Samuel Francis

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  • Deconstructing America
    August 1998

    Deconstructing America

    In Ed Wood's notoriously bad 1950's science-fiction movie, "Plan Nine From Outer Space", there is a scene in which the film's star, the decrepit Bela Lugosi, is shown walking into a room; the following scene shows the same character coming into the room from the other side of the door.

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  • Whose Modernity?

    When Pat Buchanan's new book, The Great Betrayal, appeared in April, the hysteria that greeted it was entirely predictable.

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  • Prophesying War

    If and when Americans are able to glimpse an alternative future in which they can displace the ruling class and its regime of manipulation through their own resistance, Mr. Chittum's book may pop up on the best-sellers list.

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  • Abraham the Unready

    L'affaire Lewinsky was the obsession of the headlines and conversations of Washington throughout February, obscuring even the jolliness promised by another airborne stomping of Iraq and the possible obliteration of the American economy by the Asian stock market crash.

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  • They're Coming, They're Coming
    May 1998

    They're Coming, They're Coming

    David M. Jacobs, an historian at Temple University, has been thinking about UFOs since his graduate school days, and what he has published about the subject over the years is among the most respected work on it.

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  • The Other Face of Multiculturalism

    Multiculturalism is less the result of ignorance and uninformed fantasies than a deliberate device by which the power-hungry can subvert a culture, whose moral codes deny them power, and build an alternative culture whose different moral codes yield power for themselves and none for their rivals.

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  • The Truth About Republicans and Hispanics

    Saying "I told you so" is never very polite, but sometimes, especially when trying to explain things to the Republican Party, it's advisable to say it.

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  • A Bright Spot

    America is indeed being weakened by "corrupting cultural influences," but they're not coming from Puerto Ric

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  • February 1998

    An Infantile Disorder

    "Why, we could lick them in a month!" boasts Stuart Tarleton soon after the Confederates fire on Fort Sumter in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. "Gentlemen always fight better than rabble.

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  • The New Shape of American Politics

    A convenient statistical definition of Middle Americans is that they are the middle-income categories, making between $15,000 and $50,000 a year, a group that comprises about 50 percent of the voting electorate.

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  • December 1997

    Nationalism, True and False

    Ruling classes exercise power through combinations of coercion and manipulation—what Machiavelli called force and fraud, or the habits of the lion and the fox that he recommended to princes who wish to stay in power.

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  • December 1997

    "Roby Ridge"

    Ruby Ridge and Waco are two nightmares now slowly fading from the public mind, but not because some law enforcement officials have learned anything. In Roby, Illinois, a 51-year-old widow named Shirley Ann Allen was ordered by a local judge to submit to a psychological profile after her relatives expressed concern about her behavior.

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  • Witchfinder: The Strange Career of Morris Dees
    November 1997

    Witchfinder: The Strange Career of Morris Dees

    The trial, conviction, and death sentence of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995, passed quietly this year, far more quietly than most reporters and some political leaders wanted.

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  • Caesar's Column
    October 1997

    Caesar's Column

    If anything could make the modern presidency look good, it is the modern Congress. Intended by the Framers, through a misinterpretation of the British constitution, to offer a check to the executive branch, the federal legislature has in fact evolved into merely its partner and more often its lackey.

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  • September 1997

    Looking Backward

    To be fair, the death of politics in the United States—not only this year but for the last several years, despite the "Republican Revolution" of 1994—is not entirely the fault of the Grand Old Party itself.

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  • Impeachable Offenses

    Back in March, Republican Majority Whip Tom DcLay took lunch at the Washington Times and started jabbering about how he and his party were going to impeach "activist judges" who handed down improper rulings.

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  • Revolution in the Air

    The transformation of the American right from a conservative force intent on preserving the present system into one that at least sympathizes with the imagery of revolution shows that the right has at last begun to grasp the truth that it no longer exercises control of the country.

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  • The New Godfathers

    Not only has all the GOP's scandalmongering distracted many conservatives and the party itself from more substantive criticisms of the Clinton administration and more serious debate of major issues of national policy, but the Republicans failed even to make good political use of the myriad moral flaws they uncovered.

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  • The Price of Empire Globalism and Its Consequences
    June 1997

    The Price of Empire Globalism and Its Consequences

    I know it will strike many people as odd to call the current foreign policy of the United States a form of "empire building" or "imperialism," and of course none of our leaders would ever call it that.

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  • At the Heart of Darkness
    May 1997

    At the Heart of Darkness

    S.T. Joshi begins his mammoth biographical study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft by quoting his subject's reaction to a suggestion from a fan that he write his autobiography.

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