The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

‘A Herd of Savages’

MS-13 ‘animals’ in custody after being captured in El Salvador. This past week, President Trump inflamed liberal fury when, in a White House discussion of California’s “sanctuary state” laws, he made a remark about the MS-13 gang: “These aren’t people. They’re animals.” Because the media deceptively portrayed this as an insult aimed at all immigrants, […]

Education or Indoctrination?

“There have been many examples in history of rich and powerful states which have been corrupted from within, enfeebled and deceived until they were unable to resist aggression.” — Sen. Joseph McCarthy, June 14, 1951 Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, and a student of Cold […]

‘The Last Song Nearly Killed Me’

  On this date in 1963, the Beatles released their first album, Please Please Me, an event memorialized by the poet Philip Larkin: Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me) Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban And the Beatles’ first LP. The story of how that LP was recorded […]

‘A Reprobate Mind’

Emperor Nero (left); Aziz Ansari (right). The Greek word adokimon can be translated as “depraved,” “unacceptable” or “foolish.” It is used exactly once in New Testament, in the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, where the King James Version translates it as “reprobate”: “And even as they did not like to […]

Where Did Hillary Go Wrong?

The lovely young Hillary Rodham, 1965. This morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends were mocking the latest installment of Hillary Clinton’s “Excuse Tour,” as we might call her ongoing crusade to avoid responsibility for her own failures: In an interview posted Wednesday with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Clinton bemoaned being seen as an extension […]

The Man Who Killed the Sixties

  Charles Manson died Sunday night. You have to be a certain age — and at 58, I’m just barely old enough — to understand just what a notorious public symbol Manson was, and what the infamous “Helter Skelter” murders signified. To put it as simply as possible, Charles Manson is the man who killed […]

Why the South Is Rising Again

  “These Democrats will do whatever they have to stop the president.” “Now they’re making a big deal about statues? Who cares about statues!” That exchange between two guys in a diner in Long Island, N.Y., was overheard by a former Democratic congressman, Steve Israel, who is no fan of Donald Trump, but who is […]

Google vs. Science, Feminists vs. Babies, Commies vs. History, Ad Infinitum

  Toni Airaksinen of Campus Reform reports that Lee Jussim, a Rutgers University psychology professor, has defended Google “manifesto” author James Damore’s controversial statements about male-female differences. Damore “gets nearly all of the science and its implications exactly right,” Professor Jussim says, and suggests that Google has “created an authoritarian atmosphere that has stifled discussion […]

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