Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan writes for National Review Online and Opportunity Lives. He is a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and a senior fellow at the Steamboat Institute. He tweets @TomRtweets. His homepage is

Articles From Tom

“The World Happiness Report” is liberal drivel

Norway is supposedly the happiest country in the world. Don't believe the hype. (Photo via Audun Braastad/NTB scanpix)

The 2017 World Happiness Report is out! And according to a UN project, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Norway is Earth’s happiest nation. Unfortunately, the World Happiness Report is a joke. For one, a quick look at SDSN’s donor base reveals funding from the Norwegian foreign ministry. Perhaps then, the SDSN is not as objectively […]

Bernie Sanders, the friendly health care liar

When it comes to health care, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. (Photo via NBC News)

Moderated by MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at a West Virginia town hall on Monday night. He railed against Republicans and called for a socialized health care system to improve health care in America. As usual, the Senator has a simple plan for how to pay for this. It’s the rich, […]

Obamacare repeal debate exposes Democrats’ disregard for millennials

House Democrats are viciously attacking the new GOP replacement to Obamacare, but don't realize that their plans are hurting younger Americans more. (Photo via AP)

The GOP health care bill is getting mixed reviews, even from Republicans. And it’s clear that it is far from a conservative dream ticket. At best, it’s an improvement on Obamacare. And some of the concerns raised about the GOP bill – including from the left – are legitimate. For one, we should question whether […]

Bill Maher, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the liberal prophet Jeremy Scahill

(David Middlecamp/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) via AP)

American journalism helps forge ideas that empower free society. Take news-based television debates. Forcing efficient articulation, well-moderated TV news debates offer easily accessible information to many different viewers. I know this because I’m a former panelist/producer on one such debate show, The McLaughlin Group. And there, I learned that the best TV journalism comes when […]

Why (some) trolling is good

Trolling is good for the soul when done correctly. (Photo via AP)

To troll or not to troll? That is the question. First off, a caveat. While it has multiple definitions, for clarity, I adopt the Google Dictionary definition of Trolling: “To make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.” Trolling is controversial. In […]

Yes, Donald Trump is right to threaten Berkeley’s federal grants

President Trump is threatening to pull federal funding from UC-Berkeley over their protests and riots over Milo Yiannopoulos. Good. (Photo via AP)

On Wednesday afternoon, I explained that Milo Yiannopoulos’ greatest supporters are those who oppose him. Later Wednesday evening, those who waged war at UC-Berkeley proved me right. They did so by attacking Milo’s supporters, police officers, and private property. And this morning, President Trump responded by threatening the University of California at Berkeley’s federal funding. […]

Why Milo Yiannopoulos is good for society

As much as people hate Milo Yiannopoulos, he's good for society. (Photo via AP)

Breitbart editor and bon vivant, Milo Yiannopoulos, is the ultimate troll. Eloquent, mischievous, and energetic, Yiannopoulos has a unique brand. Avowedly explicit about his sex life, and reveling in British-accented disdain, Yiannopoulos has won many followers. Most weeks he’s traveling across America to address crowds of college students. And Milo’s is a lucrative endeavor. Combined […]

Send ‘the Feds’ to Chicago: Trump shows he cares

President Trump wants to send the Feds in to clean up Chicago. How would that work exactly? (Photo via AP)

Facing war-like homicide rates in Chicago – exceeding the murders in Los Angeles and New York City, combined — President Donald Trump is threatening to “send in the Feds.” If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— […]

Dear Inauguration boycotters: Running away is not resistance

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez is one of many Dem lawmakers protesting Donald Trump's inauguration. What are they really trying to accomplish? (Photo via AP)

The list is growing. 56 Democratic members of Congress will boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Their rationales vary. Some Democrats are staying away because they believe Trump is an “illegitimate” president spawned from Russian hacking. Others are protesting Trump’s comments on women and minorities. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) says she will be “organizing.” Rep. […]

Students at my alma mater want to purge “the white curriculum”

SOAS in London is looking to ban white philosophers from being taught. I'm sorry, it doesn't work that way. (Photo via SOAS)

I was lucky enough to attend graduate school at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). A university in London, England, SOAS focuses on global studies. My time at SOAS was illuminating. Studying Middle East politics, I benefited from the exceptional Professor Charles Tripp. He was tough, he was liberal, but he was a […]

