One Nation, Under God?

by Bruce Thornton

Defining Ideas

The role of religion in American social and political life is an ever-present element in our civic conversation. The recent controversy over the contraception mandate ignited a smoldering conflict over just this issue. Continue reading “One Nation, Under God?”

The Democracy Delusion and Obama’s Failed Mideast Policy

by Bruce Thornton

Frontpage Magazine

The New York Times headline on Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to Egypt said it all: “US Is in a Quandary.” That’s putting it mildly. Better words for this administration’s foreign policy are “confused,” “contradictory,” and “delusional.” Continue reading “The Democracy Delusion and Obama’s Failed Mideast Policy”

The Bad/Good Idea of Removing Assad

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Who could not despise the tottering Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria?
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Egypt’s Presidential Elections: What’s at Stake

by Raymond Ibrahim

FrontPage Magazine

Egypt’s long awaited and much anticipated presidential elections — the first of their kind to take place in the nation’s 7,000 year history — are here. As we await the final results — and as the Western mainstream media fixate on images of purple-stained fingers — it is well to remember that there is much more at stake in Egypt’s elections than the mere “right” to vote. Continue reading “Egypt’s Presidential Elections: What’s at Stake”

Beware of the Mob

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Our Modern Lynch Mob

Democracies are in general prone to fits of the mob. Just read the Thucydidean account of the debate of Mytilene. Continue reading “Beware of the Mob”

Europe in the Rearview Mirror

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

The Dream and the Nightmare

The European Union was always a paradox. Its existence was predicated entirely on the notion of German guilt, translating into massive cash transfers east and south. Continue reading “Europe in the Rearview Mirror”

The Libyan Non-Model

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It is a good thing that Moammar Qaddafi is gone, even if by barbaric means. So what did we learn from the 2011 misadventure, given that some are advocating much the same sort of action against Syria and Iran? Answer: Not much. Continue reading “The Libyan Non-Model”

Harvard Promotes the Palestinians’ Slow-Motion ‘Final Solution’

by Bruce S. Thornton

FrontPage Media

There is no idea so hateful or useless that some university somewhere won’t hold a conference on it. The latest example of this unfortunate truism is the recently announced “Israel/Palestine and the One-State Conference” scheduled for early March at the Harvard Kennedy School. Continue reading “Harvard Promotes the Palestinians’ Slow-Motion ‘Final Solution’”

When Elections Fail, Jihad

by Raymond Ibrahim

Jihad Watch

The Obama administration supports “democracy” and “self determination” in the Middle East — two euphemisms that, in the real world, refer to “mob-rule” and “Islamic radicalization,” respectively. Continue reading “When Elections Fail, Jihad”

A Novel VDH

Reliving the fall of Sparta: An interview.

by Katheryn Jean Lopez

National Review Online

Victor Davis Hanson, known as VDH to his fans, has a new book out. This time, it’s a novel, The End of Sparta. He talked with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the Greeks and the novel. Continue reading “A Novel VDH”