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Remembering  Robert E. Lee
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Remembering Robert E. Lee

The Forbearant Hero

Prior to the July 1863 march into Pennsylvania that would lead to the fateful loss at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee instructed the battalions of the Army of Northern Virginia to remember

that we make war only

The Tithes That Unbind
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The Tithes That Unbind

For several decades now, the Mormon church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), has been embroiled in controversy over its positions on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and, more recently, transgender rights. Despite some notable compromises …

Snow Princess Does Beijing
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Snow Princess Does Beijing

Poor Gu Ailing, or, as we call her here in the country of her birth, Eileen Gu. She claims to have jumped ship to join the Chinese team for this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing because she hoped to inspire

The Cancel Culture Zoo
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The Cancel Culture Zoo

Just when we thought cancel culture couldn’t possibly get sillier, new heights of inanity were achieved in March when Dr. Seuss Enterprises removed six of that author’s best known titles from its active publishing list upon recommendations from a “panel

One Nation, Under Which God?
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One Nation, Under Which God?

On May 5, President Joe Biden left out the word “God” in his proclamation on the annual National Day of Prayer. Some critics on the right claimed Biden was the first president in American history to do so. Of course,

Remembering Booker T. Washington
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Remembering Booker T. Washington

When Booker T. Washington delivered his “Atlanta Compromise” speech in 1895 at the Cotton States and International Exposition, nearly 15 years after the founding of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, the effect was galvanizing. Frederick Douglass, until then the most

Under Cover of Darkness
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Under Cover of Darkness

For 124 years, the statue of John C. Calhoun, from high upon his perch in Marion Square, kept vigil over the city of Charleston. In life as in death Calhoun was indeed a monumental figure. Even in the flesh he

What the Editors Are Reading: Who Owns America?
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What the Editors Are Reading: Who Owns America?

First published in 1936 as the nation was still reeling from the Great Depression, Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence remains a classic of American political thought and rhetoric.

A collection of 21 essays, edited by the Fugitive-Agrarian

Plague Literature: The Threshing Floor
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Plague Literature: The Threshing Floor

Over the centuries, plague has been understood variously as a purely natural phenomenon, astrological fatalism, the judgment of God, or, most perplexing, a manifestation of divine mercy. Since plague is one of those natural disasters whose origin cannot be assigned

Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.
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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: Half

The American Muse
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The American Muse

[I]n populous Egypt they fatten up many bookish pedants who quarrel unceasingly in the Muses’ birdcage.”

—Timon of Phlius, 230 B.C.

For almost as long as there have been literary works, there have been literary canons, largely established by bookish

Our Culture of Narcissism
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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 saturation

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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 sick

The Long Apocalypse
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The Long Apocalypse

Today, a century after the close of the “war to end all wars,” the prospect of achieving what the U.N. and other such garrulous bodies call “global peace” seems ever more remote.  According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

Out of Troy
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Out of Troy

Author of several novels and a memorable autobiographical work entitled Our Father’s Fields (1998), as well as a leading light of the Abbeville Institute, James Kibler has produced in the present work an indispensable study of the classical influence on

The Children of Eden
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The Children of Eden

All of us, I imagine, are granted from time to time moments of uninvited insight that will, for years to come, provide a basis for reflection and a more penetrating glimpse of the forces that shape the realms in which

The Managerial Racket
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The Managerial Racket

Life in America these days has become a vast numbers racket.  That is, most Americans are, cannily or not, ensnared in the numbers game called metrics, or what Jerry Muller in his latest book terms the “metrics fixation.”  This fixation

A Ruthless Charm
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A Ruthless Charm

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. was bred in the bone for his role on the stage of 20th-century American history.  His father, the historian Arthur Meier Schlesinger, was already a rising academic star when Arthur Jr. was born in 1917 in Iowa

A Great Perhaps
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A Great Perhaps

“I am going to seek a great perhaps . . . ”
—François Rabelais

Sale’s theme is the restoration of “human scale” in all our works: architectural, political, economic, educational, and technological.  His thesis is that only radical decentralization can

Devil Take the Hindmost
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Devil Take the Hindmost

“High on a throne of royal state . . . 

Satan exalted sat, by merit raised 

To that bad eminence.”

Paradise Lost

Hell is a meritocracy.  Yet in America the meritocratic ideal is universally applauded.  Everyone agrees—or pretends to

Democracy in Action
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Democracy in Action

As both Drutman and Katz emphasize, before the 1970’s lobbying in America was a paltry enterprise.  In the immediate postwar era, under the pro-business Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, few companies hired in-house lobbyists; instead, they worked through trade associations or

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The Crossroads Merchants

“Standin’ at the crossroad

I tried to flag a ride

Didn’t nobody seem to know me

everybody pass me by”

—Robert Johnson

I went to Charlotte in search of the New South and found it in a museum, the Levine

Twilight of the Gods
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Twilight of the Gods

Robert Gordon occupies the Stanley G. Harris Chair of Social Sciences at Northwestern University and is the author of a number of works on economic growth, productivity, and unemployment.  His present book has been eagerly awaited, owing to the publication

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Persons, Places, and Things

        “Because I was born in the South, I am a Southerner.  If I had been born in the North, the West, or the Central Plains, I would be just a human being.”
—Clyde Edgerton

OK, let us admit that Mr.

