• The Only Unacceptable Single-Issue Voters
    October 30, 2020

    The Only Unacceptable Single-Issue Voters

    Liberals among the Catholic hierarchy are spending this election season decrying so-called “single-issue voters," by which they mean pro-lifers. In a country filled with single-issue zealots, being pro-life is still the only unacceptable commitment.
  • What the Next President Faces
    October 30, 2020

    What the Next President Faces

    Foreign policy, that lost issue of the campaign of 2020, will be clamoring anew for the president's attention. There are multiple growing conflicts in Asia. Meanwhile, Europe and Islam are clashing, once again, over free speech.
  • A Biden Family Special Prosecutor in 2021?
    October 27, 2020

    A Biden Family Special Prosecutor in 2021?

    If Joe Biden wins on Nov. 3, there will be an independent counsel or special prosecutor named to investigate the Biden family fortunes and how they were amassed. An antagonistic media and political enemies will take action.
  • Candidates Should Start Putting Wall Street in Check
    October 26, 2020

    Candidates Should Start Putting Wall Street in Check

    Trump and other 2020 candidates should commit to re-regulating Wall Street through a new Glass-Steagall Act. This would help small businesses and have a countervailing-power effect on "woke" corporations, to the enormous benefit of American liberty.
  • America: A Land of Ceaseless Conflict
    October 23, 2020

    America: A Land of Ceaseless Conflict

    America is severely divided. The idea of bipartisan comity, or some new era of national unity should Biden win, is self-delusion. Should Trump be defeated, there will be no forgiving or forgetting.
  • Letter From the City That Deposed Popes
    October 21, 2020

    Letter From the City That Deposed Popes

    Constance is the site of the Church Council that affirmed the “Conciliarist” position: the right to remove an incorrigible pope. Aside from its rich history, it's also one of the "sunniest and warmest spots in all of Germany," Srdja Trifkovic writes.
  • Can America Do It All?
    October 20, 2020

    Can America Do It All?

    Nancy Pelosi has already proposed $2.2 trillion in new spending to battle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the first month of this fiscal year. The national debt is equal to the GDP, and growing fast. Where does this end?
  • Criticizing the Donald
    October 19, 2020

    Criticizing the Donald

    President Trump recently received criticism from two conservative commentators. While National Review Editor Rich Lowry offered constructive criticism, columnist Jonah Goldberg ranted in his usual confusing manner about Trump's danger to democracy.
  • Can Trump Pull a Second Rabbit Out of the Hat?
    October 16, 2020

    Can Trump Pull a Second Rabbit Out of the Hat?

    Can Trump repeat the miracle of 2016? The Democrats are out to remake America, and, 17 days from the election, a Democratic sweep remains a real possibility. Biden is ahead in almost all of the major battleground states. Still, this is not over.
  • Joe Biden's Polish Joke
    October 13, 2020

    Joe Biden's Polish Joke

    In a recent interview with The New York Times, Joe Biden made it very clear that he has no interest in helping Americans of Eastern European ancestry in any way.
  • Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?
    October 13, 2020

    Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?

    When this election is over, the U.S. needs to think through what we are, and are not, willing to fight China for. Are we willing to go to war over disputed borders between China and India? The treatment of Uighurs? An attack on a NATO member nation?
  • Putin's Got Problems, Too
    October 09, 2020

    Putin's Got Problems, Too

    Putin is surrounded by instability. Should the U.S. strive to contain Vladimir Putin's Russia? Or should we let Russia's internal problems do the primary work of containing Russia's external ambition?
  • Does America Have a Future?
    October 06, 2020

    Does America Have a Future?

    Demographic and moral decline afflicts America. We are witnessing the unraveling national self-awareness of the American ethnos, facilitated by the treason of our guardians and combined with the centralization of their power.
  • Ten Days That Shook the Presidency
    October 06, 2020

    Ten Days That Shook the Presidency

    President Trump nominated a judge for the Supreme Court, weathered a major hit piece, failed in the first debate, and was diagnosed with COVID, all in 10 days. It was a rough ride for the President.
  • It's Late, But There's Still Time
    October 02, 2020

    It's Late, But There's Still Time

    Despite a disastrous first debate, President Trump can still triumph. He needs to show that while he may have lost the Mr. Nice Guy competition of 2020, in the situation we are in now, the nation needs a strong leader—not a good buddy.
  • Biden's Would-Be Globalist Foreign Policy
    September 30, 2020

    Biden's Would-Be Globalist Foreign Policy

    Joe Biden is a creature of the foreign policy establishment and his administration would return America to the globalist status quo: more international agreements like the Paris accord and more foreign wars to keep defense contractors profitable.
  • The Caucasian Powder Keg
    September 30, 2020

    The Caucasian Powder Keg

    The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a typical example of the still-unsettled ethnic and territorial disputes that resulted from the arbitrary borders drawn by the Communist leaders of the multiethnic, former Soviet states.
  • U.S. Politics Gives Brits a Bad Trip
    September 30, 2020

    U.S. Politics Gives Brits a Bad Trip

    The fact that Donald Trump might be reelected strikes lots of Brits as mad. However, Brits who aren’t conditioned by the mainstream press get euphoric when watching Trump confront Black Lives Matter, Beijing, and the political elites.
  • Our Recessional Culture
    September 30, 2020

    Our Recessional Culture

    We have forgotten God. America's journey from Camelot to COVID was the result of many wrong turns, but abandoning our faith was central to our political, economic, moral, and cultural decline.
  • The Sensual and the Savage
    September 30, 2020

    The Sensual and the Savage

    In Yes, God, Yes, writer and director Karen Maine ridicules Catholics for their supposed ignorance and sexual attitudes. The main character, played by Natalia Dyer, is caught between her religious training and her longing for the forbidden.
  • Here's Looking at You, Beirut
    September 30, 2020

    Here's Looking at You, Beirut

    America is becoming a continent sized Lebanon: a failed state that cannot control its own borders, rife with political corruption and factionalism. Taki recounts his time in Beirut in the '70s, and notices some similarities to today.
  • Was Poland's Notorious Communist Dictator Actually a Conservative?
    September 30, 2020

    Was Poland's Notorious Communist Dictator Actually a Conservative?

    Polish leader Wojciech Jaruzelski was a communist dictator, but one whose decisions were guided by the desire to maintain order and stability against a revolutionary wave; a ruler guided by geopolitical realism. Just now, scholars are realizing this.
  • Fourth Generation War Comes to a Theater Near You
    September 30, 2020

    Fourth Generation War Comes to a Theater Near You

    The American State is losing legitimacy and the next president can do little to restore it. People are transferring their loyalty from the State to causes like race, religion, ideology, or politics. Welcome to "Fourth Generation War."
  • What the Editors Are Reading
    September 30, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967) by Bernard Bailyn, and The End of the Modern World (1950) by Romano Guardini.
  • Rebranding the Right
    September 30, 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.
  • Secession Becomes Thinkable
    September 30, 2020

    Secession Becomes Thinkable

    America is coming apart and is "already two nations," F. H. Buckley argues. Once unthinkable, a breakup looks increasingly likely. But can it be done constitutionally and peacefully? Donald Livingston reviews Buckley's case in "American Secession."
  • The Poor Man's Sam Francis
    September 30, 2020

    The Poor Man's Sam Francis

    America's managerial elite exploits racial and class resentments to enhance its bureaucratic power. This insight and others by Chronicles columnist Sam Francis is imitated but not exceeded today in books like Michael Lind's The New Class War
  • Books in Brief: October 2020
    September 30, 2020

    Books in Brief: October 2020

    Retroculture: Taking America Back, by William S. Lind and Coming Home: Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul, by Ted V. McAllister and Bruce P. Frohnen
  • Remembering Russell Kirk
    September 30, 2020

    Remembering Russell Kirk

    Kirk taught conservatives about the need to engage the culture on levels other than those of law and politics. The conservative, Kirk insisted, must speak on core concerns not normally addressed in public policy manuals.
  • Election Suspense
    September 30, 2020

    Election Suspense

    There are three major possibilities for Election 2020's outcome: a Democratic victory, a Republican victory, or chaos. A disputed election could give way to political paralysis and social disorder. Next year could be even more chaotic than 2020.
  • A Conciliar Critique, Etc.
    September 30, 2020

    A Conciliar Critique, Etc.

    Letters from readers and responses from Chronicles writers on Vatican II and Catholic social doctrine, the Pilgrims and the English Civil War, and on the concept of jury nullification.
  • In This Number: October 2020
    September 30, 2020

    In This Number: October 2020

    A note from Charlemagne Institute Chief Executive Devin Foley on Chronicles' recent readers survey. Mr. Foley also introduces this hallmark issue. "We are fighting a spiritual battle...one that will be determined by the will to power."
  • When Is Enough Pandering Really Enough?
    September 30, 2020

    When Is Enough Pandering Really Enough?

    Republican strategists are trying to enlarge the GOP's tent to accommodate demographics among whom Trump has had the least support: suburban, college-educated women, and blacks. This clumsy effort ignores his base, especially Southern, rural whites.
  • The Left's Delusions on Crime and Policing
    September 29, 2020

    The Left's Delusions on Crime and Policing

    The George Floyd case is an example of the left projecting its obsession with racism, real or supposed, on the whole world. In reality, crime statistics show that there is no real crisis of police killing blacks, or of police killing anyone else.
  • Death of a Propositional Nation
    September 29, 2020

    Death of a Propositional Nation

    The American nation is being destroyed for failing to live up to the ideal of equality. No part of American heritage is safe from destruction in the name of equality, not even that of equality's chief proponent, Abraham Lincoln.
  • Will Justice Amy Star in 'The Five'?
    September 29, 2020

    Will Justice Amy Star in 'The Five'?

    If Judge Barrett becomes Justice Barrett, President Trump will achieve the constitutionalist majority on the Supreme Court that his GOP predecessors have been trying to get for half a century. This could be the crown jewel of his presidency.
  • Up From Libertarianism
    September 28, 2020

    Up From Libertarianism

    Libertarianism was a way forward for those disillusioned with America's two-party system, but it is now clear that the ideals of liberty have been subverted by the left. Only political power can preserve the cultural and ethnic roots of America.
  • The Worst Purges Come From the Right
    September 26, 2020

    The Worst Purges Come From the Right

    When Silicon Valley suppresses conservatives, it is an attempt to throttle legitimate political dissent. But Conservative Inc. has not treated its abused dissenters one whit better. Its marginalization of people on the right is often even worse.
  • All the Chips Are on the Table Now
    September 25, 2020

    All the Chips Are on the Table Now

    This election is for all the marbles: control of the House, the Senate, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. Rarely has there been an election in which the stakes were so high, the ideological gulf so great, and the outcome in such doubt.
  • The Twilight of the USA and the Way Forward
    September 23, 2020

    The Twilight of the USA and the Way Forward

    The autumn of Middle America has arrived. Winter is coming, and preparations must be made if we are to survive. I knew an America that had strong communities and social bonds. It was real, not an abstraction. That season has passed.
  • Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court
    September 22, 2020

    Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court

    A Senate vote to reject a Republican nominee, in which Republican senators cast the decisive votes, would demoralize and divide the party on election eve and betray a cause for which some have fought for 50 years.
  • A Sermon for a Season of Violence
    September 21, 2020

    A Sermon for a Season of Violence

    A sermon for a violent time, and a reminder to our leaders to avoid politicizing tragedies of gun violence. In doing so, they forget the human faces—the faces of the victims, of individual citizens with dignity, value, and inalienable rights.
  • Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?
    September 18, 2020

    Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

    Gulf states are likely allying themselves with Israel for political reasons rather than any honest desire for peace. Trump's "deal of the century" will not end conflict in the Middle East. Peace is not coming anytime soon.
  • Second Amendment Gains Won by the Grassroots Right
    September 17, 2020

    Second Amendment Gains Won by the Grassroots Right

    An increasing number of Americans are resisting encroachments against their right to self-defense by exercising their Second Amendment rights. These successes were won through the grit and determination of grassroots conservative activists.
  • Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?
    September 15, 2020

    Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?

    President Trump has ordered a drawdown by mid-October of half of the troops still in Afghanistan. Trump's new Ambassador to Afghanistan, William Ruger, wants to pull out of the country entirely. Is America finally ending these needless, forever wars?
  • Trump Takes the Lead in Non-Mainstream Poll
    September 14, 2020

    Trump Takes the Lead in Non-Mainstream Poll

    A poll by The Democracy Institute, a non-partisan polling firm which accurately predicted Brexit and the 2016 U.S. election, shows President Donald Trump pulling ahead of Joe Biden and winning the Electoral College with 319 votes.
  • Remembering 9/11
    September 11, 2020

    Remembering 9/11

    We need to remember 9/11. Our forgetting is being accelerated by progressive politicians and academics, who seek to misremember and to distort our view of the attacks.
  • A Focused Trump Can Still Pull It Out
    September 11, 2020

    A Focused Trump Can Still Pull It Out

    Trump needs to make this a choice between Mr. Nice Guy and the guy who showed he could get the job done before the pandemic came ashore. He needs to stay focused on the issues where the divisions are clear and compelling. Trump is not cooked yet.
  • Letter From Egypt: The Ongoing Plight of Christians
    September 10, 2020

    Letter From Egypt: The Ongoing Plight of Christians

    Sisi has dealt a massive blow to the Muslim Brotherhood but has not eliminated anti-Christian practices. Remarkably, the persecution of Christians under Islam is a taboo subject in the West, even in this age of rampant victimology.
  • Letter From Egypt: Sisi Firmly in Charge
    September 08, 2020

    Letter From Egypt: Sisi Firmly in Charge

    American meddling in Egyptian affairs has been detrimental for both countries. Egypt’s current stability is the result of a sustained, homegrown effort to counter destabilizing influences from abroad, notably from the United States.
  • Why D.C. Statehood Is a Suicidal Gamble
    September 04, 2020

    Why D.C. Statehood Is a Suicidal Gamble

    D.C. is unrepresentative of America and undeserving of statehood. It is home to radical media, tens of thousands of bureaucrats, lawyers, and lobbyists, all yoked to big government. They hate our heritage and are not the real America.
  • The Right Versus the Axis of Wokeness
    September 01, 2020

    The Right Versus the Axis of Wokeness

    Big business and the far left have formed an Axis of Wokeness that stands in opposition to the American right. After years of serving as useful idiots to multinational corporations, the right has no longer any reason to support globalism.
  • Where Will All These War Games Lead?
    September 01, 2020

    Where Will All These War Games Lead?

    Why are 500 U.S. troops still in Syria a year after Donald Trump said we would be pulling them out? What are they doing there to justify risking a clash with Russian troops? What exactly is our ultimate goal?
  • Is Biden Ceding the Law-and-Order Issue?
    August 28, 2020

    Is Biden Ceding the Law-and-Order Issue?

    Joe Biden has not sided with the police or the rioters. He has only offered one tepid tweet denouncing violence. And if he comes out of his basement again, he is going to have to take a side.
  • Biden Courts Islamists
    August 27, 2020

    Biden Courts Islamists

    Joe Biden has vowed to end "Islamicphobia." He is taking his cues from pro-Islamists in his attempt to win the Muslim vote in key swing states. Accordingly, a Biden presidency will not tolerate any criticism of Islam.
  • A Most Consequential Presidency
    August 25, 2020

    A Most Consequential Presidency

    Trump has made the GOP an America First party. He has enacted America First policies on trade and immigration. He has revived the economic nationalism that built America in the 19th century. Globalism has been relegated to the ash heap of history.
  • Evil That Good May Come
    August 24, 2020

    Evil That Good May Come

    "Not one of the four articles debating the pros and cons of dropping the Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki presents the orthodox Christian evaluation of that earth-shattering decision." Letters from a priest and columnist Diana West.
  • Playing Pretend With the Founding Fathers
    August 24, 2020

    Playing Pretend With the Founding Fathers

    The radical left and right have now merged in a virulent form of anti-Americanism, says C. Bradley Thompson. He worries about young men reading scary, reactionary thinkers, and then disagreeing with him about the ideas that motivated the founders.
  • The 1620 Project
    August 24, 2020

    The 1620 Project

    The Pilgrims were not 21st-century liberal democrats, but they created political institutions and practices that profoundly influenced the course of American politics, and facilitated later experiments in republican self-government and liberty.
  • The Puritan Legacy Birthed the American Creed
    August 24, 2020

    The Puritan Legacy Birthed the American Creed

    Distorted Calvinist beliefs now animate progressive causes. They are responsible for America’s missionary foreign policy, rootedness in individualism, and repugnance for hierarchy.
  • Catholics in America: An Uneasy Alliance
    August 24, 2020

    Catholics in America: An Uneasy Alliance

    The speed of the rise of the “woke” brigades and the accelerated abandonment of America’s Christian heritage has once again caused Catholics to doubt the compatibility of their faith with the American experiment.
  • Remembering Learned Hand
    August 24, 2020

    Remembering Learned Hand

    Learned Hand’s advocacy for judicial restraint, bold defense of the First Amendment, and commitment to the legal rights of the states still claim our attention, especially as judicial activism is promoted by legal minds on the left and the right.
  • What the Editors Are Reading
    August 24, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 (1987) by Eric Hobsbawm, and Essays in the Public Philosophy (1955) by Walter Lippmann.
  • What Civil Rights Hath Wrought
    August 24, 2020

    What Civil Rights Hath Wrought

    The civil rights movement of the 1960s began with modest goals for changing the public sphere but morphed into an overhaul of every aspect of life. James Kalb reviews Christopher Caldwell’s "Age of Entitlement."
  • Catholic Comfort for a Wounded South
    August 24, 2020

    Catholic Comfort for a Wounded South

    There was a uniquely Catholic contribution to the Confederate cause. John DeJak reviews new scholarship on the political loyalties of Confederate Catholics by Gracjan Kraszewski.
  • Old Story, New Resonances
    August 24, 2020

    Old Story, New Resonances

    Modern politics was born in the French Revolution; knowing its history can enrich our understanding of today’s political challenges. Ronald J. Granieri reviews Jeremy Popkin’s latest book, covering events from the Tennis Court Oath to the Terror.
  • Books in Brief
    August 24, 2020

    Books in Brief

    Russian Conservatism, by Paul Robinson (Northern Illinois University Press; 300 pp., $39.95). Small Men on the Wrong Side of History: The Decline, Fall and Unlikely Return of Conservatism, by Ed West (Constable/Little, Brown; 432 pp., $17.99).
  • Put Not Your Faith in Judges
    August 24, 2020

    Put Not Your Faith in Judges

    Conservatives’ faith in originalist judges has been misplaced, as the most recent U.S. Supreme Court term has shown. John Roberts and his ilk will not preserve American liberty or the timeless truths about humanity upon which the Constitution rests.
  • Ressentiment: He Hates, Therefore He Is
    August 24, 2020

    Ressentiment: He Hates, Therefore He Is

    "Ressentiment" festers in the mind of a person until it manifests itself as a false sense of moral righteousness. This concept stems from a feeling of inferiority, and perfectly describes the mindset of today's violent rioters.
  • Reparations: Blueprint for a Shakedown
    August 24, 2020

    Reparations: Blueprint for a Shakedown

    Slavery reparations are economically predatory, historically ignorant, politically divisive, legally unconstitutional, and morally repellent. The recent history of such demands demonstrates how the whole thing is nothing more than a big shakedown.
  • India, China, and U.S. Pacific Strategy
    August 24, 2020

    India, China, and U.S. Pacific Strategy

    Tensions are rising between India and China as they skirmish in the Himalayas. Overlooked by the U.S. media, this conflict shows China trying to intimidate a potential U.S ally and to strengthen its hand against the U.S. in the South China Sea.
  • That Damn Cowboy
    August 24, 2020

    That Damn Cowboy

    The Western frontier transformed Teddy Roosevelt from a New York aristocrat into the rough rider who charged up San Juan Hill. While living as rancher, he impressed the locals with his tenacity, and his ability to handle himself in a bar fight.
  • The Revolution, Televised
    August 24, 2020

    The Revolution, Televised

    Mr. Jones disturbingly renders the Holodomor with Ukrainian peasants driven to extremes of hunger under Stalin's man-created famine. James Norton plays the eponymous Welsh journalist who exposes the horrible truth.
  • Greek Statues, <em>Molon Labe!</em>
    August 24, 2020

    Greek Statues, Molon Labe!

    Greeks have shared values and beliefs based on a common ethnicity and religion, and so would never tolerate the malcontents of BLM and Antifa effacing their cultural artifacts. In America, however, nothing is sacred and everything is replaceable.
  • Will the Catholic Bishops Call Out Joe?
    August 21, 2020

    Will the Catholic Bishops Call Out Joe?

