Ethan Epstein

Ethan Epstein is an associate editor at The Weekly Standard. He's also written for the Wall Street Journal, National Journal, Slate, City Journal, and other publications. He holds a BA in history from Reed College.

Stories by Ethan Epstein

Lee Smith on Obama’s “Flawed Middle East Game”

02:45 PM, Feb 05, 2015
Lee Smith, a senior editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD, writes at Tablet : The Iran deal that Obama has in mind is going to be so awesomely epic and world-changing that it will easily be worth all the chaos the region is now undergoing—from broken alliances and promises, to the high and rising... Read more

Defining Defiance Down

02:15 PM, Feb 04, 2015
As the prime minister of  constitutionally pacifist Japan , Shinzo Abe cannot sound belligerent notes—even when his citizens are beheaded by ISIS, as occurred this past weekend. Still, the  Financial Times  (note: I'm a subscriber and a big fan) may have been overstating the case... Read more

Ponnuru v. Jindal

01:08 PM, Feb 04, 2015
Ramesh Ponnuru is no fan of the  bizarre, anti-intellectual jeremiad  that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal launched in  Politico Magazine  early this week. At  Bloomberg Vie w, Ponnuru writes: It's no secret that Republicans are divided both about how to replace... Read more

Portland Mayor Proposes Paying Employers $5,000 to Hire Felon

01:02 PM, Feb 02, 2015
There’s no doubt that convicted felons often face a difficult time reentering society after leaving prison. One particular difficulty is finding gainful employment. But while the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not break down employment stats for felons, in 2011, the  New York Times... Read more

Patton's Pathetic Pandering

03:01 PM, Jan 27, 2015
It’s been several weeks since the actor and comedian Patton Oswalt (you may remember him from his star turn as “Toast A Bun Manager” in 2009’s  Observe and Report ) outraged his tens of thousands of Twitter followers with the  following suggestion :  My fellow progressives... Read more

Obama Against the Feminists

10:48 AM, Jan 23, 2015
In spite of his own mostly impressive educational pedigree, President Obama has always harbored an anti-intellectual (or, to be generous, anti-academic) streak. Whether insulting art history in a  failed appeal  to "Real 'Muricans," or developing a philistine  "College... Read more

Franco and Rogen, Useful Idiots?

04:40 PM, Dec 17, 2014
It’s difficult to tell whether the North Korean regime has anything to with the hack attack on Sony Pictures, or the subsequent terrorist threats against movie theaters planning to screen  The Interview . The forthcoming Sony film centers around an assassination plot against North... Read more

A Streetcar Named Denial

01:33 PM, Dec 16, 2014
Portland, Oregon, city commissioner Steve Novick is nothing if not verbose. Since his 2012 election, he’s used his publicly funded position to rail against  DirectTV ,  driving around to look for a parking space , and–I’m not kidding– sitting in chairs . Rare indeed is the issue that... Read more

The Week’s Newest – And Oldest – Racial Minority

09:18 AM, Dec 09, 2014
In an article turgidly tallying up the racial backgrounds of the actors appearing in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming movie Exodus , contributor to The Week Jonathan Merritt says that viewers will “notice one ingredient painfully missing: melanin.” “The movie is populated by an almost... Read more

Casual Podcast: Wheels of Fortune

08:15 AM, Oct 26, 2014
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Ethan Epstein reading his essay " Wheels of Fortune ." Remember, when you sign up for our digital premium access , many of our print magazine articles are available to you courtesy of our professional readers. This podcast can be downloaded... Read more

Anti-Military Anthem Played at 'Concert for Valor'

08:21 PM, Nov 11, 2014
Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so , well, tone-deaf ? But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater's famously anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son”—at the ostensibly pro-military “Concert for... Read more

North Korea Bans Tourism Due to Ebola

08:49 AM, Oct 24, 2014
F oreigners should always stay out of North Korea. By traveling there, after all, tourists provide financial support to a manifestly evil regime. Moreover, they put themselves at risk – two American tourists are currently being held hostage there. (A third was released from captivity just... Read more

Librarians Against Books

03:08 PM, Aug 25, 2014
Florida Polytechnic “University” (it isn’t accredited) is making headlines this week by opening a bookless library. Instead of checking out traditional codex books, students will be forced to read class material on tablets, e-readers, and/or laptops. According to the middle-aged librarians and... Read more

This Slate Blogger Just Totally Contradicted Himself

04:33 PM, Aug 05, 2014
Here, in the parlance of the times, is a “pro-tip.” When attempting to rebut the notion that anti-Semitism in Europe is largely a problem caused by young Muslim men, don’t cite two horrific anti-Semitic atrocities perpetrated by . . . young Muslim men. That’s what a  Slate  blogger... Read more