Capitalism: The Conservative Illusion
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Capitalism: The Conservative Illusion

        —“If a temple is to be erected, a temple must be destroyed.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche

When the Cold War ended in 1991, American conservatives rejoiced over the triumph of democratic capitalism, which had struggled for over half a century, first against

Conservatives and the Gay Agenda
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Conservatives and the Gay Agenda

        “The average American watches over seven hours
of television daily.  Those hours open up a gateway
into the private world of straights, through which
a Trojan Horse might be passed.”

—Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen,
“The Overhauling of Straight America”

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Enter the Vandals

As everyone in America knows, on the night of June 17 Dylann Roof, armed with a .45 Glock, slaughtered nine black men and women in Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME church.  Well before Roof was apprehended the following day, the mediasphere

Agonistic Politics
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Agonistic Politics

Thirty years ago Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) was hardly visible on the American intellectual horizon, and the rare mention of his name in scholarly publications was usually dismissive.  After all, Schmitt was a Nazi, a Catholic extremist, and an inveterate enemy

Charmless
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Charmless

Early in Owen Wister’s 1905 novel Lady Baltimore, the narrator, recently arrived in Charleston from Philadelphia, remarks upon the stillness of the city, its “silent verandas” and cloistered gardens behind their wrought iron gates—“this little city of oblivion .

Mongrels All! or, Slaves With New Masters
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Mongrels All! or, Slaves With New Masters

Of late, our demographic soothsayers have been assuring us that by 2040 or thereabouts America will no longer be a Caucasian-majority country, and that with the eclipse of the white majority there will be, to belabor the obvious, no majority

Conservative Education: Caveat Emptor!
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Conservative Education: Caveat Emptor!

Much of the blame for the deplorable state of higher education in America today must be traced back to the baneful influence of America’s most revolutionary educationist, John Dewey.  In his enormously influential Democracy and Education (1915), Dewey defined education

Virtual Selves, Vacant Hearts
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Virtual Selves, Vacant Hearts

My first face-to-face interview with Krista took place on a Friday afternoon in a local coffee shop.  We had “chatted” several times on Facebook, and since she lived in my area I suggested that we talk in “real” time.  I

Light From Elsewhere
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Light From Elsewhere

In the beginning, the poetic birth of the city becomes visible in the Iliad in the warrior camp of the Achaeans, in what Pierre Manent calls—in one of his most striking formulations—the “republic of quarrelsome persuasion.”  We are not, of

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Eating Crow

“I kneel to de buzzard,
An’ I bow to the crow;
An eb’ry time I weel about
I jump jis so.”

        —from “Jump Jim Crow” (1828)

Readers of this magazine hardly need to be told that antiracism in America has

Persecutions to Come
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Persecutions to Come

“The only true spirit of tolerance consists in our conscientious toleration of each other’s intolerance.”

—S.T. Coleridge

Consider the unfortunate case of Prof. Thomas Klocek, whose story is one of many examples of intolerance recounted in D.A. Carson’s most recent

Books Are for Blockheads!
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Books Are for Blockheads!

Back in April, my old friend D.B. “Dukie” Kitchens called to inform me that I should soon expect in the mail an invitation to the inaugural Patriot Book Awards ceremony, to be held in Atlanta in late May.  “What did

The Post-Suburban Jesus
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The Post-Suburban Jesus

By a generous estimate, evangelical Christians are as much as one third of the U.S. population.  In fact, they are the only Christian demographic that has shown exuberant growth in recent decades—a period during which church attendance overall has been

The Sickness Unto Death
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The Sickness Unto Death

George Santayana’s dictum—“Those who forget the past . . . ”—has long since become one of those clichés beloved of high-school history teachers, who never tire of repeating it to their indifferent charges.  But Santayana would surely have agreed

Libertarian Humbuggery
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Libertarian Humbuggery

At the heart of the Christmas story is the lowly birth of Christ, surrounded by beasts of the field and honored by Magi bearing gifts.  But consider how differently the Christmas narrative might have unfolded if ancient Judea had been

The Magnetic Chain of Humanity
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The Magnetic Chain of Humanity

As Alan Wolfe noted in a broadside published in The New Republic in 2003, the study of American literature, especially in American Studies programs at our major universities, has, since the 1970’s, become little more than a vituperative exercise in

The Gynocratic Hive
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The Gynocratic Hive

“ . . . Zapparoni approved only of sexless workers and had solved this problem brilliantly.  Even here he had simplified nature, which . . . had already attempted a certain ‘economical’ approach in the slaughtering of the drones.”
—Ernst

By Merit Raised
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By Merit Raised

“Satan exalted sat, by merit raised
To that bad eminence; and, from despair
Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires
. . . insatiate to pursue
Vain war with Heaven . . . ”

—John Milton

In his most recent book

Zora Neale Hurston’s White Mare
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Zora Neale Hurston’s White Mare

When novelist Zora Neale Hurston died penniless in a Florida nursing home in 1960, she was buried in a charity cemetery in an unmarked grave, an ironic resting place for a talented American writer and folklorist who, by all accounts,

Gabriel’s Horn
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Gabriel’s Horn

Surely, no American city has endured such a history of disaster as Charleston, set beguilingly beside the Atlantic upon her fragile spit of earth between the Ashley and Cooper rivers.  Fires, floods, epidemics, blockades, sieges, bombardments, hurricanes, and earthquakes have