Are Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro Redeeming Conservative Punditry?

Joe Rogan interviewed Ben Shapiro on his podcast last week, and it represented a new and encouraging wave of conservative punditry. Young conservatives are beginning to see through the shallow, self-serving outrage of the old TV and radio pundits, and are instead turning to figures who are willing to take an honest look at the … Continued

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We Need ‘Confederate’ to Remind Us that Not Everything Bad is Slavery

“Because, for some, the Confederacy isn’t alt-history. It’s right now.” That’s how an activist who goes by the Twitter handle @ReignofApril explained her reason for organizing a protest against a new HBO series. The show, which is called Confederate, takes as its premise an alternative history in which the South seceded from the Union and … Continued

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What Trump Could Learn about Flattery from Reading Plutarch

Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but it was the flattery of his courtiers that convinced the emperor he could get away with it. In his essay, “How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend,” the late Roman historian Plutarch gestures at Nero, speculating that if the emperor had known to silence his flatterers, … Continued

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A Brief History of American Presidents and the Boy Scouts

As with many presidents before him, Donald Trump was invited to speak to thousands of boys attending the recent Boy Scout Jamboree. Unlike many other presidents, however, including former president Barack Obama, President Trump took them up on the offer and on July 24 delivered remarks to 40,000 Boy Scouts in West Virginia. A talk … Continued

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What Trump’s Transgender Tweets Reveal About the Culture Wars

The breakdown of American social norms is advancing at a lightning pace. Just five years ago if you were told a woman doesn’t necessarily have a vagina, and may instead have a penis, you might have called that insanity. Today, you’re a hateful bigot if you don’t subscribe to this kind of thinking. Not only … Continued

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The Media’s Hypocritical ‘Concern’ for Trump’s Health

It’s sweet, really. USA Today’s healthcare policy reporter Jayne O’Donnell is very concerned about President Donald Trump’s wellbeing. In an article entitled, “Will Trump’s Exercise and Eating Habits Catch Up to Him as Stress Mounts,” she writes: He’s 71, holds down an incredibly stressful job, and is overweight. He doesn’t exercise. His eating habits are … Continued

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Is the Real Goal of the LGBTQ Community ‘Genderless’ Children?

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in the public sphere, one common denominator in every protest, Supreme Court case, or other legal challenge is activists’ claim that equality is their movement’s only goal. When opponents offered slippery slope arguments, they were sneered at as silly, logical fallacies. If parents expressed concerns about their children’s … Continued

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