National Review

Elizabeth Warren Is Jussie Smollett

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a televised townhall on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, Calif., October 10, 2019. (Mike Blake/Reuters) What they have in common turns out to have nothing to do with skin tone.Elizabeth Warren has a moving story about being fi…

Meritocracy and Its Discontents

From the cover of The Meritocracy Trap(Penguin Press) The Meritocracy Trap: How Americas Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite, by Daniel Markovits (Penguin Press, 448 pp., $30)Is Daniel Markovits miserable? H…

Joker: An Honest Treatment of Madness

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker(Warner Bros. Pictures/Trailer image via YouTube) The depiction of a mans descent into insanity is alone worth the price of admission.When I saw that the New York Times and The New Yorker had run columns berating the new Joker movie, …

What Is Impeachment For?

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Its a political process, not a legal one and the political climate is anything but static.W hat is impeachment for? Seems like a simple question. Constitutionally speaking, it also appears to have a simple answer: to cite and remove…

We Are All Ukrainians

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with President Donald Trump during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, September 25, 2019.(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) How wealth and cronyism transformed American democracy.Ironi…

The Albright-Knox Makes New Moves

View of the north building from the 1905 Building.(Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York) The Buffalo museum plans to welcome visitors in a glass-walled living room for the city.The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo has a wonderful, idiosyncratic c…

Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Resigns

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith(Fox News/via YouTube) Fox News Channel’s chief anchor, Shepard Smith, announced on air Friday that he would be resigning from his post after 23 years with the network. This is my last newscast here, said Smith. Recently, I aske…

The NBA’s Disgrace

A worker removes a giant advertisement for the NBA China Games from a building in Shanghai, China, October 9, 2019. (Aly Song/Reuters) There was a time when American companies operating in China could make a strong argument that they were doing good even as …