You know you’ve hit a nerve when what you write brings a barrage of criticism from people who never should have noticed it. That’s what’s happened since The American Conservative posted my manifesto of Ethical Conservatism.
In less than a week, the … Continue Reading →
When Eight Ways to Run the Country was published in November 2006, I missed the chance to do much publicity. Shortly after the book appeared, I took a new and very demanding job that didn’t leave time for media interviews or … Continue Reading →
We were all taught in school that the English were descended from the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes who invaded Britain in the fourth and fifth centuries, bringing their lowland German language with them. Now that appears to be one of … Continue Reading →
Elsewhere I’ve written about a very unfortunate unintended consequence of anti-discrimination laws: They take away much of our freedom of association and with it much of our freedom of speech, because in mixed company, people must watch what they say.
The … Continue Reading →
What does it mean to be an American?
It’s a commonplace now to say that being an American has nothing to do with race, religion, ethnicity, or anything as practical and important as language. Instead, it is said that America is … Continue Reading →
Twenty years ago a friend of mine published a novel, and after reading it I thought, I can do better than that. So I started work on the kind of novel I like to read — an epic romance spanning … Continue Reading →
Poor Monsieur Dash! He was once so important and so popular. Writers loved him. Editors respected him. And everyone knew just what he meant. He was always in the middle of things, stopping us in our tracks every time we … Continue Reading →
From The City That Never Sleeps comes another reason to stay awake at night: Last May, the Fire Department of New York graduated from its Fire Academy a woman who failed a required running test. Since then, the woman has … Continue Reading →
For more than a decade now, the United States has worked to promote democratic revolution in the Muslim world — overthrowing otherwise stable regimes to make way for democratic governments presumably better able to satisfy and thereby pacify the restless … Continue Reading →
If you’ve sung for long in a church choir, you’ve probably been told to make sure you pronounce all final consonants. You might also have been told to make sure your t’s don’t sound like d’s. You might even have … Continue Reading →