Media Mentions


The Next President Jackson? A Harvard Head Case

The headlines may claim that “affirmative action is gone,” but the reality is that the effects of the recent Harvard and University of North Carolina Supreme Court case will be minimal on higher education. The scandal of racial and ethnic preferences (not to mention egregious preferences for women) will continue through subtle means. While the Court’s 6-3 majority opinion conceded these dodges of justice, the Chief Justice’s clever argument dropped the weight of the Constitution on Harvard, daring it (and other super-select schools) to separate themselves from their partners in crime among the state universities...

City Journal

Government by Reason—or by Passion?

I know the American People are much attached to their Government,” Abraham Lincoln said in his Lyceum Address of January 1838, when he was a rising, almost-29-year-old state politician in Illinois. Curiously, American government was itself just shy of 62 years old, which, in politics, is not a long time for attachments to develop. The United States had no long descent to trace from toga-draped elders; it had no official language, no state church, and no national university. It was built around a Declaration and a Constitution whose creators were guided by what they had read in a dozen or so treatises of Enlightenment political theory...

Compact Magazine

The Pessimistic Case for the Future

Recently, I was asked to make the “pessimistic case for the future.” I present instead more of a “pessimistic take on the present.” The future, while imminent, is obscure. The present, by contrast, is knowable. This is also not so much a “case” replete with exhaustive evidence—there isn’t space for that, nor is there a need—as a quick tour through our present hell. No one who thinks “everything is fine” will be persuaded otherwise. Those who see the seriousness of our problems hardly need proof. Nor have I made any attempt to be evenhanded, much less philosophically detached. My account is perforce one-sided. I hope it is wrong.

The Federalist

Establishment Democrats Can’t Ditch Biden Because Of Likable Old-Schoolers Like RFK Jr.

Joe Biden is a walking dead man, politically. His approval ratings are in the tank, and a stunning 72 percent of Americans think the country is on the “wrong track,” according to a recent survey. Biden’s cognitive decline is embarrassingly obvious. He is already 80 years old — the oldest president the country has ever had. He would be 86 at the end of a second term, assuming he lived that long, which troubles even his supporters...

Power Line

Podcast: The 3 WHH on ‘The Narrow Passage” by Glenn Ellmers

John Yoo is away overseas this week, so Lucretia and I are joined by Glenn Ellmers, author of the brand new book The Narrow Passage: Plato, Foucault, and the Possibilty of Political Philosophy. Do not be intimidated by the mention of Foucault or anything else in the title, as this crispy-written and very accessible book comes in at a reader-friendly 79 pages (Glenn admits that it began as an essay that grew a little out of control)...

Hillsdale College

Matthew Mehan Shares the Magic of Children’s Literature

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Mehan, Associate Dean & Assistant Professor of Government at Hillsdale’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government, to discuss the current state of children’s literature and his recent book The Handsome Little Cygnet. And Arthur Milikh, Executive Director of the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way Of Life, outlines the arguments inside Up From Conservatism, a collection of essays that seek to reframe the ideological and policy direction of the American Right...

New York Post

70% in NYC don’t feel safe, Eric Adams, so stop the ‘media’ spin

Siena College polling out Wednesday shows that New Yorkers are absolutely terrified about rising crime, with fully 70% reporting that they’re “very” or “somewhat” worried about being victimized. Almost 10% say they’ve been physically assaulted or robbed in just the last year...

Fox News

The Supreme Court’s three ringing blows for liberty

Just before this Fourth of July weekend, the United States Supreme Court struck three ringing blows for American liberty. It upheld freedom of speech; it affirmed that the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the president; and it forbade racial discrimination by the government. Americans should applaud these decisions and a constitutional order that produced them...