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Ourselves as Others See Us

August 3, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson

Like an insecure woman perpetually obsessed with what others think about her, though in fact people hardly ever spare her a thought, the United States from the beginning of her history has been a highly self-conscious society, always imagining that the eyes of the world are upon this bold new experiment in self-government. She has… Read More

It ONLY Happens Here

July 30, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson

  Except when liberal internationalists and imperially minded neoconservatives wish to  shame Americans by comparison (“Look what wonderful welfare and healthcare systems they have in Europe!,” and “We need to give those poor people a democratic government!”), or the United States is threatened directly from abroad (“The Russians are going to invade Europe after electing… Read More

Hobbles and a Bridle

July 29, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson

  Neither Art Antilla nor I felt like getting drunk. We stood away from camp on the cliff edge above Devil’s Hole Canyon, drinking black coffee while the Commissary Commandos huddled around the camp­fire with their whiskey bottles and someone pitched a bowling ball over the talus slope to the creek bottom 800 feet below… Read More

Trumpism Is Here to Stay

July 28, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson

Today’s Le Figaro (27 July 2020) carries a short article by Loris Boichet reporting a new study that claims to show a shift in political opinion in France from the center to the center-right. According to Jérôme Fourquet, the author of the report, 13 percent of the French electorate locates itself on the left, 32… Read More

Perfect Man, Perfect Society?

July 22, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson

My book of daily meditations for today (22 July, Wednesday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time in the Roman Catholic calendar) cites a passage from J. Urteaga’s book, Man the Saint. It reads: “Develop your character, your human faculties: develop them to the utmost degree. Everything which curtails your expansion, which limits your development,… Read More