The figure of Napoleon has long been an object of fascination, but the new Ridley Scott biopic makes one wonder why. The film, perhaps inadvertently, partakes of the spirit of the times. The so-called Great Man theory of history — that it is exceptionally talented men who bend events to their will — is out
Let the panic over Donald Trump’s immigration policy begin. The New York Times ran a piece the other day headlined, “Sweeping Raids, Giant Camps, and Mass Deportations: Inside Trump’s 2025 Immigration Plans.” The reaction has been shock and outrage. Steve Benen of MSNBC wrote that “Trump envisions a governing model in which the government actually
The old conventional wisdom was that the U.S. couldn’t be too pro-Israel for fear of inflaming “the Arab street.” The new conventional wisdom will have to be that we can’t be too pro-Israel for fear of inflaming “the Western street.” The Arab street, a hoary cliché of commentary on the Middle East for decades, was
There are many things in American life considered offensive or controversial that never would have been before. Now, kidnapped posters have to be added to the list. There’s an ongoing struggle in our streets over whether it’s legitimate to post flyers about people kidnapped in the Hamas terror attack on Israel on October 7, or
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has a history, and a present, of promoting wild conspiracy theories. His independent bid for the presidency is quixotic at best. And yet a new Quinnipiac poll has him getting an impressive 22 percent in a three-way contest with Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and with a narrow lead among independents.
No matter how much we’d like to believe in the inevitably of human progress and the spread of enlightened norms, we’ve learned the past couple of years that we still need artillery shells — lots of artillery shells. The Hamas terror attack, together with the ongoing Ukraine war and the looming Chinese threat to Taiwan,