Megan McArdle was subjected to a two-minute hate on Twitter last night for suggesting we instruct people that cowering in the face of mass violence is an ineffective way to stop said violence. Allow me to suggest, however, that liberals weren’t upset because of 74 words in a 4,591 word essay. Nope. They were upset […]


The liberal imperative to ‘do something’

by Sonny Bunch on December 17, 2012

You’re going to hear from a lot of liberals that We have to do something in the wake of Newtown. Complacency is not an option and We can’t just shrug and do nothing and The fierce urgency of now and other such slogans will be bandied about. We’re going to be told that We need to have a national discussion about […]


Defining Torture Down

by Sonny Bunch on December 16, 2012

One of the things worth pointing out in the whole Zero Dark Thirty kerfuffle is the absurd defining-down of “torture,” something Kyle Smith gets at quite nicely in his column this weekend: Does “ZD30” glorify torture? No, because no one is tortured in it. The worst procedure shown is waterboarding, and while this is an extremely unpleasant […]


No Regrets

by Sonny Bunch on December 13, 2012

Apologies for the light posting; crashing on a couple of different deadlines (one of which is a review of The Hobbit, Part One: The Hobbiting, to be published tomorrow). But I did want to quickly highlight this video, in which Michael Moynihan explains why “Draw Mohammad Day” was important and why he wishes it had […]


Glenn Greenwald’s Movie Corner

by Sonny Bunch on December 12, 2012

Hi folks, Glenn Greenwald here. Given the outrage surrounding my decision to write about—and harshly judge the supporters of—a movie I haven’t seen, I figured like any good troll I should keep up the hard work. So I’m back to let you, the reader, know just what films are politically acceptable to enjoy and judge […]


Dance, puppets!

by Sonny Bunch on December 11, 2012

As I thought might happen, the liberal-left freakout over Zero Dark Thirty has been kind of fun to watch. The Free Beacon published a good roundup of the reax; I just want to add one quick comment to a point Glenn Greenwald made. Greenwald, in that hyperbolic, hyperventilating way he has so vigorously mastered, denounced the film as […]


Betraying the voters (by giving them what they want)

by Sonny Bunch on December 9, 2012

Two years ago, a newly elected Rick Snyder told the Free Press editorial board he was determined to be a new kind of governor — a pragmatist focused like a laser on initiatives that promised to raise standards of living for all Michiganders. … In short, we trusted Snyder’s judgment. That trust has now been […]


Cult in the Connected Age, ctd.

by Sonny Bunch on December 7, 2012

When the rise of television destroyed moviegoing as a mass habit, it simultaneously enhanced the opportunities for film fetishism and ritual screenings. Movies became integral to the celebration of religious events. King of Kings, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and Micracle on 34th Street were invariably telecast on their appropriate holidays. Starting in the mid-1950s, The Wizard of […]


DISPATCH FROM THE MULTIVERSE — In a shocking turn of events Sunday evening, Bob Costas took responsibility for the role he played in the tragic murder-suicide that roiled the NFL this weekend. Taking to his soapbox on Sunday Night Football’s halftime show, Costas highlighted the role that football’s brutal culture played in the murder of […]


9/11 and security in pop culture

by Sonny Bunch on November 26, 2012

I’ve got a review of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV in the Wall Street Journal. Paul Cantor’s new book is aimed squarely at people who not only take popular culture seriously but also have more than a passing interest in political philosophy. I gave it a pretty glowing review […]