Category Archives: Politics

Sometimes, institutions have earned the distrust

Nice piece from Jonah Goldberg about restoring trust in the media. Although I do believe in some cases ‘advocacy journalism’ devolves into intentional bias, I think it’s mostly groupthink.  Every institution makes mistakes.  In this institution (the press, although we … Continue reading

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The cause is the cause

Kevin D. Williamson on President Trump’s decision to keep his promise about Jerusalem: The Palestinian statelet is in no way viable, and the Palestinian cause is less and less useful to the Islamic powers with each passing year. The Arab–Israeli … Continue reading

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You can’t prove our guy was a serial molester of adolescent girls!

Kevin D. Williamson writes, “Whatever Republicans think having Roy Moore in the Senate will accomplish, it isn’t worth it.” He takes this funny jab at Roy Moore: Similarly, Republicans are at the moment lining up behind or at least making … Continue reading

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The ends are ephemeral but the means live on

A wise man once wondered if the success of Alinskyite tactics, deployed at the national level, would be temporary or would breed imitation?   That’s the thing with tactics that coarsen the political process:  the ends are ephemeral but the means … Continue reading

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There are any number of definitions of conservatism out there

An attempt to define “conservatism” from Jonah Goldberg, back in 2015: There are any number of definitions of conservatism out there on the Interwebs, though my sense from googling around is that at least half of them are invidious; caricatures … Continue reading

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To rewrite the rules of courteous behavior

I can’t recall where/when I first heard said, of conservatism, that it “has a certain meanness of spirit – along with a superiority of fact.” Just came across a longer version of the same idea, from 10 yeas ago, pretty … Continue reading

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Our small-r institutions

Kevin D. Williamson writes that we ought to be grateful: There isn’t anything magical about our genes or our Constitution that protects us from barbarism. The nation that produced Cervantes was under a generalissimo’s dictatorship within my lifetime; the nation … Continue reading

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