Zeitgeist

Kill Adolf

Kill Adolf

While watching Inglourious Basterds, I had time on my hands to ponder once again...

The Anti-Catholic Backlash—Do We Deserve It?

What would we think if the legislature in one of America’s most highly educated states, Connecticut, were debating a law that forced Orthodox synagogues to perform mixed marriages? What if the New York legislature were pushing through a law that made religious slaughterhouses uniquely liable for lawsuits—and left secular meat-packers exempt? And what if both houses of Congress and the president had lined up behind a bill that would force all newspapers to print selections from the Gospel—or stop their presses? I have a sneaking feeling that these measures might be described as “anti-Semitic.” Even if secular, humanitarian arguments were adduced for each of these bills, most people would know what was really going on—and the folks who were targeted would be angry and scared. Even if these bills weren’t actually passed, the fact that they were seriously considered, that the men who proposed them weren’t hounded out of public life, would send a very clear signal about the balance of power in society: It would say that Jews were in trouble; their public influence was waning; their rights were under threat; and their future in the country was deeply uncertain. Time to update your passport and get back on speaking terms with your cousins in Australia….

Life Beyond the Party

Life Beyond the Party

The antiwar, pro-life Right--including Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, and others who've opposed the Iraq War--doesn’t fit the narrative that hawks and neocons have built over the past six or seven years. What is that narrative? Essays by Joseph Bottum in First Things and James Hitchcock in the Human Life Review reveal the outline: neocons want to co-opt pro-lifers by convincing them that the bloodshed involved in wars of choice is not inconsistent with an ethic of life that rejects abortion and euthanasia

Willing Executioners?—The Holocaust, Germans, and Collective Guilt

Willing Executioners?—The Holocaust, Germans, and Collective Guilt

In the discussion of the Holocaust, the issue that has been consciously avoided by generations of historians and political scientist has been the degree to which the German people had knowledge of the Holocaust during 1939-45. Hitler’s and Himmler’s guilt is obvious and well documents, but what level of guilt do we attribute to the average German, what guilt do we continue to impose on the children and grand children of those unfortunate Germans who, in a very real sense, were the first victims of Hitler’s terror?

Media

Arianna’s PC Delta Force

Arianna’s PC Delta Force

Another of the media’s enforcers of Acceptable Opinion was unleashed the other day,...

The Limits of Lincoln Bashing

The Limits of Lincoln Bashing

Between the warring camps vying for ownership of the true “American conservatism,” a remarkable consensus has emerged around the status of Abraham Lincoln and his legacy. In the conservative house divided, almost everyone agrees that the president was the prophet of democratic imperialism and that his war with the South was a mere dress rehearsal for global crusades for democracy which began half a century after his assassination. Naturally, the so-called paleoconservatives and neoconservatives disagree on the merits of Lincoln’s putative policy, but they don’t disagree that he led the advance guard of this project to create the world in America’s image and likeness. This dispute is no mere academic matter, since those who control the Lincoln legacy also manufacture the grist for any number of ideological mills.

Obamunism

The Great Liberal Fallacy

The Great Liberal Fallacy

I have trouble even talking with people about “healthcare reform.” The problem is,...

Gossiphopper

Demi’s Rocky Anniversary, Lindsay’s a Jailbird & Jodie’s Mel Defense

Demi’s Rocky Anniversary, Lindsay’s a Jailbird & Jodie’s Mel Defense

It's back to jail for our little LiLo. After failing two drugs tests, Lindsay Lohan is back in the slammer...

Gossiphopper

Prince Harry Gets ‘Kidnapped’ and Rachel McAdams’ New Romance

Prince Harry Gets ‘Kidnapped’ and Rachel McAdams’ New Romance

What juicy relationship drama we have this week. Hook-ups, are-they-or-aren't-they questions, messy divorces

Zeitgeist

White Like Us

White Like Us

For a webzine attempting to carve out an “Alternative Right,” and one dedicated to...

The Obamasphere

The Salesman Who Sold Out His Country

The Salesman Who Sold Out His Country

On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama was charismatic and sold himself well....

The Neocons and Charles Maurras

The Neocons and Charles Maurras

Is there a useful comparison to be drawn between Maurras, a monarchist and religious skeptic who enlisted French Catholicism for political purposes, and the Straussian boosters of American global democracy? Are the Straussians, who appeal to a certain notion of transcendence in order to teach “democratic” virtue and to fuel foreign military incursions, replicating the exploitation of piety that French nationalists had committed a century earlier? The global democratic Straussians wish us to believe that Moses, Jesus, St. Paul, Aquinas, etc. , were all precursors of Abraham Lincoln, as read through the lenses of Harry Jaffa.

Authority Issues—Is There Sovereignty Beyond the State?

Authority Issues—Is There Sovereignty Beyond the State?

Society has managed rather well without slavery, an institution that at one time was taken for granted by nearly everyone, and which many Christian thinkers thought could be purged of its worst abuses but probably never eradicated. I am likewise confident that individuals and communities would not only survive but flourish without being taxed and harassed by an apparatus of exploitation that does nothing but consume wealth and ruin people’s lives, here and around the world; that punishes what is excellent, productive, and decent; and that successfully propagandizes the public into blaming private scapegoats for problems government itself creates. That a supposed lack of regulation could seriously be proposed as the cause of the mortgage crisis was as predictable as it is idiotic.

Our Very Own War Criminals

Our Very Own War Criminals

The United States has no right to use nuclear weapons except in response to a nuclear attack. Nuking a nation that does not possess them, and has not attacked us, is in fact a war crime—the kind of crime for which we rightly hanged the Nazis at Nuremberg. (What a pity that we couldn’t have swung the Russians, too—and perhaps the Brits and Americans who ordered bombings like Dresden).

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