american exceptionalism


In grade school, we unquestioningly accepted the duty of a teacher erasing the blackboard no matter what material had been chalked. Sometimes, we might have had some concern that we had failed to copy some vital information into our notebooks…. Read More ›

Hijacking America

Editors’ Note: From the New York Times, Book Review, print edition, August 23, 2020. EVIL GENIUSES The Unmaking of America: A Recent History By Kurt Andersen Reviewed By Anand Giridharadas Commentary: Occasionally we discover dynamic ideas in unexpected places, such… Read More ›

Brief Cases

ELSIE REPATRIATED! In January, VoxFairfax disclosed the sad news that Borden Dairy’s beloved icon Elsie the Cow would be no more (“Beloved Bovine Buffered by Bankruptcy“, Borden, which filed for bankruptcy in January, agreed to sell itself to a… Read More ›

American Exceptionalism Today

The term “American exceptionalism” was coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 upon his first visit to the United States, noting that the new nation was different, based less upon history or ethnicity than shared common beliefs. Those beliefs, in… Read More ›


Film Review by Barbara Baum Levine and James McCarthy If Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s nose was out of joint upon publication of The New York Times feature titled 1619, then Hamilton, if he sees the film, is sure to cause… Read More ›

The New Conservative Pyrite

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, July 26, 2019. Pyrite is more commonly known as fool’s gold. By Bret Stephens Frederick H. Hayek, whose thoughts used to count for something among well-educated conservatives, made short work of nationalism as… Read More ›