Diversity

Whites Are People Too

Whites Are People Too

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote last week of the town hall protesters:...

Zeitgeist

Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie

The end of civilization has arrived, and I’m mad as hell about it.  Last week I went...

Zeitgeist

Up in the Air: Reitman, Clooney Disappoint

Up in the Air: Reitman, Clooney Disappoint

Until the Underpants Bomber tried to blow up Flight 253 over Detroit, the frontrunner...

Idiocracy

Is Our Children Learning?

Is Our Children Learning?

Apparently not in the twin capitals of liberalism, D.C. and New York. In a ranking of...

Empty Promise—Barack Obama and the Death of the American Dream

Empty Promise—Barack Obama and the Death of the American Dream

Once upon a time, there was the American Dream, “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone,” as James Truslow Adams described it in his book The Epic of America (1931). Today we have the American Promise. Unveiled by Barack Obama in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, the Promise is about balancing freedom with responsibility, cutting taxes, installing a government that “helps” people rather than “hurts” them, and ending U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil. According to Obama, the very “essence” of the American Promise is this: “Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility.”

The Ron Paul Revolution

The Ron Paul Revolution

In the last century, right-wing types had a simple way of describing patriotic congressional representatives like Ron Paul, who championed limited federal government, believed in natural rights, respected the oath they swore to uphold, and eschewed Wilsonian-style foreign policy: “conservative.”

Life

A Church Militant?

A Church Militant?

With the House debate on health care at its hottest, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a...

Manhunt

A Slogan We Can Believe In

A Slogan We Can Believe In

In case Barack Obama (or anyone else) cares to listen, I have a winning slogan for him....

District of Corruption

Do No Harm

Do No Harm

Vice President Joe Biden has been slightly more candid than his boss, confessing of...

Theatre

Foreign Policy & Fornication

Foreign Policy & Fornication

In those heady days of 2003, when the War Party was really feeling its oats and the...

War

The Pentagon is a Money Toilet

The Pentagon is a Money Toilet

Back in January I threatened to inflict on Takimag readers a series of articles on how...

Thanks to the Neocons

Thanks to the Neocons

I daresay that the vice of rashness has pervaded much of the conservative movement in America (as it once did right-wing movements in Europe). In fact, it has almost destroyed that movement. I challenge the reader to visit a public library and go through old numbers of long-standing conservative magazines, and compare the essays they published 30 or 20 years ago, to the sort of thing they are pumping through the editorial pipes today. The experience, I must warn you, will prove depressing.

How Gatsby Skinned His Head

How Gatsby Skinned His Head

A mere seven years after Boris Yeltsin’s Pink Elephants were dispossessed of Russia’s nuclear football and something approximating political and economic stability began to reign in Russia, now Vladimir Putin the most intelligent, liberal and reliable head of state Russia has seen since Tsar Alexander II, with the possible exception of Gorbachev -- has come under the cross-hairs of the Trotskyite Neocon War Party. Meanwhile the unctuous skinhead kleptocrat Boris Berezovksy has heeded his own hubristic hallucinations and openly called for the violent overthrow of the elected government of Russia. How did it come to this? How did America lose the Cold War to the heirs of Marx and Trotsky?

Race

Black Enough

Black Enough

Barack Obama, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and the African-American Master Class Countless...

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