Category Archives: Freedom

Controlling the narrative vs. free speech

Last Friday’s WSJ had a piece entitled The ‘Postmodern’ Intellectual Roots of Today’s Campus Mobs, in which Crispin Sartwell writes, “If reality is nothing but a ‘narrative,’ then of course it’s important to control what people say.” We are witnessing the … Continue reading

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Proselytizing gets tiresome, no matter who is doing it

In Monastaries of the Mind, Victor Davis writes that “When everything is politicized, people retreat into mental mountaintops — dreams of the past and fantasies of the future.” An increasing number of American don’t take all this [the perpetual proselytizing … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant on safe spaces

Over at Ricochet, member “Gumby Mark” draws an interesting analogy: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, written as he was dying, is one of the finest memoirs by a senior Civil War officer (the other is Fighting for the Confederacy by … Continue reading

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The latest reincarnation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “general will?”

Kevin D. Williamson wonders if we’re getting a little Rousseau mixed into the current Trumpian version of populism, even though we on the Right tend to think poorly of the 18th century Genevan philosopher: “Anglo-American” is a term with a … Continue reading

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Another option: parity that makes emigration moot?

Long excerpt from Victor Davis Hanson about Trump’s recent insulting behavior towards Mexico: I think concerns expressed that Trump treat Mexico and President Peña Nieto with dignity and respect are well-taken and wise. But part of the problem inherent in … Continue reading

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Populism is an illiberal democratic response to undemocratic liberalism

Interesting thoughts about the “sweet spot between populism and post-democracy” from John O’Sullivan: But what explains the populist rise? What had called forth these spirits from the vasty deep? The answer seems to be that they emerged through the growing … Continue reading

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Persuade rather than coerce

Ian Tuttle writes that “Radicalism at one end of the political spectrum means radicalism at the other.” The culprit for [the Democrats’] shellacking at every level was not decades of labeling cultural conservatives “racists” and immigration restrictionists “xenophobes” and abortion opponents … Continue reading

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