Recommendations from the Claremont Institute4:41 PM, Dec 14, 2011 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Our friends at the Claremont Institute have published their annual list of recommended reading. Contributors include familiar names such as Hadley Arkes, Cheryl Miller, and Mark Blitz, along with Christopher Caldwell and yours truly. Here's Chris:
At the turn of this century, there was a vogue for asking who the greatest man of the last one was. Had I read more Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn back then, I would have been less inclined to answer, lazily, with the name of some mere politician. The 20th century was often about trials not exploits, about undergoing rather than daring. One of the least surprising things in the world is that intelligent people should make their way back to religion as they reflect on this. Solzhenitsyn was the bravest and the most brilliant of the undergoers, not just a novelist but also an independent-minded religious thinker, a formidable historian, and a poet by temperament. Often he writes as if he hasn't a political bone in his body. Communism is to Solzhenitsyn what Johnson is to Boswell and melancholy is to Robert Burton—the occasion for writing about life in all its variety.
You can read the rest, as well as my recommendations, here.
Jumping to conclusions at the 'Times.'8:36 AM, Jan 10, 2011 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Philip Klein at the American Spectator has a great catch, the kind that encapsulates the inanity of blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the deranged acts of a psychotic. It's so good that I'll just post the whole thing:
Gary Schmitt responds to Hirsi Ali.1:44 PM, Aug 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
The controversy over the Ground Zero mosque has breathed new life into Samuel P. Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" thesis. In the early 1990s, Huntington argued that:
The essential building block of the post-Cold War world ... are seven or eight historical civilizations of which the Western, the Muslim and the Confucian are the most important.
A blogger has another view.1:56 PM, Aug 4, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Recently the FT's Ed Luce spent some time with families in Minnesota and Virginia and concluded that we're pretty much done for. The American Dream, Luce says, has become "America's Fitful Reverie." His article is worth reading in full; in fact, it's the best summary of the decline argument that I've read.
Of course, whether or not Luce is right is another question entirely.
Christopher Hitchens on Hugo Chávez.12:00 PM, Aug 2, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Chávez, in other words, is very close to the climactic moment when he will announce that he is a poached egg and that he requires a very large piece of buttered toast so that he can lie down and take a soothing nap.
Read the whole thing.
Mark Shields on the Marines.12:59 PM, Jul 23, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Columnist Mark Shields expounds the martial virtues:
I was not a great Marine. I never saw combat. I got a lot more from the Marines than the Marines got from me. But I believe fervently that this nation today needs the values of the Marine Corps as much as the nation needs the Marine Corps.
David Thomson on "Inception."12:08 PM, Jul 22, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
My favorite movie critic, David Thomson, has a great piece on Christopher Nolan's latest blockbuster, Inception. Key bit:
A must-read article on Obama's space policy.12:54 PM, Jun 22, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
It's subscriber only, unfortunately, but that's no reason to miss Robert Zubrin's devastating analysis of the last several decades of space policy in Commentary. The piece is informative, imaginative, and extremely well written. Upon finishing it, I immediately looked up Zubrin's book, The Case for Mars.
And while you're at it, don't miss Charles Krauthammer's "On to Mars," from the January 31, 2000 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
The liberal bargain goes bad.8:55 AM, Jun 22, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Classic David Brooks:
It was the winter of 2007. Dr. Faustus, the famous left-wing philologist, was sitting in a coffee shop in despair over the Bush-Cheney regime and the future of his country.
Suddenly, Mephistopheles, who happened to be the provost at his college, appeared, sipping a double mocha frappuccino. He sat down next to Dr. Faustus and casually asked him if he would like to be granted any five wishes in exchange for his immortal soul.
It just gets better from there.
Reading between the lines.12:23 PM, Jun 21, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Here is Paul Krugman today:
But if we need to raise taxes and cut spending eventually, shouldn’t we start now? No, we shouldn’t.
And yet Krugman focuses solely on the spending side of the equation, never mentioning that the Bush tax cuts on incomes, dividends, capital gains, and estates are set to expire at the end of the year. If Krugman takes his theory seriously, which he does, then why doesn't he spend as much time arguing for a delay in rescinding the Bush tax cuts as he spends arguing for ever more government spending?