Millennials need police to stop millennials

We need police officers to stop millennials now more than ever. Our generation has become a lawless bunch in which officers are afraid to do their jobs. (Photo via AP)

Today, buried amidst the usual Trump shenanigans, Pew Research released a new study. It posits concerning statistics. As a result of high-profile incidents involving police officers and black citizens, 93 percent of police officers are increasingly concerned about their safety. 75 percent of officers say that interactions between police and blacks have become tenser. And 72 […]

How about some sympathy? 3 reasons it’s tough to be a Millennial

Millennials get trashed from all sides. However, we're doing more than you think. It's time for a little sympathy. (Photo via AP)

Ira Wolfe has a new piece on why society should stop bashing millennials. It’s worth a read. However, Wolfe got me thinking, and it led me to a conclusion: Millennials don’t simply deserve greater respect from our elders, we deserve some sympathy. There are at least three reasons why. 1. We’re Paying More for Less […]

Fort Lauderdale and the vulnerabilities of an open society

It's becoming impossible to prevent attacks at airports, but there are some measures we can take to keep innocent travelers safe. (Photo via AP)

Earlier on Friday, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago attacked Florida’s Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five civilians, and wounding eight others. The gunman apparently traveled to Florida from Alaska, checked his bag with a loaded firearm, and then unleashed havoc in the baggage claim area. That premeditation suggests ideological intent reaching beyond emotional turmoil. Regardless of whether the […]

The faux-intellectualism of the Left’s gender agenda

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With the support of Britain’s Department of Education, UK primary schools are about to receive a new book written by CJ Atkinson, and titled Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? The book commences with the following gem: “My name is Kit and I’m 12 years old. I live in a house with my mum […]

Dear millennials: Democrats are selling snake oil with “Day of Action”

Democrats are luring millennials into a trap, and they're jeopardizing their future because of it. (Photo via AP)

On January 15th, prominent Democrats and other liberals will gather around the nation. Their mission: oppose looming Republican reforms to Obamacare and government entitlement programs. It’s clear that liberals want to mobilize young Americans to join the protest. Two factors prove that intent. First, the Day of Action’s catchy title and its millennial-friendly social media […]

Dear millennials and media: Relax on Trump nuclear comments

Another day, another Twitter firestorm. This time it's about nukes. (Photo via AP)

Earlier on Thursday morning, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted: The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Twitter went nuts. Andrea Mitchell of NBC News said nuclear experts were “stunned.” The New York Times’s […]

Silly liberals at Vox wants to censor free speech

Lefty websites like want to censor free speech because it often hurts people's feelings. That's the point of free speech though. (Photo via AP)

On Wednesday, liberal news website, published an opinion article entitled: “A woman who called Michelle Obama an ape has her job back. This is part of a pattern.’’ Written by Jenée Desmond-Harris, the article concerns Pamela Taylor. Last month, Ms. Taylor was suspended by her employer for a Facebook post which described the First […]

Bernie Bros beware: Unions and socialism screwed England

And you thought Brits were just depressed because of the weather. (Photo via AP)

The United Kingdom is renowned for its reliably overcast weather. While the U.K. (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) rarely experiences Chicago-style freezes, its weather is far from Floridian. Whether in Belfast, Cardiff, London, or Edinburgh, most days bring a mix of rain and wind. Sad. Still, Britain’s climate informs the central part of the […]

Trump is right to criticize F-35 costs (but he shouldn’t cancel it)

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted how expensive the F-35 program is, but it may be too late to cancel now. (Photo via AP)

President-Elect Donald Trump started another Twitter wildfire on Monday morning, tweeting: The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016 As the man who will be America’s next President, Trump’s tweets matter […]

Biden: We need Canada and Trudeau ‘badly’ (but do we really?)

VP Joe Biden said we need Canada "very, very badly" to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. Do we really though? (Photo via AP)

I quite like Joe Biden. Sure, he often makes odd comments and does strange things, but he’s a decent guy. That said, the Vice President is not a terribly good judge of leadership. Consider what occurred last night in Ottawa, Canada. Speaking at a dinner with members of the Canadian government, Biden suggested that the […]