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Jonah Goldberg, "The Trouble with Nationalism", National Review 2/7/20 But I firmly believe that when we call the sacrifices of American patriots no different from the sacrifices of Spartans — ancient or modern — we are giving short shrift to the glory, majesty, and uniqueness of American patriotism and the American experiment. I’m reminded of […]

Trump will make Russia great again — and Republicans are letting him do it

To the editor: I very seldom agreed with Jonah Goldberg, but I must give him kudos for the several columns he’s written taking President Trump to task. In his latest piece, Goldberg laments how Trump defended Russian President Vladimir Putin by telling Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that the United States...

Sorting Out What's Nationalism and What's Patriotism

From today’s Morning Jolt, a contribution to the ongoing debate on nationalism… Read Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru on nationalism. Read Jonah Goldberg’s response. Read Ben Shapiro’s response. Then read Rich’s response to Jonah. I’ll wait. Okay, good, you’re back. At the core of this discussion is how nationalism differs from patriotism. Show More Summary

Rational government can return only when Trump leaves the White House

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg, a rare conservative who refuses to be blinded by President Trump’s glitter, nevertheless suggests that he will move to the center. (“Trump is taking the Bannon Way, and it will end in disaster,” Opinion, Jan. 31) Good luck on that one. Trump got elected by throwing...

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Jonah Goldberg on “The ‘Reasonabilists’ of Berkeley:…

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Jonah Goldberg on “The ‘Reasonabilists’ of Berkeley:” I hate to give any credence to this “triggering” nonsense, but every time I hear it, it sets me off like I’m Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone has just said my hair looks stupid. Even on Fox News people say it, and I’m […]

Jonah Goldberg: Campuses Are 'Soft, Totalitarian States'

Yesterday's protest at UC Berkeley, sparked by a speaking engagement of Breitbart creation, Milo Yiannopoulis, turned ugly, unfortunately. Sadly, this provides ammo to fascism-enthusiasts like Jonah Goldberg to wrongfully accuse the left of acting like the alt-Right. Show More Summary

The left does “Groundhog Day”

(Scott Johnson) Today is Groundhog Day. It may put us in mind of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Bill Murray and celebrated by Jonah Goldberg in the NR article “A movie for all time.” The premise of the film is involuntary repetition. Show More Summary

Jonah Goldberg on Berkeley Riots: Milo Courts this Stuff, Feeds on it, Has Parasitic Relationship with Violent Mobs (VIDEO)

What happened to Jonah Goldberg? He used to be so sensible. Now he sounds like an unhinged leftist. Good grief.... The post Jonah Goldberg on Berkeley Riots: Milo Courts this Stuff, Feeds on it, Has Parasitic Relationship with Violent Mobs (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

IT’S FUNNY, but when you read this David Frum apocalyptic take on Trump’s “autocracy,” the future he…

IT’S FUNNY, but when you read this David Frum apocalyptic take on Trump’s “autocracy,” the future he fears sounds a lot like the FDR administration’s policies as described in Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change.

IN “THE SCIENCE OF INTELLECTUAL TRIBALISM”, Jonah Goldberg writes: ‘David Gelernter, fiercely…

IN “THE SCIENCE OF INTELLECTUAL TRIBALISM”, Jonah Goldberg writes: ‘David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser.” — Washington Post, January 18 Um. Well, huh. For those unfamiliar...Show More Summary

Birther Donald Trump vs. civil rights hero John Lewis

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg demonstrates that the editorial counterpart to “fake news” is “fake logic” in the opinion section. (“Trump says he'll unite the country. Yeah, right,” Opinion, Jan. 16) He starts by blithely stating, “Put aside Trump’s specific shortcomings for the moment,” and then...

Trump's tweets: refreshing or abnormal?

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg calls Donald Trump’s Twitter addiction a management style of “government by Twitter.” The very thought is frightening. The crass and vitriolic nature of Trump’s tweets is what one might expect from an angry adolescent, not from someone who is about to assume the highest...

U.S. Abstains From U.N. Vote, Or As Jonah Goldberg Puts It: Obama’s One Last Flip Of The Bird To Israel

[guest post by Dana] Unsurprisingly: In an unprecedented diplomatic rebuke of Israel, the United States abstained Friday on a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, allowing the highly charged measure to pass. The resolution was approved 14-0 with the one abstention. The vote was greeted with loud applause in the […]

THE SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE: The Nazis Fought the Original War on Christmas. Who knew? Other than ev…

THE SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE: The Nazis Fought the Original War on Christmas. Who knew? Other than everyone who read Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism eight years ago, that is. But it’s good to see this sort of thing in the Smithsonian’s house organ. Or as author Dave Shiflett quipped over a decade ago in National Review, “A […]

So, Not Really “Never” Then

Mr. Jonah Goldberg, everyone: The thing is: Never Trump is over. Never Trump was about the GOP primary and the general election, not the presidency. The Left wants to claim it must be a permanent movement, denying the legitimacy of Trump’s election forever, or we were never serious. Well, that’s not what we — or […]

Why do Trump's exact words matter? Because people hear them.

To the editor: Following adverse reactions to some of Donald Trump’s comments during the presidential election, the public was advised by his supporters to take him seriously but not literally. Jonah Goldberg reminds us that words matter, as do several other articles in the same edition of the...

Fidel Castro, human rights violator he was, did plenty of good for Cuba

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg’s column on the passing of Fidel Castro relegates what ought to be a serious discussion of the late Cuban leader’s political legacy to a kind of non-historical rhetorical jousting. (“Fidel Castro died as he lived — praised by useful idiots,” Opinion, Nov. 28) Certainly...

A Touch of Reality

Jonah Goldberg on the desire to think that wild animals are just like us.

A Day in My Life

Above: Steve Bannon and Jonah Goldberg On Saturday, I wrote a post about Fidel Castro. It is titled “Castro–It’s Complicated!” That’s because he was a complex man with a complex legacy. I used the post and a boatload of historical literature on these issues to do two things. First, I attempted to place Castro within […]

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