    Joe Biden is running on his Catholicism but endorses the new moral laws of the Democratic Party: taxpayer-funded abortion and gay marriage. Will the Catholic Bishops remain silent on all this?
  • Trump as Mussolini?
    August 20, 2020

    Trump as Mussolini?

    Rep. Jim Clyburn recently compared President Trump to Mussolini. In truth, the closest America has come to Mussolini is not Trump but Franklin Roosevelt, who admired the Italian fascist. And FDR did far greater harm to his nation.
  • Conservatives Foolishly Play the Diversity Game
    August 19, 2020

    Conservatives Foolishly Play the Diversity Game

    Conservatives have for decades sought out representatives of minority communities to voice what their white spokesman have not been allowed to utter. This practice, by now quite silly, can be traced back 1993's infamous Water Buffalo incident.
  • The Progressive Racism of the Ivy League
    August 18, 2020

    The Progressive Racism of the Ivy League

    Progressive elites continue to defend anti-white racism in the Ivy Leagues while trying to alter state laws in order to advance it on the West Coast. This will lead to racial tribalism, and conservatives deserve blame for doing nothing to stop it.
  • Is Biden-Harris on Tom Dewey's Path?
    August 14, 2020

    Is Biden-Harris on Tom Dewey's Path?

    Biden-Harris looks like a ticket content to sit on its lead and ride to victory, the way Governor Dewey did in 1948. Though rivals in the primaries, the running-mates have similar anti-crime records, even though their base demands an end to policing.
  • The Real World Reasserts Itself
    August 11, 2020

    The Real World Reasserts Itself

    Since the death of George Floyd our cultural elites have told us that white supremacists are prevalent in our institutions and BLM seeks to confront them. But confrontation between the radical left and elected Democrats has been more common recently.
  • The Coming Middle-American Resistance
    August 10, 2020

    The Coming Middle-American Resistance

    A Middle-American resistance is coming. It is hard to predict what tools it will use or where it will end. But if there exists a window into America's post 2020 future it is post-2019 Virginia, which underwent a real Middle-American resistance.
  • Biden's Game Plan—Take No Risks and Run Out the Clock
    August 07, 2020

    Biden's Game Plan—Take No Risks and Run Out the Clock

    COVID has given Biden an excuse to lie low. But he still has to pick a running-mate, accept his party's nomination, and handle the debates. Can he exhibit the physical rigor and mental capacity to cope with our current crises while debating Trump?
  • The Canonization of John Lewis
    August 04, 2020

    The Canonization of John Lewis

    In typical fashion, establishment conservatives heaped praise on deceased Rep. John Lewis to show how anti-racist they are. They gain not one vote from genuflecting toward a race-hustling politician who who did them no favors during his life.
  • As the Filibuster Goes, So Goes the GOP
    August 04, 2020

    As the Filibuster Goes, So Goes the GOP

    If Democrats capture the Senate and abolish the filibuster, the GOP would be stripped of the only effective weapon in its arsenal to shape law. Amnesties and open borders bills will turn red states blue, destroying future GOP White House prospects.
  • My Debt to Mike Adams
    August 03, 2020

    My Debt to Mike Adams

    My relationship with Mike Adams started as a contentious exchange and became a life-changing correspondence. He encouraged me to return to Christ even as he faced persecution for his beliefs, and though we never met I consider him a great friend.
  • The Biden Rule: 'No Men Need Apply'
    July 31, 2020

    The Biden Rule: 'No Men Need Apply'

    Joe Biden's choice of running-mate which, in the event of a Biden victory in November, will surely decide a future leader of the free world, is being made entirely on the basis of racial and gender prejudice.
  • The Genocide Game
    July 29, 2020

    The Genocide Game

    Despite efforts to manipulate the term genocide for political ends, there remain two paradigmatic examples of the phenomenon in the 20th century: the mass murder of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire and the mass murder of European Jews by the Nazis.
  • American "Stormtroopers"
    July 28, 2020

    American "Stormtroopers"

    As the protests grow more destructive and President Trump takes action to instill order in urban areas, Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic cohorts are comparing American law enforcement to Nazis. But middle America's patience for the mob is waning.
  • In This Number
    July 27, 2020

    In This Number

    Chronicles Editor-In-Chief Prof. Paul Gottfried introduces the August 2020 issue and the four marquee pieces on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb drop.
  • Polemics & Exchanges
    July 27, 2020

    Polemics & Exchanges

    Paul Craig Roberts replies to Tom Pauken's comments on Buckley and Reagan from the June number. Prof. Trifkovic replies to a critique of his 'Monocultural Resilience.' And, Michael Leaser and Prof. Mark Brennan tussle over Pennsyltucky.
  • A Bit of British Virtue Signaling
    July 27, 2020

    A Bit of British Virtue Signaling

    In recent days, Britain, taking after America, has been convulsed by a widespread rage against the perception of racial injustice. None of this made much sense. What did George Floyd have to do with Britain?
  • Don't Know Much About History
    July 27, 2020

    Don't Know Much About History

    The left has used its growing cultural power to paint the darkest possible picture of the history of our country and our civilization, seeking nothing less than the abolition of America. We need to once again insist on the superiority of the West.
  • Alien Intuitions
    July 27, 2020

    Alien Intuitions

    George McCartney with commentary on The Vast of Night (2019), Shirley (2020), and Shadow of a Doubt (1943).
  • U.S. Dream Turned UK Nightmare
    July 27, 2020

    U.S. Dream Turned UK Nightmare

    The real agenda behind these riots is the overthrow of capitalism and the establishment of a socialist police state. Racism is the excuse and the vehicle, but capitalism is the target.
  • Seattle's Summer of Hate
    July 27, 2020

    Seattle's Summer of Hate

    The Summer of Love signified an experiment in unfettered freedom of expression and peaceful self-rule which seemed to promise great things then. It bears little resemblance to the scenes on Seattle’s Capitol Hill as I have recently experienced them.
  • The Virus Sidelines Europe's Right Wing
    July 27, 2020

    The Virus Sidelines Europe's Right Wing

    As the virus swept across the European Union, national governments quickly rediscovered the need to put their own citizens first, rendering Europe’s right-wing parties all but obsolete. For now, the right must rest on their laurels.
  • Books in Brief
    July 27, 2020

    Books in Brief

    The Shortest Way With Defoe—Robinson Crusoe, Deism, and the Novel, by Michael B. Prince (University of Virginia Press; 350 pp., $69.50). Simon the Fiddler, by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow; 352 pp., $27.99).
  • Remembering George Grant
    July 27, 2020

    Remembering George Grant

    Grant valued the particularity of the Canadian nation, her culture, history, traditions, and way of life. He predicted that technological capitalism and American imperialism would destroy this particularity. His admirers consider him prophetic.
  • The Myth of the Atomic Bomb
    July 27, 2020

    The Myth of the Atomic Bomb

    The decisive factor in Japan's decision to surrender was the Soviet entry into the war and the Japanese elite's fear of Soviet influence. The enduring myth of the effectiveness of the atomic bombs, however, birthed the ideology of deterrence.
  • Don't Believe the Polls
    July 27, 2020

    Don't Believe the Polls

    The mainstream media continues to rely on the same polling and analytics firms that have been consistently wrong over the past six years. Many use same flawed methodology, which under-samples conservatives in the 2020 U.S. presidential electorate.
  • Antifa: Nazis Without a Plan
    July 27, 2020

    Antifa: Nazis Without a Plan

    The antifascist left resembles the Nazis in a striking way, particularly when these earlier advocates of violence were on their way to power. Political movements often imitate those that they purport to stand in opposition to.
  • Hobbes, the First Individualist
    July 26, 2020

    Hobbes, the First Individualist

    Too many conservatives get Thomas Hobbes wrong. If Hobbes is the champion of individuality that I contend he is, then he has something important to say to us about our present politics of crisis, which has been on steroids during the last few months.
  • A Decadent Diagnosis
    July 26, 2020

    A Decadent Diagnosis

    In his most recent book, Ross Douthat analyzes our decadent society from several perspectives—cultural, political, and philosophical. He insists that decadence has interconnected economic, demographic, intellectual, and cultural factors.
  • The Triumph of the Atomic Bomb
    July 26, 2020

    The Triumph of the Atomic Bomb

    War's only mercy is a speedy conclusion producing irrefutable victory, attainable only by using overwhelming force to exert maximum destruction upon the foe. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved countless lives by bringing an end to the war.
  • Slaying Dragons, Coddling Snakes
    July 25, 2020

    Slaying Dragons, Coddling Snakes

    David Kilcullen argues in The Dragons and the Snakes that the West’s mixed success against non-state adversaries to date compels a more hands-off approach going forward, even if such a strategy contravenes conventional military tactics. ...
  • The Tragedy of the Atomic Bomb
    July 25, 2020

    The Tragedy of the Atomic Bomb

    Roosevelt’s policy of unconditional surrender reached its tragic culmination in death and destruction for Japan, and became the first step toward a new era of American foreign policy which saw the Old Republic continue its long march toward Empire.
  • Solid Strategy, Limited Vision
    July 24, 2020

    Solid Strategy, Limited Vision

    Metternich was a first-class strategist, but lacked vision. Srdja Trifkovic reviews a recent biography of the Austrian Empire's chief diplomat and geopolitical strategist, written by Wolfram Siemann.
  • Dropping the Ball on the Bomb
    July 24, 2020

    Dropping the Ball on the Bomb

    The history of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been distorted by those more concerned with politics and ideology than with truth. An honest verdict must acknowledge that it ended WWII early, accounting for about 2 percent of total deaths.
  • Stress Test of a Straining Superpower
    July 24, 2020

    Stress Test of a Straining Superpower

    With her troops still spread across the Middle East, her civilians dying at an unprecedented rate, and her increasing dependence on foreign powers, America may be breaking under the burdens it has lately assumed and is attempting to carry.
  • What the Editors Are Reading
    July 23, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Catharine Savage Brosman reviews Marie-Henri Beyle's La Chartreuse de Parme and Stephen B. Presser reviews Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March.
  • Back To The Mosque
    July 22, 2020

    Back To The Mosque

    Centuries of religious discrimination, causing suffering and death of countless millions, have been covered up by the myth of Islamic “tolerance.” The Hagia Sophia is one more example of the failure to liberalize Islam, from Atatürk to present day.
  • The New Gun Control
    July 22, 2020

    The New Gun Control

    Legal jeopardy is the new gun control. The left is making the consequences of defending oneself with a firearm so dire that whites have only two options when faced with violence: submit to their aggressors or risk jail after defending themselves.
  • The Ottoman Zenith
    July 21, 2020

    The Ottoman Zenith

    From its height of power in the 16th century through its decline in the 19th, Islamic Turkish rule was brutal. It was not good for Christians, nor did it provide a "stabilizing force" in the region. Western liberals once recognized this.
  • Rising Diversity Is Joe Biden's Worry, Too
    July 21, 2020

    Rising Diversity Is Joe Biden's Worry, Too

    Democrats cannot win the White House without non-white minorities. Yet, in this year's primaries, the six top finishers were all white. The party is still led by white people. With his choice of running mate, Joe Biden cannot ignore his diverse base.
  • Reflections on the Tragedy of the Hagia Sophia
    July 20, 2020

    Reflections on the Tragedy of the Hagia Sophia

    As the Hagia Sophia is transitioned into a house of Islamic prayer, it is worth recalling the impact that Islamic conquest has had on the rich Christian civilization of Byzantium and its dynamic and creative Slavic offspring in Serbia and Bulgaria.
  • What Sessions' Loss Says About the State of America First
    July 17, 2020

    What Sessions' Loss Says About the State of America First

    The America First mandate perished sometime in early 2017. The Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville, where Trump endorsed the latter and mocked the former when he lost, is something like a nail in the coffin.
  • Is America Up for a Naval War with China?
    July 17, 2020

    Is America Up for a Naval War with China?

    Is the U.S. prepared for a collision with China over Beijing's claims to the rocks, reefs, and resources of the South China Sea? For that is what Mike Pompeo appeared to threaten this week. Have we considered where all this bellicosity ends?
  • Roger Stone's Case Shows the Left's Control of U.S. Courts
    July 16, 2020

    Roger Stone's Case Shows the Left's Control of U.S. Courts

    The contrived conviction of Roger Stone showed that America has a serious problem with its legal system. The problem lies in the politicization of American justice which began in the Progressive Era when legal education was politicized.
  • Reenacting the Civil War Is a Losing Strategy
    July 15, 2020

    Reenacting the Civil War Is a Losing Strategy

    The fixation of today's conservatives on ritualistically denouncing the Confederacy is rather bewildering and counterproductive. It’s hard to see whom the anti-Southern conservatives and GOP operatives hope to win over by engaging in such hysterics.
  • Can Trump Pull a Truman?
    July 14, 2020

    Can Trump Pull a Truman?

    What the Trump folks must do now is to zero in on Biden's vulnerabilities. First, his transparently diminished verbal and mental capacity. Second, his campaign has embraced an agenda that is, in part, Bernie Sanders-AOC-Black Lives Matter.
  • Defending Ourselves Without Hate
    July 14, 2020

    Defending Ourselves Without Hate

    Antifa and BLM are determined to wage war upon Christian patriots who love God and America. We need to find like-minded people, support their causes, and gather together to support one another in the defense of America and Western civilization.
  • The New 'Systemic Racism' That Is Coming
    July 10, 2020

    The New 'Systemic Racism' That Is Coming

    Racial and ethnic discrimination is coming back again, as in the days of segregation. But this time, the color of the beneficiaries and the color of the victims will be reversed.
  • It’s Time to Abolish the FBI
    July 09, 2020

    It’s Time to Abolish the FBI

    The outrageous case of Lt. Gen. Flynn has made the depth of corruption within our nation’s chief domestic intelligence agency abundantly clear. What should happen at this point is the de-authorization, termination, and abolishment of the FBI.
  • A Culture War Battle Trump Can Win
    July 07, 2020

    A Culture War Battle Trump Can Win

    Where the Democratic Party has been a portrait in indecisiveness, Trump has been clear. He stands with the cops who have gone through a hellish six weeks. Trump's stand for tradition and against mob rule is the only stand the president can take.
  • Conservative Inc. Pretends to Discipline Its Own
    July 06, 2020

    Conservative Inc. Pretends to Discipline Its Own

    Prominent conservatives have made a show of chastising Conservatism Inc.’s lack of backbone in standing up to the left. Don't be fooled. This hand-wringing over a conservative betrayal is just “artificial negativity” and controlled opposition.
  • Which Revolution Are We Celebrating?
    July 04, 2020

    Which Revolution Are We Celebrating?

    On Independence Day more than 200 years ago, a member of America's founding generation warned against the encroaching spirit of the French Revolution, of extreme equality dissolving “manner, order, and virtue” and turning liberty into license.
  • Are Uncivil Protests and Mob Violence Winning?
    July 03, 2020

    Are Uncivil Protests and Mob Violence Winning?

    With the collaboration of the media, the radicals have turned public opinion against the cops. They have forced the issue of defunding the police onto the national agenda. They have pulled the center of gravity of politics sharply left.
  • Now It's Woodrow Wilson's Turn
    June 30, 2020

    Now It's Woodrow Wilson's Turn

    It appears Woodrow Wilson's time has come. His name is to be removed from Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. Where does the madness end?
  • In Memoriam, Jean Raspail (1925-2020)
    June 27, 2020

    In Memoriam, Jean Raspail (1925-2020)

    The French novelist and thinker Jean Raspail died this month. He took a resolute stand against Third World immigration, and condemned communism and capitalism with equal force, as the two monstrous twins born of modernity.
  • The Right on Economic Reform
    June 26, 2020

    The Right on Economic Reform

    We’ve lined up four writers to make the case for three economic reform systems, and one coda in defense of the existing order: economic nationalism, laissez-faire capitalism, Christian distributism, and democratic capitalism.
  • Biden's Basement Strategy: Just Say Nothing
    June 26, 2020

    Biden's Basement Strategy: Just Say Nothing

    If Joe Biden emerges from his basement, he will have to answer why all these institutions where his party and people are predominant are apparently shot through with systemic racism. And, more precisely, what he intends to do about it.
  • Goodbye, Columbus
    June 25, 2020

    Goodbye, Columbus

    The media perpetuates the pretense that these destroyers of our heritage are expressing the popular will, so as to browbeat the majority of the population and to give cover for spineless politicians to conform to the latest media narrative.
  • How Long Will the Vandals Run Amok?
    June 23, 2020

    How Long Will the Vandals Run Amok?

    The left's war on America's past crossed several new frontiers last week. Our Taliban have moved on, past Columbus and the Confederate generals, to dislodge and dishonor the Founding Fathers and their patriot sons.
  • The Danger of Triangulating With the Left
    June 22, 2020

    The Danger of Triangulating With the Left

    Conservatism Inc.'s funders and stars have engaged in a game of triangulation in which they have labored to marginalize everyone and everything on their right while attempting to build bridges to the center-left.
  • Can We Coexist with Asia's Communists?
    June 19, 2020

    Can We Coexist with Asia's Communists?

    In America, it has become good politics to be tough on China. The reasons are many. High among them are the huge trade deficits with China that led to an historic deindustrialization of America, China's emergence as the world's first industrial power
  • 'Please Only Eat Half of Me!'
    June 18, 2020

    'Please Only Eat Half of Me!'

    Whitey is still guilty with the ineradicable stain of racism, and not just those Confederate symbols, but all symbols of so-called whiteness and essentially of Western, Christian civilization must be erased, torn down, and smashed to smithereens.
  • Artists, Punks, and Techies in the Golden City
    June 17, 2020

    Artists, Punks, and Techies in the Golden City

    Time stands still for no one, and San Francisco’s neighborhoods are evolving organisms whether one likes it or not. Jay Kinney reflects on the changes he's seen in his four decades living there as a cartoonist, writer and editor.
  • Managing Rivalry With China
    June 17, 2020

    Managing Rivalry With China

    The United States finds itself at a geostrategic crossroads. The key global issue is whether the U.S. and China can manage their relations without a war, which history shows usually results when a rising power challenges the status-quo power.
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act
    June 17, 2020

    The Chinese Exclusion Act

    In 1882 Congress took steps to control Chinese immigration. From the start, the Chinese were different than other immigrants. They were sojourners in the U.S. who rejected the values of American society and carefully maintained their own culture.
  • Aiming Aimlessly
    June 17, 2020

    Aiming Aimlessly

    Chronicles Film Editor George McCartney reviews The Hunt (2020) and reflects on The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and The Candidate (1972).
  • The Benefits of Solitude
    June 17, 2020

    The Benefits of Solitude

    Solitude can offer a blissful disengagement from the horrors of modern-day life, even if it’s forced upon us by a government lockdown. Enforced solitude could even be a spiritual blessing...
  • Greater Than the French Revolution
    June 17, 2020

    Greater Than the French Revolution

    At the time, the Franco-Prussian War was a shocking and apocalyptic global event. We should not expect any explosion of commemoration on this 150th anniversary, but such neglect is badly mistaken.
  • Anti-Semitism in Antiquity: The Case of Apion
    June 17, 2020

    Anti-Semitism in Antiquity: The Case of Apion

    Contra Apionem is likely the first attempt in history to undermine an opponent through the charge of anti-Semitism: Josephus charged Apion with disrespecting the Jews by invidiously comparing them with the ancient Greeks.
  • The True 'White Privilege'
    June 17, 2020

    The True 'White Privilege'

    The true "white privilege" is to fight, and die if necessary, for what's left of Western civilization.
  • Who’s Afraid of Being Homophobic?
    June 16, 2020

    Who’s Afraid of Being Homophobic?

    The Supreme Court’s recent decision to enshrine anti-discrimination protections for homosexuals and transsexuals into case law is an attack on the the heritage of Western civilization, a part of which is: “he created them male and female."
  • Cancel the White Men – And What's left?
    June 16, 2020

    Cancel the White Men – And What's left?

