Books and Culture

Free speech is the essential liberty, if you can keep it Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media, reviewed

The Great Gay Way I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir, by Harvey Fierstein, reviewed

Guilt By Orientation In JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, Oliver Stone continues his three-decade slander of an innocent man—one who, not coincidentally, happened to be gay

Character Studies

When the Pope Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That’s Ahmari From neoconservatism to integralist cosplay to active worship of China and Russia, the ‘post-liberal’ right has had a giddy five years

The Other Camus The gay past of the alt-right’s French guru

Dispatches

Who Burned Down the Sculpture of Xi Jinping at a California Park? Federal prosecutors say Weiming Chen’s ‘CCP Virus’ was destroyed by men working for China.

London Diary An eventful week in the British capital

John McCain's Soft Spot for "Brave Little Nations" To really understand the impact John McCain had on the world, visit a country like Georgia

Essays

The Long, Sordid History of the Gay Conspiracy Theory Today’s right-wing campaign against “groomers” is America’s latest moral panic.

The Real Lincoln Project Scandal Political grifter Steve Schmidt used homophobia to distract from his own sins—and everyone just let him get away with it

Joe Biden Needs a Kshama Sawant Moment Biden must show he can stand up to the toxic wokeness that dominates elite institutions—including a significant segment of his own party—in order to unite the country

Reporting

Origin Story How a self-published investigation into the possibility of a “lab leak” upended groupthink about the coronavirus

Conservative Conference Avoids Trump as They Rebrand Nationalism and Economic Policy On the first National Conservatism Conference in Washington, DC

What Is American Labor Thinking in Honoring a ‘Union’ Figure From Cuba? In its more honorable past, the AFL-CIO was staunchly anti-communist. But now, the same union is toasting a Cuban emissary. What gives?