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Le Pen Will Get Her Chance

The election result is obviously a huge blow to the two biggest parties in France, the socialists (whose candidate Benoît Hamon came in far behind...

Clinton's Syria War Plans

John Allen and ex-CIA Chief Mike Morrell, there is a growing backbench of Washington establishment macho men—and women—who testify to Clinton's “run it up the...

The Incoherence of the Religious Conservative Case For Trump

Let's imagine that well-known conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone somehow became the Democratic nominee, and let's say he had a history of saying that abortion was...

Trump's Realpolitik

You may be all too familiar with those exhausting political-tagging debates involving this politician or that intellectual—and whether he or she is “really” a conservative...

Ireland's Easter Wars

This year marks the centennial of the Easter Rising in Ireland. Beginning on Good Friday, March 25, Ireland launched a six-day commemoration of the key...

French Gaullists and the Last War

By Robert Zaretsky • November 18, 2015 ... (For Americans, perhaps the closest analogy of Trévidic's remarks in Paris Match would have been a People...

My People, Black & White

He is a black liberal from the Crescent City; I am a white conservative from the rural hills of West Feliciana Parish. How could we...

The GOP 2016 Field: And Then There Were Sixteen | The American Conservative

The GOP 2016 Field: And Then There Were Sixteen. By Daniel Larison • July 21, 2015, 11:46 AM .... That is so awesome … and...

Obama's Big Ebola Wager

Should we assume that the chances of another Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian whose arrival here resulted in the infection of two nurses, are fairly...

On Ebola, a 'Philosophical Choice'

TIME Come to think of it, the priorities laid out by Secretary of State John Kerry in a press conference last week—that “[w]e need airlines to...

On Ebola, a 'Philosophical Choice'

Come to think of it, the priorities laid out by Secretary of State John Kerry in a press conference last week—that “[w]e need airlines to...

Off the Literary Reservation

... Coeur d'Alene)―Box chooses from a recommended reading list of approximately 70 works by Native American young-adult authors like Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee), N. Scott...

Help The American Conservative Win the Peace

In the 2004 presidential contest, Democrats rebuffed even the mildly antiwar Howard Dean in favor of a hawkish John Kerry, who went down to defeat...

Against the Legumes

A short update to my Against the Grains piece from a couple of weeks back, in which I talked about how getting off of rice,...

Groundhog Day For America

Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Mark Begich of Alaska, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, Joe Manchin III...

Human, Not Alien To Me: A Brechtian Trio at Stratford

And to a person the cast makes that identification easy. E. B. Smith's Eilif is more eager to please than I imagined him, and hence...

Uncle Sam: The Mideast's Useful Idiot

ABC News Greater danger than it has been in John McCain's lifetime! Wow, how about that? Who believes this crap anymore? Conor Friedersdorf collected the evidence...

Awake the Pert and Nimble Spirit of Mirth

A couple of years ago, I had a conversation with a rabbinical friend of mine about the prospects for the Conservative Movement of Judaism to...

Art & Religion Need Each Other

I said: 'I can't help you with prayer, but perhaps I can help with silence and a little joy.” And therein lies the crux of...

Why Webb Won't Run

I'd love to see a debate where Hillary Clinton faces off against Jim Webb, and Bernie Sanders, and Brian Schweitzer, and Russ Feingold, and Joe...

What's the Punishment for Being a Stock Character?

“As Above, So Below” is a collision of lots of intriguing ideas and settings. It's about a British professor's quest to find the Philosopher's Stone...

Paradiso, Canto XXX

I told my wife the other day that blogging these last few cantos of Paradiso feels like trying to scale the sheer summit of a...

Three Endangered Democrats for Civil Liberties

He wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to protest the secret court decisions that inform government interpretations of surveillance law. After Edward Snowden's revelations, the...

Nixon in Dixie

The Southern Manifesto charged the Supreme Court with a “clear abuse of judicial power” in the Brown decision desegregating the public schools in 1954. The...

Eric Holder Puts Corporate Dope on the Table

“At issue is how much of the cost of the $7 billion in 'soft dollars,' or help for borrowers, the bank will bear under the...

In Ferguson, Peace and Order First

“America is on trial,” said Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St. Mark's Family Church in Ferguson, Missouri. At issue, the shooting death...

In Ferguson, Peace and Order First

By Patrick J. Buchanan • August 19, 2014, 12:00 AM ... Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot multiple times by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white...

The Sophomore Slump

Teachers who delight in debunking “traditional” values that your parents espouse, teachers for whom cultural criticism consists of scoffing at anything “conservative.” They were my...

Paradiso, Canto XXIV

We learn in Canto XXIV, when Beatrice presents Dante to St. Peter, who will examine him to discover what he knows about the virtue of...

Martial Law Enforcement

The Utah Highway Patrol, according to a Salt Lake City Tribune investigation, got an MRAP from the 1033 program, and Utah police received 1,230 rifles...

What Gaza Has Revealed

But the trying to understand how a country that was in many ways the most advanced in Europe could descend so far so fast. Scholars...

Against The Emerging Dhimmitude

Yet now, we are seeing the world change very fast, to the point where simply holding the views I do as a Christian about marriage...

The Dangerous and Unnecessary “League of Democracies”

This is partly why I'll never call myself a “conservative”. “Let's start a new international organization because it's temporarily ... As Daniel has already pointed...

Against Whiggery, Or, Between Despair & Presumption

But then, it wouldn't be a blog that would be relevant to the editorial focus of . It often happens when I meet new people...

Against Whiggery, Or, Between Despair & Presumption

But then, it wouldn't be a blog that would be relevant to the editorial focus of . It often happens when I meet new people...

When Baltimore Bore the “Bombs Bursting in Air”

The biggest blow to military success was the strategic blunder made by the Secretary of War, John Armstrong, who was thoroughly convinced that the British...

Feminism and Fundamentalism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Marc Barnes for Patheos recently quipped that American women are “swiftly running out of things that aren't sexy.” [I]n our wannabe feminist culture, reading a...

The Lessons of 1814

A recent issue of the German historical magazine Geo Epoche interviewed Christopher Clark, author of the definitive diplomatic history of the events leading to World...

Marvin and Motown in Melbourne

Elsewhere the excitement never relents; and as for the finale … well, if Woody Allen was right in crediting Wagner's output with making you want...

Pope Francis Needs Distributism

Sarah Palin, a conservative evangelical, told CNN that the Pope surprised her, that his statements sounded “kind of liberal.” Rush Limbaugh said he was “befuddled”...

Why You, Young Person, Should Take Religion Seriously

Moreover, it doesn't take much diligence on the subject to find work that explains why classical discussions on the existence of God are bolstered by...

Is Brandon Ambrosino Being Persecuted?

But he showed himself a strong, fast writer who really wanted to learn. And that ... But when it happens to someone like Brandon Ambrosino,...

Why Do Conservatives Hate Environmentalism?

That's a question Sean McElwee asks from the Left in an essay wondering why it is that European conservatives are a lot more green than...

Common Core & Globalization: Fact and Fiction, Part VI

Mike Pence for approval. This move, writes NWI Times reporter Dan Carden, was motivated by “fears the federal government seeks to control local schools.” Many...

The Missile Defense Distraction

. By Daniel Larison • March 13, 2014, 8:57 PM · Tweet. If there is one thing that Republican ... Joe Cirincione made this point...