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In Memoriam

Defending the Real America

It was about 1969.  I had published a few small pieces in Modern Age and National Review.  I remember well Sam Francis calling me out of the blue, flattering me as “the best-known conservative writer” on campus, and urging me to attend the discussion group of which he was the spearhead.  I had a family, a full-time job, and a full graduate course load, and I was not eager for any new activities.  However, I joined.  It was one of the decisive events of my life, the germinating point of indispensable intellectual inspiration and friendships.

Sam was greatly learned in many aspects of Western culture, but his prime study, from the beginning, was Power.  History shows beyond quibble that Power makes its appearance wherever numbers of men gather, which, as social animals, they invariably do.  Given that truth, we can observe everlastingly repeated two motives for the study of Power.  The most common motive, throughout the life of mankind on this planet, has been how to acquire and use it for domination.  There is a Will to Power, which is another way of describing an impulse to satisfy vanity, greed, and lust at the expense of others.

History is replete with examples, the various heinous tyrants of the last century among the worst.  Another prime exhibit is   the neocon armchair warlords who presently exercise much of the Power of the United...

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