• The West Isn’t Committing Suicide, It’s Dying Of Natural Causes

    The West Isn’t Committing Suicide, It’s Dying Of Natural Causes

    I heard Jonah Goldberg talk about his ambitious new book, “Suicide of the West,” last week when he came through Austin and spoke to a sold-out crowd about how we’re in danger of throwing away the best thing that has ever happened to us: liberal democratic capitalism. The forces of tribalism, populism, and nationalism, he says, now threaten to undermine a liberal order that has brought unprecedented prosperity to the world.

    Goldberg’s book and its underlying thesis have been getting a lot of attention lately, especially among conservatives. It’s certainly a timely argument. The liberal order is clearly under threat these days from Left and Right alike, so it’s little wonder that Goldberg’s message is resonating with a large audience. Among conservatives, “Suicide of the West” has been almost universally praised. (Yuval Levin, waxing hyperbolic in National Review, declared, “More than any book published so far in this century, it deserves to be called a conservative classic.”) READ MORE...

  • Trump Looms Large In The First Super Tuesday of 2018 Primaries

    Trump Looms Large In The First Super Tuesday of 2018 Primaries

    The primary elections now underway in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and North Carolina mark the beginning of the 2018 midterms. We’re about to find out what sort of candidates Republican voters will put forward in November to try to hold onto the House and Senate, as well as what kinds of challengers the Democrats think can pull off their hoped-for “blue wave.”

    Today’s primaries will be especially revealing because Donald Trump won every one of these states in 2016. Usually, that would mean the GOP could reasonably expect to do well in these states come November, no matter who wins the primary. READ MORE...

  • After FL School Shooting, Is The Second Amendment Worth Dying For?

    After FL School Shooting, Is The Second Amendment Worth Dying For?

    In November 2007, the novelist David Foster Wallace wrote a short essay for a special edition of The Atlantic on “The American Idea.” Writing about 9/11 and all that came after, Wallace proposed what some might consider a monstrous thought experiment:

    Are some things still worth dying for? Is the American idea one such thing? Are you up for a thought experiment? What if we chose to regard the 2,973 innocents killed in the atrocities of 9/11 not as victims but as democratic martyrs, ‘sacrifices on the altar of freedom’? In other words, what if we decided that a certain baseline vulnerability to terrorism is part of the price of the American idea? And, thus, that ours is a generation of Americans called to make great sacrifices in order to preserve our democratic way of life—sacrifices not just of our soldiers and money but of our personal safety and comfort? READ MORE...

  • The Left Is Conditioning College Students To Hate Free Speech

    The Left Is Conditioning College Students To Hate Free Speech

    On Monday, The Weekly Standard reported that a professor at Princeton University canceled a class on freedom of expression. The professor, Lawrence Rosen, didn’t say why, but it probably had something to do with the outraged students who reportedly walked out of his class last week when he used the N-word during a discussion of whether hate speech should be protected.

    According to a report in the campus newspaper, Rosen asked his students, “Which is more provocative: A white man walks up to a black man and punches him in the nose, or a white man walks up to a black man and calls him a n****r?” One student told TWS that when Rosen said this, a student of color approached him and, inches from his face, shouted, “F-ck you!” while a female student of color shouted at Rosen, “Do you feel safe right now?” READ MORE...

  • House Intel Memo Reveals Deeply Politicized Obama Administration

    House Intel Memo Reveals Deeply Politicized Obama Administration

    The memo is out, and it’s bad. Is shows, unequivocally, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used political opposition research paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to get a secret court warrant to spy on a Trump campaign member.

    It also shows that the FBI omitted vital information in its warrant request to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. Namely, the FBI kept asking for warrant renewals (FISA wiretapping permission expires after 90 days) without telling the court the FBI itself had dismissed Christopher Steele, who generated the opposition research, for lying to the FBI and leaking his relationship with the agency to the press. Both are not only unethical but likely illegal. READ MORE...

  • NBC's Lester Holt Shoots Propaganda Broadcast For North Korea

    NBC’s Lester Holt Shoots Propaganda Broadcast For North Korea

    Lester Holt went to North Korea’s luxury ski resort for the Winter Olympics, apparently unaware he was participating in the spread of regime propaganda.

    NBC’s Lester Holt paid a visit to North Korea this week as part of the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, set to begin next month in South Korea, and in the process broadcast regime propaganda.

    Here’s Holt and crew at Masikryong ski resort at the foot of Mount Taehwa in North Korea. Note the crowd of skiers milling about on the slope behind him: READ MORE...

  • If It Weren’t For The Constitution, America Would Be A ‘Sh-thole’ Country

    If It Weren’t For The Constitution, America Would Be A ‘Sh-thole’ Country

    This article quotes vulgar language.

    President Trump’s remark last week about “shithole” countries was widely decried as racist and offensive, and although his phrasing was crude and unnecessary, Trump wasn’t wrong about the actual countries in question. Haiti, El Salvador, and many countries in Africa—and all over the world, for that matter—are indeed a horrible mess by any objective measure.

    But they’re not this way because of their people. They’re this way because of their corrupt rulers and shitty governments. It’s not really about America at all. Any country without constitutional, limited government will end up a shithole, no matter who lives there. READ MORE...

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