Conservatives and Climate Change-Part I

Meeting recently in South Africa, representatives from 194 countries agreed to the Durban Platform, the latest effort to put the world on a path to cut greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are driving climate change.

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Conservatives and Climate Change-Part I

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The Next to be Left Behind

Politicians will always promise a return to yesterday. They rarely deliver.

These days, somewhat paradoxically, Forgotten America is on everyone’s mind. Even before Donald Trump won the presidency by appealing to demographics and themes that effete, urban Americans found gauche, books like J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and John Judis’s The Populist Explosion focused elite minds on those left behind in the Great Recession’s “recovery.” Trump’s “Forgotten Man” was, however, forgotten long before 2008. By casting himself as a defender of the status quo ante—leaving it up to voters to determine for themselves precisely when their preferred “ante” was—Trump tapped into the political potency of nostalgia. The globalized information age is not done transforming the American economic landscape. Others will soon join the ranks of those left behind.

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A Reminder Not to Forget

Think about oral tradition while there is still time.

When the last survivor has gone, to whom does the mantle pass? When they can no longer tell their stories, who can? Who should? Who will?

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Opposing Injustice vs. Endorsing Accused

An increasingly dictatorial view on exiles takes hold in Turkey.

Since last year’s abortive coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish government has unleashed a massive crackdown on followers of Fethullah Gülen, an exiled theologian who now lives in Pennsylvania, and demanded Gülen’s extradition for his alleged role in last year’s failed coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hints that Gülen could be subject to the death penalty once he is returned to Turkey. The same threat looms over tens of thousands of Turks imprisoned on suspicion of supporting Gülen, all of whom Erdogan, Turkish officials, and his court journalists have labeled the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Ankara has sought to tar anyone—myself included—who questions the official narrative put forward by Erdogan about last summer’s coup attempt, Erdogan’s own misbehavior, or Turkey’s general orientation as being associated with terrorists.

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Perhaps the Center Can Hold…

The French election will pit centrism versus extreme nationalism.

Every major economic upheaval produces a corresponding political upheaval.

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100 Days to Have Your Druthers

Commentary podcast: The French elections and the legacy of 2016.

The first round of voting in the French presidential election has concluded, and one thing that we can say for sure about it is that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump—contrary to popular opinion in the United States. Trump, however, must reckon with the close of his first 100 days in office and how they reflect on his presidency. Finally, the gang (John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) talk about FBI Director James Comey and his role in deciding the 2016 presidential election.

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