Chronicles Magazine December 2014

  • REVIEWS

    4.0 and You’re Out!

    When I was a junior at the Trinity School in New York, Mr. Clarence Bruner-Smith, head of the Upper School, assured me that I had an excellent chance of being accepted at Yale if I accepted the editorship of the school literary magazine.

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  • REVIEWS

    A Question of Fairness

    It all comes down to questions of fairness. On January 27, 2007, a journalist by the name of Peter Finn published in the Washington Post an interview with Ivan Tolstoy, a literary scholar distantly related to the famous writer.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Revolution That Isn’t

    Conservatives have a love-hate relationship with technology. Although we often decry the effects of the usage of new technologies on societal traditions, it is conservative societies that provide the foundation for technological advancement.

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  • REVIEWS

    Waitin’ for The Robert E. Lee

    The life of Lee having been “done,” redone, and perhaps even undone by revisionist treatment, the present weighty phenomenon requires some contextual examination. We might first and simply ask the question, What is the purpose of this book?

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  • Breaking Glass

    The Christmas War 1914

    This past year, we have heard a great deal about the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. Throughout that commemoration, though, we have rarely paid due attention to the religious language of Holy War and crusade deployed by all combatants.

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  • Sins of Omission

    Ernie Nevers

    George Nevers and Mary McKenna were married in 1881 in New Brunswick, Canada. He was from an old Sunbury County family, but her parents were immigrants to neighboring York County from Ireland.

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Delivering the Goods

    My local post office in suburban Seattle seems to be rigged to discourage customers these days. When you ask for the slightest bit of “consumer assistance”—as their cheerful mission statement on the wall promises they’re only too happy to...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    The Ice Storm

    This morning, an icy December predawn, about 5:30, Oncor, our utility company, performed a miracle. I’m not sure if anyone actually said, “Let there be light!”; but for a certainty, there was light—and heat—and it was good.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Ignoring Truth(er)

    I enjoy Justin Raimondo’s contributions to Chronicles (and Antiwar.com), and I concur with his characterization of Alex Jones, especially the astute observation that Jones seems the perfect tool to discredit those who question...

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