• Trump Should Not Sit Too Long

    Barring some radically dramatic and comprehensive discovery—or, which is more likely, revelation— President Trump should probably concede the presidential election sooner rather than later. I can think of several reasons why he should so. One is that Rudy Giuliani has failed to produce anything that amounts to sufficient evidence that the election was stolen by… Read More

  • The Swamp at the End of the Tunnel

      Four years after Donald Trump was elected President and months away from the end of a highly successful and consequential presidential term, some things have not changed since 2016. Among them: The Democrats are still talking about Russia. They are still talking even about impeachment. And the Swamp is still chugging, sucking, and bubbling… Read More

  • Spring, Like a Lion

    (Unfortunately, wanderings like these are impossible in this wholly abnormal spring, when we’ve had to postpone a camping and hiking trip to the Southwest from fear of state border closures and being locked out of Wyoming when we attempt to reenter it.–author’s note.) It’s 145 road miles from Belen to Gallup, New Mexico, a railroad… Read More

  • The Real Neoliberalism

    The events surrounding the British general election on December 12 and the impeachment of President Trump last week greatly clarify the political situation in the Western so-called democratic countries–the so-called Anglosphere most of all perhaps– at the end of the first two decades of the 21st century. Just as the interior of the modern cruise… Read More

  • Pensée

    Is it merely a linguistic coincidence that “the Right” is right? Chesterton called coincidences “spiritual puns.” 5 October 2019

  • One Nation Divided

    Since 1892, when the original text was composed, the Pledge of Allegiance has been revised three times.  Viewed chronologically, the alterations appear to have aimed at a greater specificity, but also a wider and deeper self-assurance.  The current text, dating from 1954, capitalizes “Nation” and adds “under God,” as if the editors (a committee, no doubt)… Read More

  • The Crisis in the Anglosphere

    Pro-democratic ideological think tanks that evaluate the future of democracy by the extent of its global spread and the fortunes of relatively insignificant countries around the world (the Third one, especially) should be far more concerned with events currently occurring in the Mother of Parliaments in Westminster and with present political trends in one of the… Read More

  • Homage to Edward Abbey

    It may or may not make sense for the living to think in arbitrary terms of decades, centuries, and millennia; what is certain is, the dead don’t. Edward Abbey had been deceased just two months short of ten years, and I was defunct about four months, entombed that long in the overpopulated, electronicized, ideologized megasprawl of… Read More

  • What Is Populism?

    Dining out with my wife in a restaurant in Paris recently, I became aware of the well-dressed Frenchman seated with his wife two tables away from us listening in on our conversation.  The table for two between us was unoccupied. “Where are you from?” he inquired, in excellent English, when he saw I had noticed. America… Read More

  • Seize No Day

    When one is tired of London, said Dr. Johnson, one is tired of life.  I spent a week in London last November, a city I have visited many times and know well having lived a year there with my family while I was growing up.  The City of London remains largely intact, save for the… Read More