Zeitgeist

Morality Tales

Morality Tales

Suggesting that movie director Woody Allen, who has abandoned the Big Apple and is...

Israel

World World III? (Really)

World World III? (Really)

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who is wired into the cabinet of “Bibi” Netanyahu,...

Europe

What Price NATO?

What Price NATO?

In August, the Georgian navy seized a Turkish tanker carrying fuel to Abkhazia,...

High Life

Cultural Pessimism on the High Seas

Cultural Pessimism on the High Seas

On board s/y Bushido. “ Trimming the Jib”  is a short story by Ernest Hemingway...

Immigration

The Unemployment Solution

The Unemployment Solution

When Barack Obama completely ignored the problem of uncontrolled immigration during his...

Remembrance

Maestro Mitropoulos

Maestro Mitropoulos

A recent profile on Leonard Bernstein in a New York magazine brought back memories. The...

Politics

Barack H. Nixon

Barack H. Nixon

Four decades ago, Lamar Alexander worked in Richard Nixon’s White House. Sen. Alexander...

Addicted to Guilt

Addicted to Guilt

A Fourth of July Washington Post-syndicated column by W’s former speechwriter and the author of his Second Inaugural, Michael Gerson, struck so many Republican, neoconservative, and not least of all Evangelical themes that his words should be archived as illustrating self-induced illusion. The column is decorated (or at least it was in the New York Post) with a picture of Martin Luther King, who is quoted to the effect that the US stands for a “universal right” to equality. According to Gerson, who cites the left-liberal journalist Nicholas Lemann, our government reneged on its founding purpose not only by protecting racial slavery but also by not pushing on the South Reconstruction hard enough after the Civil War. But we can apparently redeem ourselves, by making democracy available to the entire planet.

Politics

Mark Sanford, the Alternative Right, & Me

Mark Sanford, the Alternative Right, & Me

In my local role here in Charleston, South Carolina, as a personality for 1250 AM WTMA...

Un-Killing Whitey: The Achievement of Sam Francis

Un-Killing Whitey: The Achievement of Sam Francis

To those of us who knew and respected for years the journalism of Samuel Francis (1947-2005), it remains hard to believe that he is gone. The outlets that regularly published him – Chronicles, VDARE, The American Conservative, Middle American News and others – seem, as their editors would doubtless admit, strangely diminished without his copy. At least we now have what has long been lacking: a comprehensive Samuel Francis Reader, by which existing admirers can observe afresh his versatility, and (with luck) new readers can be lured on board.

Education

The Great Education Bubble

The Great Education Bubble

The recent meltdown of the mortgage bubble illustrates a basic insight of Austrian...

Did I Kill Robert Lowell?

Did I Kill Robert Lowell?

I knew nothing of Lowell. I knew nothing of poetry, other than the sub rosa collection of obscene limericks then doing the classroom rounds, thanks largely to myself. I knew nothing of Jonathan Edwards, the poem's putative subject. I listened to the first lines of "Mr. Edwards and the Spider." At first I felt little interest. Then, gradually, it was as if a neutron bomb had gone off inside my head.

Public Nuisances

Conrad Black’s Victory

Conrad Black’s Victory

“If you have nothing else, you have your principles,” Lady Thatcher told me when things...

Gossiphopper

Mel Fights Back, George Clooney Goes to Court, and Betty Draper Goes On a Date

Mel Fights Back, George Clooney Goes to Court, and Betty Draper Goes On a Date

Almost all the celebrity news this week centered around Mel Gibson and his explosive...

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