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"Otto Warmbier & the Left's Hate Problem"- National Review

June 20, 2017

"The radicals mix with the liberals, and the liberals empower the radicals. What’s happening on college campuses today? A small fringe defies the rule of law, it shuts down free speech, and it sometimes even physically attacks speakers or their allies. It acts out of cruelty and sometimes even race-hate, spitting out the word “white” as if it’s inherently evil. And yet the liberal establishment caves into their demands (all while lauding their commitment to social justice), even issuing “stand down” orders to campus police that put innocent people in physical peril. The goal? To protect the safety of the rioters."- David French

"When Speech Inspires Violence, Protect Liberty While Restoring Virtue"- National Review

June 14, 2017

"Absent virtue, liberty can lead to disorder. In the face of that disorder, however, we shouldn’t restrict liberty; we should rebuild virtue. That doesn’t mean standing down in the great political conflicts of our time, but it does mean standing up for a deep truth: Freedom carries with it responsibility, and that responsibility includes respecting the fundamental humanity and individual dignity of even your greatest foes."- David French


"The Danger of Selective Outrage"- National Review

June 13, 2017

"It’s amazing, really. Good, intelligent people wind up twisting themselves into partisan-loyalty pretzels, defying basic reason in order to defend their “side.” Unfortunately, politicians are not judged objectively on their actions, but either uniformly propped up or torn down depending on what’s politically convenient. " - Katherine Timpf 

"We're Not in a Civil War, But We Are Drifting Toward Divorce"- National Review

June 08, 2017

"If we seek to preserve our union, we’re left with a choice — try to dominate or learn to tolerate? The effort to dominate is futile, and it will leave us with a permanently embittered population that grows increasingly punitive with each transition of presidential power. There is hope, however, in the quest to tolerate. Our Constitution is built to allow our citizens to govern themselves while protecting individual liberty and providing for the common defense. It’s built to withstand profound differences without asking citizens or states to surrender their strongest convictions. We can either rediscover this federalism, or we may ultimately take a third path — we may choose to separate."- David French

"These Campus Inquisitions Must Stop"- New York Times

June 03, 2017

"Racism pervades our country. Students who have roiled college campuses from coast to coast have that exactly right.

But we’re never going to make the progress that we need to if they hurl the word “racist” as reflexively and indiscriminately as some of them do, in a frenzy of righteousness aimed at gagging speakers and strangling debate.

That’s a mechanism for shaming, not a strategy for change. It mesmerizes all. It converts none."

"Trump Bids Paris Adieu"- Wall Street Journal

June 02, 2017

"Paris is thus an exercise in moral and social signaling that is likely to exert little if any influence on atmospheric CO 2 , much less on global temperatures."- The Wall Street Journal

"The Campus Mob Came for Me"- Wall Street Journal

May 30, 2017

"I was not expecting to hold my biology class in a public park last week. But then the chief of our college police department told me she could not protect me on campus. Protestors were searching cars for an unspecified individual—likely me—and her officers had been told to stand down, against her judgment, by the college president." - Bret Weinstein

"Trump's Immigration Pre-Crime"- National Review

May 26, 2017

"If the Immigration and Nationality Act itself is partly unconstitutional, then the courts should say so. If Congress does not like the content of 8 U.S. Code § 1182, then Congress can change it. But to set aside a presidential act that accords perfectly well with the letter of the law as the law stands because a judge believes that he detects malice on the president’s part is not jurisprudence. " -Kevin D. Williamson

"Stop Making Terrible Arguments For Blind Loyalty"- National Review

May 20, 2017

"As for morality, it’s simply childish to assert that another man’s misconduct and lies justify your own dishonesty. “They lie and win, therefore one must lie to win” isn’t even logically coherent. Much, much less is it morally defensible. When values matter — and they do — the urgent political and cultural task is to persuade the public of the importance of those values while modeling them as best as imperfect people can." -David French


"The Comey Memo: The Allegation Is Serious, and There Is No Good Outcome"- National Review

May 17, 2017

"There is no good outcome here. Either there is now compelling evidence that the president committed a serious abuse of power, or the nation's leading press outlets are dupes of a vindictive, misleading story. Either outcome violates the public trust in vital American institutions."- David French

"The Battle of Berkley"- National Review

May 13, 2017

"Urban and academic progressive leaders can respond to violence with all the scolding tweets, sternly worded statements, and calls for calm they want. But until those who break the law and violate university policies are aggressively brought to justice, it won’t matter. As long as those who preside over our most prominent academic institutions continue to heed leftist threats and attacks rather than stand up for peaceful conservative speech, the rule of law will remain abandoned in favor of the mob’s agenda. And history proves that once a government abandons the rule of law, it has a hard time controlling the consequences."- David French

"The Deconstruction of the West"- The American Interest

May 01, 2017

"To say that the world has been getting progressively less stable and more dangerous is to state the obvious. But amidst the volumes written on the causes of this ongoing systemic change, one key driver barely gets mentioned: the fracturing of the collective West."- Andrew A. Michta

"The Coddling of the American Mind"-The Atlantic

March 10, 2017

"Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense."- The Atlantic 

"If you want an explanation for why the Colberts of the world say the things they do, there it is in the adulation of the audience. He is their voice. He’s speaking out their rage. He’s not leading them; he’s riding their wave of progressive scorn, anger, and hate. If he fell, another would rise to take his place. Angry progressives demand cathartic mockery, and they shall have it one way or another. 
Which is not to say that this phenomenon is unique to the Left. Spend time with core Trump supporters, the folks who boarded the train early, and you’ll find that many of them genuinely love the president’s angry, personal schoolyard taunts. They glory in his trolling and relish every single liberal tantrum it prompts." -David French

"Who's Afraid of Bret Stephens?"- Politico

May 01, 2017

"Most columnists—present company excluded—bend facts, cherry pick details, engage in logical sleight of hand, spin logical fallacies, appeal to pathos and engage in other rhetorical skulduggery to make their points. "- Jack Shafer 

"Jonathan Haidt on the Cultural Roots of Campus Rage"- The Wall Street Journal

April 01, 2017

"When a mob at Vermont’s shut down a speech by social scientist Charles Murray a few weeks ago, most of us saw it as another instance of campus illiberalism. Jonathan Haidt saw something more-a ritual carried out by adherents of what he calls a "new religion." - Bari Weiss

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