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Why We Can’t Trust the Left

Tom Nichols just articulated the dilemma of a “Republican in exile” in the era of Donald Trump and concluded by hoping for big Democratic gains in this fall’s mid-term elections, in the hope of shocking the Republican Party into reforming. As a fellow Republican in exile, I sympathize with this, particularly after the spending spree […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is our culture’s struggle with the ghostly mental influence of totalitarianism. 1. Walter Duranty Syndrome Who’s the big star of the South Korean Winter games? Why, North Korea, of course! The rest of this […]

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What We Owe John Williams

Editor’s Note: The piece below draws extensively from an article on the Olympics that I wrote in 2014.—RWT Composer John Williams turns 86 today, which by happy coincidence is the same day millions of viewers will be celebrating some of his best music: the themes he wrote for the Olympics, which have since become a […]

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The Illusion of Nationalism

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the upcoming Winter Olympics. This isn’t the partial ban imposed on Russia for the 2016 games. This time, Russia is being expunged from the Olympics. As the New York Times sums it up, “The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is absolute power and the corruption it breeds. 1. Charlie Rose and Lord Acton The wave of accusations of sexual misconduct by powerful men has now come for respected interviewer Charlie Rose, though […]

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The Olympic Ideal

There are always plenty of reasons to complain about the Olympic games, if you are so inclined. There is the usual debacle of the preparations for the venue, which is worse than usual this year, despite the fact that there is a simple solution. Or there is the unfolding live-action spy novel of the Russian […]

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How to Fix the Olympics

The Olympics this year are a mess. I can confidently state that because they are always a mess. And there’s a simple solution that has been repeatedly proposed, but which no one seems to want to act on. The latest trouble is news of athletes withdrawing from the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, along […]

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Among the Olympians

A few months ago, I had a conversation with someone who repeated an old cliché: the idea that heroic portrayals of idealized human figures are reminiscent of Nazi art, with its emphasis on the chiseled physiques and square jaws of young blonde men. Unfortunately, the person who told me this was someone connected to the […]

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