Chronicles Magazine Democracy

Our Culture of Narcissism

Most Chronicles readers will no doubt recall the sordid Jussie Smollett hoax, which played out over the course of almost three months early this year in a scenario that might have been scripted for reality TV. Given the media’s...

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  • REVIEWS

    Displaced Persons

    In an age of anti-elite anger, it might seem otiose to publish an academic analysis of aristocratic ideas in Western thought. But as the post-1945 order rattles itself to pieces, it is time to look past its bankrupted beliefs and discredited...

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  • IN OUR TIME

    One Nation Divided

    Since 1892, when the original text was composed, the Pledge of Allegiance has been revised three times. Viewed chronologically, the alterations appear to have aimed at a greater specificity, but also a wider and deeper self-assurance.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Court in Quandary

    When the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s preliminary injunction against President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from certain countries, it cited Trump’s statements about Islam as its rationale.

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  • Anniversary

    DECLINE AND FALL

    I cannot swear that we are completely on the other side of the age of reciprocal misunderstandings and ignorance, but I would venture that at this moment, in the late 20th century, our democracies are closer and more similar than ever before.

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  • Anniversary

    DEMOCRATISM

    The move toward mass, direct democracy in the large nationstate derives much of its appeal from an image of direct democracy reminiscent of the Athenian Assembly, or of the New England town meeting.

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  • VIEWS

    The Right Stuff Drugs and Democracy

    Morphine is said to be good for people subject to severe depressions, or even pessimism. Although the drug first surfaced in a laboratory at the end of the last century, its basis, opium, had been used earlier by many aristocratic and reactionary...

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  • VIEWS

    The Long Apprenticeship

    Prizes are a particular pleasure for people who engage in the peculiar metier of writing books, because they are reassuring. Writing in fact involves a great deal of anxiety both before, during, and after; rewards allow one, at least for a time,...

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  • VIEWS

    A 28th Amendment

    How different this country would be if we had a 28th Amendment which read: "An amendment approved by the legislatures of three-fourths of the States shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of this Constitution."

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  • Perspective

    Virtual Democracy

    Dittoheads were depressed at the end of April, when Rush Limbaugh announced his "trial separation from the Republican Party." As in so many divorce cases, the charge was infidelity: the GOP had caved in on the minimum wage.

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  • VIEWS

    The Matter of Money

    In earlier years, news outlets could be easily distinguished from publishing or entertainment vehicles with which they might be loosely connected through common holding companies. Today, however, the "press" broadly defined is bound up with the...

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  • Perspective

    The Illusions of Democracy

    We live by our opinions. While other people's opinions are called illusions, if they pose no threat to our interests, and prejudices if they do, we call our own opinions "truth" or principles, if we are fools: "the most positive men are the most...

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  • VIEWS

    Sweet Land of Liberty

    I am deeply honored to receive the Richard Weaver Award, to stand in the ranks of the distinguished men who have received it, and to have an award in the name of a man who has always been one of my heroes.

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  • VIEWS

    Crime That Pays

    As a front-line soldier in America's war on drugs, Joe Occhipinti is an American hero. He became one of the most highly decorated federal agents in American history, with 78 commendations and awards in his 22 years of public service.

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  • VIEWS

    Bribemasters

    Many who take money from him, attend his conferences, or publish their articles in his publications will point to his anti-Communism. Others support the civil liberty issues he seems to embody.

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  • Perspective

    Avoiding Democracy

    Does America exist anymore, or is the nation only a fantasy concocted out of old Frank Capra movies, civics classes, and pamphlets from the Department of Education? The weight of the evidence suggests the latter.

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  • REVIEWS

    Breast-Beating and Myth-Exploding

    The wavering course of United States foreign policy and our fumbling initiatives in the world's trouble spots have turned a brighter spotlight upon governmental decision-making in this vital area.

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