Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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  • On the Wings of a Snow White Dove

    When you have over an hour to kill downtown in a major city, time seems to slow to a stop. Fortunately, the Roman houses beneath the Palazzo Valentini, which we were waiting to visit, are a stone’s throw from the column of Trajan.

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  • April 2016

    No News Is Good News

    Why does anyone follow the news? I am not referring to people who more or less have to know what is being said about current events.

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  • March 2016

    The Ugly Beautiful Losers

    “Beautiful losers” was the phrase Sam Francis borrowed from Leonard Cohen to sum up the failure of the American conservative movement. Beautiful or not, American conservatives have been losers from their movement’s inception.

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  • February 2016

    A Visit to Ali Pasha, Part 2

    The main attraction in Ioannina is still the Kastro, the Turkish fortress that served as the Ottoman capital of the territory of Epirus, ruled for 30 years by Ali Pasha, a dashing Albanian warlord who accidentally helped to spark the Greek Revolution.

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  • January 2016

    A Visit to Ali Pasha

    “Why do you go to Ioannina”? Pronouncing the town’s name very carefully in four syllables for our benefit, our driver broke the silence of several hours on the road from Athens during which the entire conversation had been limited to driving time and route information.

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  • December 2015

    Living With the Past

    Returning from the Abbeville Institute’s conference on Confederate symbols, I began thinking of all the things I failed to say in my talk on the campaign of cultural genocide waged against the South.

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  • November 2015

    America’s Best Friend, R.I.P.

    A funeral can sometimes seem like a going out of business sale, an occasion for taking stock, not so much of the deceased as of your friendship with him. It is strange that, presented with such an opportunity, pastors and friends usually do so poor a job of evoking the life of the departed.

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  • October 2015

    Nuclear Baksheesh

    For several months Republicans and Democrats have been jawing over the nuclear “deal” with Iran. Unlike so many partisan debates, this one may actually involve issues of national security, but only if both sides are serious.

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  • August 2015

    Mapping Verona

    I still wake up some nights, thinking about the streets of Verona and of Henry Reed’s “A Map of Verona,” the title poem of his first volume of verse.

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  • The Shape of Sicilian Water
    July 2015

    The Shape of Sicilian Water

    When Metternich famously dismissed Italy as “a geographical expression,” the peninsula was divided into states ruled by (to name only the principals) Austrians, the Vatican, and Spanish Bourbons.

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  • June 2015

    Tom Fleming’s Complainte

    George Garrett used to tell the story of a young writer who visited him in York Harbor, Maine. The writer, who had worked in a prison, wore a cap emblazoned with the letters SCUP, which stood for something like South Carolina Union of Prisons.

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  • May 2015

    Family Tradition

    Michelle Parker, a young mother of two, disappeared from her Florida home in 2011 and has never been seen again. The only suspect in her disappearance is her husband, who has left the state with the two children.

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  • April 2015

    Why They Fought

    Jean-François Revel was not a stupid man, and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon “we tired the sun with talking,” but as a political philosopher, he was a prisoner of the leftist ideology that treats terms like equality and democracy as substantial realities.

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  • February 25, 2015

    A Little List, 1

    A recent comment of Robert Peters (a pleasure, as always, to read) reminds me how remiss I have been in doing my duty as online columnist. If I were a newspaper columnist, this would be the time to write the column that is the literary equivalent of “jumping the shark,” namely, a column on why I am having trouble writing my column.

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  • March 2015

    A Plague on Both Their Houses

    Now that a great quarrel has opened up between Muslims and the opponents, not of Islam per se, but of “radical” Islamist terrorists, conservatives are tempted, as they always are, to make friends with the enemies of their enemies.

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  • January 28, 2015

    Mencken-Barnum Awards Announced

    For months there have been rumors circulating about the establishment of a set of annual prizes, commemorating two great American geniuses, H.L. Mencken and P.T. Barnum.

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  • January 15, 2015

    Welcome to the United States of George Soros

    My wife keeps asking me how so many people seem to have the time to go out and demonstrate against the brutality of “racist white cops.” She asked a similar question, when there were regular marches against violence in the “community.”

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  • February 2015

    A Different Drum

    You turn on the radio for the weather report: “Sunny and warm today, with a high near 80. Light breeze out of the south at five miles per hour. Chance of rain less than ten percent.”

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  • January 1, 2015

    Political Liberty and the Classical Tradition

    When people ask me "Why study the classics?" I give the same answer that has been given for past 2,500 years or more: So as not to end up a stupid barbarian.

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  • December 22, 2014

    An Appeal from Thomas Fleming

    Your mind is a terrible thing to waste—which is what will happen if Chronicles and its web go under because of lack of support.

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