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How the World Works

The Panama Papers appeared in April, promising to be the biggest bombshell dropped on the international community since Nagasaki.  Combing through the 11.5 million documents that were (what follows is a euphemism for stolen) leaked by a purported whistleblower

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Iowa’s Odds

Six coin tosses.  Six separate wins.  And thus was Hillary Clinton crowned the Democratic winner of the Iowa Caucuses.

Not surprisingly, people immediately cried foul, citing the “impossible odds” of winning all six coin tosses in six different precincts at

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Sharpening the Swords

On June 25, one day before the U.S. Supreme Court declared that a man can marry a man and a woman can marry a woman, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Louise Melling, the deputy legal director of the

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The First American Pope

Americans invented modern advertising, publicity, and celebrity, three dubious accomplishments of Homo sapiens rapidly adopted by the rest of the world.  St. John Paul II was the first pope to recognize its immense power and put it to work, but

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The Truth in Plain Sight

After decades of massacres on the school grounds of America, theories advanced to explain them come down to two: the ready availability of guns in this country, and the number of “angry white males” among student bodies (though in the

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Abortion Delusion

Planned Parenthood Dominatrix Cecile Richards sat defiantly before a congressional panel on September 29, making little effort to conceal her disgust at the perfunctory speeches made in front of her.  She exuded a fierce confidence that dwarfed the resolve of

The New Nationalism
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The New Nationalism

During her short imprisonment for contempt of court, Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refused on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, was compared with (among others) Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Jefferson, James Madison,

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The Future of Europe

When the king of Poland, Jan Sobieski, defeated the Ottoman army at the Siege of Vienna in 1683, that army of 23,000 soldiers did not have scores or hundreds of thousands of hungry and desperate civilians at its back, hoping

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Kennedy v. Kennedy

On the last day of August, Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found for March for Life in its suit against the Department of Health and Human Services, among other agencies.  March

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Ploys of Summer

When Summer of Blood 2015 came to a close, 3,702 people had been killed in the United States by people wielding guns.  That’s according to a website called Mass Shooting Tracker, a left-wing “crowdsourced” collective dedicated to reporting every

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I Heart Big Brother

Ashley Madison, the adultery website seemingly named for Honey Boo Boo’s fiercest rival, unwillingly yielded all of her secrets to the prying eyes of a hacker group that calls itself The Impact Team.  At midsummer, the Team informed Ashley

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Missing the Forest

In late July, scores of conservative websites erupted with some variant of this headline from Breitbart: “Obama’s Secret Plan to Block Seniors on Social Security from Owning Guns.”  There were only three problems: The plan isn’t secret; it doesn’t affect

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“Home”-Grown

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who shot five American military personnel to death at the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga on July 16 and was subsequently killed in a firefight with the police, became a naturalized American citizen while still a

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Church and State

The strongest parts of Laudato Si’, the latest papal encyclical, are the first sections of Chapter Three, “The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis,” where Pope Francis addresses the quest for limitless power that has been the dominant ambition

The Tone of Trump
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The Tone of Trump

Donald Trump reveals something to us about ourselves, if we are honest enough to face it: We care far too deeply about presidential politics and not enough about our actual problems.

Please, put down the pitchfork and listen for just

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Sobering Up With SSM

Same-sex marriage still does not exist.

Yes, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion, 5-4, covering Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases, which effectively makes “same-sex marriage” the law of the land.  But five “justices” or

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Two Flags

From the welter of democratic hysteria, illogic, historical ignorance, and political self-positioning and posturing, the eminently sensible remark by Tate Reeves, lieutenant governor of Mississippi, regarding the public display of the Confederate Battle Flag stands like a stone wall above

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Life on the Frontier

The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia enjoyed a full 24 hours of resurgent infamy before Gay Day came and took it all away.

Screaming and shrieking throughout the process was the puerile, facile, and ultimately Manichaean Weltanschauung

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Abolishing America

June was a depressing month for genuine conservatives.  Apart from the Supremes putting their stamp of approval on ObamaCare, the horrifying murders of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, unleashed a jihad against the Confederate Battle Flag (Beltway “conservatives”

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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

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Laudato si

The release of Pope Francis’s second encyclical (and the first that can truly be called his alone, since Lumen fidei was essentially cowritten with his predecessor, Benedict XVI) was anticlimactic.  By the time the final text was released on June

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The Color of Money

In the midst of the uproar over the Confederate Battle Flag (America’s latest Two Minute Hate), an odd rumor began making the rounds on the internet.  As far as I can tell, it began on InfoWars, the website of

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Beyond “Immigration”

The United States has Mexico, and below her Central America, south of the border.  In ¡Adios, America!, Ann Coulter claims that 30 percent of the Mexican population, today over 122 million people, has moved to the United States within

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Censorship: When to Say No

Every Aprilsince1981theAmericanSocietyof journalists and Authors sponsors an “I Read Banned Books” campaign. Theyroutinelytrotoutcopiesofchildren’sbookslikeAlicein Wonderland or Maty Poppins and modern

classics like Ulysses—all of which have been censored

by somebody somewhere. One of them inevitably quotes Jefferson ontolerating”errorofopinion,”andsomeprofessionallibrarianis suretowarnusthatiftheprudeshavetheirway,theywillsoon be

Animals and “Other Awkward Cases”
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Animals and “Other Awkward Cases”

“[After creating man] He immediately created other animals besides. God’s first blunder: Man didn’t find the animals amusing – he dominated them and didn’t even want to be an ‘animal.'”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Bernard E. Rollin: Animal Rights and Human Morality

Importing Trouble, Exporting Hope
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Importing Trouble, Exporting Hope

“One scene of arts, of arms, of rising trade . . .”

