of the Cath ...
How civil rights went wrong.
In his most recent colloquy with the president, David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, noted that in the Oval Office “you could hear, between every long pause that Obama took, the ticking of a grandfather clock.” Could you ever! The clock is ticking on this administration, and Mr. Obam ...
Jonathan Swift was one of the most secretive men who ever lived, the Howard Hughes of 18th-century Britain. Given how well-known his name is today, it comes as a surprise to learn that most of his writings were initially published anonymously.
A review of Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic, by Pierre Manent, translated by Marc LePain
Who is more important for a truly American conservatism?
A review of Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education, by Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane President Obama and the Democratic Party, aided by their allies in the media, have made “income inequality” the hot new topic. Veteran ...
The disaster of a second Clinton co-presidency.
Barry Goldwater's notorious convention speech, 50 years later.
Joseph Epstein is the author of scores of elegant literary essays and many excellent short stories.
The new McGovernites are determined to succeed where the old Obamanauts have failed.
Higher Education I am grateful to the Claremont Review of Books for inviting me to respond to Harvey Mansfield's essay on the National Association of Scholars report, "What Does Bowdoin Teach?" ("The Higher Education Scandal," Spring 2013). I assume that I was ...
A review of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare, by John Yoo Say this for John Yoo: he sticks to his guns. And to America’s. Politicians have been flip-flopping, side-stepping, and hem-hawing on foreign interventions for more than a decade now. All tha ...
A review of Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, by Michael Nelson There has never been another political year quite like 1968: urban riots, campus unrest, the Tet offensive in Vietnam, the seizure of an American naval vessel off the coa ...
A review of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, by Rick Perlstein Rick Perlstein, a contributing writer at the Nation magazine who was once the chief national correspondent for the Village Voice, probably did not expect conservatives to enthuse over his debut bo ...
Can we restore respect and secure peace, at home and abroad?
Joseph Cropsey's "Conservatism and Liberalism" at 50.
I am one of the 4,017,000 Americans born in 1954, who are in turn among the 39,964,000 born in the 1950s. My impending 60th birthday, in other words, is a drop in the ongoing flood of such anniversaries. The attendant individual assessments are inseparable from collective ones since, as we’ve ...
Several years ago, I spent the better part of an evening arguing with a professor of literature about Tolstoy. My position was that Tolstoy is one of the greatest novelists who ever lived; the professor’s was that Tolstoy’s works are sexist, classist, and outdated. Later that night I had ...
It took a month, but I finally turned the last page of Walden. It is not a journey I would eagerly repeat. The book has given the modern English-speaking world memorable sentences, like “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” in the opening pages, and “If a man does not k ...
A review of Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books, by Wendy Lesser Wendy Lesser’s Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books does not advertise itself as one of the recent spate of “save-the-humanities” books, but it fits the bill just the same. A meditation on a lifetime o ...
A review of The Parthenon Enigma, by Joan Breton Connelly For 25 centuries the Parthenon has enthralled the imagination of the West. Even maimed and battered, this temple to Athena, built of 100,000 tons of Pentelic marble and sitting 500 feet above modern Athens on the limestone rock cal ...
A review of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior It only seems like a paradox that parenthood might be “all joy and no fun.” A few pages into Jennifer Senior’s book, this nice phrase is rendered in academic lingo—bringing up children i ...
A review of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, by Patrick Allitt In January 1991, 18-year-old Scott Lancaster was jogging a few hundred yards from his Idaho Springs, Colorado, high school when he was attacked and partially eaten by a mountain lion. Local authorit ...
A review of Unleashing the Second American Century: Four Forces for Economic Dominance, by Joel Kurtzman and America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century, by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus A Japanese fellow named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was ...
A review of Confronting Slavery: Edward Coles and the Rise of Antislavery Politics in Nineteenth-Century America, by Suzanne Cooper Guasco Edward Coles (1786–1868) touched two great dramas in American history, the founding and the Civil War. He knew many of the great actors; as a young ma ...
A review of The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, by David Brion Davis David Brion Davis’s career as a historian can be said to have begun on the day in early June 1945 when he was drafted out of high school and, on the basis of a few high-school German classes, sent to ...
A review of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics, by Terry Golway and City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York, by Mason B. Williams Bill de Blasio’s election victory in 2013 made him New York’s first Democratic mayor in ...
