Jonathan V. Last

Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard andeditor of the three humorous books on virtues:  The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell; The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the worst job you'll ever love; and  The Christmas Virtues: A Treasury of Conservative Tales for the Holidays.

In 2013 he published What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s coming demographic disaster, which might be the funniest book ever written about demographics. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.

Stories by Jonathan V. Last

The Worst Thing Ever Said About Jeb Bush

03:01 PM, Apr 30, 2015
David Catanese has a long profile of Jeb Bush in U.S. News & World Report . It’s well worth reading. But this line really stuck out: “If you’re looking for the current equivalent of Huey Long, he’s not that man. If you’re looking for Woodrow Wilson, that might be Jeb,” says Mac... Read more

Hillary’s Back—and Tougher Than You Think

11:04 AM, Apr 15, 2015
Look, this is happening. It's a thing. Remember the jokes that started in 1992 with "two Clintons for the price of one"? Remember the incredulity of people in 1999 when it was quietly suggested that the first lady of the United States might decamp to New York and place a Senate seat into her... Read more

5 Things Hillary’s Logo Tells Us About Her Campaign

11:06 AM, Apr 14, 2015
Out on the Twitters, people have been generally down on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign logo. The New York Times ’s Nate Cohn said it looked like a hospital sign. Others suggested it looked like the Cuban flag. Or the Fed-Ex brand. Box CEO Aaron Levie said it looked like it was drawn... Read more

The Culture War Goes Nuclear

12:31 PM, Apr 08, 2015
While everyone else was concentrating on Indiana and Iran last week, a much smaller piece of news broke that was of little interest to the wider world. It was so microscopic that I would have missed it entirely, if not for Sonny Bunch's indispensible blog, Everything's A Problem . But... Read more

Barack Obama, Our Hipster President

11:02 AM, Apr 02, 2015
In economic theory,  "signaling"  is an action one party takes that has, superficially, no plausible economic explanation. The reason the action is undertaken isn't because the action itself is helpful, but because the action transmits important information to a second actor. So,... Read more

The Campus Left Begins to Implode

10:26 AM, Mar 26, 2015
If you pay any attention to the ways in which radicalism dominates the culture of the university these days, you're likely to feel as though you've gone through the looking glass. "White privilege." "Trigger warnings." "Rape culture." All of this (and much else) has turned academia into a... Read more

Just How Bad Is it for Hillary?

12:25 PM, Mar 19, 2015
Is Hillary toast? Last week the   New York Times   and the   Washington Post   ran dueling stories about Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the   Post   talked to a large group of Democrats   and concluded , “Some top Democrats are... Read more

Howard Dean's Old Campaign Org Encourages Liz Warren to Run

03:07 PM, Mar 12, 2015
It’s worth keeping score on how progressives are reacting to the Clinton email problems. Some of them (like Eugene Robinson) are tentatively pushing the issue now, one assumes because they don’t especially like Clinton and think that this might be the moment to pull a more liberal challenger... Read more

Japan's Robot Babies

02:28 PM, Feb 25, 2015
Over at Reason, Pete Suderman has a great piece about how Japan is looking to robots to help care for its geriatric citizens. It’s funny and creepy and you should totally read it. Japan probably has the worst demographic problem in the world. The country’s fertility rate has been... Read more

'They Make a Lot of Money, But They Also Spend a Lot of Money'

04:52 PM, Feb 23, 2015
In today’s edition of Kristol Clear, the Boss notes an interesting exchange on This Week with George Stephanopoulos : I asked Amy Chozick, who’s been covering Hillary Clinton for the New York Times , why Hillary kept on giving paid speeches. She said she thought Hillary-world’s... Read more

The End of Deflategate

02:28 PM, Jan 30, 2015
We all know that Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots are big, filthy cheaters. (They are also awesome .) But evidence is beginning to pile up suggesting that on the specific charge of intentionally deflating footballs, they might be not guilty. First up was ESPN’s Sports... Read more

Two Cheers for the Patriots

11:45 AM, Jan 28, 2015
The New England Patriots are my guilty sports pleasure. By all rights I should hate them-as should all men and women of good character born south of the Connecticut River. For starters, they're a bunch of cheats. And they win so often that they've become the NFL version of the New York... Read more

Casual Podcast: Brickenomics 101

10:35 AM, Jan 25, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Jonathan V. Last reading his casual essay " Brickenomics 101 ." 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... Read more

In Romney We Trust

03:01 PM, Jan 22, 2015
Having followed Romney around in both 2008 and 2012, I was always convinced that the odds of him running in 2016 were high. For one thing, the man has a decades-long history of running for office, over and over, even after voters reject him. He’s a career politician without a “career” in... Read more

The Art of Healing

12:00 AM, Dec 29, 2014
When young men and women join the armed forces, their families understand the seriousness of “the knock.” When a soldier is killed, the Department of Defense dispatches officers to find the next of kin, knock on their door, and inform them of the loss, face to face. “I used to have a terrible... Read more

A Gay Batman?

