We hope you are having a great weekend.
The 65th anniversary edition of National Review has something for everyone, so let us begin our weekly roundup with two must-read essays. The first, by Matthew Continetti, rightly extols the virtues and achievements of the brand of American conservatism as espoused by the great William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of the magazine. Though there is much to be done by an increasingly splintering right, we as conservatives should heed Buckley’s example and make a positive case for the movement. In the second essay we recommend, Niall Ferguson delineates the origins of a Second Cold War. Though the Second Cold War with China is characteristically much different than the first one with the Soviet Union, it is important to remember its lessons and the perils of Cold War denialism as it is in its early stages. Also at National Review, our very own Daniel Buck defends charter schools.
In his column for the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Henninger celebrates the much relieving good news on COVID vaccines over the past week. Though the left leaves no stone unturned in its unrelenting quest to vilify “big pharma”, it is these corporations and scientists whose innovative spirit and ingenuity would save the world from this god-awful pandemic. They aren’t likely to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, but surely, they ought to be strong contenders.
If only the following Babylon Bee headline weren’t satire: Selfless Democrats Go To Fancy Restaurants, Parties To Show Public What Not To Do. As a considerable number of Democratic politicians impose harsh coronavirus restrictions only to flout those themselves. None could be worse than Andrew Cuomo, who is getting an Emmy for his televised briefings even after mishandling the outbreak in his state. But the state of our politics is such that there will always be an Andrew Cuomo, writes Matt Purple at The American Conservative.
Though the UK prepares to leave the Brexit transition period on December 31, a trade agreement with the EU is yet to be negotiated. As the clock runs out, state aid regulations and fisheries continue to vex negotiators on both sides. A potential compromise could be in sight but the devil is in the details, as Peter Foster notes in the Financial Times.
With the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientiest last week, the Middle East has reached a tipping point. How events play out in the next six weeks might end up deciding the geopolitics of the region for the years to come—be it a revival of the Iran Nuclear Deal or more normalisations of diplomatic relations, as Paul Wood explains in this week’s issue of The Spectator.
As it’s been a rough year for everyone, we could all use a little Christmas spirit. Courtesy of Classic FM, here’s a list of virtual Christmas concerts that you can stream online this festive season.
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