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The Trump of Myth and Legend
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The Trump of Myth and Legend

There is no need to compare Trump to some biblical hero or a mythic savior in order to state one’s agreement with one or more of his stated policies.

From Immigrant to Public Intellectual, The Classical and Christian Origins of American Politics
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Books in Brief: February 2024

Short reviews of From Immigrant to Public Intellectual, by Murray Sabrin, and The Classical and Christian Origins of American Politics, by Kody Cooper and Justin Dyer.

Nikki’s Lost Cause
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Nikki’s Lost Cause

The hysterical response to Nikki Haley's Civil War comment simply shows that one is not allowed to contradict the narratives of our media betters or their interpretations of reality.

Why Lenin Is No Longer Relevant
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Why Lenin Is No Longer Relevant

Today’s woke leftists would find the Soviet dictator far too muscular and manly to make room for him in their pantheon of girly government apparatchiks and petty tyrants.

MLK Redivivus
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MLK Redivivus

Martin Luther King, Jr. did not bring the races closer together; and the legacy he left behind has been one of erasing more and more of our national heritage whenever it does not fit a progressively more radical leftist agenda.

Fighting Intolerance with More of the Same
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Fighting Intolerance with More of the Same

It’s a little late in the day to be discovering what cesspools of intolerance American universities have become. Suspending freedom of speech to please those who don’t want to hear anti-Zionist sounds is not the proper response.

Three Conceptions of Conservatism
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Three Conceptions of Conservatism

Editor-in-chief Paul Gottfried offers an examination of three major streams of conservative thought, based on aristocratic tradition, universal principles, and the pragmatic pursuit of power.

Collegiate Anti-Semitism Did Not Start Yesterday
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Collegiate Anti-Semitism Did Not Start Yesterday

As I look at the Johnny-Come-Lately critics of our anti-Semitic universities, I am reminded of the French Communist Party during and after the fall of France. Why should we now celebrate those who contributed to this poisoning of our culture?

Pursuing Ethnic Blocs Stupidly
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Pursuing Ethnic Blocs Stupidly

In responses to the Hamas attacks, conservatives again demonstrate inept attempts to imitate the left’s shameful and divisive appeals to ethnic blocs. In abasing themselves to pursue special voting blocs, these conservatives adopt a bad principle and a clumsy and embarrassing strategy.

Oh, Canada!
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Oh, Canada!

Canada’s government and its premier, Justin Trudeau, betray their true nature in the blunders of the past few weeks.

The Future Past
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The Future Past

Archeofuturism, a concept that arose on the French New Right in the 1970s, charts a path toward a rebirth of tradition amid a future convulsed by technological change.

The Hitler of Legend
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The Hitler of Legend

Contrary to the standard view of historians, Hitler was not a conservative with pre-World War I aristocratic values, but a radical revolutionary who upended the traditional German power structure.

A Few Comments on A Strange Liberty
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A Few Comments on A Strange Liberty

In his new book, former Mises Institute President Jeff Deist writes incisively about the evils associated with the modern administrative state, including an important discussion of the late Murray Rothbard’s views on immigration.

Feminism, Italian Style
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Feminism, Italian Style

The woke, bisexual new leader of Italy’s Democratic Party, Elly Schlein, offers no real challenge to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the Brothers of Italy Party.

On Unjust Peace
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On Unjust Peace

The Ukrainian invasion may not have happened if the American government had not tried to push NATO to the borders of Russia. Conflict happens in international relations and does not require woke ideological hysteria as a response.

Mayor Pete and the Politics of Woke Advertising
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Mayor Pete and the Politics of Woke Advertising

Pete Buttigieg was not elevated to his cabinet post because he has tested experience with transportation. He was put there as a woke advertisement by a less-than-principled president trying to appease the culturally radical demographic in his party.

Conservative Gatekeeping
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Conservative Gatekeeping

Conservatism Inc. has a long history of purging undesirables who challenge its party lines, but those in charge of the movement typically hide this practice.

A Double Standard for Santos
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A Double Standard for Santos

Listening to the Democrats and their media lapdogs complain about George Santos’s embellished résumé gives chutzpah a new meaning. They are blatant hypocrites, and too many Republicans are happy to endorse the double standard.

The Right That Is Left
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The Right That Is Left

The so-called University of Austin, founded by Bari Weiss and Douglas Murray, is an attempt to create a safe space for a renamed left that has rebaptized itself as the moderate right.

Virtue-Signaling Ourselves to Death
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Virtue-Signaling Ourselves to Death

Republicans seem perfectly content to repeatedly proclaim the mass exodus of black voters from the Democratic Party’s “plantation,” only to be proven wrong time and time again.

Kevin McCarthy, House Panderer
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Kevin McCarthy, House Panderer

Kevin McCarthy's recent groveling before the Israel lobby and condemnation of any criticism of a foreign government confirmed his reputation as an unprincipled opportunist and panderer. The Republicans deserve a more honorable House Speaker.

A Midterm Reality Check
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A Midterm Reality Check

With the Georgia runoff results in, the midterms represent a remarkable achievement for the Democratic Party. They've held their own despite failing grades in all polls on inflation, crime, foreign policy, and immigration, and a mostly senile president.

Of Opposite Minds: Maistre and Mill
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Of Opposite Minds: Maistre and Mill

Joseph de Maistre, a brilliant wordsmith, was an elegant defender of the old order, while John Stuart Mill, in his plodding prose, helped to usher in welfare democracy and the modern administrative state.

Monuments Matter
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Monuments Matter

The impending removal of Moses Ezekiel’s magnificent monument from Arlington National Cemetery follows well-laid out guidelines for obliterating the non-woke past everywhere in the culturally revolutionized West.

Electoral Franchise Blues
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Electoral Franchise Blues

If you want to create and preserve a constitutional republic, you must be careful about who gets to vote. Once this sacred right is granted, it can never be withdrawn.