03:06 PM, May 22, 2012
So Batman is gay. Well, maybe. The comic book world freaked out today because Dan DiDio, the head of DC Comics, now says that in June his company is going to turn one of the publisher’s big, legacy characters gay. For people who don’t follow these things (read: normal, well-adjusted... Read more

Superman No More?

02:25 PM, Apr 28, 2011
Superman is about to renounce his U.S. citizenship. The nerd press is reporting that in a story written by David Goyer in Action Comics #900, Superman becomes disgusted with the U.S. government, renounces his citizenship, and becomes a “citizen of the universe.” Awesome. This isn’t the... Read more

Our Endangered Species

12:00 AM, Oct 27, 2014
You can tell a lot about a society by its taboos. Several weeks ago, America reeled when Adrian Peterson—the great NFL running back of his generation—was indicted on charges of “reckless or negligent injury to a child.” Peterson is alleged to have disciplined his son by “whooping” him—these are... Read more

Podcast: What's So Scary About Ebola

12:15 PM, Oct 20, 2014
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Jonathan V. Last on his editorial titled " Six Reasons to Panic ." This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here .  Read more

Nerd Throwdown: Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. Peter Thiel

11:04 AM, Sep 24, 2014
America has a long history of superstar entrepreneurs becoming gurus, motivational speakers, or even politicians. Very few of them become public intellectuals. But that's more or less what Peter Thiel is. Though perhaps that's not quite fair to him. You might just as well say that he was an... Read more

The Era of Big Twitter Is Over

10:42 AM, Sep 17, 2014
Over at the  New Atlantis,  Alan Jacobs has a post arguing that Twitter has changed in a  fundamental--and fundamentally unpleasant--way . A sample: As long as I've been on Twitter (I started in March 2007) people have been complaining about Twitter. But recently things... Read more

Game of Yawns

12:00 AM, Aug 11, 2014
George R.R. Martin’s A  Song of Ice and Fire might be the most daunting mountain in the history of fantasy fiction. The cycle includes five fat books so far, totaling over 4,500 pages, and Martin suggests that at least two more volumes will be needed to conclude the story. Compared with... Read more

Is Hillary Clinton Imploding?

12:35 PM, Jun 18, 2014
Last week was a very, very bad week for Hillary Clinton. By just about every account, her book is uninteresting and unreflective, a carefully contrived piece of positioning. Yet instead of owning that, she insisted at an event that she was " done with being really careful about what to say... Read more

Why Technology Has Doomed Us

01:01 PM, Jun 06, 2014
A buddy of mine who works in tech has been telling me for years that we're all doomed. The problem, he says, is that there are too many systems that are too unsecure. When  Stuxnet hit , the only aspect of the hack that surprised him was that the American security establishment was willing... Read more

In Defense of Prince Hans

07:35 AM, May 14, 2014
Fifteen years ago I had a discussion about movies with a genuine public intellectual, one of the great foreign-policy minds of his generation. At the time, he had young children. He tried to convince me that A Bug’s Life was a great act of cinema. “For the first 20 viewings or so, it’s just a... Read more

Casual Podcast: Uncommon Grounds

12:00 PM, May 07, 2014
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Jonathan V. Last reading his casual essay " Uncommon Grounds ." 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... Read more

Will Christmas Come Early for Republicans?

12:29 PM, Apr 30, 2014
To avoid having to directly quote the great Winston Wolf, let's begin with a gentle reminder that the midterm elections are still 6 months away and that a lot can happen in 25 weeks. The economy could take off. Unemployment could plummet. People could decide that they're thrilled with... Read more

The Business of 'The Future'

12:34 PM, Apr 16, 2014
Nobody loved Shai Agassi and his company, Better Place, more than Tom Friedman. Friedman dedicated two slobbering, wide-eyed, wet-kiss columns to Agassi's Better Place in 2008. You can read them  here  and  here.   Have a gander at Friedman in full tout mode:... Read more

Jeff Bell, Dark Horse Candidate in New Jersey

01:29 PM, Mar 24, 2014
Big news: Up in New Jersey, Jeff Bell is running for the Senate. Okay, this may not qualify as big news for you, but it's pretty exciting for me because (1) Bell is a friend, and this is the first time a friend of mine has run for office; and (2) New Jersey is, as the kids say, my... Read more

Hillary's Putin Problem

12:35 PM, Mar 20, 2014
It would be ironic if Hillary Clinton had a second presidential campaign torpedoed because of another politician's foreign policy. People don't much remember it now, but before Hope 'n' Change Mania swept the country, Sen. Barack Obama shot to the lead in Iowa based almost entirely on... Read more