Author Archives: Matt Purple

Oscar Wilde’s #MeToo Trial

The Irish playwright caused a firestorm in his day. Can we forgive our artists’ worst sins?

Oscar Wilde’s #MeToo Trial

The Irish playwright caused a firestorm in his day. Can we forgive our artists’ worst sins?

Jonah Goldberg’s Burkean Turn

His latest book is a flawed but valuable warning not to forsake our national inheritance.

Anthony Bourdain, American Tour Guide

He loved culinary localism, hated McDonald’s, and embodied the hedonist we all secretly want to be.

Tom Wolfe’s Tribalist America

Remembering the late great reporter-novelist who ventured into our mists and foresaw our present crisis.

Millennials’ Bush Hangover

The young, more so than their elders, have swung hard against military adventurism. What accounts for this change?

My High Schoolers Know More About Gun Control Than Your High Schoolers

On the dangers of Twitter mobs and conscripting teenagers into proxy wars.

A Madman on the National Security Council

John Bolton is that most ludicrous of creatures: the unreconstructed Bush-era foreign policy thinker.

The Iraq War’s Age of Madness

Beyond wrecking the Middle East, the period was a blow to our national psyche—from which we have yet to recover.

Conor Lamb: Lunchpail Democrat, Trumpian Republican

He delivered a likely win for Democrats last night—and showed how thoroughly our politics have been scrambled.

Classical Illiberals

Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin are wrong to claim classical liberalism as their own.

The Everymen of CPAC

It’s the maintenance workers and taxi drivers who are always most interesting. Talking to those outside your political tribe must not become a lost art.

A Lament for the Tea Party

It changed our politics, briefly, fleetingly. Now Congress’s latest budget shows the GOP is back to its Bush-era ways.

Populism and the Patriots

Super Bowl LII had all the exhilaration of beating the establishment, which is exactly what America wanted.

The Churchill We Misremember

We’ve turned him into a moralizing rallying call towards every war imaginable. In reality, he was far more complex than that.

Imagining an Authoritarian

Nicholas Kristof wonders if Trump is our first president with autocratic tendencies. Where has he been for the past 15 years?

Bannonism Will Live On

Revolutions don’t die with their figureheads. Bannon’s radicalism has found a resonance it’s unlikely to lose.

A Light Touch on Iran

Trump’s response to protests should be one of cautious restraint. And no, the nuclear deal hasn’t been discredited.

Looking Back on a Year of Eclipse for the Left

From South America to the EU, left-wing parties are in a state of crisis. Will next year only continue the damage?

The Ideologues Who Wrecked Libya

As lawlessness reigns, those who pushed us into toppling Gaddafi are due for a reckoning.

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