This article was originally published by Salon, on November 9, 1998. What if 90 percent of the white electorate had turned out last Tuesday to vote for Republican candidates in virtually every electoral district across the country? What if Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott had spent the last weeks before the election visiting all-white churches [...]
This article was originally published by Salon, on June 1, 1998. Just when you thought the old socialist left was dead and buried, it is sprouting up across the cultural landscape like a spring weed on Viagra. Last week, Warren Beatty’s terminally silly agitprop, “Bulworth,” opened in theaters nationwide. The premise of the film is [...]
This article was originally published by Salon, on June 29, 1998. The flap over Sen. Trent Lott’s remarks about homosexuality illustrates the way people on both sides of the political debate have come to talk about this issue — and shouldn’t. For those who missed it, Lott was asked on a radio talk show whether [...]
This article was originally published by Salon on June 15, 1998. It’s graduation time on America’s college campuses. As these rites of passage scroll across C-SPAN, it’s also a time to reflect on the near total dominion of the left over our institutions of higher learning — a political control of academic life unprecedented in [...]
It took a Republican to create an opening to China. And it took a Kennedy to tell other members of America’s royal family how screwed up they’ve become.
By signing on to the war on Hollywood, the Right has embraced another bad idea from the Left.
This article was originally published by Salon on July 27, 1998. In the political landscape, seismic shifts first occur below the surface. Only after accumulating a critical social mass do they become visible. Until then, one can track their movement in the growing incoherence of the political language, and in the terms we use to describe [...]
This article was originally published by Salon on October 6, 1997. It has become the topic of the season on the political right: Whatever happened to the triumph of conservatism? Recently, the Weekly Standard ran a cover symposium titled “Is There a Worldwide Conservative Crackup?” Conservative ideas appear to be ascendant, the editors pointed out, [...]
This article was originally published by Salon on October 20, 1997. Two weeks ago, three leftist radicals from the University of Wisconsin were arrested and charged with spying. The media played the story big. But I still have one question: Why only three? James Clark, Kurt Stand and Theresa Squillacote were all New Left enthusiasts, [...]
This article was originally published by Salon, on May 24, 2007. It is almost a decade since the Marxist empire began crumbling, yet the crackpot ideas of its founder live on. The idea that wealth is a form of “social injustice,” and that redistributing income is a worthy and progressive goal remains persuasive to people [...]