Since September 11, this blog has been galvanized by the need to fight the battle of ideas over the war against Islamo-fascism. That means exposing the vacuous nihilism of the academic left, the poisonous isolationism of the anti-war right, the thinly veiled anti-Semitism of some parts of the anti-war movement, the incoherence of the Democrats, … Continue reading IS IT OVER?
Sadly, it was mobbed. The hall was far too small to accommodate the crowds and many were turned away. I can’t believe NYU doesn’t have a larger hall than one that sits a couple hundred at most. But once it got under way, the event was great. Hitch was splendid – half after-dinner jokester, half … Continue reading THE ORWELL DEBATE
flashbulb memory. As time passes, the chronology gets jumbled up; we fumble on the details; we airbrush some parts and highlight others. We re-imagine the past to make it more coherent, meaningful, bearable. One ongoing study at the University of Illinois Chicago’s Psychology Department – of a large, country-wide sample of people – is finding … Continue reading
We will forget.Researchers have long found that the memory of epochal events fade with time. The remembering of such events even has a specific name
The situation in the Netherlands is so fraught right now that any prediction is risky. But doesn’t it make sense that the murder of Pim Fortuyn could propel his party and its allies to even bigger gains than were deemed possible yesterday? For an anti-crime figure to be gunned down in the street, after the … Continue reading IN DEATH, VICTORY?
David Talbot’s interview with Susan Sontag, conducted, so far as I can tell, on his knees, starts with a preposterous amount of throat clearing and excuse making and silly swipes at alleged “censorship.” These pampered journalists, who have never seen a moment of real censorship in their lives, and who have marginalized conservative voices for … Continue reading SONTAG HEDGES
Two new pieces on the war’s beginning appear opposite. CIVIL DEFENSE: I guess official Washington isn’t talking about this so as to prevent panic. But one thing seems pretty obvious to me. Whatever military initiative we now mount, there will surely be a response. If the people behind this attack were smart enough to have … Continue reading A PERFECT MORNING