@markgjudge

Mark Judge is a journalist and filmmaker. His books include A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock 'n' Roll and Damn Senators: My Grandfather and the Story of Washington's Only World Series Championship. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller. He writes a weekly column for Real Clear Books and is the producer of Whittaker Chambers: A Documentary Film, which is now in production.


Did Social Media Kill Juvenile Delinquency?

YouTube killed the juvenile delinquent. That’s the conclusion I came to recently when I got together with some of my high school friends from the early 1980s. Reliving our glory days, we found ourselves thankful that there was no social media to capture our antics. It’s only based on a hunch, but I’m convinced that … Continued

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CoverBoy: James Charles Dickinson is Not a Girl

James Charles Dickinson is not a girl. The seventeen-year-old high school student and makeup expert from Bethlehem, N.Y., has just been named a model for cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Dickinson (who also goes by James Charles) has nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram and more than 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. After premiering in CoverGirl’s “So … Continued

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Why Social Justice Warriors Can’t Leave Women’s Magazines Alone

“Thousands of marketing specialists are paid ungodly amounts of money to brainwash you, sell you an illusion and destroy your self esteem. These magazines should be illegal. They’re fundamentally anti-woman and anti-you and you’ve given them the power with your wallet.” That’s the conclusion of Oskar T. Brand, a social commentator who recently created a … Continued

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Sorry, Donald Trump. You’re Not Punk Rock

Is Donald Trump punk rock? The question has come up recently in articles in the Atlantic and Taki’s Magazine. In the Atlantic’s “Donald Trump, Sex Pistol,” James Parker writes that “with his followers,” Trump “has co-created a space in American politics that is uniquely transgressive, volatile, carnivalesque, and (from a certain angle) punk rock.” Trump … Continued

Music, Politics

Clint Eastwood, ‘Sully’, and the Virtue of Standing Still

The great journalist Irving Kristol once remarked that he went from being liberal to neoconservative simply by standing still. As the Western world went further and further to the left in the 1960s, the values that Kristol once embraced as a liberal—anti-communism, pro-family, pro-free speech and economic growth—suddenly were rejected by the left. Kristol didn’t … Continued

Culture, Movies

Why Should School Start After Labor Day? So Kids Can Have Summer Jobs

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently made news when he issued an executive order delaying the start of public schools next year until after Labor Day. Holding up the order while standing on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland, the Republican governor said the “long overdue” mandate “will help protect the traditional end of summer.” Hogan … Continued

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Spoiler Alert: Porn Kills Your Libido

The BBC recently reported that younger and younger men are seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction—and all because of porn. Therapist Angela Gregory told reporter Simon Mundie, “More and more men in their late teens and early twenties are suffering from erectile dysfunction,” and said she “puts the blame on people becoming addicted to watching online … Continued

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‘Hell or High Water’ is Here to Save the Summer Movie Season

Hell or High Water is a near-perfect summer movie. That is to say, it’s a perfect antidote to the dreadful (Suicide Squad), awful (Ghostbusters), not very good (Jason Bourne) 2016 summer movie season. It’s a film that’s gorgeously shot, philosophical without being preachy, expertly acted, and understated at the right times. Hell or High Water … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Is Contemporary Liberalism Creating a Soulless Monoculture?

I was once called a “cracker” by a member of the Nation of Islam. It was in the mid-1980s and I was driving through Washington, D.C., in the kind of neighborhood that conservatives call dangerous and liberals call “transitioning.” I saw a member of the Nation of Islam, bow tie and all, on the corner … Continued

Politics

How Feminism Lost the Feminine Mystique

The first edition of Betty Friedan’s 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique was pro-family and pro-men. It made no mention of contraception or abortion. It was a questing philosophical work, not a screed. Seen from the vantage of today’s feminism, these are startling facts. Friedan’s groundbreaking work was crucial in launching second-wave feminism, the movement that … Continued

Politics