H.A. Scott Trask

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

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  • Beware of Mexicans Bearing Drugs
    July 2012

    Beware of Mexicans Bearing Drugs

    What is the Mexican drug war but a parable for our times? Here is the blighted and poisoned fruit of the very policies that our rulers promised us would bring growth and development, prosperity and peace, justice and the rule of law to the whole world.

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  • December 2011

    Immoral Triumphs

    Clyde Wilson once remarked that, if one were to distill multiculturalism to its essence, one would be left with nothing at all. As he put it, multiculturalism means many fashions, mutable and discardable, but no culture.

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  • A Sentimental Education
    October 2011

    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.

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  • The Whale in Times Square
    May 2011

    The Whale in Times Square

    It is the contention of William McGowan that the once august New York Times, our “newspaper of record” (for lack of an alternative), has become a politically correct sheet.

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  • The Elusive Conflict
    March 2011

    The Elusive Conflict

    Of the making of Civil War books there shall be no end. There are so many, most of which cover the same bloody ground in much the same slogging way, without any new insight or contribution.

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  • The Coming North American Order
    January 2011

    The Coming North American Order

    When he crosses the border from El Paso into the dust-blasted and sun-tortured streets of Ciudad Juárez, he is not going back in time or experiencing an ugly bump on the road to the New World Order but glimpsing “the sharp edge slashing into a time called the future.”

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  • October 2010

    Pay No Attention

    A recent article in USA Today (“Mexico’s Violence Not Widespread,” August 4) could serve as a case study in why Mexican journalists consider their North American counterparts “hopeless” when it comes to accurate reporting on their country.

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  • Falling Apart
    August 2010

    Falling Apart

    North-central Idahois rugged can­yon, mountain, and ranch country. Its dominant culture is that of the British and American borderlands. Its people are descendants of 19th-century pioneers and homesteaders (some of them Missouri Confederates who went west after the war).

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  • The Logic of the Map
    July 2010

    The Logic of the Map

    Soon after his election in 1844, James K. Polk sat down with the historian George Bancroft and, before offering him the Cabinet post of secretary of the Navy, sketched the four objectives of his presidency.

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  • Populist Reveries
    February 2010

    Populist Reveries

    Consider William Greiden's major theme: “Come home, America. Instead of trying to run the world, let us tend our own wounded society.” The advice is sound, but his expectation that “the people” will demand it be done is not.

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  • The Way of the World
    April 2009

    The Way of the World

    In his essay on “self-reliance,” Emerson wrote that “travelling is a fool’s paradise.” He was referring to those who travel to escape the boredom or sadness of their lives, and who hope to return home somehow transformed.

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  • Cosmopolitan Nation
    January 2009

    Cosmopolitan Nation

    The search for and, when it cannot be found, the construction of a usable past remains the overriding task of our official historians, who believe that we are forever on the cusp of a new age.

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  • A Republic of Speculators
    December 2008

    A Republic of Speculators

    The long-suffering and largely ignored paleoconservatives might be forgiven for taking some satisfaction in the recent bursting of so many bubbles of avarice and pride, the sudden exposure of so many highly leveraged speculations in stupidity.

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  • The Best Government Money Can Buy
    July 2008

    The Best Government Money Can Buy

    All of our history is now “indoctrination by historical example.” The academicians who write the officially approved, politically correct distortions of it have failed history, and us.

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  • Horsemen, Draw Nigh!
    December 2007

    Horsemen, Draw Nigh!

    The title of Chalmers Johnson’s latest book, the last in his trilogy of empire, invokes the Greek goddess of retribution. He named the first book in his trilogy after the CIA term for the harmful unintended consequences that sometimes result from the agency’s covert policies.

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  • The Better Way
    May 2007

    The Better Way

    The- Missouri Ozarks are the western outpost of Appalachia. The hills are not as high as their elder brothers to the east, but they plunge down into narrow, labyrinthine valleys, where streams of cool, green water run.

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  • The West on the Brink
    February 2007

    The West on the Brink

    We do not hear much about the Armenian genocide of 1915. Even less well known is the Turk’s expulsion of the Greeks of Western Anatolia and the Pontic coast in the years after World War I.

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  • The Point Left Unprotected
    November 2006

    The Point Left Unprotected

    This book will surely be widely denounced. Its merit, which is considerable, is suggested by the vast coalition who will want to deride it: the corporate elite, Republicans, Clinton Democrats, neoliberals, the politically correct lobby, libertarians, neocons.

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  • A Government We Deserve
    June 2006

    A Government We Deserve

    To write a book about democracy, a word that functions today as little more than an advertising slogan, an author should first define what it is that he is talking about, giving attention to the historical origins and development of that concept, what the best minds of the past have thought about it, and, above all, whether it bears any relation to an observable reality.

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  • The Virginian
    March 2006

    The Virginian

    To be published by a university press, one must demonstrate originality of scholarship. In a forgetful age, that is not hard to do. It is easier still when a constant rewriting of history is required to meet the ever-changing dictates of empire.

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