A.O. Scott, Right on as Usual

For the most part, movie critics are clueless hacks when it comes to anything political. David Denby and Dana Stevens spring to mind in particular, but the problem is pretty

The Soft Despotism of Low Expectations

I owe John a response to his very savvy account of why it is true that we’re living under Tocqueville’s famous ‘soft despotism': I have myself [Tocqueville writes] vainly searched

Politics vs. Philosophy on the Right

A conversation has started which will, and should, only grow louder, more vociferous, and more comprehensive. It’s about whether or not conservatives should work on developing and pitching new ways

Dear God…(Updated)

…If I ever write a piece of navel-gazing dreck this insipid please remove my hands from my arms as punishment so I may never write again. This piece is the

I'll Second that Yikes

Over at Contentions, Jennifer Rubin breaks down just how many different groups Weekly Standard contributor Sen. Jim Webb managed to offend yesterday: “We shouldn’t be surprised at the way they

Everybody Loves Che

Having not seen Steven Soderbergh’s new Commie-lovefest, Che, I don’t feel particularly comfortable talking about it. But I will second Dirty Harry’s annoyance at the fact that liberal reviewers feel

Gay Baiting? Or Straight Up Fun?

This ad has been making the rounds and attracting a certain amount of Democratic ire — purportedly for, as Matt puts it, “mainlining homophobia”: Outstandingly, Matt persists in his excellent

Blurring the Battlefield

A while ago I went back and forth with John Schwenkler on torture. Our positions are pretty close together, but an element of the ‘torture problem’ we seem to be