Water Works

02:36 PM, Jul 31, 2014
It’s been nearly a year since Michelle Obama began her bizarre,  medically discredited  campaign to get Americans to drink more water. The campaign, dubbed Drink Up, began last September with a pro-water speech in Watertown, Wisconsin (we were meant to find the location clever), and... Read more

Fixing the DOT's Air-Brained Scheme

12:16 PM, Jul 30, 2014
Casual dining establishment TGI Fridays, you may have heard, is advertising what it bills as “endless” appetizers for a mere $10. Yet if you dine at Fridays here in the District of Columbia, you can expect to spend $11, not $10, on the “endless apps,” once DC’s 10 percent dining tax is... Read more

Don’t Go There

12:00 AM, Jun 23, 2014
That the North Korean regime has taken another American tourist hostage—this time it’s one Jeffrey Edward Fowle of Miamisburg, Ohio, who was seized in May after a Bible was reportedly discovered in his hotel room—is hardly surprising. North Korea is ferociously repressive, and, as Paul Marshall... Read more

Blumenauer vs. Beer

12:59 PM, Jun 03, 2014
Like many supporters of marijuana law reform, Democratic congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon makes his case for legalizing pot by...talking about how terrible alcohol is. A marijuana legalization “ FAQ”  posted on the congressman’s official web page informs readers not only that... Read more

Stupid Google Tricks

02:08 PM, Apr 30, 2014
A graphic that is ricocheting around the liberal blogosphere this week is purported to demonstrate–what else?–how stupid and ignorant Americans are. (Well, non-Democrat Americans presumably.) The image, which has been breathlessly promoted on blogs from  coast  to  coast ,... Read more

Anti-Intellectual Obama

12:22 PM, Jan 31, 2014
President Obama traveled to Wisconsin yesterday and engaged in a tasteless bit of anti-intellectualism. “ A lot of young people no longer see the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career,” he  told  an audience in Waukesha, “but I promise you, folks can make a lot more,... Read more

Podcast: What Catastrophe?

05:50 PM, Jan 07, 2014
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with assistant editor Ethan Epstein on his recent cover story on MIT climate scientist Richard Lindzen. This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here . ADVERTISEMENT: [img nocaption... Read more


05:10 PM, Jan 07, 2014

The Irony of Kim's Cruelty

10:48 AM, Dec 13, 2013
Even after 65 years of hideous barbarity, the murderousness of the Kim regime still holds the capacity to shock. Korea-watchers are baffled at the news that Kim Jong-un had his uncle and former mentor, Jang Song-thaek, summarily executed for “treason” this week. (For analysis of the events... Read more

The People’s Republic of . . . Shanghai?

09:14 AM, Dec 03, 2013
We’re going to hear a lot in the coming days about how the “Chinese” education system is superior to America’s.  That’s because the results of an international exam were released today, and American students fared predictably poorly. And it was “Asian nations [who] dominated the... Read more

A Prisoner in Pyongyang

02:46 PM, Dec 02, 2013
In recent years, as its regime has been increasingly hemmed in by sanctions, North Korea has encouraged foreign tourists to visit the country. Unfortunately, it’s been working—nearly 10,000 Westerners now travel to the North Korea each year. One of them, 85-year-old Merrill Newman of Palo Alto,... Read more

The Cocaine Commissioner

01:59 PM, Nov 11, 2013
It’s a pity that there’s no Portland, Oregon, edition of the  New York Post . After all, one can only dream of the headlines the wags at the  Post  would come up with to describe the ongoing travails of (now former) Multnomah County (home of Portland) Commissioner Jeff Cogen.... Read more

Portland C’est Moi, Part Deux

03:03 PM, Oct 22, 2013
Portland city commissioner (as city councilmen are called in that Oregon city) Steve Novick has never been one to respect the limits of his office - or recognize that it has any limits at all. Since being elected just over a year ago, Novick has used his minor public position to 1) assail... Read more

The Other End of the Line

12:00 AM, Oct 14, 2013
A purportedly funny photo ricocheting around the Internet popped into my inbox last week, apparently courtesy of the right-wing blog RedState . The Photoshopped image is a play on the famous Dos Equis beer campaign built around the bearded, debonair “Most Interesting Man in the World,” who... Read more

Cogen's End

02:49 PM, Sep 06, 2013
Could we be witnessing a revival of moral standards in our politics? Not only does Anthony Weiner look certain to go down in ignominious defeat in New York’s mayoral election in a couple of weeks, but Multnomah County, Oregon, chair Jeff Cogen–or, if you prefer,  Portland’s Weiner --who... Read more

State Department Spox Calls North Korea the ‘DPRK’

03:03 PM, Aug 30, 2013
When it comes to North Korea, it’s helpful to keep a simple rule of thumb in mind: don’t trust anybody who refers to the country as the “DPRK.” (That would be the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” the country’s official – and yes, bleakly ironic – name.) Calling North Korea the “DPRK” is... Read more