• It's Past Time To Break Up The Supreme Court's Harvard-Yale Duopoly

    It’s Past Time To Break Up The Supreme Court’s Harvard-Yale Duopoly

    Democrats have already issued their pro forma denunciations of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Some are more pro forma than others, such as one press release dismissing Kavanaugh as an “extremist”—except it was clearly written before the announcement, and someone forgot to include the actual name of the nominee, so it merely denounces the placeholder “XX.”

    Meanwhile, religious conservatives are disappointed that Trump passed over Amy Coney Barrett—a devout Catholic, mother of seven, and guaranteed vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. (They’ll get over it.) My own objection is, in some way, much smaller and more niggling, but it points to a problem that is big and getting bigger. The only thing that really bothers me about the Kavanaugh appointment is that he’s from Yale. Again. READ MORE...

  • The Left Celebrates July 4 By Denouncing The First Amendment

    The Left Celebrates July 4 By Denouncing The First Amendment

    The biggest news this week is that the Left has officially turned against the First Amendment and freedom of speech — and just in time for the Fourth of July!

    If you’re on the Right, it is not news that the Left wants to shut us up. The only change is that this goal is being announced openly in the leading publications of the mainstream Left, specifically in a long article in The New York Times warning about “How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment.” Weaponized. That’s right, they’re giving the First Amendment the same treatment they gave the Second. Does free speech seem as scary and dangerous as an AR-15 yet? READ MORE...

  • For The Left, The Enlightenment Is Just Another Excuse To Cry 'Racism'

    For The Left, The Enlightenment Is Just Another Excuse To Cry ‘Racism’

    One of my concerns about the Trump era is that it signals a wave of anti-intellectualism on the Right, a collapse in concern for basic ideas. It has also triggered something of an anti-intellectual response on the Left, because Trump is the bogeyman who justifies blind, frenetic “resistance” in place of thoughtful criticism and reasoned debate.

    But now we’re finally getting some compensation for this, because the latest controversy among the pundit class is a debate over the ideals and legacy of the eighteenth-century intellectual and philosophical movement known as the Enlightenment. Maybe it is precisely the anti-intellectualism of today’s politics, the futility of debates over the normal issues of public policy, that is driving people back to the really big and fundamental questions. READ MORE...

  • Supreme Court's Masterpiece Majority Wants To Kill Freedom Softly

    Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Majority Wants To Kill Freedom Softly

    Monday, in a resounding 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court affirmed that the government cannot crush your freedom unless they’re really nice about it.

    The court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, a devout Christian and proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who had been prosecuted by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Yet the court ruled in his favor on very narrow, purely procedural grounds that are intended to punt on the underlying issue of religious liberty. READ MORE...

  • The Enlightenment Is Not The Enemy

    The Enlightenment Is Not The Enemy

    Jonah Goldberg has a new book out defending the “liberal”—i.e., pro-freedom—legacy of the Enlightenment, the philosophical awakening of the eighteenth century. Such a defense is certainly needed in light of the Enlightenment’s wholesale rejection by today’s mainstream intellectuals.

    Yet this has required many others on the Right to come to terms with their views of the Enlightenment, and it’s not going well. Many conservatives are dismissing the Enlightenment and trying to hand over its legacy to the anti-Enlightenment intellectuals on the Left. READ MORE...

  • Yes, We Should Celebrate Our Anglo-American Heritage

    Yes, We Should Celebrate Our Anglo-American Heritage

    The latest Outrage of the Day is Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking before the National Sheriffs’ Association and referring to “the Anglo-American heritage of law-enforcement.” This is a hideous racist statement—if you have been educated extensively in how to seek out offense but have learned next to nothing about history.

    We do in fact have an Anglo-American system of law in this country, in the literal sense of being derived from English law. “Anglo-American law” is a widely accepted alternative term for the common law tradition that came to America with English settlers and formed the basis for our judicial system. Part of that tradition is the office of sheriff—originally a “shire reeve,” an Anglo-Saxon office that predates the Norman Conquest. READ MORE...

  • The GOP Budget Deal Throws Fiscal Sanity Out The Overton Window

    The GOP Budget Deal Throws Fiscal Sanity Out The Overton Window

    They told me if I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, Washington DC would go on a massive, unsustainable, Big Government spending spree — and they were right!

    Early this morning, Congress passed and President Trump signed a deal to avert a government shutdown for another two years by basically giving the Democrats all the spending they wanted and increasing discretionary spending by $150 billion a year.

    There are also reports that Republicans are working on a bill to bail out Obamacare, and we haven’t even gotten to Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan yet. But no big deal. Rush Limbaugh says he isn’t worrying about the debt because “all of the apocalyptic warnings I grew up hearing have yet to happen.” READ MORE...

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