• Who’s Afraid of a Cold War With China?

        It may seem paradoxical, but conservatives tend to be natural pessimists in times of peace and prosperity, Churchillian optimists in times of war and tribulation. This is because conservatives understand the inherent limitations of things like human nature, government and technology, into which left-liberals naively like to invest their hopes and dreams. And… Read More

  • Spring, Like a Lion

    (Unfortunately, wanderings like these are impossible in this wholly abnormal spring, when we’ve had to postpone a camping and hiking trip to the Southwest from fear of state border closures and being locked out of Wyoming when we attempt to reenter it.–author’s note.) It’s 145 road miles from Belen to Gallup, New Mexico, a railroad… Read More

  • Huxley and Orwell

    Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1931) remains a brilliant shot at a future that is ours today.  Its only rival here is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).  Debate between the admirers of these classics continues down to the present—Huxley thought that the future would be rather more like his version than Orwell’s—and my slight preference… Read More

  • Insupportable

    Secretary Mnuchin’s announcement this morning that the federal government is looking to restart the economy in regions of the country where the Covid virus has not taken a strong hold is politically wise, and in fact critically important. The Western public has so far cooperated, for the most part willingly, with the shutdowns, shutouts, lockups,… Read More

  • Hag-Ridden in the House

    Photographs of Nancy Pelosi show a woman looking increasingly hag-ridden, as in fact she is. The hag  is Madam Speaker herself. She has recently turned eighty, and looks every makeup-plastered wrinkle and crease of it. Her public demeanor—her grimaces and her speech in her particular—suggest the Wicked Witch of the North. This is a presidential… Read More

  • The Great Escape

      There is little news these days, beyond symphonic variations on a theme of Covid-19.  So it is a relief to turn to a melody in a lighter key.  The world has thrilled at the news that Harry and Meghan have made their escape from Vancouver Island, which in their imagination they saw as the… Read More

  • Brother Putin

      As I write a Russian military transport plane the size of a small cruise ship and laden with medical supplies and equipment is jetting across the Atlantic  toward a stricken Third World country immediately north of the Rio Grande. The relief follows shortly after President Putin sent medical aid to Italy and Iran, two… Read More