Chronicles Magazine November 2011

Christian Democracy? No Such Thing

Everyone hails democracy as the government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but very few realize—or dare realize—that democracy actually represents one of the most perfect forms of tyranny, because it is one the average citizen...

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  • VIEWS

    A Little Rebellion

    Scandalously, Thomas Jefferson once wrote to James Madison, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and is as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

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  • Correspondence

    Of Monkeys and Mermaids

    Everyone inquires about you, of course, & I invariably assure them that motherhood flatters you & that you and your amiable Yankee husband grow daily more prosperous. But, alas, I have little in the way of gossip to retail.

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  • Stories

    Eddie Constable

    In the 1940’s, towns like Framalopa were too small for chains like A&P and Piggly Wiggly. Consequently, the landscape was dotted with small neighborhood grocery stores, usually mom-and-pop operations with little merchandising and a spare inventory.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Seedbed of Renewal

    Many people who consider themselves conservative are woefully ignorant of the culture they claim to defend. The list of causes is long: Television has largely destroyed storytelling, public school denigrates the idea of a common culture, and...

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  • REVIEWS

    Partisan Revisionism

    Richard Miles presents a new history of Carthage, which aims to show the land of Dido and Hannibal in a new light and rehabilitate the Punic state from what the author considers neglect and prejudice on the part of later historians.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Desperate Housewives

    Those who have an interest in the cultural survival of the West may note with increasing trepidation that the very things that have traditionally characterized it are being cannibalized alive. Australia is no exception to this general trend.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Putin Reset

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will return to the Kremlin as president in 2012, ending speculation on the fate of the “national leader” and of the “tandem” he had formed with current President Dmitri Medvedev.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Statehood Bid

    Much of the international politics of the 20th century revolved around the drive for national self-determination, such as that of the Serbs in the Balkans, setting in motion the crises that led to the Great War.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Erase Publica

    I have, an issue—maybe only semantic—with Chilton Williamson's initial assertion that there may be such a thing as a democracy run by an elite concerned with and informed about public matters.

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