Jonah Goldberg Leaves National Review

After twenty-one years, Jonah Goldberg is leaving National Review.  Here is his final “G-File” at National Review Online.  He will remain a fellow at the National Review Institute (whatever that means).  The G-File will continue as an E-mail newsletter, to which one can subscribe via a link in the article.  He notes “(For legal reasons, I cannot take my subscription list with me, so I have to recreate it as best as possible.)”.

He and Steve Hayes (presumably this one)  are starting “something new” whose placeholder Web site’s title calls “NewCo by Steve Hayes & Jonah Goldberg”.

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Author: John Walker

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10 thoughts on “Jonah Goldberg Leaves National Review

  1. Once a cruise ship conservative, always a cruise ship conservative. Instead of taking their long held cherished conservatism into action, they prefer to stay sideline commentators , giggling at the adults in the arena.

    The second generation of the right wing talkers is not holding up well.

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  2. John Walker:
    He and Steve Hayes (presumably this one)  are starting “something new” whose placeholder Web site’s title calls “NewCo by Steve Hayes & Jonah Goldberg”.

    They should call it the G-Spot.

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  3. Some thoughts on Goldberg’s column and David French:

    …people like French invest heavily in maintaining a set of rules on the Right that prevents victory. That is, a primary activity is endlessly reminding people that to be conservative is to live by a set of principles. These principles control how the Right engages the Left. On the other hand, the Left is happy to help the Right enforce these rules, as the Left never plays by any rules. It plays to win, so these principles become a road map for winning every battle.

    The lesson to be drawn from the failure of conservatives, for those who will take up the culture war, is that principles are about what you won’t do. They are prohibitions on your behavior. When you engage the enemy with a long list of things you will not do in the fight, you have provided him with a road map to victory. That’s been conservatism for the last thirty years. Whether conscious or unconscious, their cherished principles have amounted to nothing more than a primer for how they will throw the fight.

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  4. The Washington Generals announced today that star forward Jonah “Dr J(ournalism)” Goldberg has left the team to help start a new franchise with some of his fellow All Stars.

    “We know that players the caliber of Dr. J lose with style, and to be frank, this past season Dr. J just didn’t feel we were losing in quite the style he’d become accustomed to. We wish him well and many happy losing seasons in his new adventure.”

    On behalf of Team Manager Scott Adams Dewalt (S.A.D.) Esquire

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  5. drlorentz:
    Some thoughts on Goldberg’s column and David French:

    …people like French invest heavily in maintaining a set of rules on the Right that prevents victory. That is, a primary activity is endlessly reminding people that to be conservative is to live by a set of principles. These principles control how the Right engages the Left. On the other hand, the Left is happy to help the Right enforce these rules, as the Left never plays by any rules. It plays to win, so these principles become a road map for winning every battle.

    The lesson to be drawn from the failure of conservatives, for those who will take up the culture war, is that principles are about what you won’t do. They are prohibitions on your behavior. When you engage the enemy with a long list of things you will not do in the fight, you have provided him with a road map to victory. That’s been conservatism for the last thirty years. Whether conscious or unconscious, their cherished principles have amounted to nothing more than a primer for how they will throw the fight.

    From the same post:

     The trouble was, this habit of acquiescing to the Left on domestic matters had become a part of the Right’s fabric. When it was time to turn back to domestic policy, they could not do it.

    Never be obedient.  — Baxter the dog.

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