Lies and the First Amendment

My father has a favorite joke about politicians. If you see a politician raising his or her eyebrow, then you can be pretty sure that they are telling the truth.

Storm in June

Who would have guessed that a thirty-seven-year-old foreign film would be the summer’s first sleeper hit? Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 film, faded into obscurity after an initial lukewarm reception

The pretense of knowledge

We are only beginning to understand on how subtle a communication system the functioning of an advanced industrial society is based — a communications system which we call the market

Protecting life or regulating sex?

Despite the culture-war rhetoric on both the left and the right, there’s mostly agreement in the abortion debate. The American Enterprise Institute’s Karlyn Bowman has spent decades analyzing public opinion

Liberalism as religion

Godless is like Slander and Treason before it, a best-selling extended indictment of liberals. In fact, I got the eerie feeling as I was reading that I had heard some of these self-incriminating New York Times quotes

Get rid of the high places

While Congress scampers to make new ethics rules in response to the Abramoff and Jefferson scandals, we see once again why the conservative answer to this problem is the libertarian one. Conservatism, understood in the sense of Russell Kirk or Edmund Burke, largely means acting upon the realizations that man is fallen and that power corrupts.

The lesson of California-50

Are Democrats upset about being out of power? On Friday, C-SPAN viewers of the Yearly Kos convention in Las Vegas were treated to this rambling, 58-second question from a young

Celebrity classical

The Three Tenors are “the dominant symbol of American classical music.” Or so Joseph Horowitz wrote in his recent magisterial book, Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise

Electronic voting is for the birds

We’ve grown accustomed to assuming that computerized devices are always better than older technologies. That’s true of most devices, but it’s probably not true of voting machines. When it comes to our elections, it would be a good idea to follow the KISS principle: Keep It Simple,
Stupid.