The Science of Intellectual Tribalism

By:    Jonah Goldberg                 “David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser.” — Washington Post, Jan. 18 Um. Well, huh. For those unfamiliar with David Gelernter, he essentially created parallel computing, which sounds like witchcraft to me, but I’m told it’s a really…

Should We Be Wary of a Looming Plutocracy?

By:     Jonah Goldberg The net worth of Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments so far reportedly exceeds $14.5 billion (if you include Trump’s deputy commerce secretary pick, Todd Ricketts). As someone utterly immune to plutophobia — fear of wealth — I have no problem with this. (For what it’s worth, I know Todd Ricketts and think he’s…

Reflections on an Otherworldly Campaign

By:    Jonah Goldberg For months there’s been a running gag on social media about “Earth 2,” where the 2016 campaign is a happy, normal thing. For instance, in mid-October, shortly after the release of the “Access Hollywood video,” I joked on Twitter that, “On Earth 2 [the GOP] is 15 points ahead, looking to gain…

Perry, Other Republicans Selling Their Souls to Trump

By:     Jonah Goldberg “Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared 10 months ago. Trump’s candidacy, Perry added, represents “a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to…