The Perils of an American Jesus

Christianity, like much else in contemporary American society, has become highly politicized and culturally fragmented, with large segments of the faithful finding themselves affiliated—sometimes by choice, sometimes not—with the predominant political ideologies of liberalism and conservatism…are either of these options correct, or is there a third way?

Movie Review: Green Book

More than a week after the Oscars broadcast, it already feels kind of odd that this little movie caused such a stir, but it really is a signal of how bizarrely hyper-politicized the cultural left is these days. Though it’s by no means a great movie, it’s worth watching, not only for the acting, but for some understated reasons about how economics bring people together.

In Praise of Dead Presidents

Some impertinent fellows on the Internet have been calling George Bush the Keyser Söze of post-World War II America, referring to the character in the 1996 film The Usual Suspects who, while hiding in plain sight, had a hand in a vast number of spectacular crimes. George Bush pulled off a far more difficult trick—but he had more help, didn’t he?

Rejoining the Libertarian Party with the Mises Caucus

After seven years as an LP activist in Ohio, I decided to quit the party in 2017, but the emergence of the Mises Caucus has prompted me to rejoin. With “pragmatic” Libertarians gathering behind Bill Weld—who’s merely a more polite, more boring version of John McCain or Hillary Clinton—the Mises Caucus can, and I think will, help steer the LP back to its principled roots—but its members need to know what they’re getting into.

Sicario’s Deep-State Villain

One could make a case that, as Thanos, the Malthusian “Mad Titan” who obliterated half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Josh Brolin has portrayed the most prolific villain in movie history. However, his turn as Matt Graver, the CIA “special activities” agent in Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) and its far superior progenitor, Sicario (2015) is far more sinister simply because men who use that sort of power for evil, unlike Thanos, actually exist.

The Old Man and the Sea

A friend told me this week that he had just read Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and that it had disturbed him quite a bit. Purely by chance, I had also recently re-read it, for the first time since my college years. I think I know exactly where the Scribner Classics paperback version now sits in my parents’ home. I don’t think I fully understood it the first time, but this time, I found a lot of myself in it, and, unlike my friend, I found it heartening.

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