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Rejecting ‘Systemic Racism’
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Rejecting ‘Systemic Racism’

The latest election cycle did not deliver happy results for the political right. Our dismay is compounded by the strong impression of an unfair result.
 
Whatever you think of the integrity of last November’s elections, it cannot be denied that

Dissecting a Dirty Election
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Dissecting a Dirty Election

My strongest impression from the United States’ 2020 general election is that the process by which we record and count votes is an unholy mess, wide open to fraud. Counting was suspended for hours without explanation; great tranches of mail-in

Election Suspense
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Election Suspense

Where then shall Hope and Fear their Objects find? 

Must dull Suspence corrupt the stagnant Mind?

—Samuel Johnson, “The Vanity of Human Wishes”

 

At the time of writing in late August, the coming U.S. election is hard to call, so

Flame of Hope
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Flame of Hope

The 21st century has not so far been a happy time for American conservatives.  It began with an appalling terrorist attack whose key perpetrators had taken advantage of our government’s insouciance toward mass immigration from the Third World.  Instead of

Blessed Be the Passionate
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Blessed Be the Passionate

Blessed is the soul who, early in life, is gifted with a passionate interest in some art, craft, sport, pastime, or field of knowledge.  The object of passion might be well-nigh anything at all, so long of course as it

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Thinking About Internment

I am going to ask what Churchill would have called some naughty questions, and offer some impertinent answers. I apologize in advance for the extreme political incorrectness of what follows. In the hope of persuading the reader that I raise