John Zmirak

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Dr. John Zmirak is editor of a series of guides to American higher education, and author of four books: one on economics, two humorous guides to Catholic doctrine and devotions, and the blank-verse graphic novel, The Grand Inquisitor. He teaches writing in New Hampshire.

Witch Hunt in California

January 19, 2009

Imagine Joseph McCarthy in drag. Or J. Edgar Hoover. (Okay, that’s not as

Not with a Bang, But With a Simper

January 13, 2009

Richard is right to cite Atlas Shrugged as partly a prophecy of our times—the

Accentuate the Purgative

January 13, 2009

This week over at, I explore the Whig version of history,

Fr. Neuhaus, Rest in Peace

January 08, 2009

A good man has left us: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. He was an eloquent writer, a


Cut the Pentagon ‘Till It’s a Triangle (Part I)

January 07, 2009

I don’t envy Barak Obama. Nor do I pity him. The man should have been more

Playing Gotcha Over Gaza

January 06, 2009

Reading Paul’s comments on the Gaza situation, I was moved to drop him a

Pre-Canine Counseling

January 06, 2009

This week I try to boost the birth-rate with my observations on how having some

Burundi Follows Harvard

January 03, 2009

The rush to clone human embryos and cannibalize them for parts was somewhat


The Year of the Pinata

January 01, 2009

After a year as bad as 2008, trying to imagine what God’s permissive will—or

My Non-Binding Resolutions for 2009

December 30, 2008

One of the few activities of the U.S. Congress which we can unambiguously

Bizarro World

The Black Comedy of Kwanzaa

December 27, 2008

As we clear away all the wrapping paper and wonder how long to leave up the

Put Virtue on Your Visa—Why Did Christians Go on a No-Money-Down, High-Interest  Shopping Spree?

Put Virtue on Your Visa—Why Did Christians Go on a No-Money-Down, High-Interest Shopping Spree?

December 24, 2008

People say that the best cure for a hangover is a hair of the dog that bit you. The

Christmas at the Veterinary Hospital

December 23, 2008

My Christmas piece has appeared at, for those of you

Can Catholics Contribute to Conservatism?

December 19, 2008

Or any other aspect of America’s political life, given the current state of


The Grinch Who Stole Festivus

December 18, 2008

We’ve had so much grim news since Christmas past, The flourishing of Takimag

Envy: I See You in Hell

December 16, 2008

The last of my essays on the Seven Deadly Sins, over at—this

Better Main Street than Wall Street

December 13, 2008

I opposed the bailout of the Wall Street banks—which was sold to us, remember,


Meditations for Santaclaustide

December 12, 2008

Tough times bring out the best in us, as people like to say.  People say a lot

The Few, the Proud, the Damned

December 09, 2008

What’s the difference between magnanimity and Satanic pride? Humility and


America: A Pyramid of Ostriches

December 06, 2008

I used to answer friends who told me something I’d said was tasteless (and they

One Vision of a Post-Paleo Political Campaign

December 03, 2008

In one of its visionary moments, Youtube cautions us against ONE direction the

Misguided Compassion

December 02, 2008

Today, over at InsideCatholic, I explore the vice that can infect and corrupt


The Stab in the Back

November 27, 2008

In the frantic post-election scramble for a plausible narrative of How Things

Thank You Lord, May We Have Another?

November 25, 2008

Whadda we have to be grateful for this year? Find out, over at


Men Are Bottle Rockets; Women are Cuckoo Clocks

November 20, 2008

I’m working on too many speculative projects—and putting off the one that I’m

Greed is for the Good

November 18, 2008

This week at InsideCatholic I reflect on Edenic origins of avarice in Greed is

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