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The United States of Gore Vidal

Michael Conniff | Posted 11.27.2013 | Denver
Michael Conniff

It's not every day that you get to see the original video of William F. Buckley Jr. calling Gore Vidal "a queer" on network television, but people in ...

Brooks Brother

D. R. Tucker | Posted 11.19.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

Right-wing ideologues don't like what Brooks said about Cruz? Too bad. Get over it, and get over yourselves.

Republicans' Inability to Understand Their Basic Flaws

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Do Republicans care? I would give most of them the benefit of the doubt, they probably do care in a cosmic sense. Will they do anything about it? No.

Cruz vs. Clinton in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

For Democrats this is too good to be true. While Republicans continue to try to smear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, she long ago accepted her share of responsibility, and her popularity continues to tower above all national figures in American public life.

Faith And Political Rhetoric

Michael Jinkins | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

This political season, we've heard politicians argue that if persons do not have the means to afford health insurance society should, essentially, let them die. This unyielding position is correlated with the rise of politicians who refuse to work together.

Mr. Akin and the Apocalypse of the Republican Mind

Nina Burleigh | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

An Akin can only rise when it no longer matters in political debate whether there are facts on one side and falsities on the other.

The Precision of Gore Vidal, Broadcaster

David Tereshchuk | Posted 10.02.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Gore Vidal was -- for all his elegant door-stops in print, many of them lauded as superior American historical novels -- absolutely a creature of popular mass media. Of television most of all, I'd say.

Latin America Wants Drug Peace; Washington Demands More War

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Drug War is over. The U.S. government hasn't stopped arresting people for using pot and other illicit substances. But no one seriously believes Washington is going to "win," whatever that means.

GOP Hopes USA Fails

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Never in the history of the nation has any great party dreaded good news for America the way Republicans do today.

No More Drama

D. R. Tucker | Posted 07.29.2012 | Black Voices
D. R. Tucker

I could spend months detailing my differences with John Derbyshire regarding American race relations. However, one of his observations about politics and race is uncomfortably true.

Mind Games

D. R. Tucker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Facts destroyed 'motivated reasoning' in my case. Could this happen to other conservatives? That depends on conservatives being willing to subject the views they hear and read to strict scrutiny, to ask themselves if they're really hearing the truth from the talkers.

4 Kinds of Republicans

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Republican Party elite is depending on uneducated aging frightened white males and radical anti-abortion females for their votes. Long term the party is doomed.

Conservatives in Crisis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As conservatives prepare for an urgent meeting this weekend to discuss their options in the 2012 campaign, they face an epic crisis of identity and el...

Is Rick Perry Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Not When It Comes To Science

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Perry's past record clearly demonstrates both a dangerous misunderstanding of the nature of science and a willingness to jettison science when its conclusions are at odds with his politics.

With Release of Atlas Shrugged Movie, a Rise in Rand Rants on Reason

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
John Wellington Ennis

The idea that sides must be chosen in advance of the release of the film Atlas Shrugged feels a little frivolous. With the look of a TV movie, I doubt that the "leftists" will be out in force telling Rand fans how bad this movie it is.

Creeping Socialism at The National Review

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harvey J. Kaye

I don't like to psychologize. But from what I can tell, the magazine's new ambivalence is nothing less than what conservatives in the 1950s referred to as "creeping socialism."

The Palin Problem (It's Not What You Think...)

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

The real crisis in American politics isn't about one tragic shooting, its about a cultural phenomenon -- the celebration of stupidity -- that has taken over this country.

MTV's Video Music Awards Make Me Feel 100-Years-Old

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

Outside of the awesome Eminem and Mary J. Blige, the room at the Video Music Awards seemed all style and no substance.

Too Ignorant To Articulate Their Own Ideas

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Although one is not supposed to enjoy watching a train wreck in progress, I must say that the Arizona gubernatorial debate between Gov. Jan Brewer a...

PHOTOS: Check Out William F. Buckley's Upper East Side Duplex...It's For Sale

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The duplex that belonged to the late conservative thinker and National Review founder William F. Buckley is back on sale... after a big slash in price...

Where is the Outrage?

William Fisher | Posted 02.20.2010 | Politics
William Fisher

The media are not the only culprit here. We, the electorate, deserve a substantial part of the blame. Because most of us don't pay serious attention to much of anything that's going on in the world or in our country.

Phyllis Schlafly Drooling on My Shoulder and Other CPAC Memories

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

The plane took off, and after awhile Schlafly's tightly coiffed head was resting on my shoulder. She lightly snored. Her usually vituperative red mouth was slightly open. And she was drooling.

Why Americans Must Defeat the Right's Culture of Hate: Understanding the Science And History of Demonizing Hate

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

Hate-based "reasoning" is rampant in the contemporary Republican conservative base, but its giddy, self-deluding savagery also lives in Republican leaders.

Stop Teabagging Jay Nordlinger -- He Has Enough Problems

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Kelly

Jay Nordlinger, over at the National Review, is tired of teabagging and wants to try something different. Or at least he wants it called something different.

Perfecting the Paranoid Style in 500 BC and 2009

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lapham's Quarterly

If Glenn Beck's days as the center of attention are numbered, as David Brooks claims they are, it will not be because of his coarseness or his rejectionism, but because of his imperviousness to doubt.