Chronicles Magazine September 2016

On Terrorism in the West Today

Every time a bomb explodes in the West it is a boon for journalists. They photograph weeping people, tell us how implacable the government will be, and, without breaking stride, warn us that more is likely to come.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Empire Strikes Back

    This is a brilliant and disturbing book. Its opening sentence is “Europe is doomed.” If you think that this is simply colorful rhetoric, read on. Hasta la Vista Europe is not alarmist; it is alarming, making its case in great detail ranging...

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  • REVIEWS

    Holy Among Fools

    In his latest novel, Derek Turner, author of Sea Changes and Displacement, takes his readers on a seriocomic journey with a latter-day Holy Fool. Along the way, Turner takes aim at the insanity of political correctness, celebrity culture in the...

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  • REVIEWS

    Twilight of the Gods

    It would be impossible here to do justice to the scope and massive detail of Gordon’s study. In nine chapters in Part One, he surveys the effects of technological and economic growth between 1870 and 1940.

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  • Society & Culture

    Midwife Crisis

    A few things can be said with certainty of the BBC’s Call the Midwife: None of those babies are swaddled tightly enough. Car births aren’t the greatest, but I’ve seen worse than the one in Season Four. And if Sister Evangelina doesn’t know why...

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  • BETWEEN THE LINES

    Turkey Purge

    Democracy isn’t freedom—and in today’s Turkey some people realize that, as amazing as that may seem. Not ordinary folks, but the mid-level officers of the Turkish army, who have been watching with a jaundiced eye the steady Islamization of their...

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  • IN THE DARK

    Counting on Rosary Beads

    The Legend of Tarzan begins in the Belgian Congo with its villain, Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz), a small blond man with a sinister, twisted face. His right hand is wrapped with what looks like a set of Islamic prayer beads, which he soon...

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  • UNDER THE BLACK FLAG

    Not Nice

    The Negresco is a beautiful rococo, belle époque hotel built around the turn of the last century on La Promenade des Anglais in Nice, in the south of France. Even under today’s plebeian standards, when backpacking and sandal-wearing tourists...

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  • EDITORIALS

    Merely a Pretext

    Liberals say they believe in democracy, meaning government that represents and listens to the people whose instrument it is supposed to be. Yet democratic governments today clearly do not listen to the people, if “listening” means trying to...

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  • EDITORIALS

    Bleep You, Liberals!

    Political correctness has, since the 1990’s, been a tool the left has used to silence the proponents of traditional morality, society, and culture. Under the banner of “sensitivity,” which has the veneer of a Higher Morality, p.c. has infected...

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  • EDITORIALS

    Taking Care of Business

    Starting January 1, every abortion clinic in Illinois will be required to refer those who come seeking its services to one of the many nonprofit pregnancy-care centers in the state, established to help pregnant women understand that there are...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Dupe or No

    Chronicles falls short of its usual high standards by giving so much space to “Faulkner in Japan: The ‘American Century’” in the August issue. As far as I can tell amidst all the unanchored theorizing, the author wants to make America’s greatest...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Making Poetry Great Again

    Please let this note serve as a belated acknowledgement that Dr. Allen Frederick Stein’s poem “Ralph Waldo Emerson Meets John Brown,” which appeared in the January issue, served as an enlightening study tool for 65 of my students at Warren Hills...

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