Libertarians and capitalists write as if there were some natural or divine force known as “the market.” There is no such thing. There is no MARKET, only markets, and a market is a place where people exchange goods and services, sometimes but not always for money.
In the seven years since my first essay on the War Against Christmas appeared in Chronicles, I have had no trouble writing at least one such essay per year, because each year brings new and outrageous attempts to suppress the public celebration of Christmas. My favorite example was the 2002 winner of VDare.com’s invaluable War Against Christmas Competition that I analyzed in The American Conservative in Christmas 2003. The Columbus, Ohio, schools banned a performance of Handel’s Messiah, which for the previous nine years had been the highlight of the year at a specialized school for the arts. The performance would have violated the district’s religious-music policy, which came into being as the result of an ACLU lawsuit.
Sola Scriptura: The Case for the Crusades
by Hugh Barbour, O.Praem.
How to Win the War Against Christmas
by Tom Piatak
Remembering how we got here.
Muslim Pressure and Christian Appeasement
by Christie Davies
The British retreat as the Muslims advance.
The Cold War Never Ended
by Joseph E. Fallon
U.S.-Russian relations since September 11.
If Christmas was a prison ruled by domineering old people who refused to let him play with his new toys—“Just keep that in the box until we have time to read the instructions”—Halloween was the Get Out of Jail Free Card so sought after when losing at Monopoly with his sister, a born plutocrat who did not hesitate to cheat.