The Right to Shirk

Stalin, who espoused the profound rationalism of a Constitution that made socially useful labour into universal law, lost out on Europe’s scientific genius and therefore on world domination. So did Hitler, who espoused no less remarkable a rationalism of his very own. History has shown that neither the White Sea Canal nor Zyklon-B gas was an innovation on the level of “Jewish physics.” But even in the United States of Roosevelt’s day, Einstein had only just slipped through the loophole of vain-dream dreaming, useful-work shirking and unearned-income slacking which a militarising democracy had left open in the confusion of mobilisation. Today he would be lucky to get a green card, to say nothing of university tenure.

The Archaeology of Globalism

The Archaeology of Globalism

What is the new religion of globalism? It has become such a pervasive ideology that no single camp exists. Almost all elitists seem to buy into it — whether one is a neoconservative supporting war, a Wall Street investor backing free trade or a Hollywood liberal adopting God knows how many children from around the world — although they disagree on some points. At a minimum, globalism presupposes international integration. Thus, we infer three basic tenets of globalism: (1) interventionist foreign policies, (2) free trade and (3) mass immigration (illegal or legal).

Englishmen, and Other Aborigines

Englishmen, and Other Aborigines

I was about ten years old when my school class was asked to fill out a form regarding our religious affiliation. Sure, the one or two Catholics knew, and passed right along, but the rest of us looked at each other, confused. Commotion burst out across the room as we tried to extract the correct answer from one another. “If you don’t know what religion you are,” our teacher interrupted sternly, “then you’re Church of England.”

High Life

Musings from Gstaad, and Other Heavenly Ski Runs

Musings from Gstaad, and Other Heavenly Ski Runs

Gstaad. A lovely liquid lunch in a mountain hut with my friend Nicola Anouilh after two...

War

Payback

Payback

Moscow, no doubt, delights in the U.S. military’s reenactment of the Soviet’s Afghan...

Sex & Money

How Megachurches Would Profit From Temple Prostitution

How Megachurches Would Profit From Temple Prostitution

Much of international discourse, international politics, is all about how they should...

Middle East Conflict

Chomsky vs. Israel, and the Incident at Allenby Bridge

Chomsky vs. Israel, and the Incident at Allenby Bridge

Word reached these shores last week that Professor Noam Chomsky—the celebrated public...

Zeitgeist

Stacy McCain is a Neoconfederate Lesbian!

Stacy McCain is a Neoconfederate Lesbian!

...and some other rumors too good to deny.  “Always mystify, mislead, and surprise...

Giuliani’s Closet

I don’t care one whit about Rudy Giuliani’s private life, although I have a hard time believing the evangelicals are quite ready for the rutting Rudy. He is, after all, an Italian male, with certain impulses wired into his brain, particularly that part of it that rules the sexual imagination. I say, more power to him in that department – life, as the Italians know, is to be enjoyed, rather than endured. But what we shouldn’t have to endure is a Giuliani presidency, which would be a disaster in both the foreign policy and civil liberties departments.

Conservatism

National Review Purges Buckley!

National Review Purges Buckley!

When Christopher Buckley, the novelist, writer, and son of the founding editor of...

Remembrance

Sam Francis & Me

Sam Francis & Me

You have no idea what joy lies in discovering that there is another human being in...

Afternoon Delight

Parents, Quit Eyerolling, Teach Your Kids About Sex

Parents, Quit Eyerolling, Teach Your Kids About Sex

When it comes to memories you can’t pound out of your head with a mallet, few rival the...

The Super Judge

The Super Judge

With the ascension of Barack Obama in Washington, the proponents of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are entertaining fresh hopes that the United States will ratify the 1998 Rome Statutes and join 108 countries that have signed up to the Court thus far. Designed as a key instrument of an “evolving” system of transnational criminal justice, the ICC has an open-ended mandate to investigate and prosecute loosely defined war crimes as its UN-appointed officials deem fit. It is the antithesis of fundamental American precepts and key constitutional principles of sovereignty, checks and balances, and national independence.

The Past Is Another Country—Counter-factual History and the Buchanan Controversy

The Past Is Another Country—Counter-factual History and the Buchanan Controversy

counter-factual scenarios are very intriguing, history doesn’t flow in some linear fashion that leads from X to Y, and that assumes that if only we had taken this road as opposed to that road, we would have reached our destiny. The benefits of a realist perspective in foreign policy is that is makes it easier for us to develop specific policies based on the consideration of our concrete national interests—preserving the security of the nation-state is a top priority—and the military, economic and other means that are available to us. In that sense, both Churchill and Chamberlain were realists—while differing on the means to achieve the same goals. The overall goals that both Stalin and Hitler set for themselves were based on religion-like ideologies and fantasies that challenged the entire nation-state system of the time. Stalin (very much like Franco, and at an earlier stage, Mussolini) ended-up embracing realist strategies, including the agreement with Hitler and later the alliance with the capitalist West. Hitler’s decision-making and behavior during the war—his decision to abrogate the treaty with Stalin and attack the Soviet Union as well as his declaration of war on the U.S.—raises doubts whether he was a “rational actor” in the same way that Stalin proved to be. My main criticism of the decisions made by President Bush and his aides in the last eight years is that they were based on religion-like ideologies and fantasies and that unlike Stalin, they have never been able to cut their losses and take steps to secure long-term U.S. interests.

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