by | Jun 8, 2018

One of the cardinal errors of conservative political discourse is the recruitment of pop culture icons as what Marxists like to call “culture capital” for the conservative cause.  It is not uncommon to see attempts by conservatives to make a…

by | May 1, 2018

Dennis Prager is easy to listen to. Relaxed, knowledgeable and witty, articulate, engaging, not overly impressed with himself. And of course he’s an active and solid conservative, right on the major issues of the day and willing to travel just…

by | Feb 28, 2018

Washington It has been at least ten years since I stopped by American conservatism’s largest and gaudiest national jamboree, the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC. I used to attend it annually, but somehow it lost its allure about fifteen…

by | Jan 10, 2018

I count myself as a huge Steve Bannon fan. He has done more to advance authentic conservatism in America and to move it from the theoretical to the actual than just-about any other American alive today. And I know how…

by | Jan 8, 2018

Unsurprisingly, there is a media lynch mob out there waiting to tar and feather Steve Bannon. Count me out, I have no need to join the herd of hyenas, independent minds every man and woman of them. Steve Bannon took…

by | Dec 25, 2017

Many years ago — many years ago — the great Hilton Kramer, one of the last of the true New York intellectuals, was sitting with me at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station — we were at the bar,…

by | Nov 28, 2017

Neal Freeman’s byline is one that more conservatives should be acquainted with. Happily, those not familiar with this ever-faithful conservative warrior, both a combatant and a clear and able chronicler of the ideological battles, can catch up with him through this collection of columns, articles, and speeches. They cover significant events, trends, and personalities in the conservative movement from the days of Goldwater to the age of Trump. The previously published pieces in Skirmishes appeared in such as National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and, happy to say, The American Spectator. 

by | Oct 27, 2017

Thomas Jefferson once asked if man had “found angels in the form of kings to govern him.” You wouldn’t know the question was rhetorical if you went by the mournful stories in the Texas media Wednesday about Joe Straus, the…

by | Oct 27, 2017

Laura Ingraham gets it. The ex-Reagan aide and clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas turned radio talker and, coming Monday a Fox News host, has long been one of the most perceptive conservatives out there. Which is why her new book…

by | Oct 27, 2017

As we debate tax reform, there seems to be a growing consensus among conservative commentators that in order to pay for lower rates, we need to target deductions, which is largely correct. One specific target, however, is misguided. That target…

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