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Remembering Kingsley Amis
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Remembering Kingsley Amis

Queen Victoria’s corpse had hardly cooled before modernism in the United Kingdom rebelled against Victorian styles, attitudes, and mores.
 
The ideas of arguably the four most important thinkers of the modern era—Darwin, Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud—were written during Queen

Remembering Learned Hand
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Remembering Learned Hand

The name Learned Hand may not leap readily off the tongue if one were asked to list the conservative luminaries of the 20th century. Few people today outside the legal profession have any idea just how profound his influence as

The Unmeaning of Unmeaning
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The Unmeaning of Unmeaning

A computer was the victor on a popular television game show, easily defeating its human competitors; an arms race is under way involving militarized robots that can take the battlefield in the place of inferior humans; in Japan, artificial-intelligence software

Buckley for the Masses
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Buckley for the Masses

Overly committed as he was to supposedly universal political ideals and to the spread of American liberal democracy throughout the world, William F. Buckley, Jr., was not my kind of conservative.  He could be tactless and cruel, as when he

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Okinawa Occupied

Okinawa is a beautiful island in the Pacific.  Although part of Japan, it is culturally and historically distinct, having a long list of diverse occupants and occupiers.  The Allies won a decisive victory at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. 

Atomic Anniversary
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Atomic Anniversary

Sixty-five years ago, on August 6, the United States dropped the first offensive nuclear weapon in history.  This bomb, code-named “Little Boy,” killed around 140,000 people in Hiroshima, Japan.  The U.S. military dropped the second and last nuclear weapon