Paul Greenberg

Posted November 25, 2015

A new political party of the center and right, Ciudadanos, has arisen in Catalonia -- and delivered an impressive performance at the polls in Spain's regional elections back in September.

Posted November 24, 2015

The Wall Street Journal calls it populism ("Populism Rises in GOP Race," Page 1, November 12, 2015), but you could just as well describe populism as what it has always been since it was all the rage -- and I mean rage -- as it swept the Great Plains in the wilder years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Posted November 21, 2015

" 'Act of war,' Hollande says," blared the front-page headline -- even before the attacks on Paris had ceased. It was all a revelation to France's president, as if the West had not been at war for some time against this latest wave of jihadists to sweep out the Middle East -- just as Islam itself had swept out of Arabia's sands and conquered much of the known world centuries ago.

Posted November 20, 2015

Talk about an exercise in futility and irony: The three remaining contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination next year, if you count a former governor of Maryland named Martin O'Malley, held their own "debate" Saturday night.

Posted November 19, 2015

The decision of the University of Missouri's "governing" board to replace one chief executive of that school with a separate but equally powerless type was as predictable as the rest of this all too familiar farce.

Posted November 17, 2015

Oh, yes, the War on Terror -- remember? Or is it Terror's war on us? And against civilized humanity in general. Its object? The object of terrorism, Lenin is supposed to have said, is to terrorize. Nothing more.

Posted November 17, 2015

Now that the adults have cleared out of their prestigious presidencies and chancellorships at the University of Missouri, the Thought Police are coming out everywhere on campus in full array, complete with fancy titles, academic regalia and the usual meaningless catchphrases of the day.

Posted November 12, 2015

When it comes to changing a state, which is only a political union, into a people, there is nothing like defeat.

Posted November 11, 2015

Here is Susanne Langer's eyewitness report, almost word for word, in the New Republic on the plight of those migrants seeking refuge in one country after another only to be turned back again and again

Posted November 10, 2015

We are letter-writing. It's a bad habit."

Posted November 03, 2015

Bernie Sanders has been the congressman from little Vermont (a state so small it has only one) since 1990 and one of its senators since 2006. And as columnist George Will notes, in all that time he's been indistinguishable from his Democratic colleagues. For he "caucuses with the Democrats. He gets his committee assignments from the Democrats, and he's seeking the (presidential) nomination, of guess what, the Democratic Party." What a surprise.

Posted October 30, 2015

Posted October 27, 2015

It isn't a confession, not at all, just a change in policy. That's how Planned Parenthood explained its decision to stop selling the most marketable parts of the unborn children it aborts every year.

Posted October 27, 2015

This administration, like too many before it, has a standard response when anyone points out that American education is in trouble

Posted October 22, 2015

As it turns out, our president and commander in chief can face reality -- if he absolutely has to, and for the shortest time he can stand. Like a patient in the dentist's chair who just wants out.

Posted October 21, 2015

Don't pretend that American foreign policy over the disastrous course of these last six years of retreat and retrenchment, defeat and appeasement, has really been a success, a matter of leading from behind

Posted October 21, 2015

So what's the difference between the leading contenders -- for now -- for the Democratic presidential nomination? The lead could change any day or even hour, but in the middle of last Tuesday evening's rambling kumsitz of a debate that seemed to go on even longer than it did, something Huey P. Long once said came to mind.

Posted October 20, 2015

There is waiting and there is waiting. There is waiting for a baby to be born and for a father to die. There is waiting for a loan and waiting to be paid back. There is waiting to live and waiting to die. There is waiting for a hurricane to make landfall on a barrier reef of an island off the Carolinas where you've been vacationing, and there is not waiting but deciding to head for the mainland instead -- before the island is covered with floodwaters and downed power lines. Which is the choice we made.

Posted October 16, 2015

"Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not."

Posted October 15, 2015

Flannery O'Connor would be right at home here, for nothing of a spiritual nature seems to have changed hereabouts since her antihero Hazel Motes founded his Holy Church of Christ Without Christ.