Reviews of films "Sharper," "The Whale," and a revisit of 1969's "The Reckoning." Despite some deficiencies, each has something to recommend itself.
The End of Liberalism Nears
In his latest book, Francis Fukuyama sees liberalism under threat from extremists on both the populist right and the identitarian left.
What We Are Reading: April 2023
Short reviews of Over Here: The First World War and American Society, by David Kennedy, and The Voyage of the Catalpa, by Peter Stevens.
Exploits of the Noble Savage
Modern grievances are, at heart, about competition for resources, prestige, and power. All that has changed are the myths used to mask the claims and obscure reality.
A Weekend With O’Keefe
Investigative journalism of the kind that James O'Keefe practices is not for normal people. But it is necessary nonetheless.
The Swiss Dream
Swiss people are sovereign in a way the people of France, Britain, Germany and the United States are not.
The Maoist Rage of Woke Ideology
Unlike Marxism, wokeness is primarily a “morality” based on an abstract notion of social justice, which takes its inspiration and methods from Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
Books in Brief: April 2023
Short reviews of Interventions 2020, by Michel Houellebecq, and The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great Power Rivalry Today, by Hal Brands.
Remembering Herbert Butterfield
Herbert Butterfield formulated a political theory of limited liberalism around his Augustinian Christianity, which tempered personal liberty with the recognition of man's fallen nature.
Why Wokeism Is Not Marxist
At present, it is not a Marxian anti-capitalist left that most threatens our society. It is a wokeism perfectly happy to consolidate progressive business monopolies with massive economic power over individual lives.
The Cause of Us All
Mark Winchell explores the myth of Abraham Lincoln's "deification" in American culture, among other Southern themes.
Beating a Dead Imperial Horse
In Legacy of Violence, Caroline Elkins projects her skewed view of 1950s Kenya onto the entire history of the British Empire.
Marx Was Not Woke
Wokeism arises out of the failure of liberalism, not out of the theory of Marxism.
The Post-Christian Moral Order
Wokeness isn’t Marxism. It’s the new moral order for the managerial State.
Ireland’s Forgotten Genocide
Despite much handwringing about British colonial misdeeds in Africa and the Caribbean, the systematic, purposeful extermination of more than a million Irish during the potato famine of the 19th century gets little attention.
Cracks in the COVID Story
Key government officials made deceptive use of fear and guilt in an attempt to control public resistance to totalitarian pandemic policies.
Poland Needs a Peace Party
Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion, Warsaw has in essence become the Kiev regime’s most fervent spokesperson in NATO and the EU. What Poland desperately needs instead is a Peace Party.
The foreign policy consensus between Europe and the U.S. leads only to unnecessary new wars abroad and to the suicide pact of multiculturalism at home.