–    James Thomson

 

Kevin P. Phillips: Staying on Top: The Business Case for a National Industrial Strategy; Random House; New York.

Michael).

 

Fiore and Charles F. Sabel:

Nostalgia Trips
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Nostalgia Trips

“Long ago there was something in me but now that thing is gone…That thing will come back no

more.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Douglas Unger: Leaving the Land; Harper & Row; New York.

 

William McPherson: Testing the Current;

Future Directions?
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Future Directions?

“The way up and the way down are one and the same. “

-Heraclitus

 

Newt Gingrich: Window of Opportunity: A Blueprint for the Future; TOR Books; New York.

 

Robert Kuttner: The Economic Illusion: False Choices Between Prosperity and

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The Natural Man

This issue brings together a number of discussions of man’s place in nature. Stephen R. L. Clark, Tibor Machan, and jay Mechling explore the implications of the animal rights movement. Debating the “moral status of animals” (to borrow one of

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Why Another Magazine of Ideas?

Leopold Tyrmand founded Chronicles in 1977 to provide a conservative and “value-oriented criticism” of arts and letters, morals and manners. From the very first, Tyrmand’s Chronicles exposed the pretentions of the radical chic culture and subjected the permissive, “anything goes”

Special-Interest Democracy
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Special-Interest Democracy

“Millions endeavoring to supply Each other’s lust and vanity.”

   – Bernard Mandeville

 

Milton and Rose Friedman: The Tyranny of the Status Quo; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; San Diego, CA.

 

Amitai Etzioni: Capital Corruption; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; San Diego, CA.

As a City Upon a Hill
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As a City Upon a Hill

“A steady Patriot of the World alone, The friend of every country — but his own.”

          -George Canning

 

 John Crewdson: The Tarnished Door: The New Immigrants and the Transformation of America; Times Books; New York.

 

Victor Ripp: Moscow to

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The Mind and Heart of T.S. Eliot

“Fuimus Troes, fuit Ilium et ingens Gloria Teucrorum. “

(We once were Trojans, there once was Troy, and the vast glory of the Teucrian race.)

-Vergil

 

Peter Ackroyd: T. S. Eliot: A Life; Simon & Schuster; New York.

“Ackroyd’s

Scrambling the Schools
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Scrambling the Schools

 “With the same cement, ever sure to bind, We bring to one dead level ev’ry mind.”

-Alexander Pope

 

John Dewey: Types of Thinking; Philosophical Library; New York.

 

William C. Ringenberg: The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education

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In the Mail

Science Fiction in America, 1870’s-1930’s: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources by Thomas D. Clareson; Greenwood Press; Westport, CT. Although the first entry is Flatland and the final is Zamitan’s We, the second and the penultimate are more

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A Prudent Progressive

When I first came to these shores, almost 20 years ago, an escapee from communism’s lethal embrace, a sort of antiwar was raging here. I felt be­trayed. As anyone who lived under the most intricate tyranny of mind and body,

Essay: The Literature of Order
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Essay: The Literature of Order

Nature imitates art: so Oscar Wilde instructs us. Whether or not natural sunsets imitate Turner’s painted sunsets, surely human nature is developed by human arts. “Art is man’s nature,” in Burke’s phrase: modeling ourselves upon the noble creations of the

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Screen

Saccharin Sobs

Places in the Heart; Written and Directed by Robert Benton; Tri-Star Pictures.
by Stephen Macauley

Robert Benton is the man behind Still of the Night and Kramer vs. Kramer. Places in the Heart, his latest film,

Censorship: When to Say No
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Censorship: When to Say No

Every April since 1981 the American Society of journalists and Authors sponsors an “I Read Banned Books” campaign. They routinely trot out copies of children’s books like Alice in Wonderland or Mary Poppins and modern classics like Ulysses—all of which

Truth Dwells in the Imaginary
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Truth Dwells in the Imaginary

The United States is a great country, as everyone knows. This is why America has many friends, among whom one must also take account of its less amiable, jealous friends. One must not forget that America saved France in 1918

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Confluences

From Dewey to Huey

 

To a superficial observer, philosophers seem like people who inconsequentially spin their idle theories in their ivory towers while the real world blithely goes its own way. The truth is otherwise. Aristotelian thought refurbished and re­

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A Prudent Progressive

The world is in its present condition (and many suspect that this state is much worse than before, even if “before” may mean only in our own individual mem­ory) because of ideas. Three of those ideas can be credited to

Commendables
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Commendables

A Gloaming

Raymond Aron: The Com­mitted Observer; Interviews with Jean-Louis Missika and Dominique Wolton; Regnery Gateway; Chicago.

On 17 October 1983, thelight in the world of the intellect and action became dimmed with the passing of critic, scholar, thinker,

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Church +/- State (Part 1)

Church ± StatenA DIALOGUEnThe Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in AmericanRichard John Neuhaus: The NakednPublic Square: Religion andnDemocracy in America; Wm. B.nEerdmans; Grand Rapids, MI.nJames Hitchcock is professor of historynat St. Louis University. His latestnbook is The Pope and