Religion, Politics… and Sand

If you’re planning to be on the North Carolina outer banks Memorial Day, you’ll want to stop by the Sanderling Resort at Duck Beach for quite a unique set of talks , to be followed by discussion.  This is hosted by the up-and-coming new educational foundation, The John Adams Center . . . . Continue Reading »

Amazonian History

Meghan McArdle suggests —as a time capsule—looking back in the order history to see what the first thing you bought from Amazon was. On May 21, 1998, she says, she bought The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Miss Manners’ Guide for the Turn of the Millenium . An interesting experiment. . . . . Continue Reading »

Beyondism, Again

Over at National Review , Kevin D. Williamson has a nice posting writes about William Saletan’s latest piece in Slate : Beyond the non-obvious argument that Bush’s “fatal flaw” was that he was too much of an abstract thinker (!), Saletan here is, forgive the hackneyed . . . . Continue Reading »

FT Blog Fundraiser Continues

I have been heartened by the response to FT’s fundraiser to help defray its costs to host the many First Things blogs.  It is doing so in a manner that offers real value for the buck.  If you go to this link, you can subscribe to First Things magazine for only $19.95 a year.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Listing Influential Books…

Because it is fashionable to be late and lists are fun, let’s think about the books that most influenced our early intellectual formation. Not too long ago, some writers on my reading list presented their contributions: Ross Douthat, Tyler Cowen, Austin Bramwell, Daniel McCarthy, Thursday. . . . . Continue Reading »

How to Become an Expert on Waterboarding

As I said few months ago, when it comes to the issue of whether waterboarding is torture I trust experts like former Navy SEAL and SERE instructor Malcolmn Nance over speechwriters like Marc Thiessen. Now Nance is offering to help make Theissen an expert on the topic : I spent twenty years in . . . . Continue Reading »

How Much Are We Worth To You?

How do you get people to pay for something they can get for free? That’s the question that worries me during our fundraising drive . Obviously, I don’t have the answer. Because, to be perfectly honest, if I did I wouldn’t be working here: I’d be getting rich working for some . . . . Continue Reading »

The Secret of Appreciating Church

Like the vast majority of southern kids during the 1970?s and 80?s, I went to church from time to time. My parents took us to an Episcopal church for several years and then sporadically attended Baptist churches after that. For the most part, I was bored. The one outlier was a Sunday school class in . . . . Continue Reading »