James P. Pinkerton

 James P. Pinkerton is an author and contributing editor at The American Conservative. He served as a White House policy aide to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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50 Years Later, the Spirit of ’69 Feels Like a Hangover

The August 16 death of actor Peter Fonda comes as a jolt to Baby Boomers, including this one. Most of us will always think of Fonda as the young and vigorous star of the 1969 film Easy Rider. Perhaps Fonda, dying of lung cancer, willed...

And Then They Came for the Left’s Sacred Symbols

All throughout history, winners have destroyed the creations of losers. And yet that same history tells us that the wheel has a way of turning, as losers sometimes become winners. And so perhaps those who would destroy someone else’s stuff should...

Struggling to Find That ‘Greatest Generation’ Sequel

Here’s some interesting and revealing news: “To Stand Out, the Army Picks a New Uniform With a World War II Look.” That was a headline in The New York Times on May 5, and it speaks to the fact that World War II, more and more, is...

When Tech Elites Lose Their Religion

Remember the “digital divide”? That’s a media-friendly bit of alliteration, going back to the 1990s, used to describe the unequal distribution of digital access. That is, there were some areas where the Internet and related technologies were...

Are We In Fact Melding With Machines?

Here’s a headline worth pondering: “Chinese parents want students to wear dystopian brainwave-detecting headbands.” The story, on the website SupChina, details the latest innovation at the Jiangnan Experimental School in Hangzhou....

The Unbundling of America’s Political Parties

Should movies be seen in theaters, at least in their first runs, or are they just as good when they premiere on the home screen? To put that question in business jargon terms, should movies continue to be bundled to theaters, or should...

When We Protected Women from the Wolves

Okay, so with the holiday season coming to a close, we’ve now been through the entire dialectical sequence for the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Featured in the film Neptune’s Daughter, the song won an Oscar in 1950 and...

The Yellow Jackets Versus The European Empire

So the “yellow jacket” protests are continuing in France, even though President Emmanuel Macron postponed the new fuel tax that ostensibly set them off. This tells us that the protests have motivations beyond just the fuel tax. Indeed,...

Hillary Clinton: Conservatives Were Right on Mass Migration

Amidst the hurly-burly of politics these days, it can be hard to notice when your side has won a victory. Yet that’s what’s just happened for conservatives on immigration: they’ve won. Okay, it’s not a final victory, nor even a crushing victory, but...