James Bowman


Revolutionism Redux, Part II

A New York Times town hall meeting reveals that paper’s newsroom as the epicenter of the revolutionary dynamic now manifesting itself among American progressives.

Revolutionism Redux, Part I

If it takes one kind of Holy Madness to drive out another, dissenters from the identity politics of the newly socialist and liberationist left may be driven to join the Trumpites under the banner of nationalism.

Irony of Ironies

That the entire “collusion” narrative was misconceived simply could not be true, in the view of the mainstream media, since their entire political world-view was based upon it.

Avenging Reality

The $1.2 billion, record-breaking opening weekend for Avengers: Endgame last week was cause for much rejoicing in Hollywood. For those whose interest in movies is aesthetic rather than financial, however, there may be less reason to celebrate.

Make-Believe Worlds

In coverage of both the Mueller report and the Jussie Smollett scandal, the mainstream media and its readers inhabit a world which is not only gratifying to their prejudices but one where everybody as far as the eye can see thinks more or less exactly as they do on the important issues of the day.

Geography Lessons

Just as the media denies their own biases, other branches of the elite deny the obvious truths surrounding them. One feels something close to despair that the public’s trust in their rulers, official or unofficial, can ever be restored.

Twilight of the Unwoke Guys

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that what we are seeing lately is the media’s attempt to use their own #MeToo narrative to correct the Bill’n’Monica narrative so as to avoid any blame to themselves or the responsibility that any truly “evenhanded” treatment would see as falling on them for the scandal-culture that has taken over our political life.

The Progressive Advocacy of Tribal Honor

The alternative to a world of nations is not the benign “globalisation” that was a by-product of the end of the Cold War and now looks, in retrospect, like a Golden Age. It is a reversion to the more feral and primitive version of honor which preceded the emergence of the modern nation-state.

Yet It Does Fly

If the midterm election were a referendum on President Trump, it is far from easy to tell what its verdict was.

Lubitsch in Our Day

Recent reappraisals err by judging director Ernst Lubitsch by the standards of the wrong era.