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Signs and Portents

I can’t recall where I first encountered them.  It must have been in one of the rundown bars, like Clarence’s or The Shack, in the redneck section of Chapel Hill.  Let’s call them Larry and John.  I was one of

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Messalina’s Revenge

What a nasty lot of female would-be Masters of the Universe imperial America is turning out in these latter days!

Messalina was the wife of the Roman emperor Claudius, and she was not only notoriously lewd but an active, behind-the-scenes

The Unnatural Aristocracy
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The Unnatural Aristocracy

A little-remembered provision of the U.S. Constitution: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States” (Article I, Section 9).  By this proviso the Founding Fathers affirmed the republican principle that nobody is entitled to power merely because

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Decline and Fall

I am very far from original in noticing similarities in the histories of Rome and America—republics that became empires.  The decline and fall of the former has often been thought to foretell the fate of the latter.  A Frenchman some

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Some More Memories

One of my history department chairmen had the habit of hiring at whim as instructors various unqualified people, lacking appropriate degrees and without the vetting that was usually done.  A new, more professional chairman decided, rightly, to get rid of

Americans and War
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Americans and War

World War II seems to be getting a lot of what might be called revisionist treatment these days.  Such rethinking of history is, on principle, a good thing, although sometimes it does little more than revive old propaganda and partisanship. 

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Memories: Glimpses of Notables

In my senior year I was editor of the high-school newspaper.  (We even won a prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism.)  What I remember most is the literary progeny on my staff.  It included the daughter of Burke