Liberals scoff when conservatives denounce Obama and his policies as socialist. After all, they argue, Obama isn’t Stalin and America is nothing like the Soviet Union. But socialism doesn’t always resemble the Berlin Wall or the Iron Curtain, as National Review editor Kevin Williamson proves in his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.
In Maryland, Big Brother plays Big Mommy.
There wasn’t a transgender City and the Pillar, or even a transgender Will and Grace. Hollywood has always had a soft spot for transvestite comedy, but mainly in the context of broad situational comedy well insulated from any messy sexual questions: Robin Williams cross-dresses to be close to his children, Shawn and Marlon Wayans because they are dedicated FBI agents.
We face instead a set of conventional, intractable systemic failures.
Hillary Clinton has this weird thing she does: She forgets to smile until a half a second after she has entered a room. If you keep your eyes open, you can see her do it and practically hear the hoists and pulleys and whatnot lurching squeakily into action to pull that dour mug into its familiar for public-consumption rictus. Maybe she’s feeling antsy: She’s under federal investigation, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, scene of the New York Democratic-primary debate, used to house a federal prison.
"Ideas have consequences” is a phrase conservatives of a certain age may associate with Rush Limbaugh. Before that, it was associated with the philosopher Richard M. Weaver, who published a famous book by that title in 1948, arguing that the Western world was in decline because William of Ockham convinced Europeans that there is no such thing as absolute truth, hence Buchenwald, Communism, and the oeuvre of Jackson Pollock.
Notes from a weekend with Bernie.
It is strange that Michael Dougherty so fundamentally misdiagnoses the conservative reaction to Trump: “A Trump win,” he writes, “at least temporarily threatens the conservative movement, because it threatens to expose how inessential its ideas are to holding together the party.”
Sometimes, appearances are everything.Script pull
There is no such thing as ‘presidency studies’. Exhibit A in the category “Questions Nobody Is Asking”: Does Howard Dean believe that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is qualified to be president?
The Democrats deploy a cynical weapon.
The asteroid will hit our economy in 2021.
Or the use of administrative diktat to make rock 'n' roll and pro football polite.
NR and heterodox Republican administrations: a brief history.
The sun is blazing, and Steelers Nation is restive. It may be that the tribe members gathered at the newly rechristened Hard Rock Stadium in Miami aren’t used to getting serious sunburns in October - or it may be that they just aren’t used to losing, at least not to a bunch of second-raters like the 1–4 Dolphins with their dopey Jimmy Buffett fight song and their just-this-side-of-Scores “cheerleaders” and their communal “HOO-AH!” after every first down.
In the 1980s, every punk band had a song about racism, the classic of the genre being "Racism Sucks," by 7 Seconds, whose teenaged members had no doubt learned a great deal about the hard facts of black life on the almost exclusively white streets of Reno, Nev., in 1981. There was also the Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks F*** Off," also from 1981, Black Flag's "White Minority," Operation Ivy’s "Unity,” Minor Threat’s “Guilty of Being White" - it is a pretty big catalogue.
"The Christian - Fascist Fantasy" is from the September 12, 2016 issue of National Review.
In The Fractured Republic, Yuval Levin argues that conservatives suffer from a paralyzing nostalgia for the 1980s, in which they detected an echo of the moral certainty and economic dynamism of the 1950s. But some remember the 1980s rather differently: The US divorce rate peaked in 1980, and children in elementary school in the Reagan years were the first generation in which the question "Are your parents still married?" was both common and of intense interest.
The Libertarian party is having a big year. Its presidential ticket is composed of two former Republican governors with reasonably good records and a great deal more relevant executive experience between the two of them than the Democratic and Republican nominees combined. "For once," the Libertarians joke, "we aren’t the crazy ones."
The news of the past several weeks has provided a reminder of the wisdom of proposals for mandatory body-cams: Bill Clinton may very well soon be wandering around the White House without adequate supervision, and somebody, somewhere, is going to need to keep an eye on him.