Two Russian Icons

I came across that painting above earlier this week in the Russian State Museum. It stopped me in my tracks. The reproduction above, from the museum’s website, can’t do justice to the canvas itself. It’s titled “The Mother Of God Of Tenderness Towards Evil He… [+1798 chars]

Rubio and the Rise of the Neoreactionaries

Only the reactionary is really capable of being a moderate. Only we stand sufficiently aloof from modernity to judge it dispassionately. An healthy pessimism inoculates us against the two really fatal temptations in politics: reckless optimism and impotent de… [+7630 chars]

Post-Cold War Triumphalism and Kennan’s Warning

Andrew Bacevich describes how the U.S. learned all the wrong lessons from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War: You wont hear it from any of the candidates vying to succeed Trump, but we are still haunted by our false conception of the Col… [+6624 chars]

The Modernity of <i>Robinson Crusoe</i>, an American Art Pioneer, and Resurrecting James Dean

Washingtons new language museum, Planet Word, will open on May 31st: The museum will be housed in the historic Franklin School Building, built by architect Adolf Cluss in 1869. History nerds know it as the place where Alexander Graham Bell made the first-ever… [+7534 chars]

The Forgotten Treasure In These American Lands

All that is constant about the California of my childhood is the rate at which it disappears. Joan Didion, Notes From a Native Daughter Idahos Treasure Valley lies in the western Snake River plain, a stretch of semi-arid land with sagebrush-covered hillside… [+19351 chars]

When ‘Sexist’ (and Desperate) Democrats Bully Warren

After celebrating Tuesday’s takeover of Virginia’s legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging candidacy of Elizabeth Warren. From the tempo and tenor of the attacks, establishm… [+5002 chars]

The Poetry of Populism

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. Only There is shadow … [+13769 chars]

What is the New ‘Woke’ Military Really Preparing Us For?

As a U.S. Army medic in the early 1970s, my father worked with wounded veterans who were suffering from what we would now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the time, so my dad told me, many of these PTSD victims were heavily medicated, their rational an… [+6861 chars]

Watch Live Now: TAC’s ‘Regime Change’ Foreign Policy Conference

WASHINGTON — Join us as we spend the day taking direct aim at the entrenched foreign establishment, which for too long has promoted war over diplomacy at the behest of a powerful military industrial complex, and American primacy abroad over the interests of i… [+3090 chars]

A Note to Progressives: Tell Me How This Ends

Dear progressive friends, family, those who have unfriended me in real life and online, deplatformed me, told me I belong to a cult, claimed Im blind, and everyone who suggested I commit physically impossible acts upon myself: I can’t tweet this as I’ve been… [+7932 chars]