    A second war on the Confederacy is underway, to disgrace and dishonor all who fought for Southern independence in the war of 1861-65. A second Reconstruction is being readied.
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    June 15, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Anthony Esolen reviews Pär Lagerkvist's Barabbas and Taki Theodoracopulos reviews Cornwell's Waterloo.
  • The Philosopher's Ball Game
    June 15, 2020

    The Philosopher's Ball Game

    Vito Chiaravalloti artificially altered his body to become a better baseball player. He reviews Alva Noë's book Infinite Baseball, and reflects on the sport and what it means to be a modern human "cyborg," a mix of biology and technology.
  • Madison Avenue's Soviet Mole
    June 15, 2020

    Madison Avenue's Soviet Mole

    The enigmatic spy David Karr was an advertising genius, the CEO of a major American defense contractor that marketed the AR-15 to Americans, and who collaborated with the Soviet Union for a number of years until his death in 1979.
  • What Made the Founders Happy
    June 15, 2020

    What Made the Founders Happy

    Carli Conklin's book The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era seeks to harmonize several strains of thought on what the Founders meant in the Declaration when they spoke of an inalienable right to pursue happiness.
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    June 15, 2020

    Books in Brief

    Mark G. Brennan reviews How Dead Languages Work by Coulter H. George.
  • Tucker Versus Woke Mickey
    June 15, 2020

    Tucker Versus Woke Mickey

    Like many other corporations and foundations that began under conservative auspices, Disney has moved in a direction that would have appalled its iconic founder.
  • Remembering James Burnham
    June 12, 2020

    Remembering James Burnham

    James Burnham gave us an understanding of what he termed the “managerial revolution,” in which the bourgeoisie has been replaced by a new class of managerial elites, educated technocrats that specialize in the management of large organizations.
  • The Case for Economic Nationalism
    June 12, 2020

    The Case for Economic Nationalism

    The current moment poses a range of social, political, and economic threats. As the institutions of globalism become exhausted, the time is ripe to marry immigration restriction, economic nationalism, and populism into a potent America First program.
  • The Case for Laissez-Faire Capitalism
    June 12, 2020

    The Case for Laissez-Faire Capitalism

    Under laissez-faire capitalism, government is limited to armies, which keep foreign bad guys from attacking us; police, to quell local criminals; and courts, to determine guilt and innocence.
  • The Case for Christian Distributism
    June 12, 2020

    The Case for Christian Distributism

    Christian distributism celebrates the small and the human. It rests on strong home economies and demands the widest possible distribution and ownership of productive property.
  • Excusing Black Violence
    June 12, 2020

    Excusing Black Violence

    The idea coming from our supposed leaders on the right, that the violent rioting and looting of Minneapolis and other cities is a justified expression of black grievance, is so delusional that we should pause and wonder.
  • Will Churchill's Statue Be the Next to Fall?
    June 12, 2020

    Will Churchill's Statue Be the Next to Fall?

    Many view the history of the European exploration, the colonization of the New World, and the creation of Western empires not with pride but with shame and guilt. And they want to make expiation.
  • Cultural Radicalism Is the Problem, Not Bolshevism
    June 11, 2020

    Cultural Radicalism Is the Problem, Not Bolshevism

    Today's cultural upheaval is not about Marxism, but the cultural radicalism of America's wealthy elites. The moneyed advocates of gay marriage and transgendered rights have abandoned the traditions of those devout Christians who created this country.
  • U.S. Riots: A Guide for Foreigners II
    June 11, 2020

    U.S. Riots: A Guide for Foreigners II

    It is impossible to present a coherent and forthright analysis of the causes, character, and likely consequences of the misnamed “protests” in the U.S. mainstream media. To wit, here are excerpts from an interview I gave last Wednesday
  • Do We Need Economic Reform at All?
    June 10, 2020

    Do We Need Economic Reform at All?

    American-style capitalism embodies trade-offs. It accepts significant inequalities and creative destruction that can render particular industries redundant. The alternative to this process of change, however, is economic stagnation.
  • Forgive My Nausea!
    June 10, 2020

    Forgive My Nausea!

    The establishment right has been flooding us nonstop with expressions of remorse over the killing of George Floyd. Apparently, Floyd’s killing should weigh down on us as a catastrophe rooted in white sinfulness.
  • The Left's Coming War on Cops
    June 09, 2020

    The Left's Coming War on Cops

    The idea of defunding police departments has caught fire, and liberal politicians are scrambling to get in front of their radical constituents.
  • Liberal Mush for the Mad Dog
    June 05, 2020

    Liberal Mush for the Mad Dog

    What divided America in the first hours of the Minneapolis riot?
  • See the Gun, Leave the Cannoli
    June 03, 2020

    See the Gun, Leave the Cannoli

    Saturday the mob descended on my hometown of Cleveland. With the police operating under rules that rendered them largely impotent, the vandals had their way, and business after business was sacked.
  • U.S. Riots: A Guide for Foreigners
    June 03, 2020

    U.S. Riots: A Guide for Foreigners

    On June second, Dr. Trifkovic gave an interview to Serbia’s most popular morning news program, Pink TV’s Novo jutro (The New Morning) on the ongoing disorder in American cities. We bring you a slightly abbreviated transcript of his remarks.
  • Assaulted and Vilified, the Cops Save the Cities
    June 02, 2020

    Assaulted and Vilified, the Cops Save the Cities

    What we witnessed this week in Minneapolis is a failure of liberalism. The leadership of the city and state could not persuade the protesters it claims to represent to remain peaceful. And when rioting, looting and arson erupted, and attacks on polic
  • Anarcho-Tyranny 2020
    June 01, 2020

    Anarcho-Tyranny 2020

    Stopping looting, burning, and rioting is one of the chief duties of government. But American politicians are unwilling to condemn rioting without paying tribute to the stated racial grievance of the rioters.
  • A Fatal Failing of Establishment Elites
    May 29, 2020

    A Fatal Failing of Establishment Elites

    While not mandatory to support someone of the same race, ethnicity, gender or faith, it is naive to deny that identity and tribalism are realities in the politics of this nation.
  • Defining the People
    May 28, 2020

    Defining the People

    It's tough for conservatives to swallow, but most voters are politically closer to Don Lemon on CNN than they are to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.
  • Learning From Our Hard Corona Days
    May 27, 2020

    Learning From Our Hard Corona Days

    The world has reached a new level of boredom, it seems. “The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room,” wrote Blaise Pascal. That sentence, like others from the Pensées (1670), is deservedly famous.
  • <em>Black Power</em> and the 1619 Project
    May 27, 2020

    Black Power and the 1619 Project

    Radically recasting America’s formative years would be damaging enough, but The New York Times’ “1619 Project” is applying that same radical intellectual perspective on American history to contemporary social issues and problems.
  • Defense of Bill Buckley
    May 27, 2020

    Defense of Bill Buckley

    It is hard to know where to begin in responding to Jack Trotter’s profile of a founding father of the modern conservative movement (“Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.,” April/May 2020).
  • Jinping Takes Up the U.S. Challenge
    May 27, 2020

    Jinping Takes Up the U.S. Challenge

    Is the U.S. up for a second Cold War—this time with China? What makes the question newly relevant is that Xi Jinping's China suddenly appears eager for a showdown with the United States for long-term supremacy in the Asia-Pacific and the world.
  • Looking for Moral Foundations (in All the Wrong Places)
    May 27, 2020

    Looking for Moral Foundations (in All the Wrong Places)

    Some conservatives claim that America's moral foundations are established in the Constitution and enforced in the courts, rather than its culture, religion, and people. They may be barking up the wrong tree.
  • Monocultural Resilience
    May 26, 2020

    Monocultural Resilience

    At the end of the ongoing global melodrama’s first quarter, it seems reasonable to predict that this will be a two-act play with the final curtain coming down in July. It will end as a tragedy, not because the outcome was preordained…
  • The Pandemic of Godlessness
    May 26, 2020

    The Pandemic of Godlessness

    It is a universally acknowledged truth that when epidemics strike, men and women turn to God.
  • Virginia's Creeping Authoritarianism
    May 26, 2020

    Virginia's Creeping Authoritarianism

    Even before the nationwide government crackdown in the wake of the COVID-19 virus, the unprecedented reaction of Virginia’s government against civilian protesters showcased the potential for authoritarianism to rear its head in America…
  • The Mind Behind Big Brother
    May 26, 2020

    The Mind Behind Big Brother

    Few works in literature are as terrifying as 1984, that look into the future written by George Orwell and published in 1949. British scholar Dorian Lynskey unravels the novel’s themes, inspirations, and intentions in his latest book.
  • Praying Alone
    May 26, 2020

    Praying Alone

    When Americans look back on 2020, the year of the virus, they will see multiple transformations. I fear that some of the most sweeping changes will come in the realm of religion, marking a grim turning point in the story of American faith.
  • Plague Literature: The Threshing Floor
    May 26, 2020

    Plague Literature: The Threshing Floor

    Since plague is one of those natural disasters whose origin cannot be assigned to human agency, it can pose seemingly insoluble moral problems…Does God in fact directly will suffering, or does he merely permit it?
  • Remembering the Southern Agrarians
    May 26, 2020

    Remembering the Southern Agrarians

    In 1920 a group of writers gathered in Nashville for bi-weekly sessions of reading and dissecting each other’s prose and poetry. The group, who defended the traditional Southern way of life, became known as the Southern Agrarians.
  • Go Big or Go Home
    May 26, 2020

    Go Big or Go Home

    Trump risks becoming another Herbert Hoover, reviled for decades. His best chance at reelection is to move from a fitful embrace of a variety of nationalist policies to a full-throated advocacy of American nationalism.
  • An Easter Reflection: The Mystery of Goodness
    May 26, 2020

    An Easter Reflection: The Mystery of Goodness

    The sun broke through the thin, whispery clouds, and its reflection in a pool of water collected from the previous night’s rain caught my eye. Suddenly the day was bright and the morning as clear and joyful as hope itself. Resurrection Day.
  • Remembering Whittaker Chambers
    May 26, 2020

    Remembering Whittaker Chambers

    At first glance, the personal history of Whittaker Chambers does not suggest a conservative frame of mind.
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    May 26, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella of split personality, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987) by Paul Kennedy
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    May 26, 2020

    Books in Brief

    The Art of Statistics, by David Spiegelhalter (Basic Books; 448 pp., $32.00). Uncanny Valley: A Memoir, by Anna Wiener (MCD; 288 pp., $27.00).
  • The Theatrical Tradition of Dorothy Sayers
    May 26, 2020

    The Theatrical Tradition of Dorothy Sayers

    In 1941, bestselling novelist Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) ignited a religious controversy that reverberated throughout England. Ironically, Sayers was motivated not by a defiance of tradition but by an intense desire to preserve it.
  • Hankering Hereafter
    May 26, 2020

    Hankering Hereafter

    The Invisible Man (2020) • Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2018) • Panic in the Streets (1950)
  • A Skeptic on the Road of Saints
    May 26, 2020

    A Skeptic on the Road of Saints

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan’s latest book chronicles his pilgrimage along the Via Francigena.
  • Empire States of Mind
    May 26, 2020

    Empire States of Mind

    Although this relatively short book is closer to an extended, episodic essay than to the comprehensive history of the British Empire implied by the title, it is an excellent example of the author’s style. Jeremy Black takes a broad view…
  • Observing a Special Memorial Day
    May 25, 2020

    Observing a Special Memorial Day

    Some 75 years later, I’ve decided to search out any living members of the family of my father’s wartime buddy Dale. I located Stephen Dale Lackey—the son that Dale would never see.
  • Will Americans Submit to a Second Lockdown?
    May 19, 2020

    Will Americans Submit to a Second Lockdown?

    If there is a sudden resurgence of the coronavirus, a second wave, and the media elite and blue state governors demand a new shutdown, a new closure, will the people of this republic comply with those demands or defy them?
  • The End of the Oil Age Is Upon Us
    May 18, 2020

    The End of the Oil Age Is Upon Us

    The pandemic has caused deep and possibly irreversible changes in living, working, and shopping habits all over the developed world. We are now on the verge of a major energy reset, comparable to the shift from coal to oil a century ago.
  • Fauci vs. Trump—Who's Right?
    May 15, 2020

    Fauci vs. Trump—Who's Right?

    While Fauci is a specialist in epidemics, Trump's portfolio goes far beyond that. He is chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, responsible for the security and defense of the nation.
  • It’s the Public Health, Stupid!
    May 14, 2020

    It’s the Public Health, Stupid!

    Lately, my progressive acquaintances and the mainstream media seem unable to complete a thought without mentioning the importance of “public health.” It's a sign of how public health crises are now cynically used to promote political ends and to wrea
  • Free Speech and the End of the Old Rules
    May 13, 2020

    Free Speech and the End of the Old Rules

    Free speech, open inquiry, and serious academic discussion are now being construed as the fruits of of racism, white supremacy, sexism, or homophobia in my state of North Carolina.
  • Never Trumpers Call Quarantined Americans ‘Whiners’
    May 12, 2020

    Never Trumpers Call Quarantined Americans ‘Whiners’

    Never Trumper conservatives say quarantined Americans should stay home and shut up, unless their thoughts are in line with the consensus du jour of respectable opinion.
  • Coexistence with China or Cold War II?
    May 12, 2020

    Coexistence with China or Cold War II?

    Can we coexist with this rising and expansionist power? Or must we conduct a new decades-long Cold War like the one we waged to defeat the Soviet Empire and Soviet Union?
  • Reflections on Victory in Europe, 75 Years Later
    May 09, 2020

    Reflections on Victory in Europe, 75 Years Later

    The most destructive war in history ended in Europe shortly after 9 p.m. on May 8, 1945. Some aspects of World War II remain contentious to this day and deserve to be briefly revisited.
  • Behind Trump's Strategic Pivot
    May 08, 2020

    Behind Trump's Strategic Pivot

    By summer's end, Trump sees himself as having led us through the medical crisis that is then receding, and up and out of a Second Depression. That will be his best argument for reelection.
  • Will Depression II Dictate Trump's Fate?
    May 01, 2020

    Will Depression II Dictate Trump's Fate?

    The economic devastation we have brought upon ourselves to battle the pandemic may prove more lasting and historic in its impact than the terrible losses of human life due to COVID-19. President Trump predicts a V-shaped recovery, the greatest...
  • Why Are Blacks Democrats?
    April 30, 2020

    Why Are Blacks Democrats?

    A dislike of Republicans may now be part of American black ethnic identity. Despite almost unanimous endorsement of civil rights legislation and dutiful support for every extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Republicans, particularly black...
  •  Up for a New Cold War—With China?
    April 28, 2020

    Up for a New Cold War—With China?

    Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new depression, up for a confrontation and Cold War with China? For that appears to be where the GOP wishes to lead us.
  • The One Certain Victor in the Pandemic War
    April 24, 2020

    The One Certain Victor in the Pandemic War

    "War is the health of the state," wrote the progressive Randolph Bourne during the First World War, after which he succumbed to the Spanish flu. America's war on the coronavirus pandemic promises to be no exception to the axiom. However long this...
  • What Will Be the New American Cause?
    April 21, 2020

    What Will Be the New American Cause?

    Can an interventionist foreign policy be sustained after the losses of this major depression we have induced to kill the pandemic?
  • How Buckley's Anti-Communism Morphed Into Neoconservatism
    April 20, 2020

    How Buckley's Anti-Communism Morphed Into Neoconservatism

    I generally ignored Buckley's anti-communist ebullitions, starting with his eagerness to throw nuclear weapons against the commies. I was relieved to learn that one could be an accredited conservative without having to vibrate to these war chants.
  • A Peek at the Post-COVID World
    April 17, 2020

    A Peek at the Post-COVID World

    Significant international events have transpired nearly unnoticed as the world has given COVID-19 its undivided attention. The ultimate outcome of the pandemic is not in sight, but it is not too early to make tentative predictions about its...
  • Will COVID-19 Retire the World's Policeman?
    April 17, 2020

    Will COVID-19 Retire the World's Policeman?

    The coronavirus could have a major impact on U.S. global commitments. What now becomes of the U.S. geostrategic "pivot," to contain a rising China?
  • Nature's Pope
    April 15, 2020

    Nature's Pope

    With Francis at its helm, the Roman Catholic Church may be facing its worst crisis since the French Revolution, if not since the Reformation.
  • What Price Victory—in the Coronavirus War?
    April 14, 2020

    What Price Victory—in the Coronavirus War?

    The same day the number of U.S. dead from the coronavirus disease hit the 15,000 mark, we also crossed the 15 million mark on the number of Americans we threw out of work to slow its spread and "bend the curve." For each American lost to the...
  • Trump's Presidency Hangs on One Decision
    April 10, 2020

    Trump's Presidency Hangs on One Decision

    Six weeks ago, Trump was boasting, and justifiably so, of having the greatest economy of any president in recent memory. Now, the possibility exists that he could go into the fall election with the worst economy since Hoover and the Great...
  • The Old Left Wasn't Very Leftist
    April 08, 2020

    The Old Left Wasn't Very Leftist

    It would be impossible to imagine any shared moral ground between the left that existed in the 1930s and what today presents itself as their intellectual descendants.
  • Kissinger's Call for a New World Order
    April 07, 2020

    Kissinger's Call for a New World Order

    Kissinger has declared that it is now an imperative that the world's leaders, even as they deal with the raging pandemic, begin to make the "transition to the post-coronavirus order."
  • In This Number
    April 01, 2020

    In This Number

    A note from the publisher introducing the April/May 2020 Chronicles.
  • Family Finances
    April 01, 2020

    Family Finances

    Parasite may be both the most amusing and the most horrifying movie of the year. That is, if you can get past its inept attempt at making a political statement.
  • What Has COVID-19 Done to Our Money?
    April 01, 2020

    What Has COVID-19 Done to Our Money?

    While left and right squabble over the right approach to COVID-19, the Fed prints the U.S. dollar into oblivion.
  • The Unclubbable
    April 01, 2020

    The Unclubbable

    The late Joe Sobran used to refer to liberal high society as "the hive.” What Joe was highlighting were certain qualities that he associated with the fashionable left, e.g., extreme clannishness, the exclusion of those who deviated from...
  • Books in Brief
    April 01, 2020

    Books in Brief

    John DeJak reviews Václav Benda's The Long Night of the Watchman
  • What the Editors Are Reading
    April 01, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Reviews of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Antifragile and Diego Gambetta's The Sicilian Mafia
  • Polemics & Exchanges
    April 01, 2020

    Polemics & Exchanges

    Prof. Brion McClanahan answers a critic of his "Reinventing Reconstruction" article in the February number
  • #MeToo for Me, But Not for Thee
    April 01, 2020

    #MeToo for Me, But Not for Thee

    Human nature does not change, at least not where the Hollywood types who hung around with Harvey Weinstein are concerned. Hypocrisy, not talent, is the number one commodity in Tinseltown.
  • Epidemic for the Record Books
    April 01, 2020

    Epidemic for the Record Books

    As the hysterical coronavirus overreaction crashes our economy, I can’t help but think of the Spanish flu, which took some 675,000 American lives in 1918 and 1919.
  • The Geopolitics of Coronavirus
    April 01, 2020

    The Geopolitics of Coronavirus

    The contours of COVD-19's geopolitical impact are becoming apparent in the rapidly changing patterns of mental mapping, political decision-making, and economic flows in the three panregions that matter in today’s world: Asia-Pacific, Europe, and...
  • Letter from Twickenham: In Deepest Remainland
    April 01, 2020

    Letter from Twickenham: In Deepest Remainland

    One would be hard pressed to find a more pleasant London neighborhood than the leafy suburb of Twickenham, where this author resides. Situated on the Thames River and immersed in history, Twickenham was for years a bastion of conservatism. In the...
  • Faux Originalism
    April 01, 2020

    Faux Originalism

    Is Antonin Scalia’s originalism—indeed, constitutional self-government itself—passé? The eternal temptation to read one’s own values into the Constitution beguiles even religious conservatives espousing natural law.
  • Loveline: Stealth Conservative Talk Radio
    April 01, 2020

    Loveline: Stealth Conservative Talk Radio

    Some conservative converts got there by reading National Review and Whittaker Chambers’ Witness. Others watched leftist comrades become too radical, or saw the Soviet Union collapse, or recoiled at political correctness. The Loveline caller made a di
  • Hitler vs. the Anglo-Americans
    April 01, 2020

    Hitler vs. the Anglo-Americans

    On April 20, Adolf Hitler turns 131. Ten days later comes the 75th anniversary of his earthly demise in the ruins of Berlin, but he is still our contemporary par excellence. He continues to haunt and fascinate. Hitler’s countenance, his very...
  • Fatal Amendments
    April 01, 2020

    Fatal Amendments

    Enthusiastic defenders of the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution are fundamentalist cultists—and women and minorities are their victims. At least, that is the thesis of University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks’ new book,...
  • Traditionalism Redux
    April 01, 2020

    Traditionalism Redux

    War for Eternity strives to show that many modern national conservative and populist movements are paradoxically informed by the arcane intellectual current known as traditionalism.
  • Remembering Willmoore Kendall
    April 01, 2020

    Remembering Willmoore Kendall

    Among the 20th-century conservative movement’s legendary leaders, Willmoore Kendall (1909-1967) stands out as the one who most effectively offered a grounding in a specifically American philosophy. There is also a timeliness in this remarkable...
  • Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.
    April 01, 2020

    Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.

