Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie

So, I got to meet these guys: That’s Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie from Reason magazine, and on Tuesday night they were at a book signing event sponsored by the Heartland Institute at Jaks Tap in Chicago to promote their new book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America. […]

American Superhero

“American Superhero” is what Congressman Tom Latham just called Norman Borlaug in explaining why he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. As I explained in a post last year, Borlaug is arguably the greatest American. His Green Revolution improved the efficiency of world-wide agriculture and saved a lot of people from starvation. Just how many […]

The Greatest Art Of Our Time

Over on Hit & Run, they’re discussing in the comments the comparative merits of Survivor, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under. Which of these will future art historians most admire? Which of these television shows will future historians look back on as our Madame Bovary, as our Moby Dick? I say none of them. A […]


Didn’t make the list.

One More Great American

Now that the search for the Greatest American is over, I’d like to add one more name to the list. This gentleman didn’t even make the top 100—probably because his greatest contributions occurred outside the United States—but he could well be the greatest American of all. I’m speaking of Dr. Norman Borlaug, winner of the […]

The Greatest American

Well, AOL‘s Greatest American contest is over. After months of voting, the previous list of 25 had been narrowed down to just 5: Benjamin Franklin Martin Luther King, Jr. Abraham Lincoln Ronald Reagan George Washington And the winner is…Ronald Reagan. Sigh. As I said earlier, these lists are silly. Actually, I take that back: Picking […]


Over at AOL Television, they’re running a show called Greatest American on which they’re trying to pick…well I’m sure you get it. I’ve avoided many such lists in the past, like the AFI‘s list of the greatest 100 films, because if I do care about the subject, I have my own opinions, and if I […]