Is it Time for Conservatives to Reconsider the 1960s?

For several decades, conservatives have been tilting our lances at the 1960s. The decade of street protests, psychedelica, kooky environmentalism, Eastern religious experimentation and rock-and-roll is, in many conservatives’ view, the lodestar of all things bad. What did the sixties give us? Addiction, promiscuity, social justice warriors and New Age bunk. Many of these arguments … Continued


Why Hollywood Loves to Take Cheap Shots at Conservatives

There’s a remarkable scene in the otherwise unremarkable 2012 movie, The Three Stooges, that speaks volumes about Hollywood. The sequence features the story’s villains, played by Kirby Heyborne and Sofia Vergara, together in bed. Can you guess the magazine Vergara’s character is reading? It’s The Weekly Standard, a reliably conservative publication. That’s a tell that … Continued


Is it Time for Conservatives to Create an Alternate Culture?

The culture leans sharply left, and in our current, highly-polarized political climate that means conservatives in the arts tend to be treated as outsiders at best and pariahs at worst. Listen to the personal experiences of conservatives in Hollywood, for example, whether “above the line” (the stars, producers and directors) or below it (the rest … Continued


How Liberals Became the New Cultural Conservatives

Boy have we come a long way since the 1960s. When Lou Reed was growing up, rock ‘n roll was under attack by culturally conservative critics who believed his music was immoral and a bad influence on the youth who loved it. Even the FBI got involved in investigating the lyrics of “Louie Louie” in … Continued


The Alt-Right’s Implacable Ego

When alt-right leader Richard Spencer was thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Convention last Thursday, I tracked him down on his favorite place, the internet, to get his reaction. I was attracted to Spencer not because of the media storm over the alt-right’s blatant racism or their affinity to identity politics, which propose that … Continued


Marco Rubio and the Masculinity Police

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently mocked a Washington Post story that recounted a brief encounter with law enforcement that Rubio had when he was eighteen. Rubio was caught hanging out in a park after hours, a misdemeanor. Rubio hit back with a fake ad revealing his other crimes—coloring outside the lines, double-dipping potato chips. The … Continued


Matt Taylor’s Shirt was Sexist. Period.

Matt Taylor should have picked a different shirt for the biggest and most public day of his career.  And that’s that. No, Matt Taylor’s sexy short sleeves do not in any way vitiate his technical accomplishments.  Yes, the reaction against Taylor was very often way out of proportion with the offense.  But that doesn’t change … Continued