    Two years after the death of the man whom one of his biographers, John Judis, dubbed the patron saint of modern conservatism, Encounter Books brought out a splendidly packaged omnibus volume of his columns and essays, entitled Athwart History:...
  • Coins of the Realm
    April 01, 2020

    Coins of the Realm

    It is hard for us to imagine that ordinary people used to care about the design of public objects: coins, dollars, bridges, court houses, town halls, churches, schools, and even factories.... We need new coins to reflect our modern reality.
  • Is the Pandemic Killing Biden's Bid?
    March 31, 2020

    Is the Pandemic Killing Biden's Bid?

    Trump's presidency will stand or fall on the resolution of the coronavirus crisis and how Trump is perceived as having led us in that battle.
  • The Politics of the Coronavirus
    March 30, 2020

    The Politics of the Coronavirus

    In the United States, political biases have also been evident in responses to the virus. Republicans are stressing the dire economic consequences of the shutdown and warn about doing irreparable destruction to our material well-being.
  • The Nation-State Is Back
    March 28, 2020

    The Nation-State Is Back

    Neoliberal globalization in its post-Cold War form has been dealt a mortal blow by COVID-19, which is a good thing. The architecture of global economic and political governance developed over the past three decades is collapsing before our eyes.
  • Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?
    March 27, 2020

    Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?

    Nations seem to be recognizing and responding to the grim new geostrategic reality of March 2020: The pandemic is the real enemy of us all, and while we fight it, each in his own national corner, we are in this together.
  • COVID-19 in the Light of History
    March 26, 2020

    COVID-19 in the Light of History

    The pandemic’s future course and cost cannot be predicted. It does appear certain, however, that the world is experiencing changes which are likely irreversible. The contours of its geopolitical impact are becoming apparent in the rapidly...
  • Must We Kill the Economy To Kill the Virus?
    March 24, 2020

    Must We Kill the Economy To Kill the Virus?

    President Trump is said to be privately expressing a deepening concern at the damage the coronavirus shutdown is doing to the U.S. economy and debating whether it can be safely reopened. Though castigated for his remark, Trump has a point.
  • Are Americans All-In for a Long Coronavirus War?
    March 20, 2020

    Are Americans All-In for a Long Coronavirus War?

    Will Americans suffer in social isolation, inside their own homes for months, while a state-induced Great Depression washes over the land?
  • What Globalism Has Wrought
    March 19, 2020

    What Globalism Has Wrought

    No matter whether one believes the actual threat has been overstated, we can only hope that the troubles unleashed by the fear of the coronavirus will lead to a serious re-evaluation of the entire globalist project, as well as to serious...
  • Is This How Europe Ends?
    March 10, 2020

    Is This How Europe Ends?

    "Fortress Europe is an illusion." So declares the Financial Times in the closing line of its Saturday editorial: "Europe Cannot Ignore Syrian Migrant Crisis." The FT undertakes to instruct the Old Continent on what its duty is and what its...
  • Will Joe Kick It Away Again?
    March 06, 2020

    Will Joe Kick It Away Again?

    A week ago, the candidacy of Joe Biden was at death's door. On a taping of "The McLaughlin Group," this writer suggested it might be time to "call the rectory" and have the monsignor come render last rites. Today, Biden's candidacy is not...
  • Two Ways of Changing Our Minds About History
    March 04, 2020

    Two Ways of Changing Our Minds About History

    For more than 60 years, I’ve been interested in both the historical past and in how historical interpretations are created. I’ve also written a great deal on both subjects, but particularly on how public and scholarly opinions about past events...
  • Trump in India
    March 02, 2020

    Trump in India

    President Donald Trump’s first official visit to India produced all the right optics for him and his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens of thousands of flag-waving Indians lined the streets, and well over 100,000 came to the cricket stadium...
  • The World's Values
    March 01, 2020

    The World's Values

    1917 • La Grande Illusion (1937) • Paths of Glory (1957) • Uncut Gems

    Sam Mendes’ new film, 1917, is a rigorous examination of what it was like to be a low-ranking officer in the Great War. The film follows—literally, with a...
  • The Knack of the Non-Deal
    March 01, 2020

    The Knack of the Non-Deal

    An Arab-Israeli peace agreement is like a moderate Syrian rebel or rational leftist: It is possible to visualize, but producing one is daunting. Every attempt has failed. President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan will be no...
  • Sir Roger Scruton: Britain's Culture Warrior
    March 01, 2020

    Sir Roger Scruton: Britain's Culture Warrior

    I first heard Roger Scruton speak at the 1993 regional Philadelphia Society meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Scruton spoke on the topic of “The Conservative Mind...
  • Brexit Got Done, Now Get Over It
    March 01, 2020

    Brexit Got Done, Now Get Over It

    The great 2016 vote-undoing project seems at long last to have been abandoned on both sides of the Atlantic. In Washington, President Trump’s impeachment fizzled out—a strange and pathetic affair however you look at it. Everyone is looking past...
  • Vestigial Reds
    March 01, 2020

    Vestigial Reds

    Diana West should be a familiar name to anyone who has studied the operation of the American Communist movement. Two of her books, America Betrayed: The Secret Assault on our Nation’s Character (2013) and The Red Thread (2019) examine the...
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    March 01, 2020

    Books in Brief

    Journalist Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media has been busy. From roughly around the time of the Charlottesville racial conflagration in 2017 to the filling of the inkwells that were used to print this book, O’Neil has covered various aspects of the...
  • The Myth of Nazi Inevitability
    March 01, 2020

    The Myth of Nazi Inevitability

    Lately, I’ve been studying a segment of German history about which I knew little as compared with the period before World War I or the great German cultural awakening between 1770 and 1820, sometimes characterized as die Goethezeit. Germany’s...
  • How Communism Saved the Eastern Bloc from Cultural Marxism
    March 01, 2020

    How Communism Saved the Eastern Bloc from Cultural Marxism

    Despite living under nearly a century of oppressive, conformist, Soviet-style Communism, Eastern Bloc nations have somehow maintained strong senses of cultural, religious, linguistic, and ethnic identities. What’s more, they arguably have...
  • The American Muse
    March 01, 2020

    The American Muse

    For almost as long as there have been literary works, there have been literary canons, largely established by bookish pedants who do, indeed, “quarrel unceasingly.” The quarreling began early in the third century B.C. and continues today. The...
  • Tariffs Work
    March 01, 2020

    Tariffs Work

    For decades, American political discourse has largely operated within the spectrum of opinions voiced by the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Opinions not embraced by one of these newspapers...
  • Dictatorship of the Deranged
    March 01, 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...
  • Meet the Markles
    March 01, 2020

    Meet the Markles

    I never thought I’d get back to this silly subject for Chronicles ever again, but the Markles—as I now refer to them—have a way of getting our attention, and embarrassing Al Capone in the process. As the Feds were closing in on him, Al was told...
  • And a Little Child Shall Mislead Them
    March 01, 2020

    And a Little Child Shall Mislead Them

    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has become a vastly influential force in the discussion of global climate change. Even so, policy makers are reluctant to challenge her because her global reputation verges on the hagiographic. Conservative...
  • Bad Intel
    March 01, 2020

    Bad Intel

    A pair of recent news items unintentionally demonstrated the ways the Intelligence Community is a primary source of our confused foreign policy in the Middle East, while also undermining President Trump here at home.
  • <em>First Things</em> First
    March 01, 2020

    First Things First

    After people gather into groups they formulate their own founding myths. The veracity of these stories is of secondary importance to their ability to tie people to a sense of noble purpose, shared sacrifice, and confidence that their activities...
  • Remembering H. L. Mencken
    March 01, 2020

    Remembering H. L. Mencken

    H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) may no longer seem relevant, but that is not his fault. Mencken was a well-read bon vivant with a taste for Teutonic philosophy and a fidelity to what he understood as truth. He was also a brilliant satirist, a longtime...
  • White Man's Soul Music
    March 01, 2020

    White Man's Soul Music

    Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison was the first album I ever had of my own, a Christmas gift from my parents. I listened to that album over and over on the stereo my parents had given me that year, sprawled out on the floor of the living room of the...
  • Historical Revisionism on the Right
    March 01, 2020

    Historical Revisionism on the Right

    Nietzsche writes in the concluding section of Twilight of the Idols, “One does not learn from the Greeks—their way is too alien, and also too fluid, to have an imperative effect, a ‘classical’ effect.” The divide between Greek antiquity and...
  • Singin' the Publishing Blues
    March 01, 2020

    Singin' the Publishing Blues

    I like a traveling circus. The American Historical Association’s annual conference periodically sets up its tent at the New York Hilton. Since I live nearby, I subject myself to its clown car of characters every half decade. But this year, I saw...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    March 01, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Perhaps the greatest American autobiography in both the quality of its writing and the import of its content is Whittaker Chambers’ Witness (1952). Sadly, it’s also one of the most neglected by the country’s leftist-dominated intelligentsia.
  • Lighting Up History
    March 01, 2020

    Lighting Up History

    When it comes to social hierarchy, smokers are only a few notches above pedophiles. Yes, smokers are bad, they smell terrible, and they cost us money—and everyone knows it. One would expect the “smokers bad” message to saturate The Cigarette. Surp
  • Coronavirus Crisis Is Trump's Time to Lead
    February 28, 2020

    Coronavirus Crisis Is Trump's Time to Lead

    Not until well into the Democratic debate Tuesday night did the COVID-19 coronavirus come up, and it was Mike Bloomberg, not a CBS moderator, who raised it: "The president fired the pandemic specialist in this country two years ago," the former...
  • Will JFK's Party Become Sanders' Party?
    February 25, 2020

    Will JFK's Party Become Sanders' Party?

    Sen. Bernie Sanders may be on the cusp of both capturing the Democratic nomination and transforming his party as dramatically as President Donald Trump captured and remade the Republican Party. After his sweep of the Nevada caucuses, following...
  • Was the Debate Beatdown Fatal for Mayor Mike?
    February 21, 2020

    Was the Debate Beatdown Fatal for Mayor Mike?

    Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Mayor Mike Bloomberg learned what it is like to be thrown up against a wall and frisked. At the opening of the Democratic debate, his first, Mayor Mike was greeted by his nearest neighbor on stage, Sen. Elizabeth...
  • Scouting and Sin
    February 19, 2020

    Scouting and Sin

    The Case Against the Boy Scouts [This article first appeared in the January 1992 issue of Chronicles.] The Boy Scouts of America have recently been accused of sins against Democracy, in the form of discrimination against atheists,...
  • If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go
    February 18, 2020

    If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has just given us notice he will be terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement that governs U.S. military personnel in the islands. His notification starts the clock running on a six-month deadline. If no...
  • The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences
    February 17, 2020

    The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences

    Last week I wrote about the first stage in my proposed plan to end racial preferences in the U.S. university system by using the ready availability of genetic testing services, such as 23andMe and others, to broaden the definitions of...
  • An Establishment in Panic
    February 14, 2020

    An Establishment in Panic

    From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders. Today, that same establishment wants Joe out of the...
  • How Tall Is Michael Bloomberg, Really?
    February 13, 2020

    How Tall Is Michael Bloomberg, Really?

    He's 5'5", or I'll eat my hat. President Donald Trump has recently mocked Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as “a 5’4” mass of dead energy.” Immediately, the mainstream press and tech companies were...
  • Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement
    February 13, 2020

    Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement

    Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement Establishing the Palestinians’ significant culpability for the lack of progress nevertheless does not mean that the Israelis should be encouraged to create territorial faits accomplis...
  • Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part One: The Plan
    February 12, 2020

    Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part One: The Plan

    Part One: The Plan The conflict in the Holy Land is older than any mainstream media pundit of note. Most of them have spewed ill-informed drivel on President Donald Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace because they are...
  • Long Before Trump, We Were a Divided People
    February 11, 2020

    Long Before Trump, We Were a Divided People

    In a way, Donald Trump might be called The Great Uniter. Bear with me…
  • The Warren Rule: A Modest Proposal to End Racial Preferences
    February 10, 2020

    The Warren Rule: A Modest Proposal to End Racial Preferences

    Racial preferences in higher education continue to linger despite numerous efforts to kill them off. Yes, voters can ban them, research can show their pernicious impact on intended beneficiaries, and judges can narrow their scope. However, they...
  • Are the Bells Tolling for Amy, Liz, and Joe?
    February 07, 2020

    Are the Bells Tolling for Amy, Liz, and Joe?

    By the end of February, the race for the Democratic nomination may have come down to a choice of one of three white men. Two are well into their 70s, and either would be the oldest president ever inaugurated. The third is a 38-year-old gay in a...
  • Dope Fiends of the West
    February 05, 2020

    Dope Fiends of the West

    Are addictions real? We talk as if they are. Many women say they are addicted to chocolate. Actor David Duchovny has been diagnosed with having a sex addiction. In the early 90’s, when crack was all the rage, one Christian pop singer...
  • Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment
    February 04, 2020

    Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment

    It has been a bad few days for the establishment, really bad.
  • An Arrogance Justified by Nothing
    February 03, 2020

    An Arrogance Justified by Nothing

    It was a revealing moment. Former GOP consultant turned Never Trumper Rick Wilson began ridiculing Trump supporters on CNN as “credulous Boomer rube[s]” who believe “Donald Trump is the smart one and y’all elitists are dumb.” Muslim activist and...
  • Is Bernie's Hour of Power at Hand?
    January 31, 2020

    Is Bernie's Hour of Power at Hand?

    Can a septuagenarian socialist who just survived a heart attack and would be 80 years old in his first year in office be elected president of the United States? It's hard to believe but not impossible.
  • A Day in Sanders' America
    January 30, 2020

    A Day in Sanders' America

    A wake-up call sounds in the Reeducation Camp #3017, on a bitterly cold North Dakotan morning. It is January 2023. Inmate Harold Denison, age 48, designated IPR (incarcerated pending reeducation) on the orders of President Sanders’ Homeland...
  • The Great Debate: Lincoln's Legacy
    January 30, 2020

    The Great Debate: Lincoln's Legacy

    The year 1975, for those of us old enough to remember, was a calm and quiet time in the United States. The Vietnam War and Watergate were both over, the riots and protests had ceased, and everybody liked our presiding nonpartisan president, who...
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    January 30, 2020

    Books in Brief

    End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival Is Undermining Its Rise, by Carl Minzner
    and
    Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities, by Vaclav Smil
  • Jackson and the American Indians
    January 30, 2020

    Jackson and the American Indians

    Everyone knows that Andrew Jackson wanted American Indians annihilated, defied the Supreme Court in a famous challenge to Chief Justice John Marshall, and forcibly removed the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast to lands west of the...
  • The Perils of Revisionism
    January 30, 2020

    The Perils of Revisionism

    The Irishman • Raging Bull • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker •

    Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has been hailed in many quarters as a triumph, a return to the early movies of his career that made his reputation as the...

  • Apologizing for the Bother
    January 30, 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...
  • Remembering Richard Weaver
    January 30, 2020

    Remembering Richard Weaver

    Native Southerner and traditionalist conservative, Richard Weaver (1910-1963) was a unique figure in the rise of the modern American right. Weaver, a longtime professor at the University of Chicago, was an historian, literary critic, and...
  • The Real White Negro
    January 30, 2020

    The Real White Negro

    There were many wannabe Lucifers in mid-century America, from Saul Alinsky to Herbert Marcuse, but nobody combined sulfur with venom, hate with dead-on aim, the way Norman Mailer did. East Coast revolutionary to the core, Mailer—who once nearly...
  • Deconstructing the 1619 Project
    January 30, 2020

    Deconstructing the 1619 Project

    Several years ago, I purchased a used copy of Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman’s Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (1974), one of the five most important books on American slavery that have appeared in the last 50 years....
  • Nationalism for the Lukewarm
    January 30, 2020

    Nationalism for the Lukewarm

    It seems that Rich Lowry has taken time off from castigating Donald Trump and calling for the prompt removal of Confederate memorial monuments to compose an entire book making “the case for nationalism.” A media launch was provided by Fox News’s...
  • Remembering Albert Jay Nock
    January 30, 2020

    Remembering Albert Jay Nock

    As a conservative “anarchist” and non-interventionist with anti-vocational views on education, Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945) can seem paradoxical. His influence was lasting and he took unconventional stances on many topics. He viewed conservatism...
  • It's Not Okay to Be White
    January 30, 2020

    It's Not Okay to Be White

    The left now roundly denounces anyone to the right of Jeb Bush as a “white nationalist,” which it appears is now being equated with “white supremacist,” with the apparently immortal Adolph Hitler acting as the once-and-future ringleader of a...
  • Culture and Peoples
    January 30, 2020

    Culture and Peoples

    In a widely noted commentary on the achievements and failures of Sam Francis in the October issue of First Things, author Matthew Rose offers this conclusion: Francis claimed that he sought only to defend Western culture. It is impossible to...
  • Dabney's Blind Spot
    January 30, 2020

    Dabney's Blind Spot

    I read with interest the article by Zachary Garris on Robert Lewis Dabney (“Remembering R. L. Dabney,” December 2019). Having myself graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, where he taught, and being Presbyterian, I have had some interest in his...
  • Afghan Disinformation
    January 30, 2020

    Afghan Disinformation

    During the Second World War the German High Command issued regular bulletins about the situation on various fronts. They had a triumphalist tone in 1940, when France fell, and in 1941, when it looked like the Red Army would collapse, but the core...
  • A New Right Arises in Poland
    January 30, 2020

    A New Right Arises in Poland

    The year 2019 was an eventful one in Polish politics. Out of a boring and meaningless dispute between two wings of Polish liberalism, there arose a new political force determined to shake up Poland’s political culture. Eleven MPs from the new...
  • Hot Air Raids
    January 30, 2020

    Hot Air Raids

    Global warming is still a “maybe,” but in the Swiss Alps the visual evidence is undeniable. The glacier I used to ski on has disappeared, and man-made snow is pumped out daily in its place. The once-small alpine village from where I write this...
  • The Reinvention of Reconstruction
    January 30, 2020

    The Reinvention of Reconstruction

    American conservatives have rightly viewed the post-Civil War Reconstruction period as a tragic era rife with corruption, scandal, mismanagement, and unconstitutional uses of power at both the state and federal level. Unfortunately, many have...
  • Self-Sufficient Faction
    January 30, 2020

    Self-Sufficient Faction

    I much enjoyed Prof. Gottfried’s response in the January issue, “Was Civil Rights Right?”, in which he wrote, “Although I am happy that racial segregation has ended, I am far less pleased with other changes that have come about because of social...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    January 30, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited (1945) while on a six-month leave from the British Army during World War II. It proved a hit with the public, but the critics who had praised Waugh’s earlier satirical novels were less impressed, objecting...
  • Russia and China: Beyond the Axis of Convenience
    January 29, 2020

    Russia and China: Beyond the Axis of Convenience

    On January 27 Dr. Trifkovic presented a paper on the geostrategic significance of the Russo-Chinese partnership at the Dado Center for Interdisciplinary Military Studies of the Israel Defense Forces in Glilot, north of Tel Aviv. We bring you his...
  • Impeachment: The Left's Ultimate Weapon
    January 28, 2020

    Impeachment: The Left's Ultimate Weapon

    In 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act that had been enacted by Congress over his veto in 1867. Defying the law, Johnson fired Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, without getting Senate approval, as the...
  • Libyan Complications
    January 17, 2020

    Libyan Complications

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that he is sending his country’s soldiers to Libya to support the Government of National Accord in its fight against the forces of Khalifa Haftar, which have renewed their offensive against...
  • Trump's In-Kind Contribution to Bernie
    January 15, 2020

    Trump's In-Kind Contribution to Bernie

    The directed killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's blood-soaked field marshal in the "forever war" of the Middle East, has begun to roil the politics of both the region and the USA. A stunned and shaken Iran retaliated by firing a dozen...
  • SRDJEXIT!
    January 14, 2020

    SRDJEXIT!

    On January 8 Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, issued a significant statement on Instagram announcing plans to change their roles within the British royal family. Further details are available to the curious. In view of the...
  • Trump's Handling of Iran Deserves Praise
    January 10, 2020

    Trump's Handling of Iran Deserves Praise

    Is it possible President Donald Trump may have perfectly played the Iran conflict?
  • Iran: No Escalation, No War
    January 09, 2020

    Iran: No Escalation, No War

    In his latest interview for Serbia’s top-rated Happy TV channel, Dr. Trifkovic dwells on the geostrategic and political dynamics behind the current crisis in the Middle East. The first question was whether we are at the threshold of a major war.
  • If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let's Go!
    January 08, 2020

    If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let's Go!

    Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein's dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq's Parliament, amid shouts of "Death to America!" voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country. Though nonbinding, the expulsion...
  • Killing Soleimani: Possibly a Crime, Probably a Mistake
    January 06, 2020

    Killing Soleimani: Possibly a Crime, Probably a Mistake

    A successful strategy, in diplomacy and war alike, rests on the judicious balancing of ends and means in pursuit of defined objectives. This invariably entails altering the behavior of the adversary in a manner which will make the attainment of...
  • Make No Bones About Iran
    January 03, 2020

    Make No Bones About Iran

    Otto von Bismarck famously declared the Balkans weren't worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. He knew that fractious, feuding part of Europe would soak up as much blood as the Germans cared to spill. Because Bismarck's successors...
  • Afghan Lies: Continuity of Deceit
    January 03, 2020

    Afghan Lies: Continuity of Deceit

    The Afghanistan Papers, published by The Washington Post on Dec. 9, have demonstrated that successive U.S. administrations have deliberately and systematically disinformed the nation about the nature of the conflict, its course, and prospects.
  • Will War Derail Trump's Reelection?
    December 31, 2019

    Will War Derail Trump's Reelection?

    "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future," Yogi Berra reminded us. But on "The McLaughlin Group," the TV talk show on which this writer has appeared for four decades, predictions are as mandated as was taking Latin in Jesuit...
  • The Armenian Resolution and the Problem with Genocide
    December 30, 2019

    The Armenian Resolution and the Problem with Genocide

    On December 12 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution formally recognizing the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey during the Great War and in its aftermath as genocide, a move Ankara has long opposed. The resolution states that “it is the policy...
  • Boris Johnson: A New Oliver Cromwell?
    December 29, 2019

    Boris Johnson: A New Oliver Cromwell?

    “Surprised by joy” was Wordsworth’s line, taken up by C.S. Lewis for his spiritual autobiography. It’s a fair reflection of the public mood since the glorious moment when the exit poll revealed all. The Goyaesque monsters conjured up by the...
  • Is 'Little Rocket Man' Winning?
    December 27, 2019

    Is 'Little Rocket Man' Winning?

    As of Dec. 26, Kim Jong Un's "Christmas gift" to President Donald Trump had not arrived. Most foreign policy analysts predict it will be a missile test more impressive than any Pyongyang has yet carried off. What is Kim's game? What does Kim...
  • Letter from Prague: The Discreet Charm of Monoculturalism
    December 23, 2019

    Letter from Prague: The Discreet Charm of Monoculturalism

    Prague is one of the grand capitals of Europe. It is painfully beautiful in these misty mornings, with the Castle catching the first sun rays while a hundred spires below remain dormant. With just over a million residents, it is a city big enough...
  • Boris's Babes
    December 20, 2019

    Boris's Babes

    The Fuseli nightmare is over. Day breaks to a dawn chorus, an ovation for Boris Johnson’s epochal achievement, while Jeremy Corbyn, who would be admirably cast as Scrooge, has no vision of Christmas future and will be dismissed from all further...
  • Is Impeachment Backfiring on Democrats?
    December 20, 2019

    Is Impeachment Backfiring on Democrats?

    "We're gonna impeach the (expletive deleted)." Thus did the member from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, declare last January to be the goal of the 2019 House Democratic Caucus. Wednesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the goods. The House...
  • Rothbard Against the Dismalists
    December 16, 2019

    Rothbard Against the Dismalists

    In his keynote speech to a meeting of the John Randolph Club, Murray N. Rothbard exhorted his colleagues to take up the task he sees as central to the success of their movement: nothing less than the repeal of the 20th century. The publication of...
  • Where Are the 'High Crimes'?
    December 13, 2019

    Where Are the 'High Crimes'?

    "Quid pro quo" was the accusatory Latin phrase most often used to describe President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call asking for a "favor" from the president of Ukraine. New Year's prediction: The Roman poet Horace's Latin depiction:...
  • Escape from Grub Street
    December 12, 2019

    Escape from Grub Street

    Walter Scott, in 1820, wrote that Fielding is "father of the English Novel." Yet James Russell Lowell, in 1881, remarked to an English audience that "We really know almost as little of Fielding's life as of Shakespeare's." Lives of Fielding, or...
  • A Theory of Fairness
    December 11, 2019

    A Theory of Fairness

    "Mine is better than ours." —Benjamin Franklin Tom Bethell, here as often before, uses sturdy common sense to challenge experts in their own field. In a controversial article many years ago, he dared to suggest that evolutionary biologists have...
  • The Frum Brigade
    December 10, 2019

    The Frum Brigade

    This week brought the unsurprising news that our war in Afghanistan has long been supported by optimistic claims that were false and known to be false. It is, of course, too late to save the thousands of Americans who have died in Afghanistan or...
  • Is It Jaw-Jaw or War With Iran?
    December 10, 2019

    Is It Jaw-Jaw or War With Iran?

    "Jaw-jaw is better than war-war," is attributed, wrongly, say some historians, to Winston Churchill. Still, the words lately came to mind. While last week ended with a hopeful U.S.-Iranian prisoner exchange that was hailed by President Donald...
  • Terrorism, Immigration, and the UK Election
    December 09, 2019

    Terrorism, Immigration, and the UK Election

    Let “Dover Beach,” Matthew Arnold’s finest poem, be the epigraph for today. Many migrants come on shore there in tiny and dangerous boats, often escorted in by border patrols. They will mostly be allowed to stay in England. Many are not...
  • Democrats' Diversity—Only in the Back of the Bus
    December 06, 2019

    Democrats' Diversity—Only in the Back of the Bus

    The "Our diversity is our strength!" Party is starting to look rather monochromatic in its upper echelons these days. The four leading candidates for its presidential nomination—Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg—are...
  • The Politics of Property
    December 05, 2019

    The Politics of Property

    A great many scholars have dealt in considerable detail with Edmund Burke's party politics and political philosophy, and a few have examined his thoughts on economics. But Francis Canavan's latest book is the first thorough and systematic study...
  • Ain't It the Truth?
    December 04, 2019

    Ain't It the Truth?

    The Anglican Church of Canada clutches its throat at the prospect of—Lord have mercy—shutting down its ministries and works 20 years from now. You know—putting up the "Closed" sign, the public demand for said ministries dwindling more with every...
  • In Hong Kong, It's US vs. China Now
    December 03, 2019

    In Hong Kong, It's US vs. China Now

    At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph. By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the protests—to allow criminal suspects to be extradited...
  • Brexit Can Lose Even If Johnson Wins
    December 02, 2019

    Brexit Can Lose Even If Johnson Wins

    The British election campaign has been conducted with all the duplicity that characterizes the higher echelons of the State. The Establishment aim is to install Boris as leader of the Conservative Party with a Commons majority but with a much...
  • Remembering Robert Nisbet
    December 01, 2019

    Remembering Robert Nisbet

    It is hard to imagine anyone today having a career like Robert Nisbet’s: professor at Berkeley, Arizona, and Columbia; dean and vice-chancellor at the University of California, Riverside; author of widely used sociology textbooks; and co-founder,...
  • Outrage and Censorship
    December 01, 2019

    Outrage and Censorship

    I began my journalistic career under strict censorship. It was imposed on the press and media by the Greek colonels who had seized power in a bloodless coup in Athens on April 21, 1967. Censorship, however, suited me fine. That’s because I was an...
  • Trail Life: A Christian Answer to the Boy Scouts
    December 01, 2019

    Trail Life: A Christian Answer to the Boy Scouts

    When Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced their decision to welcome and validate openly homosexual boys six years ago, Cub Scout mom Theresa Waning saw the writing on the wall. Shortly after BSA’s announcement, the church chartering her son’s...
  • Remembering the Twenty-Teens
    December 01, 2019

    Remembering the Twenty-Teens

    Decades provide a useful, if not infallible, structure for organizing and understanding our historical experience. However frayed and disputed their limits, terms like “the twenties,” or “the eighties” each conjure their particular images and...
  • Purging the Bureaucrats
    December 01, 2019

    Purging the Bureaucrats

    In his 1968 essay “Bureaucracy and Policy Making,” Dr. Henry Kissinger argued that there was no rationality or consistency in American foreign policymaking. “[A]s the bureaucracy becomes large and complex,” he wrote, “more time is devoted to...
  • Was Civil Rights Right?
    December 01, 2019

    Was Civil Rights Right?

    By
    I read the editorial “What’s Paleo, and What’s Not” by Paul Gottfried (December 2019) with appreciation. It did raise some questions for me. He mentioned the controversial view of seeing continuity between the civil rights legislation of the...
  • A Louisiana Lesson
    December 01, 2019

    A Louisiana Lesson

    By
    If an admiring reviewer’s main purpose is to inspire his reader to run out and buy the book he praises, Professor Randall Ivey has done that for me with his review of Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide (“Chansons by the Bayou,” December 2019)....
  • Britain's New Reality
    December 01, 2019

    Britain's New Reality

    At 10 p.m. on Dec. 12, the TV screen flashes up a summary of British voting exit polls, showing a landslide victory for the Conservatives. The spectre of a Marxist government under Jeremy Corbyn vanishes, and Boris Johnson now rules the land. He...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    December 01, 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    The Diary of a Country Priest (1936) by Georges Bernanos is as timely now as ever. It can be appreciated for its powerful Christian vision, its pertinence to today’s social illnesses, and its literary excellence, as shown in narrative technique,...
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    December 01, 2019

    Books in Brief

    Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America, by Mary Grabar (Regnery; 327 pp., $29.99). Mary Grabar has performed an invaluable service by taking the time to dissect Howard Zinn’s polemical attack on...
  • An Austrian Frame of Mind
    December 01, 2019

    An Austrian Frame of Mind

    Professor Janek Wasserman, to his credit, is not a polemicist. His new book is indeed a leftist critique of the broad school of economic thought now colloquially referred to as “Austrian,” but it is not only that. It is also a lively and...
  • The Truth About Afghanistan
    December 01, 2019

    The Truth About Afghanistan

    If anyone hasn’t heard about it by now, “our” government has been lying about the lack of progress being made in the seemingly eternal war being fought in Afghanistan. In the 18 years of the longest war in U.S. history, more than $1 trillion has...
  • A Gutless Persuasion
    December 01, 2019

    A Gutless Persuasion

    On Nov. 18, the Rupert Murdoch-financed New York Post ran an opinion-piece by its star columnist, Karol Markowicz, on left-wing anti-Semitism. Like the rest of the Post editorial staff, Markowicz is upset that at least part of the Jewish left has...
  • The Unbearable Burden of Being
    December 01, 2019

    The Unbearable Burden of Being

    What has brought upon us the madness of the “transgender,” with all its sad denial of the beauty and particularity of male and female? To see the cause, we must diagnose the malady. It is boredom: an irritable impatience with the things that...
  • Remembering Eugene Genovese
    December 01, 2019

    Remembering Eugene Genovese

    Eugene Genovese was one of the most influential and controversial historians of his generation. Whether Genovese ever self-identified as a conservative remains an intriguing question, without a simple answer. Few people knew him better than I did.
  • Is Seattle Dying?
    December 01, 2019

    Is Seattle Dying?

    Not long ago, I found myself sitting one sunny Friday afternoon in the Unity Museum in Seattle, notebook in hand, as a group of fresh-faced college undergraduates participated in a debate over whether or not their city is dying. The general...
  • The Making of the Midwest
    December 01, 2019

    The Making of the Midwest

    David McCullough’s latest offering, The Pioneers, takes the reader into that little-known period of American history in which the intrepid veterans of the Revolutionary War set out to settle the territories on the banks of the Ohio River. It was...
  • Racing for Dominance
    December 01, 2019

    Racing for Dominance

    Jojo Rabbit • Ford v Ferrari • A Simple Plan

    Jojo Rabbit, written, directed, and produced by Taika Waititi, is a strange movie. It breaks the 74-year-old rule that Hitler must never be portrayed as playful, prankish, or in any other...

  • Prince Andrew in Disgrace
    November 27, 2019

    Prince Andrew in Disgrace

    The fall of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is index to the strength of the monarchy. He has now been ordered by the Queen to step back from public life “for the foreseeable future.” His continued friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey...
  • Roger Stone, Jeffrey Epstein, and the Crackup of America's Leadership
    November 25, 2019

    Roger Stone, Jeffrey Epstein, and the Crackup of America's Leadership

    Roger Stone was recently convicted in federal court on seven felony charges, stemming from the since-closed Russian collusion investigation. Stone's main crime was lying to Congress about who he had, or had not, spoken to about Russia. By the...
  • Let the People Decide Trump's Fate
    November 22, 2019

    Let the People Decide Trump's Fate

    Was there linkage between the withholding of U.S. military aid and the U.S. demand for a Ukrainian state investigation of the Bidens? "Was there a quid pro quo?" This question has bedeviled this city for months now. "The answer is yes," said U.S....
  • How the Westminster Bubble Burst
    November 21, 2019

    How the Westminster Bubble Burst

    “The Westminster bubble” refers to politicians, civil servants and journalists who work in and near the Palace of Westminster. They dwell in a world that is largely divorced from the concerns of the public beyond the M25 (or “beltway”) and is...
  • Greta the Swede, or Gretinizing the Global Media
    November 20, 2019

    Greta the Swede, or Gretinizing the Global Media

    Seemingly out of nowhere, suddenly and rapidly, an obscure and evidently troubled Swedish teenager became a global celebrity. The phenomenon of Greta Thunberg was the theme of Srdja Trifkovic’s presentation at the Media Forum on Modern Journalism...
  • What's Behind Our World on Fire?
    November 19, 2019

    What's Behind Our World on Fire?

    When the wildfires of California broke out across the Golden State, many were the causes given. So, too, there appears to be a multiplicity of causes igniting and fueling the protests and riots sweeping capital cities across our world.
  • Does the Threat of Corbyn Neutralize Farage?
    November 18, 2019

    Does the Threat of Corbyn Neutralize Farage?

    “Scarecrow,” an aged overcoat that saw its best days and owners generations ago, over which is thrown a hat of no known provenance but suggestive of a head underneath, the ensemble being draped over a stick. The idea is to frighten off the crows,...
  • A Labor of Hate
    November 14, 2019

    A Labor of Hate

    The paucity of biographical material on McCormick is perhaps due to the previous unavailability of his personal papers, which are in the possession of the Robert R. McCormick-Tribune Foundation, which inherited the bulk of the Colonel's estate.
  • After the Great Orange Whale
    November 13, 2019

    After the Great Orange Whale

    "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"—a pretty flat declaration as reported by the Apostle Paul, leaving few gaps for politicians to fill at their own discretion. But you know politicians. Here we go with the impeachment hearings, an...
  • Hungary: Steady as She Goes…
    November 13, 2019

    Hungary: Steady as She Goes…

    Upon his return from a week-long stay in Budapest, Srdja Trifkovic provides an assessment of Hungary’s current political scene in his weekly roundup of world affairs for Serbia’s top-rated Happy TV network. He also looks at the central European...
  • Testing Time for Farage and Boris
    November 11, 2019

    Testing Time for Farage and Boris

    The end of the phoney war is now in sight. The Conservative combatants in the general election have indulged their training exercises, which are to close squares round Boris’s deal and find evermore reasons to belittle Corbyn. Labour is engaged...
  • Correcting Ancient Blunders: China Rediscovers Sea Power
    November 08, 2019

    Correcting Ancient Blunders: China Rediscovers Sea Power

    On November 8 Dr. Trifkovic presented a paper on China’s geostrategy and U.S. response at a major conference in Budapest, New Dimensions and Generational Leap in Warfare, organized by the Hungarian Defense Forces General Staff Scientific Research...
  • The New Class Controversy
    November 07, 2019

    The New Class Controversy

    The recent successes of the American right depend, in part, on its ability to deflect lower-middle-class resentment from the rich to a parasitic "new class" of professional problem-solvers and moral relativists. In 1975, William Rusher of the...
  • Mexico: The Insurgency Next Door
    November 06, 2019

    Mexico: The Insurgency Next Door

    Recently, we learned that the Mexican drug cartels are capable of defeating the Mexican Army in a pitched firefight. Then we learned that the cartels are literally building altars of human skulls. This week the Mexican cartels brutally murdered...
  • And I Solemnly Promise You
    November 06, 2019

    And I Solemnly Promise You

    Beto O'Rourke's pullout from the presidential race leaves the Democrats with, oh, a mere dozen and a half or so candidates available to run the country. The country's corresponding task is to keep awake for the remainder of the race. The...
  • Where Are the 'High Crimes'?
    November 05, 2019

    Where Are the 'High Crimes'?

    "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." These are the offenses designated in the Constitution for which presidents may be impeached and removed from office. Which of these did Trump commit?
  • Will ISIS Rise Again?  Trump's Winning Strategy?
    November 04, 2019

    Will ISIS Rise Again? Trump's Winning Strategy?

    In his weekly roundup of world events for Serbia’s Happy TV network, Dr. Trifkovic discusses the future of the Islamic State. He also looks at a viable strategy for President Donald Trump to emerge victorious from the impeachment battle.
  • Boris Johnson: Trapped Between Farage and Corbyn?
    November 04, 2019

    Boris Johnson: Trapped Between Farage and Corbyn?

    Project Fear, much derided for its performance in the referendum campaign, never dies. It is the eternal cry of the establishment: vote for us, or chaos is come again. It often works but did not in 2016. Since then it has been revived by the...
  • 50 Years Ago: The Day Nixon Routed the Establishment
    November 01, 2019

    50 Years Ago: The Day Nixon Routed the Establishment

    What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this us vs. them nation? Who started the fire?
  • Simple Answers for Hateful Minds
    November 01, 2019

    Simple Answers for Hateful Minds

    When did Americans become the stormtroopers of irrational simplification? Not a moment passes when a tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram picture doesn’t rip through our amber waves of grain and drive a social justice warrior to attack the nearest...
  • Geostrategic Challenges in 2020
    November 01, 2019

    Geostrategic Challenges in 2020

    As we approach the last year of this century’s second decade, the United States is still the most powerful state in the world, safe from direct threats by foreign state actors. The “challenges” America faces in the year ahead are entirely...
  • Grim Foolishness
    November 01, 2019

    Grim Foolishness

    I’ve seen only two-and-a-half Quentin Tarantino films, which seems to me one more than enough. They’re silly, trashy, and singularly devoid of amusement. Why would I see another? But when his latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, received...
  • Remembering the Right
    November 01, 2019

    Remembering the Right

    The featured theme of this month’s magazine is focused on a particular task, namely retrieving conservativism and conservative thinkers from the past and explaining their continued relevance to the present. The current conservative movement, as a...
  • Unending Journeys
    November 01, 2019

    Unending Journeys

    Few subjects arouse such atavistic emotions as migration—whether the arrivals come as conquerors or as kin, fleeing ordeals or seeking opportunities. For incomers, migration can represent a dream, a rational choice, an urgent necessity, or a last...
  • Chansons by the Bayou
    November 01, 2019

    Chansons by the Bayou

    Louisiana being the jazz capital of the United States (and the world, for that matter), one easily forgets the other contributions she has made to American culture. Then one remembers Louisiana is Walker Percy’s adopted home and the setting of...
  • Dutch Euthanasia Case Serves as Harbinger
    November 01, 2019

    Dutch Euthanasia Case Serves as Harbinger

    In 2002 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia, formalizing what had been tolerated by the government for several decades prior. Today, however, the Dutch practice of euthanasia is arguably less settled...
  • Zombie Theology
    November 01, 2019

    Zombie Theology

    I teach theology courses at a non-denominational, evangelical Christian high school outside of Fort Worth, Texas. We study the history of the Christian faith, work our way chapter and verse through at least 15 books of the Bible over the span of...
  • Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace
    November 01, 2019

    Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace

    I have heard the following remark, or something similar, made about country music on numerous occasions in my life: “You know, it’s kind of hard to take a guy seriously when he sings about loving Jesus one minute and drinking and cheating the next.”
  • What's Paleo, and What's Not
    November 01, 2019

    What's Paleo, and What's Not

    In a recent Townhall commentary, the young author Michael Malarkey marvels over “the resurgence of refined paleoconservatism.” Supposedly Donald Trump has absorbed quintessential paleoconservative positions and is now putting them into practice....
  • The Groyper Rebellion
    November 01, 2019

    The Groyper Rebellion

    In late October, Turning Point USA (TPUSA) founder Charlie Kirk took the stage at Ohio State University prepared to “own the libs,” as he and other establishment conservative speakers had been doing profitably on college campuses for the last two...
  • Remembering Murray Rothbard
    November 01, 2019

    Remembering Murray Rothbard

    Murray Rothbard, the principal founder of post-World War II American libertarianism, died 24 years ago. Lew Rockwell, one of Rothbard’s closest friends and the founder of the Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com, offers this description of his...
  • Remembering M. E. Bradford
    November 01, 2019

    Remembering M. E. Bradford

    Anyone who met M. E. Bradford was unlikely to forget him. There was his imposing bulk and his Stetson cowboy hat, but that was just the trimming. This Oklahoman, long a fixture at the University of Dallas, radiated vast erudition, lightly worn...
  • Remembering R. L. Dabney
    November 01, 2019

    Remembering R. L. Dabney

    Robert Lewis Dabney was an American theologian and seminary professor. He was also a philosopher who wrote extensively on cultural and political issues of the second half of the 19th century. In our own day, when there is much confusion over what...
  • To Regulate, or Not to Regulate?
    November 01, 2019

    To Regulate, or Not to Regulate?

