Post
09.22.2020

A letter from Claremont Institute President Ryan Williams to Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels of the Berggruen Institute

September 22, 2020

Nicolas Berggruen
Chairman and Founder

Nathan Gardels
Co-Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Noema Magazine

Berggruen Institute
Bradbury Building
304 S. Broadway, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dear Mr. Berggruen and Mr. Gardels:

As you may by now be aware, on Monday, September 21, 2020, your employee, Nils Gilman, tweeted what is tantamount to a death threat against Michael Anton, a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Specifically, Mr. Gilman compared Mr. Anton to Robert Brasillach, a Frenchman who was executed by firing squad in 1945 for what have been characterized as “intellectual crimes.” Still more specifically, Mr. Gilman wrote that “Michael Anton is the Robert Brasillach of our times and deserves the same fate,” which can only be interpreted to mean that Mr. Gilman is approving of, if not calling for, Mr. Anton to be shot to death.

This is incitement to political violence. Mr. Gilman has yet to retract his inflammatory words.

Is the official position of the Berggruen Institute that its political opponents should be killed? Does the Berggruen Institute countenance or tolerate advocacy of political violence by its employees? If not, why has the Berggruen Institute not disavowed this threat? Why has the Berggruen Institute not terminated the employment of Nils Gilman?

The Claremont Institute takes threats against our fellows very seriously. We have reported the threat to relevant authorities and are exploring other legal options. We would welcome your assurances that the Berggruen Institute absolutely rejects political violence and/or the endorsement or incitement of political violence.

The public rejection of political violence is particularly important now, as our national political dialogue remains at a fever pitch and unruly and often violent mobs range across many of our cities.

The continued employment of Mr. Gilman at the Berggruen Institute, and the refusal of the Berggruen Institute to reject Mr. Gilman’s implied threat of violence against our senior fellow, Mr. Anton, is in essence the Berggruen Institute’s official endorsement of political violence against its perceived enemies.

As president of the Claremont Institute, I call on you immediately to disavow, explicitly and publicly, political violence against Michael Anton or anyone else. Failure to do so will constitute an endorsement of political violence by the Berggruen Institute, its staff, and its donors.

Sincerely,

Ryan P. Williams
President

is the President of the Claremont Institute. He is the Publisher of the Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind.

More Thoughts

Post
10.19.2020

NeverTrump and November

No matter who wins—they lose.

The clock is running out on NeverTrump, the wee coalition of alleged “conservatives” who for the past five years have dedicated their time, energy, and Twitter accounts to the annihilation of Donald Trump and everyone around him. Despite their best efforts, with help from a similarly vengeful and vindictive Democratic Party, NeverTrump so far has…

Post
10.16.2020

Social-ist Media

Biden’s digital lackeys threaten to turn out the lights on our republic.

Socialist regimes typically don’t excel at good government or economic stewardship, but they do tend to be experts at one thing—propaganda. Under regimes like the Soviet Union and countless other socialist monstrosities, citizens may not have been able to buy bread without waiting an entire day in line, but they could easily access a galaxy…

Post
10.12.2020

The Audacity Of Amy

They hate her ‘cause they ain’t her.

All Hail Justice Barrett! Here she is: Mrs. America. Amy Coney Barrett rode into D.C. a few weeks ago like a Valkyrie galloping forth to vanquish foes in her Honda Odyssey minivan. Impervious to the slings and arrows of sputtering Democrats, immune to the dastardly virus someone snuck into her Rose Garden event, she smiled,…