A day in the desert

By Jonathon Van Maren Yuval was probably around sixty, but moved like someone much older. His facial expressions were either entirely impassive or wildly unimpressed. At the moment, he was also irritated. His white van had been idling at the curb of our Eilat hostel for a full thirty-seven seconds, and one of my three…

The paradox of Franky Schaeffer

By Jonathon Van Maren Times seem dark for American conservatism. With the Republican Party engaging in a bloody, full-fledged civil war, the House of Clinton slowly rising once again, and the potential of Barack Obama stacking the Supreme Court with progressive justices for a generation, politicians constantly conjure up the smiling, sunny face of Ronald…

Conservatism isn’t cool

By Jonathon Van Maren If there’s one thing that many conservatives have traditionally hated doing, it’s recognizing that the left has conquered virtually every aspect of mainstream culture: Hollywood, the mainstream media, the music industry. Left-wing politicians have a horde of attractive movie stars and musicians to headline their rallies—conservatives have had virtually none. When…

What the media tells us

By Jonathon Van Maren Nearly half a dozen times in the last month, I have seen media stories say precisely the opposite thing, about precisely the same event. This time around, it was a reporter from TIME magazine getting choke-slammed by a member of Donald Trump’s Secret Service detail, which most of the media is…