Understanding Clarence Thomas is Ralph Rossum’s second study of the jurisprudence of “originalist” Justices on the Supreme Court. It will have to be next to his last, until there are some changes on the Court.
In his new book, The Classical Liberal Constitution, Richard Epstein seeks to present a “distinctive synthesis” of constitutional law that is neither progressive nor conservative.
Even "the crystal spirit" had his The surest sign that a writer has made his mark is the adoption of his surname in common parlance as an adjective immediately significant even to those who barely know his work, or merely know of it.
A review of Capital in the Twnety-First Century, by Thomas Piketty In Capital in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty makes an ambitious argument about how capitalism doesn’t do what we want or expect. A revised edition might comment on a more modest idiosyncrasy: his daunting book b ...
The trump card of liberalism is always compassion. Whether it’s in a dorm room or on the Senate floor, in any debate the presumption is that liberals self-evidently care about people and their opponents do not.
A senior fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Francis Fukuyama has lately been speaking ill of democracy to readers unused to hearing it spoken ill of.
Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor at Columbia Law School, is a master surveyor of legal history who clearly likes to rummage about in old English and early American legal vaults.
Republicans are ready to party like it’s 1929. In the House of Representatives, they will hold a majority nearly 250 seats strong, their largest showing since Herbert Hoover won the presidency in 1928. Though final numbers are not in, the GOP now controls both houses of the state legislatur ...
Defending the Constitution We are grateful that Professor Edward Erler took the time to review our book, Originalism and the Good Constitution (“Originalist Sin,” Summer 2014). Unfortunately, he mischaracterizes our position and disregards an important aspect of the Constitution in th ...
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“What does it mean to understand man well enough to create one?” The question is posed in Plug & Pray, a fascinating 2010 documentary about robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) by the German filmmaker Jens Schanze. The person asking the question is not one of the A.I. true bel ...
A review of four new books on Napoleon.
A review of Reagan: The Life, by H.W. Brands.
A review of Obama's Time: A History, by Morton Keller.
Our Declaration very author should be so lucky to have a reader as thoughtful and committed to careful reading as Diana Schaub (“Equality and Liberty,” Winter 2014/15). She gets a lot right, a few small things wrong, and raises three related issues that are worth engaging at length. T ...
A review of Carl Schmitt: A Biography, by Reinhard Mehring.
A review of three new books on big government, the administrative state, and saving self-government.
A review of What's Wrong with Homosexuality, by John Corvino, and Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, by Robert Reilly.
Never thought reality TV was going to work out well. If a show couldn’t afford a good script and good actors, why should anyone watch it? But millions did, and here we are, wondering what Donald Trump’s campaign, more improvised than his television show, tells us about the state of Ameri ...
A review of Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land, by Robert Crawford.
A review of Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement, by Thomas Geoghegan.
A review of Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again, by Peter J. Wallison Fannie and Freddie did the deed, according to Peter J. Wallison’s mortgage-centric account of what really caused the Great Recession. No ...
The tendentious and obscurantist jargon of the academy is an old story, but makes for a great trivia challenge: invent a completely implausible title for a scholarly journal, and odds are that it actually exists. My favorite at the moment is the International Journal of Fuzzy Systems, which—ac ...
A review of Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language, by Clive James In a less politically correct era we would have called the witty Clive James “a man of letters,” but I must settle for calling him a leading poet, translator, novelist, memoirist, and critic. ...
A review of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, by Bret Stephens In the cycles of political punditry, Tuesday stands out as a day of refreshing moral and strategic clarity. That is when the Wall Street Journal runs Pulitzer Prize-winner Bret Steph ...
The great contest in 2016.
I begin by offering the trustees of my alma mater, Williams College, a bit of advice...
A review of Lincoln’s Political Thought, by George Kateb Students of Abraham Lincoln marvel that, when not quite 29, he warned of a “towering genius” who would seek glory by “emancipating slaves, or enslaving freemen.” In Lincoln’s Political Though ...
A review of The Forgotten Depression: 1921, the Crash that Cured Itself, by James Grant James Grant’s The Forgotten Depression is about the U.S. economy’s deep recession beginning in 1920—when prices and wages fell rapidly, wiping out the post-World War I inflation& ...
