National Review

The Fatuity of Fat Studies

Earlier this month, several websites covered news of an upcoming “fat studies” course that will be taught at Oregon State by Associate Professor Patti Lou Watkins. From the way some reporters wrote about it, you might have concluded that fat studies was some brand-new bit …

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Salzburg Journal, Part I

Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, Jay Nordlinger was at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, hosting a public-interview series for the Salzburg Festival Society and writing criticism. Some of this criticism has appeared at The New Criterion’s website. More will appear in the print edition of …

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Game of Thrones Episode 6 — The Night King’s Spear

Spoilers abound. Let’s start with the big picture. I’m seeing lots of comments online that this is the episode when Game of Thrones became conventional fantasy fiction (this sharp piece from The Ringer is one example), and that may well be right. To some extent …

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‘Buckle Up’

I never expected to be thinking about Susan Rosenberg this weekend. But Andy McCarthy writes of her in his excellent piece about Charlottesville, Trump, etc. As you may recall, President Clinton was very busy during his last few hours in office. He did a lot …

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Should We Starve Alzheimer's Patients?

The idea of starving a helpless elderly person to death used to be thought of as the most egregious crime. An abhorrence. Now, for some, it is merely another form of “death with dignity.” The assisted suicide advocacy organization Compassion and Choices–formerly the more honestly …

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Stop Making the Absurd Argument that 'Far-Right' Extremists Are More Dangerous than Jihadists

Ever since the alt-right terror attack in Charlottesville, I keep seeing the same tired (and utterly absurd) argument online. Far-right terrorists, some say, are more dangerous than jihadists. To support this nonsense, they tend to cite garbage studies that, among other things, 1) omit the …

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-August 20

1985—Extending an error it made two years earlier, the Sixth Circuit (in Policy v. Powell Pressed Steel Co.) distorts ordinary contract principles as it construes a collective bargaining agreement to confer lifetime health-insurance benefits on retirees. Never mind that the agreement contained a provision providing …

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Automation, Unemployment and Moravec's Paradox

Writing in the Guardian, here’s Larry Elliott on automation. The whole article is well worth a read, even if it’s too simplistic to argue (as he does) that the Luddites were wrong. Over the longish term they most certainly were. The industrial revolution paved the …

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Three and a Half More Years!

The campaign to make Donald Trump president of these United States was a terrible idea. The campaign to drive him from office is a worse one. House Democrats Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas filed articles of impeachment against Trump in July. …

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Trumping Kabila

It’s a government so lawless it thinks it can murder U.S. citizens with impunity. A government so indifferent to family values that it holds up adoptions for years on bogus technicalities, letting children die who had been destined for American homes. A government whose people …

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