I was first introduced to what I thought was Robert De Niro’s genius upon watching Martin Scorseses’ seminal gangster film Mean Streets . De Niro played Johnny Boy, a small-time hood hell-bent on criminal deviancy, mayhem, tomfoolery, and pointless self-destruction. De Niro brought such a quality of verisimilitude and commitment to the role, it almost seemed like he really was Johnny Boy and not just a talented thespian pulling off an
There can only be one winner in the struggle between the president and the permanent bureaucracy if America has any hope of the republic surviving. veryone who knows American history understands that what we are experiencing today was almost inevitable. The Russia-collusion hoax, Ukraine-gate, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation circus, all of the non-stop, relentless attacks on Donald Trump and his administration from the day he was sworn in were bound to happen. The
During the time of the Roman Republic, Cato the Elder would end every speech in the Senate, no matter what the topic, with “Carthago delenda est.” Carthage must be destroyed. Why? Because Cato saw Carthage as a very real and existential threat to the Roman Republic. In many ways, the tech monopolies today are a very real threat to our American Republic. And so the tech monopolies must be broken up—destroyed.
I recently reread Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” and just like the first time I read it, I felt chilled to the bone from the thought of people actually being committed to these tactics and using them against their political opponents. Unlike the first time I read it, however, I recognized that Alinsky’s playbook is currently being used against political enemies of the United States’ Democratic Socialist party and others on
Sadly, but predictably, in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, many on the Left have resorted yet again to over-the-top rhetoric about gun control, white supremacy, and racism—screaming and pointing the finger at everyone but themselves. There is a real problem with that kind of rhetoric. It means we can’t have honest conversations about what’s taking place and, what’s worse, it’s an indication that many don’t want to
I do not believe in the minimum wage, but this wasn’t always the case. When I was young and poor, I thought it sounded like a great idea. I read Milton Friedman and Walter Williams’ reasons why the minimum wage is not good for the economy as a whole, but more money in my pocket sounded good, and my little paycheck couldn’t matter much to the gigantic U.S. economy. Experience has