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Sam Francis


Sam Francis, was an American paleoconservative, iconoclastic anti-capitalist columnist, nationally syndicated in the United States. He passed away in 2005.

  • Crime Story: The Godfather as Political Metaphor

    By Samuel Francis | March 07, 2019
    Probably not since Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind has a popular novel influenced Americans as deeply as Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Appearing in 1969, the book remains, according to the inflated come-on of its publisher's blurb, "the all-time best-selling novel in publishing history."
  • Define "Imperialism"

    By Samuel Francis | November 14, 2018
    Lewis Namier liked to tell the story of an English schoolboy who was asked to define "imperialism" on an examination paper. "Imperialism," the budding proconsul wrote, "is learning how to get along with one's social inferiors."
  • Ditching the Cadaver

    By Samuel Francis | August 02, 2018
    If anything might have transformed the presidential election of 2004 from a dull ritual of mass democracy into an interesting and perhaps even meaningful act of civic decision, it would have been the presence of Patrick J. Buchanan, whose wit and sharp conservative intelligence enlivened the elections of 1992, 1996, and 2000.
  • The Vanishing Anglo-Saxon Minority

    By Samuel Francis | July 25, 2018
    For almost exactly 30 years, Kevin P. Phillips has been cranking out some of the most interesting and provocative works of political analysis written since World War II.
  • Corruption and Contempt

    By Samuel Francis | March 22, 2018
    The late Sam Francis dissects two attempts at modernizing Machiavelli and considers whether dictatorship is the answer to corruption.
  • The Managerial Mob

    By Samuel Francis | March 12, 2018
    Twenty years ago, Samuel Francis looked at the link between the mob and the managerial revolution.
  • Winning the Culture War

    By Samuel Francis | February 21, 2018
    The first thing we have to learn about fighting and winning a cultural war is that we are not fighting to "conserve" something; we are fighting to overthrow something.
  • Where the Buck Really Stops

    By Samuel Francis | January 24, 2018
    Sovereignty, by definition, concerns the issue of who is to be master in a society, whether it has to do either with internal autonomy or with its external independence.
  • Nationalism, True and False

    By Samuel Francis | November 13, 2017
    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.
  • Burnham Agonistes

    By Samuel Francis | November 02, 2017
    Most adult conservatives as well as many educated people know that James Burnham was an anticommunist author and columnist for William F. Buckley’s National Review; a number of others will be aware that Burnham’s name seems to flap through the corridors of early 20th-century American intellectual history, though they may not be able to explain just who he was or what he did.
  • The Price of Empire Globalism and Its Consequences

    By Samuel Francis | May 15, 2017
    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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