Category Archives: History

Hanson pans the president’s sense of history

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online takes aim at President Obama’s poor grasp of history. President Obama doesn’t know much about history. In his therapeutic 2009 Cairo speech, Obama outlined all sorts of Islamic intellectual and technological pedigrees, several of which were undeserved. He exaggerated Muslim contributions to printing and medicine, forContinue Reading

Lynne Cheney’s Madison

The fourth president has attracted considerable attention in recent years from scholars who write books accessible to general readers. The latest entry in this list of popular biographies, Lynne Cheney’s James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, has attracted particular attention because of Cheney’s theory that Madison suffered from epilepsy. Not only a footnote in his life,Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election strategy. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how recent N.C. reforms are grounded in history.

Barone pays homage to the Hanoverian succession

Why should Americans care about the 300th anniversary of the succession of Britain’s Hanoverian monarchs? Michael Barone answers that question in his latest column. We do know that Georg Ludwig, installed as King George I, was an unappealing figure. He spoke no English and communicated with ministers in French, the language of European courts. HeContinue Reading

Goldberg reminds us why we need to study WWI

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, Jonah Goldberg reminds us of that conflict’s lasting importance. For most Americans, the war is like algebra or frog anatomy — something you have to study briefly in school but then never have to think about again. Unlike World War II, with its unambiguousContinue Reading

Avik Roy ponders the 50th birthday of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

One suspects neither big-government liberals nor cut-as-much-government-as-possible conservatives will agree completely with Avik Roy‘s column in the latest issue of Forbes. He ponders the legacy of the Johnson administration’s civil rights legislation. People in 1964 could scarcely have imagined that we’d so quickly have a black President and black billionaires and a large black middleContinue Reading

A notorious Nixon aide sees the comparison between the 37th and 44th presidents

The latest installment of TIME magazine’s “10 Questions” features former Nixon aide John Dean. Read the whole piece, and you’ll note that Dean appears to have little good to say about either his former boss or the Bush administration. But one excerpt in particular attracted this observer’s attention. Does the case of Edward Snowden andContinue Reading

Blundell: Thatcher would urge Americans to beware of Obamacare

“[T]he movement for freedom and economic liberty on both sides of the Atlantic has lost one of its leading figures.” That’s how the Institute for Economic Affairs assesses the death this week of John Blundell (1952-2014), who served as IEA’s director general from 1993 to 2009. A longtime intellectual ally of British Prime Minister MargaretContinue Reading