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Begging Questions

Begging Questions

We live, as I have noted before, in a beggars’ democracy: This refers to the...

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The Future of Girlification

The Future of Girlification

Here’s a clip from my read-it-and-weep folder. It showed up in a February...

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Rot Springs Eternal

Rot Springs Eternal

Local headlines here in New York State recently have been dominated by corruption...

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If You Were Curious …

If You Were Curious …

It’s been a while—blimey, 12 years—since I did an FAQs column, so here are...

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White Identitarianism

White Identitarianism

A couple of years ago on this site I wondered “Why Isn’t Racism Cool?” Why,...

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The Tyranny of the Bookish

The Tyranny of the Bookish

It is now nearly a hundred years since H.G. Wells remarked in his book The...

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

The age of Krapp.  There went another year swirling down the plughole—one of...

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The Waters That Are Under the Earth

The Waters That Are Under the Earth

I recently spent some time making a table for my kitchen, with the assistance of a...

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The Legacy of the Mad Kaiser

The Legacy of the Mad Kaiser

Who was the great villain of the 20th century—the person most to blame for the...

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Derbyshire’s Desert Island

Derbyshire’s Desert Island

I was a bit surprised to learn recently that the BBC radio program Desert Island...

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The Impotent Eagle

The Impotent Eagle

Soon after Barack Obama’s November 20th amnesty announcement, I was having an...

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No Exit

No Exit

Well, that’s been a depressing few days, hasn’t it? Have you been watching the...

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Ike the Ringer

Ike the Ringer

I have been reading Paul Johnson’s new short biography of Dwight Eisenhower....

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The Scariest Science

The Scariest Science

Reading the November issue of Literary Review (a British monthly, somewhat like...

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