    One vocal U.S. political tribe argues vociferously that capitalism is the source of all economic problems. Another tends to ignore that the current economy is not working for all Americans. French economist Thomas Philippon’s work should interest...
  • In Georgia, a Reminder of a Halcyon West
    November 01, 2019

    In Georgia, a Reminder of a Halcyon West

    Even in the beginnings of winter, Georgia’s capitol Tbilisi emits a warmth. One should expect this from a city known for its many hot springs, but the warmth experienced goes much beyond the sulfur baths popular with tourists and locals alike....
  • A Giant Beset by Pygmies
    November 01, 2019

    A Giant Beset by Pygmies

    Most newspaper and magazine articles are forgotten not long after they appear. Does anyone read the 25-year-old columns of Norman Podhoretz, William F. Buckley, or Richard John Neuhaus for insight into current events? It therefore tells us...
  • George O'Brien: American Star
    November 01, 2019

    George O'Brien: American Star

    WWI veteran George O’Brien became a star in Hollywood with his breakout performance in John Ford’s silent film epic, The Iron Horse. Handsome and built like the top athlete he was, O’Brien appeared in 11 more Ford movies and 85 films altogether,...
  • Time for a More Militant Church
    November 01, 2019

    Time for a More Militant Church

    The following was recently but ecstatically pronounced by the malignant, anti-white, anti-Christian, and anti-male New York Times: “Perhaps for the first time since the United States was established, a majority of young adults here do not...
  • An E Pluribus Reminder
    November 01, 2019

    An E Pluribus Reminder

    By
    It is saddening to see so distinguished an authority as Professor Stephen Presser misquote important words from the Constitution as he does in his November article on impeachment. He writes that treason is “clearly defined” in the Constitution as...
  • The Hijacking of Nationalist Conservativism
    November 01, 2019

    The Hijacking of Nationalist Conservativism

    The 2016 election planted a nationalistic, populist battle standard reminiscent of the one that the pitchfork-wielding legions of the Old Right had once marched beneath. Now it appears at risk of being diluted and neutralized, as populist right-wing
  • The Failure of the Canadian Right
    November 01, 2019

    The Failure of the Canadian Right

    The Canadian federal election in October confirmed a long-term, leftward trend in Canadian politics. Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal, the Liberals retained power, winning a plurality of 157 out of 338 seats and 33.1...
  • Parliament's Election Angst
    October 31, 2019

    Parliament's Election Angst

    “O’ the twelfth day of December” sang Sir Toby Belch. Boris Johnson, who much resembles the knight, completes the line: “Let’s have a general election.” He had his way on Tuesday, October 28, when Jeremy Corbyn announced Labour support for a...
  • Trump's Sureness of Touch
    October 30, 2019

    Trump's Sureness of Touch

    The events of the past six weeks indicate that there is a system behind President Donald Trump’s seemingly chaotic decision-making process. He may sound like a syntax-challenged narcissist at times, but that does not mean that his intuition is...
  • Is Trump Facing a 1960s'-Style Revolt?
  • Elizabeth Warren's Health Care Pickle
    October 28, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren's Health Care Pickle

    From the beginning, the 2020 Democratic race has been a different kind of contest. Candidates aren't competing to see who can run America the most efficiently. That's the old politics. Instead, they're pledging to remake this country entirely:...
  • Imperial Capital but America-First Nation
    October 25, 2019

    Imperial Capital but America-First Nation

    "Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand," said President Donald Trump in an impassioned defense of his decision to cut ties to the Syrian Kurds, withdraw and end these "endless wars." Are our troops in Syria, then, on their way...
  • Dinner in Moscow
    October 24, 2019

    Dinner in Moscow

    If Hitler struck at the Soviet Union to get at Britain, recalling Napoleon’s attempt in 1812 to cut Britain away from the Continental trading system, Stalin’s response to Hitler (Lukacs insists) powerfully reflected his own animosity to Britain....
  • Fixed Terms and a Broken Parliament
    October 23, 2019

    Fixed Terms and a Broken Parliament

    The British adore democracy and cannot abide elections. Currently they are getting neither. They seem to be within hailing distance of getting both, however—if the talk about a general election lightens into action. I have doubts that this...
  • Is Democracy a Dying Species?
    October 22, 2019

    Is Democracy a Dying Species?

    What happens when democracy fails to deliver? What happens when people give up on democracy? What happens when a majority or militant minority decide that the constitutional rights of free speech, free elections, peaceful assembly, and petition...
  • Brexit for Foreigners
    October 22, 2019

    Brexit for Foreigners

    In his latest interview for Serbia’s top-rated Happy TV network, Srdja Trifkovic tries to explain the intricacies of the ongoing Brexit drama to the uninitiated.
  • Time for the Press To Do Its Job
    October 21, 2019

    Time for the Press To Do Its Job

    The press hates Donald Trump. That's not a newsflash. The bias the press shows toward most Republicans turns to outright hostility when it comes to Trump. Once you've convinced yourself your opponent is an evil racist, it's not hard to justify...
  • Is Putin the New King of the Middle East?
    October 18, 2019

    Is Putin the New King of the Middle East?

    "Russia Assumes Mantle of Supreme Power Broker in the Middle East," proclaimed Britain's Telegraph. The article began: "Russia's status as the undisputed power-broker in the Middle East was cemented as Vladimir Putin continued a...
  • The Reduction of Certainty
    October 18, 2019

    The Reduction of Certainty

    One should begin a review with a summation of a book and then of its author. The reverse is warranted in this case. James Grant is an extraordinary American, a financial expert whose mind is enriched by his knowledge of history. His previous...
  • Long Live the Queen's Speech
    October 16, 2019

    Long Live the Queen's Speech

    The Queen’s Speech is the past at its most glamorous. Netflix could not equal the Queen’s journey in the coach of State from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster escorted by the superb Household Cavalry, the Blues & Royals, and the Life...
  • Deserving Has Nothing To Do With It
    October 15, 2019

    Deserving Has Nothing To Do With It

    The Swamp is indignant, pretending to be outraged that Donald Trump wanted Ukrainian President Zelensky to continue an investigation of the dubious Ukrainian-related activities of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The whole kabuki theater production...
  • What in Heaven's Name Goes On?
    October 15, 2019

    What in Heaven's Name Goes On?

    At its best, Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke's high-octane assault on religious freedom calls for brandy and an extended lie-down in a dark room. That's the best that can be said of it. Its worst has to do with the disdain a midlevel presidential...
  • Is the Interventionists' Era Over for Good?
    October 15, 2019

    Is the Interventionists' Era Over for Good?

    President Donald Trump could have been more deft and diplomatic in how he engineered that immediate pullout from northeastern Syria. Yet that withdrawal was as inevitable as were its consequences. A thousand U.S. troops and their Kurdish allies...
  • It's 1940 All Over Again
    October 14, 2019

    It's 1940 All Over Again

    We have been witnessing a bloodless re-run of 1940. Britain is being expelled from the Continent by order of Germany and is turning to the New World and Commonwealth. Europe has an unchallenged hegemon, Germany, and France fits easily into the...
  • Is Impeachment Now Inevitable?
    October 11, 2019

    Is Impeachment Now Inevitable?

    "There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader," is a remark attributed to a French politician during the turbulent times of 1848. Joe Biden's Wednesday declaration that President Donald Trump should be impeached is in that...
  • The Moral Tale of Two Cities
    October 09, 2019

    The Moral Tale of Two Cities

    The "progressive," so to speak, vision of politics and public life envisions tighter and tighter government control over economic life, along with looser and looser controls over human behavior. I think you'd refer to the overall design as a...
  • Leaving Syria: Necessary and Long Overdue
    October 08, 2019

    Leaving Syria: Necessary and Long Overdue

    On October 8 Turkey announced that it would send troops to a 20-mile-wide zone in northern Syria which is currently controlled by the Kurds, following the withdrawal of an estimated 50 to 100 U.S. special forces soldiers from the area. The media...
  • An America First Moment
    October 08, 2019

    An America First Moment

    Donald Trump has refused to go to war with Iran. He has refused to go to war in Syria. He has imposed tariffs to save American jobs. He is capping the number of refugees coming into America–as opposed to all the countries they have to cross to...
  • Is Trump At Last Ending Our 'Endless Wars'?
    October 08, 2019

    Is Trump At Last Ending Our 'Endless Wars'?

    The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, which could sunder the Republican Party. At issue is Trump's decision to let the...
  • Lady Hale Means Farewell to British Liberty
    October 07, 2019

    Lady Hale Means Farewell to British Liberty

    If anything can save Britain, it is the national gift for mockery. The country was startled last week to discover that it was run by Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, who told the Prime Minister that his prorogation of Parliament was...
  • The Truth About Impeachment
    October 04, 2019

    The Truth About Impeachment

    Donald Trump should not have been on the phone with a foreign head of state encouraging another country to investigate his political opponent Joe Biden. Some Republicans are trying, but there's no way to spin this as a good idea. Like a lot of...
  • Is China the Country of the Future?
    October 04, 2019

    Is China the Country of the Future?

    "Who Lost China?" With the fall of the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, the defeat of his armies and the flight to Formosa, that was the question of the hour in 1949. And no one demanded to know more insistently than the anti-Communist...
  • Impeachment: The Hearsay Conundrum
    October 02, 2019

    Impeachment: The Hearsay Conundrum

    There's so much to say about Nancy Pelosi's impeachment gig that one hardly knows where to start. But here's a live possibility: We start with Sen. Lindsey Graham's characterization of how this game is to be played. We're trying to "try the...
  • 'Heartbroken' Pelosi Fast-Tracks Impeachment
    October 01, 2019

    'Heartbroken' Pelosi Fast-Tracks Impeachment

    "This is a very sad time for our country. There is no joy in this," said Nancy Pelosi Saturday. "We must be somber. We must be prayerful. ... I'm heartbroken about it." Thus did the speaker profess her anguish—just four days after announcing that...
  • Impeachment, Just and Unjust
    October 01, 2019

    Impeachment, Just and Unjust

    What exactly did the framers mean by putting in the Constitution Article II, Section 4? This is the section that reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for,...
  • The Spanish Civil War and the Battle for Western Civilization
    October 01, 2019

    The Spanish Civil War and the Battle for Western Civilization

    After a lengthy legal battle concluded in September, Spain’s Supreme Court gave its approval to the socialist government’s plans to exhume and remove the remains of General Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen, where they have lain...
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    October 01, 2019

    Books in Brief

    Paul Gottfried on National Populism and the Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin. Peter Hammack on Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good by Colin Mayer.
  • Letter to the Bishop
    October 01, 2019

    Letter to the Bishop

    Your Excellency: A few years have passed since we corresponded. After my last letter to you, I’m afraid I took a wrong path, crashed and burned, and now stagger forward, burdened by more ordinary trespasses. But still a believer, grateful, as...
  • What Remains After the Wall's Fall
    October 01, 2019

    What Remains After the Wall's Fall

    Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall it is not a matter of dispute that the removal of that evil edifice was a good thing. It should be equally uncontentious that its collapse was primarily the result of the Russians themselves trying...
  • Mayhem and Civility
    October 01, 2019

    Mayhem and Civility

    Joker, Downton Abbey, and The Conversation • There must be other films as ghastly as director Todd Phillips’ Joker, but I can’t think of any that come close to its sickness. I don’t say that lightly. This is a thoroughly immoral film, and a...
  • Twitter Princess
    October 01, 2019

    Twitter Princess

    The Republic is in crisis. America’s intellectual class is working to discredit our past. The media is waging war against the middle-class values of hard work, religion, and family. In order not to be outdone, Hollywood’s message is more...
  • Ruffled Feathers
    October 01, 2019

    Ruffled Feathers

    I’ll leave it for the birds to pick the salvageable bits out of Jason Michael Morgan’s vomitous screed (“Ride On, Proud Boys!” September 2019) and restrict myself to some much needed correction of this horrendously anti-cultural, anti-Christian,...
  • Clean Language
    October 01, 2019

    Clean Language

    Thank you for publishing “Boris’s Literary Language,” by Ralph Berry in the October issue. Mr. Berry’s fine contributions, always instructive, illustrate the careful use of English that he identifies in the discourse of Jacob Rees-Mogg.
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    October 01, 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Paul Gottfried on Thérèse Desqueyroux by François Mauriac. Ralph Berry on The Great Deception: A Secret History of the European Union by Christopher Booker and Richard North.
  • Ohio Gets Nice on Crime
    October 01, 2019

    Ohio Gets Nice on Crime

    In my new home of Ashland, Ohio, there is a sign that welcomes all comers to “The World Headquarters of Nice People.” It seemed to me as if the entire town conspired to make my move as pleasant as could be. This is “Midwestern Nice” in a...
  • Think of the Children
    October 01, 2019

    Think of the Children

    It seems things don’t change much after all. Consider these recent hysterical comments. “There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, age 30. “And it does lead, I...
  • A City-State on a Hill
    October 01, 2019

    A City-State on a Hill

    Mark Peterson’s new book traces the development of Boston from its founding in 1630 to the end of the American Civil War. In large part the book is a biography of the city, but from the unique perspective of Boston as a city-state and a...
  • The War for America
    October 01, 2019

    The War for America

    In many ways the American Revolution was unavoidable. Given the struggle to control the resources and riches of these British colonies, armed conflict was an eventuality that could have been foreseen with a little imagination. Britain’s North...
  • Impure Politics
    October 01, 2019

    Impure Politics

    In criminal law, there are times when a crime has clearly been committed, but it’s not clear whether the perpetrator had criminal intent. The impeachment effort against Donald Trump is the opposite situation: a case where there is no high...
  • Ritual, Tragedy, and Restoration
    October 01, 2019

    Ritual, Tragedy, and Restoration

    The Deer Hunter received the Academy Award for best picture at the Oscars ceremony in 1979. The film was much criticized by some for its Russian roulette sequences, especially the alleged “racism” on display in the film’s depiction of the Viet...
  • Religious Discrimination, Real and Imagined
    October 01, 2019

    Religious Discrimination, Real and Imagined

    By Rashid
    As I was scrolling the news one August day, my attention was drawn to an article recounting the story of a woman wearing a niqab who was ejected from a bus in the Netherlands, a country that enacted a partial ban on the full veil. The prohibition...
  • <em>In This Number</em>
    October 01, 2019

    In This Number

    I write with bittersweet excitement to reveal the new interim editor in chief of Chronicles. As our readers know, Aaron Wolf was to become the editor in chief this year, but passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday. Aaron was an exceptional man and a wo
  • Imran Khan and the Problem of 'Radical Islam'
    September 30, 2019

    Imran Khan and the Problem of 'Radical Islam'

    In his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 27, Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan claimed that "Islamophobia" has grown at an alarming pace since 9-11. Saying that he wanted to clear some of the misunderstanding surrounding Islam and...
  • The Speech Police Come for Boris
    September 30, 2019

    The Speech Police Come for Boris

    “The English vice is not buggery, but humbuggery” was the Continental jest of long ago. It has not been heard for some time, perhaps because opinion is divided on the several assertions in the line. The key word—not that one, but the other...
  • Globalism vs. Democracy
    September 30, 2019

    Globalism vs. Democracy

    There is an unmistakable pattern in contemporary politics: any politician who challenges globalism will be subject to unremitting attack, the legitimacy of his rule will never be acknowledged…
  • Joe Biden: Impeachment's First Casualty
    September 27, 2019

    Joe Biden: Impeachment's First Casualty

    Even before seeing the transcript of the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Nancy Pelosi threw the door wide open to the impeachment of Donald Trump by the Democratic House. Though the...
  • Now the Left is Quick to Convict
    September 26, 2019

    Now the Left is Quick to Convict

    We can't seem to have a news event (and everything that happens in our capital city is a capital-E event these days) without the searing cry in the background, drowning out all other discourse: "Impeach! Impeach!" You might call it an echo of the...
  • Supreme Court Usurpation, UK-Style
    September 25, 2019

    Supreme Court Usurpation, UK-Style

    The Founding Fathers of the United States, in their Ur-wisdom, laid it down that the Supreme Court should consist of 6 Justices. Britain, in its belated imitation of the United States, created in 2009 a Supreme Court of 11. That meant in the...
  • Will 'Ukraine-Gate' Imperil Biden's Bid?
    September 24, 2019

    Will 'Ukraine-Gate' Imperil Biden's Bid?

    With the revelation by an intel community "whistleblower" that President Donald Trump, in a congratulatory call to the new president of Ukraine, pushed him repeatedly to investigate the Joe Biden family connection to Ukrainian corruption, the cry...
  • Reason and the Ethical Imagination
    September 23, 2019

    Reason and the Ethical Imagination

    More than 50 years after his death, Irving Babbitt continues to evoke a sympathetic response from minds and temperaments attuned to the ethical worldview fostered by classical and Christian thought. Within the last decade, much of his writing has...
  • Trump's Deft Game
    September 20, 2019

    Trump's Deft Game

    President Donald Trump does not want to be goaded into war with Iran, which is wise. He does not want to appear weak in the aftermath of the attacks on the Saudi oil installations–for which Iran has been blamed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...
  • Can Trump Still Avoid War With Iran?
    September 20, 2019

    Can Trump Still Avoid War With Iran?

    President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.
  • America First
    September 19, 2019

    America First

    Just in case you were wondering: a war with Iran would be a disaster for the United States.
  • Robert Mugabe: An African Career
    September 18, 2019

    Robert Mugabe: An African Career

    A belated note: Robert Mugabe’s death at 95 (September 6) was some six decades overdue. He was a thoroughly nasty piece of work. His dictum that “the only white man you can trust is a dead white man” has cost his people dearly, arguably even more...
  • Nigel Farage Leads While the Tories Are in Shambles
    September 16, 2019

    Nigel Farage Leads While the Tories Are in Shambles

    The citizens of metroland like to think of themselves as dwelling in a global hub. They may regard London as a city-state, like Renaissance Venice, or as a company town whose HQ is Westminster. It has yet to reach the corporate consciousness...
  • After Bolton, Trump Goals Remain Unrealized
    September 13, 2019

    After Bolton, Trump Goals Remain Unrealized

    The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there.
  • John Bolton's Long Overdue Departure
    September 11, 2019

    John Bolton's Long Overdue Departure

    Only by firing John Bolton, I wrote in this blog three months ago, President Donald Trump may demonstrate “that he is still ready, even belatedly, to stop the ongoing kidnapping of his foreign policy by the enemy within the gates.” He has done...
  • I Remember
    September 11, 2019

    I Remember

    I was in the air when the first tower was hit; I watched the two towers fall, stupefied and enraged, alone in my hotel room in Norfolk. After my business was done, I went to the eerily quiet Norfolk airport to begin the drive home.
  • What’s Happened to the Mother of Parliaments?
    September 11, 2019

    What’s Happened to the Mother of Parliaments?

    Scene: the House of Commons. Speaker Bercow announces that he will stand down on October 31. Labour benches applaud wildly—the convention that members do not clap is so retro—and the Conservative benches are grimly silent, other than two or three...
  • Main Street U.S.A.
    September 10, 2019

    Main Street U.S.A.

    We the People... The world, my friends, is going to... and that's just the point: We don't know where in the world the world is going. Only that it's moving at a high speed, in ways likely to upset existing orders.
  • Walmart's 'Woke' Capitalism
    September 09, 2019

    Walmart's 'Woke' Capitalism

    Walmart—the world's largest retailer—has announced it's taking a side in the gun debate. The company will no longer sell handgun ammunition at its stores, nor will it sell rifle rounds that can be "also used in large capacity clips on...
  • Boris Johnson Considers Martyrdom
    September 09, 2019

    Boris Johnson Considers Martyrdom

    Boris Johnson will not go to Canossa, unlike Theresa May who could not stay away from the place. For her, the Castle of Canossa was the Europa Building in Brussels, the seat of imperial power where the EU potentates hold their quinquennial Durbar...
  • Can Joe Biden Run This Marathon?
    September 06, 2019

    Can Joe Biden Run This Marathon?

