H. A. Scott Trask

H. A. Scott Trask is an independent historian from eastern Missouri.

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  • The Great Debate: Lincoln's Legacy
    February 2020

    The Great Debate: Lincoln's Legacy

    The year 1975, for those of us old enough to remember, was a calm and quiet time in the United States. The Vietnam War and Watergate were both over, the riots and protests had ceased, and everybody liked our presiding nonpartisan president, who shared the name of America’s most iconic car company. The music was nonpolitical, and everybody was anticipating the coming bicentennial of the independence of our country. And, although now it’s hard to believe, the national commemoration was not being riven by fractious and acrimonious debates about its real meaning.

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  • The War of Nihilisms
    June 2019

    The War of Nihilisms

    The first English translation of Ernst Jünger’s journals from the Second World War is a cause for celebration. The journals were like treasures stashed away in an old castle, behind a door that could be unlocked only if one learned to read German. It’s open now, and what’s inside are literary gems on every page.

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  • The Fatherland and the Nation
    February 2019

    The Fatherland and the Nation

    Allen Tate, in 1952, argued that the first duty of the man of letters in the postwar world was to purify the language from the corruptions introduced by ideology and the destruction, more than physical, wrought by the recent world war.

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  • Obsession!
    November 2018


    Reading Ann Coulter’s newest polemical masterpiece brings to mind one of her previous ones. I don’t mean her sparkling In Trump We Trust, published just before the 2016 election (and reviewed in this magazine), in which she predicted that the unthinkable would happen. Rather I refer to her 2011 book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.

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  • A Sentimental Education
    July 12, 2018

    A Sentimental Education

    Many Americans probably think that the Pledge of Allegiance dates to the time of the American Revolution, but it was written more than a century later, in 1892. They might be shocked to learn that it was written by a Christian socialist, and the sanctifying words “under God” were not added until 1954.

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  • Muslim Migrants and the Religious Left
    April 2018

    Muslim Migrants and the Religious Left

    Why are so many Western Christians either silent about, or actually complicit in, the Muslim hegira to the West? One would think Christians would be at the forefront of opposition.

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  • Choose Your Side
    October 2017

    Choose Your Side

    The first thought that occurred to me upon receiving a review copy of David Garrow’s hefty biography of our former president was, besides its weight (four pounds), how the jacket photograph perfectly expresses what is revealed in 1,084 pages of text.

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  • The Idolatrous Empire
    March 2017

    The Idolatrous Empire

    Historians of our day have long debated whether ideas or interests are the prime drivers of human decisions. The Hegelian school, which includes neoconservatives and neoliberals, believes the answer is ideas—freedom, democracy, and equality.

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  • Mr. Trump and His Gorilla
    November 2016

    Mr. Trump and His Gorilla

    This book burns with a pure and righteous rage. It’s hilariously funny. Its arguments are devastating to the p.c. pieties of our therapeutic elite.

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  • The Mexicanization of North America
    June 2016

    The Mexicanization of North America

    For nearly 200 years the United States and Mexico coexisted as a series of antonyms separated by a desert. The United States was prosperous and free. Mexico was poor and despotic.

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  • American Samizdat
    September 2015

    American Samizdat

    John Derbyshire is among the most prominent and prolific of writers of the paleo or nationalist right. I think of him as a Tory, and his writing as Swiftian.

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  • Empire of Nihilism
    July 2015

    Empire of Nihilism

    By any reasonable measure, the policies carried out by the U.S. government since 1990 toward the Muslim countries of the Middle East (democracy promotion, regime change, political stabilization, “peace process,” antiterrorism) have failed disastrously.

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  • Getting Nixon Right
    November 2014

    Getting Nixon Right

    In November 1972 I voted for the re-election of President Nixon. Granted, it was only an elementary-school straw poll, but I was still thrilled when he carried the student body by a three-to-one margin.

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  • How Not to Succeed in Washington
    July 2014

    How Not to Succeed in Washington

    When I was younger and precociously interested in politics (I subscribed to National Review and looked forward to Firing Line every Sunday), I knew who George Kennan was. He was the brilliant author of the Containment Doctrine who had later gone soft on communism and become a liberal.

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  • A Corrupt Bargain
    March 2014

    A Corrupt Bargain

    Careful readers have long suspected that the ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious” was about something more sinister than bureaucratic ineptitude and Department of Justice stonewalling.

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  • End Game
    February 2014

    End Game

    The latest, and perhaps the best, book to be written in the wake of the Great Recession raises an important question: Why is it that America’s self-appointed elite refuses to learn from its long record of failure and futility in economic management that its ideas and policies are all wrong?

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  • The End of the Trail
    October 2013

    The End of the Trail

    “What am I doing here?” That was not the question that Paul Theroux expected to be asking himself not long after he returned to his beloved Africa and exclaimed that he was “happy again.”

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  • In God We Fail
    March 2013

    In God We Fail

    The recent flood of secession petitions in the wake of the re-election of President Barack Obama has raised secession to something more than the curiosity or esoteric joke that it has been heretofore.

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  • A People's Worst Enemy
    November 2012

    A People's Worst Enemy

    The adjective in the title of The Lost History of 1914 refers to the five ways in which the Great War might not have happened—five lost paths leading to peace. Though some critics have described the book as counterfactual, in fact it is more an extended essay on contingency and chance.

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  • October 2012

    Immigration Arch

    Browsers of our metropolitan dailies are well aware of these papers’ attempt at rebranding our national holidays. Thanksgiving has become Immigration Day, and so has the Fourth of July. But, as we should have learned by now, it can get worse.

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