by Victor Davis Hanson via American Greatness
The unlikely 2016 election of Donald Trump—the first president without either prior political or military office—was a repudiation of the American “aristocracy.” By “rule of the best” I mean the ancien régime was no longer understood to suggest wealth and birth (alone), but instead envisioned itself as a supposed national meritocracy of those with proper degrees, and long service in the top hierarchies of government, media, blue-chip law firms, Wall Street, high tech, and academia.
by Joshua D. Rauh, Daniel Bergstresser via EconoFact
Unfunded pension liabilities represent a significant challenge to the finances of many state and local governments. While no analysts dispute the general statement that pensions are underfunded in aggregate, there has been some discussion about how to estimate the magnitude of the gap.
Part II: Michael Walzer's critique of Leftist "inwardness" and the ways in which Bernie Sanders has succeeded in setting a different course.
Part III: How the late Richard Rorty foresaw the Trumpian moment and how he also envisioned a way out of it.
James Bloodworth: The dueling visions of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders
Alexander Zubatov: Just because anti-Semities talk about 'cultural Marxism' doesn't mean it isn't real
Cathy Young: The current revival of Communist-inspired politics and where it could lead
Tim Shenk: Is there anyone who still believes that America is great because it is good?
Aaron Maté: Israel, not Jeremy Corbyn, is the real threat to the Jewish Left
Emily Benedek: The charismatic female stars of the new American Left
Paul Berman: The last word