A review of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert D. Putnam Policy analysts who write about America’s new lower class hardly ever know what they’re talking about—not at first hand. The typical social scientist in a major university, or scholar in a Washington ...
A review of Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali In her international bestseller Infidel (2007), Ayaan Hirsi Ali renounced the Islamic faith in which she was raised, and declared herself an atheist. In her new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, ...
A review of The Constitution: An Introduction, by Michael Stokes Paulsen and Luke Paulsen Michael Stokes Paulsen teaches constitutional law about as well as it can be taught, and he writes about it with appealing gusto. A popular professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School i ...
A review of The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II, by John E. Moser Citizens of advanced industrial nations living near the end of the Pax Britannica (1815–1914) believed that they lived in a world of increasing peace, prosperity, and civility. Free-market ...
There are worse things to believe in than nothing.
The rise of campus authoritarianism.
D.W. Griffith, once a famous film pioneer, is remembered for just one thing today...
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Two television shows' very different outlooks on war and prisoners of war.
Mark Blitz looks at our possible post-human future.
Lauren Weiner reviews Allan Ryskind's book on the HUAC.
Modern man may owe his existence to man's best friend.
As important players in the government they had brought about, Madison, Hamilton, Jay, and Washington cashed their winning tickets on the four-horse parlay that secured the Constitution.
Larry Siedentop exposes a baleful misunderstanding between Christianity and secularism, the former failing to acknowledge the legitimacy of its offspring, the latter forgetting its own origin or, worse, forging a fake genealogy that traces to the
The U.S. has experienced a period of nearly 150 years of ascendant, then preeminent, power in international relations.
The Culture Wars; Rethinking Due Process; Our Corrupt Government; The Financial Crisis; Making Gay Okay.
Donald Trump. Ben Carson, and the necessity of constitutionalism.
Allan Bloom and the state of the American mind.
How the Left learned to love the super-rich.
Robert Middlekauff has written a morally generous and politically shrewd account of how politically formative was George Washington, even before his two terms as president.
Peter William Schramm, Requiescat in pace.
Gregg Frazer reviews Steven Green's ambitious book that breaks some new ground in the study of religion and the American Founding.
As long as Tea Party views prevail in the heart of the conservative coalition, it cannot create a governing majority in 21st-century America.
Lifelong dependence on the state is increasingly common for single mothers and their children.
Matthew Stewart is exercised over the effort of Christian historians and apologists to depict the leaders of the American Revolution as “paragons of piety, even miniature deities,” thus disguising the truth that the founders were deist
Americans should not choose their foreign policy on the rebound.
Douglas Kries looks at J. Budziszewski's interpretation of Thomas Aquinas's eight questions on the law in the Summa Theologiae.
Carlos Fraenkel’s Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of five cultures, guided by the author’s efforts to teach philosophy in each of them.
James Stoner looks at 800 years of the Magna Carta.
Joseph Tartakovsky reviews three books on James Madison.
Black and white when Obama is over.
If our government hopes to avoid public employees benefiting to the detriment of the public interest, citizens and statesmen must comprehend the consequences of public unions’ growing power.
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James Grant reviews Ben Bernanke on the financial crisis.
Why the Right shuns the best arguments against gay marriage.
Can we end our wars without winning them?
The 13th Amendment's enduring greatness.
Democracy and transparency need each other.
Joseph Bottum reviews In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783.
Alfred Hitchcock's postmodern appeal.
Vladimir Putin as Machiavellian statesman.
Carol Iannone reviews Feminism Unfinished.
Paul Kengor reviews Robert Services's book on the end of the Cold War.
America is far from shameless.
Tiffany Jones Miller looks at the way Roosevelt shaped modern America.
Jake Rakove looks at the origins of the American Revolution.
Robert Reilly believes conservatives have lost the battle to save traditional marriage because they've chosen losing arguments.
Andrew Roberts reviews Larry Arnn's book on Winston Churchill's three great trials.
Bruce Thornton looks at the influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on the American Founding.
Why we haven't outgrown Thomas Babington Macaulay.
The silencing of the American mind.
Paul Carrese reviews Henry Nau's book on conservative internationalism.
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Roger Scruton's conservatism.
Poverty isn't fixed by cash.
Bradley C.S. Watson looks at the nature and significance of Russell Kirk's conservatism.
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