    Thursday, Sept. 14, looks to be a fateful day in the half-century-long political career of Joe Biden. That night, a three-hour debate will be held, a marathon in politics.
  • Recovering the Medieval Family
    September 05, 2019

    Recovering the Medieval Family

    Hatred of the past ill becomes a historian. Yet it is hard not to detect this disfiguring animus—paired with an overweening love of contemporaneity—in the works of many modern historians of family life.
  • A Purge Before Brexit
    September 04, 2019

    A Purge Before Brexit

    “The name is Pride. Colonel Pride.” Out of the mists of English history a figure emerges whom we can recognize today. We would call him an “enforcer,” a man ordered to carry out a harsh policy determined by his superiors. In December 1648 Colonel...
  • Who Won, and Who Lost, World War II?
    September 03, 2019

    Who Won, and Who Lost, World War II?

    Sunday, the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Warsaw's Pilsudski Square of "five decades of untold suffering and death that followed" the invasion. Five decades! What Pence was saying was that,...
  • Letter From Barcelona: Catalonia Pacified
    September 03, 2019

    Letter From Barcelona: Catalonia Pacified

    Back in Barcelona after almost three years, and an obvious novelty is that there are fewer Estelada flags fluttering from the city’s balconies and windows. Some are still out there, tired and pale, but Catalonia’s separatists seem to have run out...
  • NY Cops Retreat From the Heat
    September 01, 2019

    NY Cops Retreat From the Heat

    The English actor Beatrice Lillie had no inkling of 2019’s sweltering summer heat in 1931 when she debuted Noël Coward’s ditty “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” in the Broadway musical The Third Little Show. The...
  • American Ideas, Then and Now
    September 01, 2019

    American Ideas, Then and Now

    Ten years or so ago Stephen Fry, English polymath, writer, TV personality, stage and screen actor, and many other things, gave a Spectator-sponsored lecture at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society. His theme was appreciation for...
  • The Conservative of Convenience
    September 01, 2019

    The Conservative of Convenience

    In a Washington Post review of George F. Will’s The Conservative Sensibility, Catholic political thinker Patrick Deneen offers the following observation: This book is not so much a brief for conservatism as it is a learned and lengthy...
  • The Perpetual Club
    September 01, 2019

    The Perpetual Club

    Such were the deep currents of literary life in 18th-century England that a group of friends meeting weekly in a London tavern included men as monumental as Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and Edward Gibbon. Even those members who are...
  • Inky Eyes Into China's Mind
    September 01, 2019

    Inky Eyes Into China's Mind

    The newspaper boxes can be found around Washington, D.C., ranging from Union Station near the Hill to Foggy Bottom in the vicinity of the State Department. Inside, the newspaper articles emphasize positive, even entrepreneurial themes: investment...
  • Amazon Fires Spark Global Hysteria
    September 01, 2019

    Amazon Fires Spark Global Hysteria

    The afternoon of Monday, August 19, I was at home in my apartment in the city center of São Paulo. Glancing out the window, I noticed the sky was unusually dark. I figured it was about to rain, so I told my children we had to cancel our trip to...
  • Hope in Little Platoons
    September 01, 2019

    Hope in Little Platoons

    For 26 years, I taught hundreds of home-educated students, including my own children. My checkered teaching career also includes a semester in a university, two years at a prison, and two years in a public high school. During my last 15 years of...
  • The Epstein Enigma
    September 01, 2019

    The Epstein Enigma

    According to the official narrative, on Aug. 10, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire playboy charged with sex-trafficking minors, committed suicide in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. Only a third of American
  • Our Culture of Narcissism
    September 01, 2019

    Our Culture of Narcissism

    Most Chronicles readers will no doubt recall the sordid Jussie Smollett hoax, which played out over the course of almost three months early this year in a scenario that might have been scripted for reality TV. Given the media’s...
  • Rhythms of Civility
    September 01, 2019

    Rhythms of Civility

    In Meville’s great novel Moby Dick, Captain Ahab seeks news from Captain Gardiner, whose son has been lost after an encounter with the monstrous whale. Ahab’s refusal to help Gardiner find his boy is foreshadowed in Ahab’s behavior when...
  • Two Faces of Modern Catholicism
    September 01, 2019

    Two Faces of Modern Catholicism

    Much has been written about the modernization of the Catholic Church—especially the crucial years from 1870 to 1970. These histories have been written from a number of perspectives, each with different definitions of modernity. James Chappel,...
  • Boris's Literary Language
    September 01, 2019

    Boris's Literary Language

    For the first time since Winston Churchill, Britain is governed by a master of language. There have been few such in Downing Street history; most of those who become prime minister have devoted their entire life-effort to climbing “the greasy...
  • Can the Greens Change Their Colors?
    September 01, 2019

    Can the Greens Change Their Colors?

    Greens often make conservatives and populists see red—or Reds. In 2004, Australian politician John Anderson called his country’s Greens “watermelons…green on the outside, and very, very, very red on the...

  • Time for an Immigration Pause
    September 01, 2019

    Time for an Immigration Pause

    The postwar American conservative movement had many factions, but most at least feigned to revere British statesman Edmund Burke. Those who read the movement’s books and magazines were told Burke abhorred radical change, and so should we. In...
  • Out of Afghanistan
    September 01, 2019

    Out of Afghanistan

    President Donald Trump on September 7 abruptly cancelled secret meetings with unnamed Taliban representatives and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Citing a deadly bombing in Kabul a few days earlier, Trump also said he was cancelling the talks with...
  • Which Terrorism?
    September 01, 2019

    Which Terrorism?

    The U.S. is about to make a disastrous blunder in its terrorism policies. In recent months, a series of savage shootings has drawn attention to the dangers posed by far-right, or white-supremacist, terrorism. Commentators from across the...
  • Hiding in Delusion
    September 01, 2019

    Hiding in Delusion

    Although Where’d You Go, Bernadette stars the incomparable Cate Blanchett along with a strong cast that includes Billy Crudup and Kristen Wiig, the film is a serious disappointment. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given it was released in...
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    September 01, 2019

    Books in Brief

    From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith, by Sohrab Ahmari (San Francisco: Ignatius Press; 240 pp., $22.95). Sohrab Ahmari: Iranian immigrant, Roman Catholic convert, conservative, New York Post editor, and...
  • Judging the Past
    September 01, 2019

    Judging the Past

    Joshua Tait, who is completing a dissertation on the American conservative movement at the University of North Carolina, is a virtue-signaling expert on his object of study. Never does Tait hold back in judging past conservatives by his...
  • The Grip on Comedy Slips
    September 01, 2019

    The Grip on Comedy Slips

    Comedy has long been under the left’s control, as just one province of the U.S. entertainment empire centered in Hollywood—which is itself a bastion of leftist control over mainstream culture. But comedy is a rebellious province by its nature, as...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    September 01, 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    How is it possible to describe Dostoevsky’s great but sometimes neglected novel, Notes From Underground, without provoking repugnance for the nameless anti- hero whose voice dominates its pages? He is, as he announces in the opening lines, “a...
  • Crackup in the Democratic Party
    August 30, 2019

    Crackup in the Democratic Party

    This week, we were served some less-than-breaking news. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination. If you've never heard of him, that's OK. Few Democrats have. He served in the Marine Corps for four tours...
  • Let Them Howl, Boris!
    August 30, 2019

    Let Them Howl, Boris!

    Facing a Parliamentary majority opposed to a hard Brexit–a crashing out of the EU if Britain is not offered a deal she can live with–Boris Johnson took matters into his own hands. He went to the Queen at Balmoral and got Parliament "prorogued,"...
  • Boris Johnson's Fall Offensive
    August 29, 2019

    Boris Johnson's Fall Offensive

    What winter quarters were to the soldier, summer vacations are to the politician of today. The fall campaign has now opened with a surprise Government offensive. Boris Johnson has made the brusque announcement that Parliament will be prorogued...
  • Faces of Clio
    August 28, 2019

    Faces of Clio

    Taken together, these three books serve nicely as a kind of group portrait of Clio and her several faces. In reverse order we have the historian as diarist and memoirist, as documentarian, and as reflective sage. As one of the learned species,...
  • Will Bibi's War Become America's War?
    August 27, 2019

    Will Bibi's War Become America's War?

    President Donald Trump, who canceled a missile strike on Iran, after the shoot-down of a U.S. Predator drone, to avoid killing Iranians, may not want a U.S. war with Iran. But the same cannot be said of Bibi Netanyahu. Saturday, Israel launched...
  • Wir Schaffen Das
    August 26, 2019

    Wir Schaffen Das

    “Wir schaffen das”: I admire the cool cheek of Boris Johnson. He spoke those loaded words to Angela Merkel, who had famously spoken them in defence of her open invitation to a million migrants. The massed ranks of the German Press corps were slow...
  • Greenland: Trump's MAGA Idea!
    August 23, 2019

    Greenland: Trump's MAGA Idea!

    To those of us of who learned our U.S. history from texts in the 1940s and '50s, President Donald Trump's brainstorm of acquiring Greenland fits into a venerable tradition of American expansionism. The story begins with colonial officer George...
  • The Wisdom of Federalism
    August 22, 2019

    The Wisdom of Federalism

    "How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?" Gosh! Worlds of damage, you'd imagine, if you're a typical client of The New York Times nursery school system, where more and more government is good and less and less government is...
  • A Tale of Two Germanies
    August 21, 2019

    A Tale of Two Germanies

    An important foreign story consistently underreported in the U.S. is the remarkable rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the eastern states of the Federal Republic. Regional elections will be held on September 1 in two of them,...
  • What's Next for Brexit's Foes?
    August 21, 2019

    What's Next for Brexit's Foes?

    An anti-Brexit Government of National Unity falls at the first hurdle: its acronym. The political classes had found the dodo useful, as a widely accepted symbol for Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement. Now Theresa has gone the way of the dodo...
  • After Brexit, a Party Purge
    August 19, 2019

    After Brexit, a Party Purge

    The near future of British politics is unnervingly poised. The law as it stands is that Britain must leave the European Union on October 31st. This law can only be changed by another law, which requires a Parliamentary majority. Can this be...
  • American Tragedy
    August 16, 2019

    American Tragedy

    One thing about tragedies: They reveal people for who they really are. In the past two weeks, we've learned a lot about our media and political class. Our country endured two separate and horrifying mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas, and the...
  • Trump's Great Gamble
    August 16, 2019

    Trump's Great Gamble

    President Donald Trump's reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee. The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability Trump wins a...
  • The City Beat
    August 15, 2019

    The City Beat

    Red Love is "third generation Leninist" porno star Suzie Sizzle's yet-unmade dream project, the love story of her aunt and uncle, the Rosenberg-like spies Dolly and Solly Rubell. Until Suzie's industry develops a revolutionary consciousness,...
  • Yemen: The Geopolitics of Chaos
    August 14, 2019

    Yemen: The Geopolitics of Chaos

    The war in Yemen is like the drought in the Sahel or the carnage in the streets of south Chicago: an ongoing unpleasantness of which we are but vaguely aware, a regrettable but irrelevant fact of life. It is nevertheless remarkable that the...
  • Twilight of the Meritocrats
    August 12, 2019

    Twilight of the Meritocrats

    “Merit” is always debatable outside certain skills. In the many organizations that are hierarchic in structure, “merit” means a capacity for advancement via intrigues, well-understood techniques of self-promotion, and a total commitment to the...
  • Biden Goes All In on the Race Issue
    August 09, 2019

    Biden Goes All In on the Race Issue

    Those who believed America's racial divide would begin to close with the civil rights acts of the 1960s and the election of a black president in this century appear to have been overly optimistic. The race divide seems deeper and wider than at...
  • The Emerson No One Knows
  • The Aesthetics of Hate
    August 09, 2019

    The Aesthetics of Hate

    Of Marx's numerous ex cathedra pronouncements, none has pre­sented a greater hermeneutical chal­lenge to the faithful than the assertion that life is not determined by con­sciousness, but consciousness by life. It seemed to follow as a...
  • Trivial Pursuits
    August 09, 2019

    Trivial Pursuits

    Leslie Fiedler once observed that "in our day, it is . . . possible to be a writer without having written anything." Although it would be grossly unfair to apply this generalization to Cyril Connolly and Logan Pearsall Smith, one cannot help but...
  • An Image of the East
    August 08, 2019

    An Image of the East

    It is a cliché among Byzantinists that too few people in the world, especially in the West, know anything about Byzantium, so there is no doubt that more works of “popular synthesis” that make this Christian successor to the Roman Empire in the...
  •  The Pilgrimage of Malcolm Muggeridge
    August 07, 2019

    The Pilgrimage of Malcolm Muggeridge

    Malcolm Muggeridge was more than a social critic and irreverent humorist who pinpointed the pitfalls of human institutions. By the time he died in November 1990, he had become the most widely read Christian apologist since C. S. Lewis—much to the...
  • Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings
    August 06, 2019

    Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings

    It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019. In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera—police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI and city officials—were...
  • A Welsh Defeat Shows Boris Needs Nigel
    August 05, 2019

    A Welsh Defeat Shows Boris Needs Nigel

    Brecon & Radnorshire was an encounter battle, unplanned and unwanted. This obscure border constituency has just seen a by-election whose occasion was absurd—the sitting MP was recalled after some minor expenses claims transgressions and was...
  • Trump’s China Gamble: Bold, Rational
    August 05, 2019

    Trump’s China Gamble: Bold, Rational

    Last Thursday President Donald Trump announced that his administration would impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports starting September 1, in addition to the existing 25 percent tariff on $250 billion in goods introduced...
  • A Multicultural Mugging of Uncle Joe
    August 02, 2019

    A Multicultural Mugging of Uncle Joe

    In his opening statement at Wednesday's Democratic debate in Detroit, Joe Biden addressed Donald Trump while pointing proudly to the racial and ethnic diversity of the nine Democrats standing beside him. . . . Whereupon the other nine–three...
  • Mr. Eliot's Dreams
    August 01, 2019

    Mr. Eliot's Dreams

    T.S. Eliot has become so thoroughly exalted, especially among conservative intellectuals, as the greatest poetic avatar of Western civilization in modern times (a role he must share, though, with Yeats and Pound) that it may shock many to notice...
  • Resurrecting the Old Right
    August 01, 2019

    Resurrecting the Old Right

    For those who may have noticed, I’ve been absent from this venerable magazine for more than 12 years. Upon returning, I feel obliged to give an account of what I’ve learned in the intervening time. Aside from visiting my family and doing research...
  • The Broken Promise of American Cities
    August 01, 2019

    The Broken Promise of American Cities

    There is a saying used in California when the going gets tough: “At least we have the weather.” No matter how expensive, dangerous, unclean, and generally inhospitable the state’s cities become, “at least we have the weather,” Californians say, as if
  • Perot, the Proto-Trump
    August 01, 2019

    Perot, the Proto-Trump

    One evening in the fall of 2015, with the unlikely Donald J. Trump already dominating the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, I ran into Ross Perot, Jr., at an exclusive charity event in Dallas. Perot is a billionaire real...
  • Boris Derangement Syndrome
    August 01, 2019

    Boris Derangement Syndrome

    Boris Derangement Syndrome has broken out in Britain. It is similar to the more widely documented American affliction, Trump Derangement Syndrome. BDS and TDS epidemics spread when the media and political classes are confronted with an empowered...
  • Greek Honor and Squad Shame
    August 01, 2019

    Greek Honor and Squad Shame

    Sailing in Homer’s wine-dark Aegean Sea, and traipsing all over the Acropolis and the marvels of antiquity, is the best antidote I know to the brouhaha over “The Squad.” It makes these four publicity-seeking, opportunistic mental dwarfs seem even...
  • Letter from a Legend
    August 01, 2019

    Letter from a Legend

    Chronicles’ editors should be commended for publishing several hard-hitting articles on the left’s pernicious censorship and particularly for providing an interview with a young friend of mine, Michael Millerman, who has been victimized by...
  • Silicon Valley Insider
    August 01, 2019

    Silicon Valley Insider

    The three articles about the destructive character of Silicon Valley (Chronicles, August 2019) were right on the mark and reminded me of how the area has changed over the years.
  • Democrats Adrift
    August 01, 2019

    Democrats Adrift

    The field of Democrats aspiring to be their party’s presidential nominee resembles what the Republican field of four years ago would have been, had Donald Trump not entered the race.
  • Trump's China Strategy
    August 01, 2019

    Trump's China Strategy

    Many years ago, Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson was challenged by a mathematician to name a single proposition in all social science that was both true and nontrivial. Samuelson proposed the principle of comparative advantage, first developed by...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    August 01, 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    During Russell Kirk’s fruitful lifetime I regularly took his sage advice concerning books I ought to read. Dr. Kirk had seemingly perused everything worth perusing. Thus, on his say-so in 1968, I read, marked, learned, and inwardly...
  • In Fair Verona, a Fight for Family
    August 01, 2019

    In Fair Verona, a Fight for Family

    My husband and I touched down in Venice in late March, rented a Fiat 500, and drove through a rolling Italian countryside spotted with vineyards. Our destination was the medieval town of Verona. Verona has become something of a political...
  • California Apocalypse Now
    August 01, 2019

    California Apocalypse Now

    Just about everybody I know, especially Republicans, is planning an exit strategy from California. A Los Angeles County firefighter I met at a party said all those guys, too, are planning to leave, despite their high salaries and pensions. Many...
  • The British Invasion of the Ozarks
    August 01, 2019

    The British Invasion of the Ozarks

    Chronicles readers may recall my “Old Route 66” (September 2013) and “Keep the Water on Your Right” (February 2015) motorcycle travelogues, in which I rode through small towns and rural areas to reconnect with the land and people of America. A...
  • Noble Savages
    August 01, 2019

    Noble Savages

    Allensworth and Frye do a wonderful job dispelling human ignorance concerning the walls that have protected civilizations from barbarians (“Against the Barbarians,” Chronicles, July 2019). But, one thing mentioned bothers me:...
  • Ride On, Proud Boys!
    August 01, 2019

    Ride On, Proud Boys!

    Canada has not done much to assure the world it is anything other than a dog in search of a lap. Americans declared independence from England in 1776, but Canadians still haven’t mustered the gumption to cut ties with the mother island 522 years...
  • Spying on the American Remnant
    August 01, 2019

    Spying on the American Remnant

    As a boy, your author lived in a working-class neighborhood just outside Houston’s city limits. My parents were the children of rural people who had come to Houston looking for work during the Great Depression. They lived in frame houses sitting...
  • The Crucible of Innovation
    August 01, 2019

    The Crucible of Innovation

    It is an inconvenient fact—and one studiously neglected by proponents of unrestricted global migration—that the main military participants in the politically incorrect and toxically masculine medieval Crusades were migrants. Nubian infantry,...
  • Emperor of Imagination
    August 01, 2019

    Emperor of Imagination

    Charles the Great looms out of the swirling obscurity of post-Roman Europe like the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria, signaling simultaneously radical renewal and an alteration of everything that came before. As Janet Nelson illuminates in her new...
  • Hazardous Do-Overs
    August 01, 2019

    Hazardous Do-Overs

    America was founded on the idea of the second chance. People unhappy with their lives in Europe sailed to the New World, where they hoped they could escape oppression and failure. This gave rise to the peculiarly American idea that it is possible...
  • Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'?
    July 31, 2019

    Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'?

    One of the lessons that was reinforced for me at my alma mater was that Communism was a great evil. This lesson was taught by classmates whose families had fled that evil in such places as Vietnam, Lithuania, and Hungary. It was also taught by...
  • Is Trump Capturing the 'Law and Order' Issue?
    July 30, 2019

    Is Trump Capturing the 'Law and Order' Issue?

    Did President Donald Trump launch his Twitter barrage at Elijah Cummings simply because the Baltimore congressman was black? Was it just a "racist" attack on a member of the Black Caucus?
  • Letters From Rome: Italy's Russiagate-Wannabe
    July 29, 2019

    Letters From Rome: Italy's Russiagate-Wannabe

    Back in the Eternal City after three years, and there is another political scandal on the horizon. Or at least the local media machine (every bit as bad as its U.S. equivalent) would have us believe there was. The target: Matteo Salvini, Italy’s...
  • Boris Johnson's Blood Sports
    July 29, 2019

    Boris Johnson's Blood Sports

    “The washing of the spears,” was the Zulu term for victory in battle. The latest phase in the Tory civil war has seen a brutal triumph of the Brexiteers, with no quarter extended to the vanquished. Of Theresa May’s Cabinet of 23, 16 have fallen...
  • After Mueller Debacle, Where Do Democrats Go?
    July 26, 2019

    After Mueller Debacle, Where Do Democrats Go?

