Chronicles Magazine April 2016

  • Correspondence

    Paris Holds Her Breath

    In the days that followed the November terrorist attacks, many here in Paris were paralyzed. This is a level of violence and death to which those of us in the First World are simply unaccustomed, though modern jihad threatens to change that very...

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  • Correspondence

    No Piety, No Justice

    The annual pro-life rally has become a pilgrimage for many, and even if it has failed to stop abortion it has at least helped maintain social space for those who oppose it. Pro-lifers have ensured that abortion is still a live issue—no...

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  • REVIEWS

    Between Fear and Conceit

    H.M. Maisky was the Soviet ambassador to Britain from 1932 to 1943. In June 1943 Stalin ordered him to quit London. After returning to Moscow, Maisky was posted henceforth to unimportant positions.

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  • REVIEWS

    A Real Place

    This work reminds me, on an appropriately more modest scale, of John Lukacs’s book on Philadelphians. Both hearken back to a time when Americans were a semicivilized people who lived in Real Places rather than the rootless inhabitants of a...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Price of Being Human

    In her tenth volume of poetry, Catharine Savage Brosman has given readers a wide array of skillfully written and insightful poems that capture the poet’s keen observations of nature, her journeys from New Mexico to Antarctica, and her sense of...

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  • Society & Culture

    Rebranding the Gun Culture

    During the five years of the 1990’s that I served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, one other member and I would occasionally upset the others by asking why the ACLU did not defend the Second Amendment...

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  • Society & Culture

    Parties

    Contrary to popular belief, political parties are not democratic institutions. They are extraconstitutional instruments of elite control, machines for corralling and pacifying the voters with platitudes.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    White and Wrong

    In the February issue, “My Country—White or Wrong,” Chilton Williamson and Scott Richert criticize white nationalism. I write in reply as someone who has been called a “white nationalist”—whatever that term may mean.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Elliptical Critique

    In the February issue, the editors take aim at people they call white nationalists, although their targets repudiate the name. As Richard Spencer explained to the Chicago Tribune (August 31, 2015), “I call myself an identitarian and not an American.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Two Wrongs Don’t Make a White

    While Mr. Trump had his crimes mixed up, over the most recently reported six-year stretch there was an average of some 23,000 annual reported instances cited by the FBI of black-on-white rape and virtually none in the other direction.

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