If Seinfeld Won’t Come to the Campus, the Campus Will Come to Him

Take two recent observations, and see if you can tell where they’re headed. First, there’s the news that comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld won’t perform at college campuses because they’re too politically correct. Actually, I suspect Seinfeld doesn’t play campuses because they can’t offer him enough money to get out of bed in the morning. But […]

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Be Kind to Bigots

President Obama’s speech Monday on the fight against terrorism was notable for a number of things, including the fact that the candidate who once railed against “endless war” is now the president promising a “generational” struggle. Even more remarkable is the thing that will ensure the struggle goes on forever: the president’s insistence that, “Ideologies […]

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How to Talk to a Non-Leftist the Other 364 Days of the Year

They’ve done it again. The same sort of people who thought it would be a great idea to ruin Thanksgiving by spouting political propaganda to their relatives have now offered helpful hints on how to be a jerk by boring your family about ObamaCare over the Fourth of July weekend. If this is something you […]

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The End of the Umpire

I don’t think he realizes it, but Chief Justice John Roberts just killed the umpire. The most immediate political implication of last week’s court rulings is to change how we see the Supreme Court. Specifically, it will lead many of us to reject as a lie the theory that Roberts spoke about, with much apparent […]

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King v. Burwell v. Marbury v. Madison

It’s time to add another item to the list of discarded liberal pieties: judicial review. The Supreme Court is no longer here to hold the executive branch accountable to the Constitution or the letter of the law. It’s here to run interference for the executive, to help it rewrite the law to fit its needs. […]

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How Not to Defend Alexander Hamilton

Having written my own defense of Alexander Hamilton’s indispensable place on America’s money, I was pleased to see another defense in the New York Times that seemed to run along similar lines: “in bumping Alexander Hamilton from the center of the $10 bill, we would be exiling the man most responsible for our nation’s having […]

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Don’t Get Trolled on the Confederate Flag

I’ve been getting the feeling over the past few days that the Left is trying to troll us into defending the Confederate flag, simply by way of the trivial, obnoxious, and gratuitously partisan way they’re campaigning against it. As one small example, take a Politico headline about “the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag” that […]

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Seven Liberal Pieties Only the Right Still Believes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve increasingly had the experience of saying things that would have been considered pieties in the liberal catechism when I was young—and which now will get you labeled as a howling reactionary. In retrospect, this is partly because the left didn’t always mean some of the ideals it used to pronounce […]

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The View from the Popemobile

I have started Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s newly release papal encyclical on global warming, and it’s something of a slog. As one of my colleagues put it, popes never seem to use one word when 500 will do. I feel somewhat free to take things slowly when analyzing these documents. There’s something about an institution […]

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Why Hamilton Needs to Stay on Our Money

The shocking news broke yesterday that the Treasury Department is planning to kick Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill, trading him for a woman to be named later. It was quite a surprise, since the longstanding campaign to put a lady on our paper currency has usually targeted Andrew Jackson’s $20 bill. Old Hickory is […]

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