Speaking of Eli

From First Thoughts

It has now been a full two days—by modern standards a generation—since Robert Cheeks released his review of The Book of Eli, which I suppose allows us to begin to engage in commentaries without ruining the film for others. Indeed, I almost never go to the movies, but on the strength of . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Conservatism a Branch of Liberalism?

From First Thoughts

There is a symposium this week in the National Review centering around the question: Is conservatism a branch of liberalism? I confess the way the question was phrased got my back up a bit. It made me think liberalism was akin to the company with whom I have an account (Wachovia), wheras the . . . . Continue Reading »

Bow- Wow!

From First Thoughts

I have been gone for a long time; i wrote this last night and posted it also on the weekly standard wesbite this morning. it’s a case of double entry blogkeeping, but i can’t resist. How low can you go? This is the question confronting the nation in the aftermath of President . . . . Continue Reading »

Canine Offsets

From First Thoughts

I know that the President is busily engaged in these days with the highest affairs of state, chairing a session of the UN Security Council (a first, I believe, for an American President) and then heading off tomorrow to a meeting of the G-20 in Pittsburgh, Pa. No doubt, too, if the President . . . . Continue Reading »

The Constitution: Sweet as Honey

From First Thoughts

I was told last Friday by this site’s SBE (“senior blog editor”), Ivan Kenneally, that an encounter between any two members of the postmodern conservative masthead, for whatever licit reason, is sufficient to warrant a posting. So here I am. I had occasion on Thursday to visit . . . . Continue Reading »

Health Care and War

From First Thoughts

What does health care have to do with foreign policy? Not much, one might think. But there was a paragraph in President Obama’s speech last night that drew a connection between the two in a way that was at best troubling and at worst demagogic. It appeared in the context of the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Great Hibernation

From First Thoughts

I received yesterday the following email from a friend of mine recuperating at the University of Virginia Hospital, and I know he would have no qualms about sharing part of it with the readers of the Postmodern conservative blog. It goes on for a while—he is a professor of cultural . . . . Continue Reading »

Intra-Galactic Politics (Redivivus)

From First Thoughts

James W. Ceaser I was deeply impressed with Peter Lawler’s fine essay, NASA Needs A Philosopher, above all with his last point—number 7—about the possible character of relations with other “civilizations” we might encounter in the universe. I wrote an essay on this same . . . . Continue Reading »

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

From First Thoughts

Private correspondence from several readers of the Postmodern Conservative Blog expressed incredulity that I ever went to Kansas. I offer the photo below as one piece of evidence to prove that the trip took place in historical time, roughly as described in the post entitled “Osawatomie or . . . . Continue Reading »