Category History and Politics

Low Cost Higher Education Has Always Been an American Tradition

Until recently I had thought that free tuition at the University of California and City College in New York had been a part of the Cold War, that the American ruling class decided to fund higher education in order to compete with the Soviets.But then I read this passage from John Muir’s autobiography about just […]

The Ethnic and Religious Chauvinism of Bret Stephens

Yesterday, Bret Stephens, a right-wing Zionist at the New York Times, wrote an editorial arguing that Jews are not only smarter than gentiles. They’re more creative. Predictably, the social justice left on Twitter is having a meltdown. Heidi N. Moore, for example, is so angry that she suggests that we not link Stephens’s article because […]

JFK and Bernie: Jew and Catholic

There’s a new account on Twitter called “Democrats Against Anti-Semitism” targeting Bernie Sanders. As of this date, December 22, it only has 234 followers, but since its first Tweet was a few days after the British elections, a retweet of a Guardian columnist talking about an antisemitic incident on a London bus, there’s little question […]

Roman History is an Actual Monty Python Skit

“Finding itself on Julian’s death not only without an Emperor but also — still more important at such a critical moment — without a leader, the Roman army assembled en masse early the following morning to nominate his successor. Their first choice was Sallustius Secundus, the Praetorian Prefect of the East, but he declined absolutely, […]

Some Thoughts on the Cancellation of Cenk Uygur

Cenk Uygur is a left wing, Turkish American journalist and political activist. Over the past two decades, he’s worked for Al Gore’s Air America, which failed, Current TV, which also failed, and organized the Young Turks Network, which succeeded. He’s a familiar, if controversial figure on the American left. As a radio and TV host […]

Mike Luckovich, Russiagate, and Liberal Xenophobia

When I saw this cartoon by Mike Luckovich I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of a name “Luckovich” is. It sounds vaguely Eastern European, and yet here he is not only accusing Russians of colluding with Nazis but also of being Slavic subhumans. Note the tiny skull. Phrenology lives. I couldn’t help but think […]

President Joe Biden

It’s that time again. Even though it feels as if the 2020 Presidential election has already been going on forever, we’re a few months away from the Democratic Party primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. Young, left-wing activists are solidly behind Bernie Sanders, who appears to have taken the lead in New Hampshire. Affluent, middle-aged […]

A Slave Patrol in Waiting

You hear it again and again. If you ask a “gun enthusiast” why he needs to own an AR-15 — and nobody’s hunts with an AR-15 — he will tell you that “the American people need to arm themselves against big government.” Yet within my conscious lifetime, there has never been an example of an […]

The Democratic Debate

Joe Biden: I would only hit a woman in self-defense. Elizabeth Warren: Girls molested by their uncles should be able to have abortions. Bernie: No Rachel I don’t support the Taliban. Buttigieg: I’m not going to invade Mexico like Tulsi says. Also, Tulsi supports Assad. Harris: I know what the word “punked” means, and that […]

Albert Camus on why right wingers want global warming

It’s occurred to me that conservatives aren’t global warming deniers. Rather, they know global warming is a reality, yet they welcome it. They’re a suicidal death cult. Catastrophe brought on by climate change means they’ll not only get to shoot people (like they did during Hurricane Katrina), but that their suicidal, life denying impulses will […]