Author: Roger Kimball

Maternity Flight Suits and Other Admonitions

Just about the first thing Lloyd Austin did after being confirmed as Joe Biden’s Secretary of Defense was to issue a service-wide order mandating a one-day “stand down” within sixty days to “address extremism within the nation’s armed forces.” “What extremism?” you might be asking, and you would be right to ask.  No matter what Lloyd … Continued

Peak Cancel Culture? Don’t Bet on It

Here’s a question that I do not know the answer to: Is the current insanity of “cancel culture” cresting or just getting started?  Last week in this space, I told you about how Amazon suddenly and without any explanation decided to delist Ryan Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment from … Continued

Can the Truth Set us Free?

I try to re-read The Confessions (the one by St. Augustine, not the one by Rousseau) every Lent. Since it is that time of year again, and since I am rather weary of the usual quotidian static, I thought I would avert my gaze from the armed camp on the Potomac and say a word … Continued

Yes, Acquittal Is Vindication

A little before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump in the long-running “Impeach Donald Trump!” show brought to you by leaky Democrats and their public-relations consortium, the corporate leftist media and Big Tech. The vote was 57 to 43, largely along party lines, wholly along ideological lines. That is, the … Continued

These Interesting Times

I am told the exhortation “May you live in interesting times” is not really an old Chinese curse. But it might as well be. If you’ve noticed a new spring in Xi Jinping’s step lately, it’s because he sees all the slots coming up roses for China. Europe’s cozying up nicely. And the ascension of … Continued

Transmitting the Truth About America’s Founding

Among the 17 executive orders emitted by the Biden Administration on January 20, perhaps the most disturbing was the abolition of the 1776 Commission, the body President Trump formed last year to “enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to … Continued

A Party of Faction and Fantasy

Why are there some 21,000 troops and oodles of razor wire in Washington D.C.?  Really, it is an amazing, not to say an ominous, spectacle. As one Twitter wit put it, Donald Trump brought peace to the Middle East, Joe Biden brought war to Washington.  The ostensible reason for turning the capital of the United … Continued

The ‘Virtue’ of the New Totalitarians

What was the most disturbing thing to happen in the last few days?  Some say it was the horrifying spectacle of the mob besieging and breaking into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.  That was indeed disturbing, especially the pageant of wanton assaults on property in the seat of our government and, most of all, the … Continued

Who Will Be Inaugurated?

Just because the theaters are closed doesn’t mean that we lack for drama. Our quivering reaction to the latest Chinese import may have shuttered Broadway, just as it has emptied restaurants and city streets—unless, of course, you are a member of the nomenklatura—but there is still plenty of excitement to be had in the unfolding … Continued