Give the Gift of Disinterest

Somewhere between 2008 and 2012, it would have been fair to place the future of conservatism in the trough of despair. For many Americans, the two losing presidential candidates of those years were the latest remnants borne out of the evangelical “Moral Majority” era of the 1970s and ’80s, of the establishment, and trying to tell everyone else what to do — no matter how … Continue reading Give the Gift of Disinterest

The Problem of European Guilt

France has understandably encountered a shake-up in its international outlook following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th. A quick note on the European global legacy may be appropriate here. Europe, the cradle of Western civilization, has prospered much by the political and economic ideas and systems that its history has borne. This has undoubtedly given it — and its former colonial counterparts, such … Continue reading The Problem of European Guilt

Feminism’s Choke Point

Rosie the Riveter was created by a man. That’s not all. The model and real-life inspiration for “We Can Do It!”, Geraldine Hoff Doyle, was faithfully married for 66 years till her husband’s death. She was also mother to six children, grandmother to eighteen grandchildren, and great-grandmother to twenty-five great-grandchildren. Who introduced this brave young woman to such nontraditional work as the wartime factory, only … Continue reading Feminism’s Choke Point

Why Classical Architecture Needs a Liberal Arts Defense

The controversial Eisenhower Memorial cleared its final stage of approval this summer, and now about $140 million in private fundraising stands in its way to being erected in Washington D.C. Its designer, Frank Gehry, is both famously inhospitable to his critics and known for putting too much of his own ego into what he creates for public spaces. This has been the case, so far, … Continue reading Why Classical Architecture Needs a Liberal Arts Defense

Political Isn’t Always Personal

There are times when the political left can be trusted to temper the fringes of its own ranks. Perhaps we are seeing it today with the backlash against extreme feminism and political correctness on university campuses. Progressive pundit Bill Maher has been among the most vocal figures on such counts, not least due to being protested himself as last winter’s selected graduation speaker at UC-Berkeley … Continue reading Political Isn’t Always Personal

A Second Return to Normalcy

Last month, the DNA revelation of President Warren G. Harding as the father of Elizabeth Ann Blaesing returned national attention ever so briefly to a persistent historical blind spot. That is, curiously little is remembered of the American presidents between Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, with the possible exceptions of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson — two progenitors of American progressivism. It takes a special touch, … Continue reading A Second Return to Normalcy

‘Go Set A Watchman’ is No Disgrace

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a great piece of American literature, even beyond its status as a quintessential “Bildungsroman” of the sort not found in the hammy contents of most children’s books today. Published in 1960, it was a surprisingly forward-looking examination of Southern society and the infectious nature of racism. Despite the immense success, Lee avoided the public spotlight for the better … Continue reading ‘Go Set A Watchman’ is No Disgrace

The Free College Try

The election talk is heating up. Too early, at that. But I offer a warning to the candidates, lest the rest of us end up forced to decide between two similarly bad outcomes. To capture the young vote next year, the Democrats’ strategy, in particular, is founded upon promises of affordable or even “free” college for all students. Bernie Sanders’ plan, by even more greatly … Continue reading The Free College Try