Dying Hyenas in Regent’s Park

Dying Hyenas in Regent’s Park

A pair of Siamese twins in formaldehyde, provided the liquid was a shocking pink and the infants were joined together in some particularly disturbing manner, would have made for a suitable exhibit in one of the tents, as doubtless would the picture, foreshadowed in the story by Saki, of the hyenas dying in Trafalgar Square. Geeks, freaks, hairless dwarves, chess-playing automatons and sword-swallowing monkeys were at a premium...

Ron Paul’s Patriotic Crimethink

Ron Paul’s Patriotic Crimethink

The attempt by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas to discuss what happened and why--to account for the 9/11 terrorist attacks--is an enormous breakthrough on the American political landscape. The incident occurred during last week’s Republican “debate” among Presidential hopefuls and was aired live on Fox News from Columbia, South Carolina. This may be the first time that the subject has been broached in a serious, intelligent manner by any U.S. Presidential candidate. Rudy Giuliani saw his opportunity to grandstand, and he jumped on it. He chose to dodge, distort and demagogue the issue. As a result, Giuliani received almost a standing ovation. Not surprising. No politician on the national stage has gone, or wants to go, anywhere near the question of why New York and Washington were attacked on a clear day in September of 2001. Should some honest and frank answers be forthcoming, it would negatively impact their political careers.

Iran

Their Intelligence and Ours

Their Intelligence and Ours

Ron Rosenbaum, journalist (the New York Observer, Slate.com), author, and one of the...

Economy

The Return of Protectionism

The Return of Protectionism

Down at the Chinese outlet store in Albany known as Wal-Mart, Chinese tires have so...

District of Corruption

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Lie Them

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Lie Them

When Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted “you lie!” at President Obama during his...

We Will Berry You!—The Flaky Socialism of the Crunchy Cons

We Will Berry You!—The Flaky Socialism of the Crunchy Cons

When you read the Crunchy Cons, one name comes up again and again. As a political movement, the group has been spearheaded by Rod Dreher, and it to him that we owe the phrase “Crunchy Cons.” Yet although he has mounted a spirited defense of the group’s credo in his Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Culture and Its Return to Roots and writes a Crunchy Con blog, he is not the movement’s principal ideologue. That post belongs to the poet, novelist, literary scholar, and farmer Wendell Berry.

Israel and Identity

Israel and Identity

After Jesus Christ, Natan Sharansky is George Bush’s favorite philosopher. In early 2005, around the time of his second inaugural, the president praised Sharansky—ex-prisoner of the Soviet Gulag, former Israeli cabinet minister, and crusader for human rights—in effusive terms. Sharansky’s book The Case For Democracy was, in Bush’s words, part of his “presidential DNA,” a work which the leader of the free world recommended as required reading for anyone who desired to make sense of his foreign policy. It is well-nigh impossible to take this rhetoric seriously anymore, particularly in light of the failure to build democracy in nations like Iraq or Afghanistan, where undemocratic traditions so far seem to have won the battle against liberal universalism. Yet Sharansky is undaunted by these failures. In his new book, Defending Identity, he does not abandon his position, in light of these fiascos. Rather, he believes that democracies fail because they do not take account the necessity of identity.

Hitchens’ Haj

Hitchens rejects the Soviet or “Stalinist” model (as do virtually all leftists today), and proposes instead that we fashion our enlightened “secular” state after the example of… Moorish Spain. Hitchens praises the Muslim warlords who conquered Spain in AD 711 and ruled it for centuries. Hitchens suggests that life under the firm yet benevolent rule of enlightened Muslim emirs may be the closest thing to a perfect society that we benighted humans can expect to achieve.

Bizarro World

The Black Comedy of Kwanzaa

The Black Comedy of Kwanzaa

As we clear away all the wrapping paper and wonder how long to leave up the...

Media

Front-Porch Socialism

Front-Porch Socialism

I’m always glad to see the proliferation of websites and blogs of the “Alternative...

Media

The Hoax Down Under

The Hoax Down Under

Say what you like against us Australians, there is one activity where we excel, and...

Yellow Peril!—How the Beijing Olympics Became the Most Politicized Show on Earth

Yellow Peril!—How the Beijing Olympics Became the Most Politicized Show on Earth

Since the start of 2008, a new international sport has emerged: Yellow Peril-mongering. International politicians, commentators and activists have competed to see who can issue the shrillest and most spine-tingling warning about the threat posed by the Chinese to the safety, security, and self-esteem of Western civilisation. Inexorably, the Beijing Olympics—which are now in full swing—have been turned into an all-purpose platform for moral posturing about China’s pollution levels, industrial arrogance, interference in Africa, lack of free speech, human rights record and general wickedness. In America and Europe, the Great and the Good, offended by China’s rise and its apparently bad habits, no longer talk about “the Olympics”—they talk about the “Genocide Olympics,” the “Smog Olympics,” or the “Human Rights Olympics.”

Norman’s Conquests

Norman’s Conquests

Towards the end of his life Norman called himself a Left-Conservative, and went as far as to agree that losing one’s culture through immigration was not a good thing. But he remained adamant about the evils of American corporations. He blamed them for making America an uglier place to live....

Remembrance

A Patriotic Conservative

A Patriotic Conservative

Though most famous for coining the phrase “axis-of-evil” in President Bush’s 2002 State...

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