Stephen Masty

Stephen Masty
Stephen Masty is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. He has been a journalist, a development expert, and a speechwriter for three US presidents, British royalty and heads of government in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He has spent most of his adulthood working in South Asia including Afghanistan, and he is presently a writer, poet and artist in Kathmandu.
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Never has the stock market soared higher nor the supply of affordable books been cheaper. Lucky or cursed, let us examine the latter--about which T.S. Eliot asks a great question but falls short in his reply.
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How often can writers pretend to discover some well-known thing for “the first time ever?” With poor Adam Smith it has happened...
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The proverb “seeing is believing” implies truth but merely describes one justification for belief, however shaky. Want to see me pull a rabbit from my hat? A short, fascinating article reports controversy surrounding the painting Old Man...
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I love Humanity in all Its misery and need; I love those suffering in thrall, Resenting others’ greed; I love the spiritual link, Uniting all who breathe and think, Together standing on the brink, Until I give the call. I love the Populace throughout Its genders and its...
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Those of our readers, with the good sense to follow Al-Arabiya News, will not have missed their story from the United Arab Emirates, in which a court granted divorce to a man whose wife was possessed by a djinn (a...
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Who would true valour see, Let him come hither; One here will constant be, Come wind, come weather; There’s no discouragement Shall make him once relent His first avowed intent To...
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Sure, you love them, but people love their pet hamsters. This is not to guarantee that your offspring are mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging simians—determining that, beyond reasonable doubt, requires their face-to-face meeting with trained experts, lasting for at least two minutes....
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You see one every day on the streets of Kathmandu, what a friend calls D3 meaning the Daily Dead Dog. Stiller and flatter than before, sometimes the canine corpses are hauled away by the city, at other...
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That socialism is, you see, A foolish ideology; While gilded creeds of every miser Leave us, frankly, none the wiser; Thronging after what is new And slick is not the best to do; To feast on gadgets or repasts; Is to ignore the Joy that lasts, And...
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As the world grapples with fearsome Ebola Fever, we have been through something similar before. Last time it was stemmed in Colonial America by a black African slave and his owner, a firebrand, evangelical, white clergyman.

Britain’s The Independent newspaper, second in Progressivism to The Guardian, reports that scientists may be able to clone a woolly mammoth within a human generation. There the problems start. Nicknamed Buttercup, the 2.3-metre beast...
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In the unlikely event that any neo-cons read this, some will pore through the atlas with sound and fury; others will try and reroute the Pacific Fleet; while a few more will summon the 82nd Airborne to...
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Get ready! And hurry! We mustn’t wait! It’s time for worship! Don’t be late! Be not like those wretches who Disdain our values, through and through That made us what we are today! We ‘ere grow stronger ‘ere we pray, When pray we fully—not by half; Come...
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Everyone should know of the informal Christmas Truce that spread among soldiers in the trenches near Ypres in 1914, one hundred years ago. Instigated by a British officer writing to his German counterpart across No Man’s...