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mullah iran

The mullah report: is Biden bringing back the Iran Deal?

24 November 2020 3:33 am

‘We’re going to be back in the game,’ our presumptive and somewhat previous new president tells us. ‘It’s not America…

trust

The urgent case for voting reform

24 November 2020 1:30 am

By now, The Spectator knows better than to say that Donald Trump has been definitively beaten. The President’s final defeat…

empire

The next American empire

13 November 2020 8:19 am

Americans have never been sure of their standing in the world, and the world has never been sure of Americans’…

wars

The wars go on

11 November 2020 7:39 am

America’s longest war has just entered its 20th year. The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to overthrow the Taliban…

disneyfication

The Disneyfication of the moral universe

27 October 2020 8:29 am

‘I’m sitting here struggling for words and my friend nailed it: “She was our Princess Leia.”’ With those words, Dr…

leave

Will Trump refuse to leave?

23 October 2020 8:09 am

At a drinks party in Washington DC just after Donald Trump was elected, someone from the old regime told me: ‘This…

russiagate

Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate?

20 October 2020 8:16 am

Writing in mid-October, anno domini 2020, it is sobering to speculate that when the results of a certain upcoming political…

paranoid

The paranoid style in left-wing politics

19 October 2020 6:33 am

Did Donald Trump fake his battle with coronavirus to boost his standing in the polls? No, obviously not. He spent…

presidents

Their Majesties the Presidents

17 October 2020 8:51 am

For anyone who’s a little bit worried about the current state of the Union, Andrew Gimson’s book is a godsend.…

kshama sawant

Bad Kshama: meet Seattle’s worst socialist

12 October 2020 3:16 am

Seattle In Max Frisch’s 1953 absurdist play The Fire Raisers, a well-off family in an unnamed town invites a man…

magical thinking

The Democratic art of magical thinking

10 October 2020 3:42 am

I should clear up one thing straight away. I do not believe that Joe Biden is guilty of magical thinking.…

hostages

The hostages’ president

8 October 2020 6:06 am

President Trump has tweeted that, among other things he’s best at, he is ‘the greatest hostage negotiator in the history…

religion

Godforsaken: religion is vanishing from American politics

6 October 2020 12:17 am

The United States has always been the world’s leading religious marketplace. Even before independence, the American colonies were more fervently…

mail

How democracy dies

24 September 2020 6:19 am

What would happen if Americans voted on different days? Suppose Republicans voted on Tuesday and Democrats voted on Wednesday. Would…

blob

The return of the Blob

5 September 2020 3:41 am

For decades, Washington think tanks were vital to a virtuous revolving door. Young policy professionals, both Democrats and Republicans, would…

populist

The future of populist conservatism

5 September 2020 1:15 am

Laramie, Wyoming William Kristol, a Grand Poobah of neoconservatism, is leaving the Republican party to join the donkeys of the…

reckoning

After Trump, the reckoning

1 September 2020 1:28 am

As voters prepare to pass judgment on Donald Trump’s presidency in November, they might want to entertain a few counterfactuals.…

vote

Why I won’t vote

28 August 2020 10:09 pm

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a piece titled ‘The battle cry of the politically homeless’ in which I…

make america normal again

Make America Normal Again

26 August 2020 2:13 am

To win in November, Trump should seek inspiration from President Alexander Lukashenko, the 65-year-old autocrat who has ruled Belarus since…

donald trump

The right stuff

25 August 2020 2:58 am

No matter what the pundits say, no matter how the polls look, November’s presidential election is very much up for…

after trump right

How to be right

25 August 2020 2:22 am

Two broad camps divide American conservatism today: those who get it, and those who don’t — the woke and unwoke,…

qanon

Cuckoo Q: are the QAnon crowd as crazy as they seem?

21 August 2020 3:54 am

‘Have you guys been following 4Chan?’ asks Marjorie Taylor Greene in a 2017 video. A mysterious ‘patriot’ named ‘Q’, Greene…

russians

The war for your mind

13 August 2020 1:57 am

The romantic plans of a Kazakh bodybuilder named Yuri Tolochko have become one more casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. He…

mad sanity

Donald Trump isn’t mad

12 August 2020 3:06 am

It is alarming how psychiatric diagnoses have crept into the political commentary. Donald Trump, we’ve been told, has narcissistic personality…

joe biden

Biden is not the president America needs

29 July 2020 11:43 pm

In a 2008 essay in the American Conservative, I encouraged my fellow conservatives to vote for Sen. Barack Obama in…