Roger Kimball

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…

Trump’s big Iowa win spells the end for Ron DeSantis

16 January 2024 5:16 pm

Until now, the person who won the Iowa caucus by the largest margin was Bob Dole back in 1988 –…

Trump trounces everyone in Iowa

16 January 2024 1:14 pm

Numbers are mysterious things. According to orthodox Roman Catholicism, there are instances in which 3 = 1. You might get…

Claudine Gay was bad for Harvard, but Harvard is bad for the country

4 January 2024 2:20 am

I advise you to have a bottle of Dramamine on hand before reading Claudine Gay’s nauseating missive announcing her resignation as president…

When will Harvard give Claudine Gay the boot?

30 December 2023 4:06 am

You are probably almost as sick of hearing about Claudine Gay — as of this writing, still the president of…

The looming Lenin comeback

20 December 2023 1:10 am

The year 2024 marks the centenary of Vladimir Lenin’s death. In April of that year, the consummate communist, having blighted…

The disgraceful, ducking, diving, dodging college presidents

8 December 2023 5:41 am

It was a clarifying moment, wasn’t it? The presidents of MIT, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania testifying for the House…

Vivek is right: America is devolving into tyranny

4 December 2023 11:57 pm

Many commentators (including yours truly) have pointed out that America is divided more now than it has been since the late…

Hamas and retaking higher education

20 November 2023 3:05 pm

Maybe there is something for which we have to thank Hamas after all. That savage terror group epitomizes the latest…

The changing season brings a change in politics

21 October 2023 6:50 am

If you are paying attention, you know that nature is full of inklings and adumbrations. I am writing in New…

What hath Matt Gaetz wrought by tipping over the House apple cart?

5 October 2023 12:23 am

What’s worse than chaos? How about a power vacuum? All the beautiful people are bewailing the ouster of Kevin McCarthy as speaker…