Roger Kimball

Hit the road, Jack

17 July 2024 3:03 am

If you squint, I reckon you could see two bloody corpses that the Secret Service turned over on that roof…

Who’s the real threat to democracy?

15 July 2024 1:36 am

Last week at a fundraiser, Joe Biden said that it was time to get beyond his poor performance at his…

The United States cannot afford a 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. president

4 July 2024 5:04 am

In 1927, Sigmund Freud published a book about religion called Die Zukunft einer Illusion (The Future of an Illusion). As a contribution to…

What the Supreme Court immunity ruling means for Donald Trump

2 July 2024 5:21 pm

Yesterday, reviewing last week’s Supreme Court decisions, I noted that the court would probably issue its final opinion of the season, on…

A robust SCOTUS decision on presidential immunity

2 July 2024 6:53 am

All is unfolding as I have foreseen. Yesterday, reviewing last week’s Supreme Court decisions and indulging in a little well-earned Schadenfreude…

On Summer Solstice and the passage of time

22 June 2024 3:29 am

Some of my long-time readers will know that for many years past I have spent a few days most summers…

‘Justice’ and the fall of a republic

18 June 2024 5:20 am

“What happens now?” The question flooded my inbox and what used to be called the Twittersphere. Why? Because shortly after…

The Joe Biden Shuffle defines the G7

16 June 2024 2:22 am

Things are always worse than they seem. That adage may seem amusingly cynical, but that is only because it is…

If the West is to stay the same, a lot will have to change

7 June 2024 12:57 am

My favorite line in Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard comes midway through the first chapter. The times are unsettled. The Risorgimento is…

Trump’s bumper Bronx rally is a bad omen for Biden

24 May 2024 7:13 pm

Future historians, psephologists, and political analysts, searching for the day and time that Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign imploded beyond recovery,…

The cunning of the Democrats’ lawfare

16 May 2024 1:10 am

It saddens me to admit it, but the evidence is too overwhelming to dismiss: Democrats are significantly more cunning than…

The thoroughly underrated Pessac-Léognan

15 May 2024 5:50 pm

When someone says “Bordeaux wine” most of us think first of wines from the Médoc, home of Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe,…

What Charles Darwin got wrong

7 May 2024 7:43 pm

Have you noticed that whenever the conversation turns to the subject of Charles Darwin, an extraordinary amount of dogmatism is…

Why the Establishment hates Donald Trump

3 May 2024 8:22 pm

Like many commentators who have struggled to understand the reasons for the inveterate hatred of Donald Trump among the swank…

Uncharted territory in court and on campus

28 April 2024 2:22 am

The two big stories du jour are 1) the continuing campus assault on sanity, brought to you by the pro-terrorist…

At Columbia… that’s all, folx!

21 April 2024 5:02 am

Undoubtedly the best moment in the testimony of Minouche Shafik, the President Columbia University, before the House Committee on Education…

The rise of reverse gaslighting

17 April 2024 12:08 am

We live now in an age of reverse gaslighting. Ordinary gaslighting — the term was popularized by the 1944 movie Gaslight —…

Kangaroo courts and bills of attainder

18 March 2024 10:30 am

I want to talk about two things in this column: bills of attainder and kangaroo courts. The two often go…

A French symposium

17 March 2024 3:25 pm

Just as night watchmen are constrained by duty to make their rounds, so are writers about wine. Sometimes the rounds…

What America should heed from Julius Caesar’s assassination

16 March 2024 1:43 am

It being the Ides of March, I thought it might be worth reflecting briefly on the most famous event that…

Joe Biden and the war on truth

9 March 2024 8:24 am

I had been told that Joe Biden, the president of the United States, would be delivering the 2024 State of…

The people should decide on Donald Trump, not the courts

5 March 2024 4:54 am

In a big victory for democracy, but a big blow to the partisans of ‘Our Democracy™’, the Supreme Court of…

2024 and the invasion at the southern border

16 February 2024 8:35 am

Donald Trump crushed the New Hampshire primary, as every poll in Alpha Centauri predicted he would. Nevertheless, his sole remaining…

Republicans show their fecklessness with Mayorkas

15 February 2024 7:02 am

What is decadence? In popular usage, it is synonymous with “excess,” especially of a sensual or appetitive nature. I am…

The course of the American empire

19 January 2024 5:38 am

In the 1830s, the English-born American artist Thomas Cole painted an ambitious sequence of five large rectangular canvases delineating “The…