District of Corruption

Grounds For Hope and Despair

Grounds For Hope and Despair

My Feb. 16 column, “A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs,” received confirmation from...

Law

The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth

Ohio State University’s law school recently held a symposium marking Ruth Bader...

Home Front

My Dates with Doom

My Dates with Doom

I don’t know if it’s my reckless, Napoleonic march into middle age, or the decline...

Zeitgeist

Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Last week in this space I was grossly unfair to a vast swathe of our country, one of...

The Real Reconquista—Mass Immigration and American Sovereignty

The Real Reconquista—Mass Immigration and American Sovereignty

as Mexican immigration—most of it illegal—has continued at levels unprecedented in history and as illegal aliens have massed in the streets issuing demands to the American people, concern over "reconquista" has entered the mainstream.This concern is justified, as this chapter will outline. But the specific outcome that these writers point to is not going to happen. There will be no secession of the Southwest from the Union. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. Mass immigration under modern conditions is bringing about a kind of reconquista—it’s just not the old-fashioned version where territory is lost, but rather a new, 21st century variety. What we are seeing, right now, is the gradual development of a new constitutional order of shared sovereignty, where the nominal borders stay the same but, through an accumulation of seemingly small American capitulations, the Mexican government gradually acquires more and more authority over the decision-making of federal, state, and local governments all over the United States—i.e., it expands its sovereignty beyond its nominal borders. Under the pretext of protecting its compatriots (a group of people which Mexico defines very broadly, as we’ll see below), Mexico City is moving toward becoming, in effect, a second federal government that American mayors and governors must answer to.

Heart of Darkness

How Hollywood Helps Al-Qaeda

How Hollywood Helps Al-Qaeda

Serbs, Bolivians, bankers, neo-Nazis, and terrorists from invented African republics:...

Opinion

Islamophobia

Islamophobia

Islamophobia—the tendentious term trips off the tongue full of clinical...

Marvels and Missed Opportunities

Marvels and Missed Opportunities

The recent death of Bill Buckley brought forth the usual lies from the liberal-neocon...

Neocons

Remembering the Smoothies

Remembering the Smoothies

As Charles Stuart is reported to have said when he returned to England after decades of...

Why I publish this magazine

Why I publish this magazine

I want to shake up the stodgy world of so-called ‘conservative’ opinion. For the past ten years at least, the conservative movement has been dominated by a bunch of pudgy, pasty-faced kids in bow-ties and blue blazers who spent their youths playing Risk in gothic dormitories, while sipping port and smoking their father’s stolen cigars. Thanks to the tragedy of September 11—and a compliant and dim-witted president—these kids got the chance to play Risk with real soldiers, with American soldiers. Patriotic men and women are dying over in Iraq for a war that was never in America’s interests. And now these spitball gunners, these chicken hawks, want to attack Iran—which is no threat to the U.S. at all.

A Hack’s Catechism

A Hack’s Catechism

Anybody who has ever made merry by leafing through an issue of Cosmopolitan knows that today’s successful young woman is happily married yet still happier single, that she stands by her man yet has many lovers, that she is virtuous yet possessed of a whole lot of outrageously expensive shoes, handbags, lipsticks and creams. It is in these same modal terms, calling to mind what musicians refer to as defunct harmonies, that the enterprising journalist must learn to describe everything from the conflict in Iraq to Hegel’s phenomenology, confident in the knowledge, I repeat, that in the end it is only money that matters.

Politics

He Lied!

He Lied!

Joe Wilson knows of what he speaks. South Carolina’s Republican Representative is...

Zeitgeist

What Just Wright—Nay, Hollywood—Gets So Wrong

What Just Wright—Nay, Hollywood—Gets So Wrong

If you’ve seen the poster for Queen Latifah’s latest movie, Just Wright, you know she’s...

God, Science, and Telepathic Pets

God, Science, and Telepathic Pets

Do your pets have telepathy? Mine don’t, and I’m a little disappointed. Because many pets do—close to half of dogs and 1/3 of cats, according to iconoclast British scientist Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and several other daring works in scientific theory.

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