Articles and Posts by Thomas Fleming:
Rice: The Evil of Two Lessers(31)
Even before Barack Obama’s second inauguration, the impending retirement of Hilary Clinton is providing Republicans with their first opportunity to challenge the President. It appears to be no secret that the shortlist of candidates the President is considering for his next Secretary of State includes John Kerry and Susan Rice.
Back to the Stone Age II D: Capitalism(55)
It is conventional to refer to the great tycoons of our own and earlier times as capitalists. The term has a complicated history, heavily influenced by Marxist diatribes against the accumulation of wealth and the influence of those who possess it. Today, though capitalism is defended stridently by neoconservatives, the first generation of neocons found the word hard to stomach. Irving Kristol, aping E.M. Forster, could only give it two cheers,
Back to the Stone Age IIC(14)
Advocates of capitalism write as if there were some natural or divine force known as “the market.” There is no such thing.
Back to the Stone Age IIB(26)
The Pernicious Myth of the Individual
Part and parcel of the counter-factual theory of natural liberty is the myth of the individual. If man were in fact naturally free, it would be because he is his own person, because, as some libertarians say, he owns himself. Pure and utter hogwash that only a self-blinded ideologue could possibly accept.
Back to the Stone Age II A: The Price of Freedom(22)
Classical Liberalism and its stepchildren—socialism and libertarianism—are founded on error, and no error of the liberals is more manifest than their credulous faith in individual liberty. It is summed up in Rousseau’s famous declaration (which begins The Social Contract) that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
Back to the Stone Age I: One Last Addendum(0)
Defenders of Bill Bennett and George W. Bush had only one real counter-argument: Big government and deficit spending may be bad, but sometimes they can be put to good uses, so long as good people, i.e., “one of our guys” is making the decisions. Though conservatives of this type are fond of pretending that they believe in principles or “ideas,” their most basic principle can be reduced to the cult of personality. If Ronald Reagan or George W. picked a cabinet member or pursued a policy, he must have had solid justification.
Back to the Stone Age I: Conclusion(20)
The American Tradition
As Americans we owe much of what we are to the ancient, Medieval, and post-Renaissance Europeans who proceeded us. Nonetheless, we are not simply generic Europeans. We have our own peculiar traditions, some of which go back to Britain or even to the Anglo-Saxons, while others are more uniquely American.
Back to the Stone Age I: Addendum(19)
This added section, which goes between the discussion of Machiavelli and the discussion of reason and tradition, is intended to sketch out a few operating rules for how conservatives should approach a question.
2B Coherence and Casuistry
Most conservative movements and initiatives fail and fail badly…
Anti-Anti-White Video Goes Viral(0)
I don’t know how many of you have seen this very effective video attacking not just anti-white racism but multi-culturalism, welfarism, and the suicide of the West.
Here is the version with English subtitles
Poems of the Week(2)
Horace Odes II.10 translated by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
Horace. Book II. Ode 10
Sail not too rashly out to sea,
My friend, nor, fearful of the roar
Of winds and waters, hug too close
The rocky shore.