    The Democrats who were looking to cast Robert Mueller as the star in a TV special, "The Impeachment of Donald Trump," can probably tear up the script. They're gonna be needing a new one.
  • Character in Acting
    July 25, 2019

    Character in Acting

    To 18th-century Britons and Americans who devoted any serious thought to the subject of human nature—and a great many did—the conventional starting point was the theory of the passions, or drives for self-gratification. Rousseau to the contrary,...
  • The Last Day of May
    July 24, 2019

    The Last Day of May

    Here I intuit the thoughts of Theresa May, as she prepares to leave office. For her though the office of Prime Minister is not an “occupation,” it is the self. Take, for example, being welcomed on the steps of the Elysees Palace by President...
  • The Mind and Heart of T.S. Eliot
    July 24, 2019

    The Mind and Heart of T.S. Eliot

    In 1948, when I kept a bookshop, not a few young people still fancied that Eliot expressed their own romantic nihilism. Many books about him having been published since then, that illusion no longer prevails. Eliot's descent into the numinous...
  • America: An Us vs. Them Country
    July 23, 2019

    America: An Us vs. Them Country

    "Send her back! Send her back!" The 13 seconds of that chant at the rally in North Carolina, in response to Donald Trump's recital of the outrages of Somali-born Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, will not soon be forgotten, or forgiven.
  • Trump Is Right About "The Squad"
    July 19, 2019

    Trump Is Right About "The Squad"

    Last Sunday President Trump triggered off a major controversy with a series of tweets directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). The president berated the far-left...
  • Is a New US Mideast War Inevitable?
    July 19, 2019

    Is a New US Mideast War Inevitable?

    In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes of Chinese troops who had intervened massively in the Korean War, a 5,000-man Turkish brigade arrived to halt an onslaught by six Chinese divisions. Said supreme commander Gen. Douglas...
  • Theresa May: A Political Obituary
    July 18, 2019

    Theresa May: A Political Obituary

    The time for Theresa May’s political obituary is at hand. I write it with relish. There never was a politician on whom the gods lavished such favors, and who squandered their gifts with such perverse determination. She was presented with the...
  • Women’s Soccer: More Iron Horse, Less Braying
    July 17, 2019

    Women’s Soccer: More Iron Horse, Less Braying

    Recently, Americans were implored to pay attention to a sport most of us do not follow for reasons that have little to do with the dramatic nature of the competition. Turning on a computer brought regular reminders of this sport, with Google...
  • Iran–More War for Oil?
    July 15, 2019

    Iran–More War for Oil?

    It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince’s role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal...
  • Are Yanks and Brits Going Their Separate Ways?
    July 12, 2019

    Are Yanks and Brits Going Their Separate Ways?

    When Sir Kim Darroch's secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration "dysfunctional ... unpredictable ... faction-riven ... diplomatically clumsy and inept," the odds on his survival as U.K....
  • Trump and Britain
    July 10, 2019

    Trump and Britain

    The sensationally miscast Sir Kim Darroch, H.M. Ambassador to the United States, has now gone, followed by a grieving cortège of the Foreign Office. Their clan spirit is that of Macbeth. Even Sir Christopher Meyer, a pretty good Ambassador in his...
  • Grand Designs
    July 10, 2019

    Grand Designs

    There are many things wrong with this book, beginning with its title. The Liberal Mind is not what this book is about. (Nor were the 1940's and 1950's really a Conservative Age—but let this pass.) It is about the intellection of the New York...
  • Are Democrats Ceding the Center to Trump?
    July 09, 2019

    Are Democrats Ceding the Center to Trump?

    Since the Democratic debates in June, the tide seems to have receded for the party and its presidential hopefuls. In new polls, only Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump comfortably. The other top-tier candidates—Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala...
  • Strategic Implications of China’s Burgeoning Sea Power
    July 08, 2019

    Strategic Implications of China’s Burgeoning Sea Power

    Last Wednesday China completed a major naval exercise in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. On July 3 it was reported that China was testing a new naval helicopter which “could fill a big gap” in its expanding fleet. Over the weekend,...
  • A Eurocrat in Washington
    July 08, 2019

    A Eurocrat in Washington

    Sir Kim Darroch’s epic misjudgment has as good as ended his time as H.M. Ambassador in Washington, and his career. His dispatch to the Foreign Office complaining of the utter ineptitude of the Trump administration has been leaked with devastating...
  • Trump's Patriotism Vs. The New Anti-Americanism
    July 05, 2019

    Trump's Patriotism Vs. The New Anti-Americanism

    Despite all the grousing and griping about his "politicizing" of the Fourth of July and "militarizing" America's birthday, President Donald Trump turned the tables on his antagonists, and pulled it off. As master of ceremonies and keynote...
  • A Potemkin Parliament’s Humiliation
    July 05, 2019

    A Potemkin Parliament’s Humiliation

    The elephant in the next room is Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. For a graphic proof, look at the media, TV, and newspapers lately. The European Parliament met in Strasbourg for the first plenary session of its newly-elected members. Beethoven’s...
  • Conservative Commons
    July 03, 2019

    Conservative Commons

    American conservatism in the late 18th century was unlike the European species, where popular "peasant" and articulate "aristocratic" conservatism were able to develop together and to maintain a common front against the ascendant bourgeoisie.
  • Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?
    July 02, 2019

    Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?

    "The liberal idea has become obsolete. ... (Liberals) cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades." Such was the confident claim of Vladimir Putin to the Financial Times on the eve of a...
  • The Lion of Idaho
    July 01, 2019

    The Lion of Idaho

    The latest fad among leftist historians, according to the New York Times, is the study of the conservative movement. "By marrying social and political history," the Times announced, "this new wave of scholarship is revising the history of...
  • Five Modest Swamp-Draining Proposals
    July 01, 2019

    Five Modest Swamp-Draining Proposals

    How many times will naive voters fall for the old “When elected I will shrink the federal government” lie? If our Solipsist-in-Chief can’t “drain the swamp,” you can bet your last VHS Jazzercise tape that myriad new laws, middle-class tax cuts,...
  • Cold War Comfort
    July 01, 2019

    Cold War Comfort

    To say I was a difficult child is something of an understatement: I was a wild child. In retrospect, I can only feel sorry for my poor parents, who had no idea what to do with me. I was simply unmanageable. Unwilling to sit still in class, or...
  • The Naked and The Veiled
    July 01, 2019

    The Naked and The Veiled

    German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film, Never Look Away, now available for online streaming, considers the Nazi and communist twin ideologies that strove to perfect the human species via sterilization, euthanasia, and mass...
  • Interview With a Condemned Academic
    July 01, 2019

    Interview With a Condemned Academic

    Michael Millerman was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto when he got into trouble. The trouble wasn’t drugs or alcohol, debt, or academic improprieties. Nor was he troubled by poor academic performance. The trouble was that he was...
  • Cop in the SPLC's Crosshairs
    July 01, 2019

    Cop in the SPLC's Crosshairs

    Schoolchildren all across America are taught they live in the Land of the Free and that freedom of speech is a bedrock right. This is patently untrue, especially if one falls into any of these unfortunate demographic categories: Christian, white,...
  • How Online Censorship Works
    July 01, 2019

    How Online Censorship Works

    The first level of online censorship happens without the victims even knowing it’s happening. Tweets, posts, articles, videos, comments, and websites of political content are all uploaded without resistance. But they aren’t seen, aren’t...
  • Rethinking Big Tech’s Legal Immunity
    July 01, 2019

    Rethinking Big Tech’s Legal Immunity

    Should Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or other purveyors of internet content be liable for damages if they fail to ensure that what they disseminate is not inaccurate, libelous, or otherwise dangerous and pernicious? There is a...
  • Silicon Valley Is Dumbing Down Kids
    July 01, 2019

    Silicon Valley Is Dumbing Down Kids

    When I caught a seventh student in the classroom trying to bury his Chromebook in his crotch, clumsily angling the screen below the desk to hide the networked game he was playing, I wondered whether there’s any evidence that Chromebooks actually...
  • Whither Chronicles?
    July 01, 2019

    Whither Chronicles?

    I have been a subscriber to Chronicles for roughly twenty-five years. I love the print magazine, which I intend to take until I pass on to my reward, its publication ceases, or its “voice” becomes indistinct from that of National Review, whichever co
  • That Culture Thing
    July 01, 2019

    That Culture Thing

    We have been long-time subscribers and readers. Chronicles is one of many periodicals, newspapers, journals, magazines, books we read expressing thoughts that span the political idea spectrum. You state that you are a magazine of American culture. I
  • Wake-Up Call to the Scared Bunnies
    July 01, 2019

    Wake-Up Call to the Scared Bunnies

    A MarketWatch story this summer let us in on why millennials stash so little cash in 401(k) accounts. Like, given climate change, what’s the point? “The weather systems are already off,” a woman named Lori Rodriguez told a MarketWatch reporter,...
  • Supreme Court's Drifting Days Are Done
    July 01, 2019

    Supreme Court's Drifting Days Are Done

    This scrupulously objective book may be considered a gift to conservatives who have long despaired about the possibility of principled legal tenets regularly prevailing in Supreme Court opinions. For decades this long-suffering group has watched...
  • Let Us Now Praise Famous G-Men
    July 01, 2019

    Let Us Now Praise Famous G-Men

    Over the past few years, the United States federal government attempted a coup d’état against its own chief executive. Working from “opposition research” paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, the Deep State and its partners in the...
  • Justin Raimondo: Anti-War Crusader
    July 01, 2019

    Justin Raimondo: Anti-War Crusader

    Justin Raimondo, long-time Chronicles columnist, vociferous anti-war activist, and a leading member of the paleolibertarian political movement, died June 27 at age 67 after a long battle with lung cancer.
  • Remembering Slavery
    July 01, 2019

    Remembering Slavery

    The topic of slavery and reparations has been much in the news of late and might feature prominently in next year’s presidential elections. Slave ownership taints the reputations of historical figures, to the point of provoking campaigns against...
  • A Tale of Two Borders
    July 01, 2019

    A Tale of Two Borders

    One clear winner of the recent European Parliament elections was Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, whose party won roughly a third of the votes, finishing well ahead of any other party. Salvini’s party, the Lega, began as a regional party...
  • The Old West's Deadly Doctor
    July 01, 2019

    The Old West's Deadly Doctor

    Most Americans know of Doc Holliday only as Wyatt Earp’s sidekick. He was much more than that. He was not only one of the most colorful characters in the Old West but also one of the most feared. He acquired the nickname “Doc” honestly, earning a...
  • Wasted Youth
    July 01, 2019

    Wasted Youth

    A wise man recently said: Our youth love luxury, they have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect for their elders, and no longer rise when a lady enters the room. They chatter instead of exercising, gobble up their food,...
  • Trump's Last Chance
    July 01, 2019

    Trump's Last Chance

    As President Donald Trump starts his reelection campaign in earnest, a major segment of his 2020 platform remains ambiguous. In the field of foreign and security policy, the next five or six months present Trump with the last opportunity to...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    July 01, 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Dostoevsky’s great 1866 novel Crime and Punishment and Aldous Huxley’s 1939 novel After Many a Summer Dies the Swan.
  • In Memoriam: Justin Raimondo, 1951-2019
    June 28, 2019

    In Memoriam: Justin Raimondo, 1951-2019

    Justin Raimondo, long-time Chronicles columnist, vociferous anti-war activist and a leading member of the paleolibertarian political movement, died Thursday at age 67 after a long battle with lung cancer. An influential champion of...
  • A Century of Disorder
    June 28, 2019

    A Century of Disorder

    A hundred years ago, on June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the illustrious Hall of Mirrors, the same spot where the German Empire was proclaimed in January 1871. It was the most ambitious gathering of its kind in history....
  • Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi
    June 28, 2019

    Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

    "For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end."...
  • The Establishment’s Hatred Can’t Stop Boris Johnson
    June 27, 2019

    The Establishment’s Hatred Can’t Stop Boris Johnson

    “The necessary man” is the term that explains everything in British politics. Boris is the target of all the focused loathing of the Establishment, a force so powerful and widespread that no man can say who drives it.
  • Orwell and Religion
    June 26, 2019

    Orwell and Religion

    In his novel 1984, George Orwell created a world devoid of freedom and justice, truth and goodness. But there is another void in the book that critics seldom notice: the utter lack of religious faith. The absence of any vestige of religion seems...
  • Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?
    June 25, 2019

    Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?

    Visualizing 150 Iranian dead from a missile strike that he had ordered, President Donald Trump recoiled and canceled the strike, a brave decision and defining moment for his presidency. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Vice...
  • Boris Johnson Is Bulletproof
    June 24, 2019

    Boris Johnson Is Bulletproof

    For an informed insight into British politics, avoid the main stream media. You would rest on a waterbed of misconceptions. The final ballot for the Tory leadership candidates closed with this result: Boris, 160; Hunt, 77; Gove, 75. So the top...
  • Will Joe Repudiate His Segregationist Friends?
    June 21, 2019

    Will Joe Repudiate His Segregationist Friends?

    "Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There's not a racist bone in my body." Thus did a stung Joe Biden answer rival Cory Booker's demand he apologize for telling contributors, in a southern drawl, "I was in a caucus with...
  • Anglo-Americana
    June 20, 2019

    Anglo-Americana

    In 1858, as British and French forces pushed their way to Peking in the Opium Wars, Josiah Tatnall, commander of the neutral American naval squadron, intervened to save the British ships from Chinese guns and tow them safely out of range.
  • Mohamed Morsi: The Score
    June 19, 2019

    Mohamed Morsi: The Score

    Judging by the corporate media obituaries, “Egypt’s first democratically elected president”– who died while on trial in a Cairo courtroom on June 17–was a well-meaning but inept leader who “governed clumsily” before being overthrown by the...
  • The Tory Contest Is Bad TV
    June 19, 2019

    The Tory Contest Is Bad TV

    "Excruciating" was the verdict on the TV debate of the five remaining candidates for the Tory leadership. They were perched on stools, like five barflies in search of a bar. I regretted the absence of a woman, though not for the standard...
  • War With Iran Would Become 'Trump's War'
    June 18, 2019

    War With Iran Would Become 'Trump's War'

    President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran. Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world's seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil...
  • A Masque of State–and Its Parody
    June 17, 2019

    A Masque of State–and Its Parody

    “Soft Power” is real power. The State Banquet at Buckingham Palace earlier this month showed royals and the president at their best, with an unstated but perfectly clear implication: no other country can do this. It were well to keep on good...
  • Russiagate Is No Watergate
    June 14, 2019

    Russiagate Is No Watergate

    "History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance," John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and "Russiagate" which has bedeviled Donald Trump. But what strikes this veteran...
  • Books in Brief
    June 14, 2019

    Books in Brief

    I read Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s memoir of his illegal residency in the United States last week while on vacation in Germany, another country arguing about immigration.
  • Of Infants and Geezers
    June 14, 2019

    Of Infants and Geezers

    Unplanned is a remarkable piece of cinematic propaganda that seeks to tell the truth about abortion and Planned Parenthood. It’s based on a memoir of the same title written by Abby Johnson, who is played in the film by Ashley Bratcher.
  • Big Tech Joins the Culture War
    June 14, 2019

    Big Tech Joins the Culture War

    The Silicon Valley censors have struck again. This time it’s against James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas for sins related to the practice of journalism, namely publishing documents allegedly exposing anti-Christian bias on the social media platform Pinte
  • Republic of War
    June 14, 2019

    Republic of War

    For a pacific, commercial republic protected by two giant oceans and two peaceful neighbors with small militaries, America sure has fought a lot of wars. Michael Beschloss’s Presidents of War details eight American leaders beginning in 1807 who...
  • We Ought to Like Ike
    June 14, 2019

    We Ought to Like Ike

    As a second-year West Point cadet in March 1969, I was returning to my room after chemistry class midafternoon on a Friday. As I stepped inside Pershing Barracks, I saw a number of cadets huddled around a note posted on the stairway railing.
  • Revisiting Suffrage
    June 14, 2019

    Revisiting Suffrage

    One hundred years have now passed since both houses of Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. For a long time, both major parties were ready to grant the suffrage, should American women...
  • 'Brazilian Trump' Rides Wave of Low Expectations
    June 14, 2019

    'Brazilian Trump' Rides Wave of Low Expectations

    Jair Bolsonaro’s election to the presidency of Brazil last year provoked a media meltdown similar to Donald Trump’s victory in 2016.
  • Farage’s European Victory Upends British Politics
    June 14, 2019

    Farage’s European Victory Upends British Politics

    When the 751 Members of the new European Parliament (MEPs) gather in the French city of Strasbourg on July 2, the largest national group present in all the EU will be the MEPs of Britain’s new Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage.
  • The Word Remains
    June 14, 2019

    The Word Remains

    The last time I visited John Lukacs at Pickering Close, his home just outside of Phoenixville, Penn., he greeted me in Hungarian. My knowledge of that language is confined to goulash and paprikash and the proper pronunciation of Budapest, so I...
  • Gun Grabbers Wave the Red Flag
    June 14, 2019

    Gun Grabbers Wave the Red Flag

    Every man, whether he is conscious of it or not, has drawn a line in the sand behind which he will not retreat. Most Americans have ancestors who defended that line when it was crossed by government tyranny. It is now being crossed in Colorado.
  • U.S. Economy Nears Growth Record
    June 14, 2019

    U.S. Economy Nears Growth Record

    The U.S. economy, absent a precipitous decline in payroll employment this quarter, will set a momentous record in July: the longest economic expansion in the nation’s 243-year history.
  • Against the Barbarians
    June 14, 2019

    Against the Barbarians

    The 21st century is a return to the Age of Walls. As historian and archeologist David Frye writes in his important new book, Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick, few have noticed that a new era of wall building is now upon us,...
  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    June 14, 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    I’m enmeshed in reading all of Shakespeare, using the The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition (Oxford University Press, 2016). Within 3,180 pages, it contains all the Bard’s writing in chronological order, from The Two Gentlemen of...
  • The Price of Overstretch
    June 14, 2019

    The Price of Overstretch

    “Everything in strategy is very simple,” Carl von Clausewitz wrote almost two centuries ago, “but that does not mean that everything is very easy.” The author of On War said it is easy to chart the course of a war once begun, but “great strength...
  • Orange Monster Charms the Brits
    June 14, 2019

    Orange Monster Charms the Brits

    In early June, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stood on the airport tarmac waiting to greet President Donald Trump. Following the resignation of Theresa May, a Conservative leadership competition was underway, and Hunt was desperate to...
  • Belgians and Bureaucrats
    June 14, 2019

    Belgians and Bureaucrats

    Some years ago my friend and neighbor Baron Philip Lambert had my wife and me to dinner in his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, and the talk turned to Belgian history. Philip’s grandfather, a banker, had lent money to King Leopold II of Belgium to...
  • Camp of the Saints, Stateside
    June 14, 2019

    Camp of the Saints, Stateside

    In early June, border agents near San Diego did what they do a lot these days. They collared two previously deported sex criminals who had re-entered the United States illegally. Both men were convicted of sex crimes against children, Customs and...
  • Pious Tariffs
    June 14, 2019

    Pious Tariffs

    In “Protectionism as a Path to Piety” (May 2019 issue), John Howting appears to assert that protective tariffs are acts of piety.
  • A Memorable Secession
    June 14, 2019

    A Memorable Secession

    I haven’t read The Land We Love: The South and Its Heritage, and judging by Donald Livingston’s review (May 2019 issue) I probably won’t. Why? Because it sounds like yet another attempt to defend “Lost Cause” ideology.
  • Homo Economicus
    June 14, 2019

    Homo Economicus

    I want to thank Greg Kaza for his review of “Globalists” in the June issue. He has called to attention some extremely relevant points, which are necessary for understanding current events.
  • Brexit Party Beats the Tories Again
    June 13, 2019

    Brexit Party Beats the Tories Again

    “The main lesson to draw from the Peterborough by-election is that the Brexit Party can wound but it cannot kill.” Thus the London Times, in all its majestic myopia verging on outright blindness. Have the wordsmiths who write its editorials ever...
  • Danger of War With Iran Averted, For Now
    June 12, 2019

    Danger of War With Iran Averted, For Now

    To Mike Pompeo’s and John Bolton’s great regret, the conspiracy to push the U.S. into yet another war in the Middle East—likely more catastrophic in cost and consequences than all previous ones taken together—has been averted, for now at least.
  • Are Abortion & Gay Rights American Values?
    June 11, 2019

    Are Abortion & Gay Rights American Values?

    "My religion defines who I am. And I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life," said