Timothy D. Lusch

Timothy D. Lusch is an attorney and writer.  His work has appeared in Saint Austin Review and Crisis Magazine. He blogs at pityitspithy.com.

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  • Books in Brief: <em>The Crusader Strategy</em>
    January 29, 2021

    Books in Brief: The Crusader Strategy

    A review of the medieval military history Crusader Strategy by Steve Tibble.

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  • Books in Brief: January 2021
    January 2021

    Books in Brief: January 2021

    Reviews of Steve Tibble's medieval military history, Crusader Strategy and an agricultural, ecological treatise by Chris Smaje, A Small Farm Future.

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  • Rebranding the Right
    October 2020

    Rebranding the Right

    In his latest book, Andrew Bacevich argues the "conservative brand" has been tarnished by popular personalities like Trump and Rush Limbaugh. But conservatism is not a brand nor an ideology—it is a disposition and is no place for purity tests.

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  • Dictatorship of the Deranged
    March 2020

    Dictatorship of the Deranged

    A long time ago, I happened upon a cartoon in some publication or other. A single frame—in the vein of Gary Larson—depicted thousands of sheep rushing headlong off a cliff. In the middle of this great multitude, one particular sheep moved in the opposite direction. “Excuse me…excuse me…excuse me,” it bleated. That scene came to mind recently as I read Douglas Murray’s latest book. He takes his title and inspiration from Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841), that oddly compelling 19th-century miscellany by Charles Mackay, a book that is still in print and widely read today. This is because it concerns the most bestial part of human nature: the herd mentality.

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  • Apologizing for the Bother
    February 2020

    Apologizing for the Bother

    “It’s a small, white, scored oval tablet.” A little pill stands between Florent-Claude Labrouste and his planned defenestration. It offers only a temporary reprieve from the meaninglessness of life. As the narrator of Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel assures us, Captorix: provides no form of happiness, or even of real relief; its action is of a different kind: by transforming life into a sequence of formalities it allows you to fool yourself. On this basis, it helps people to live, or at least to not die—for a certain period of time. But death imposes itself in the end…

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