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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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...
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“He’s out of touch as he can be, Now filling up the Holy See With rabble-rousers, populists, With throngs of half-baked dogmatists; Who make us weep, or maybe laugh, Who cannot read a simple graph, Who can’t perceive the bottom line, Who deign to cavil,...
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In the media’s Yuletide “Silly Season,” when legislatures close and there is precious little which to make people upset, reporters, as starved for controversy as bears hungry after hibernation, yearn to eat a few campers. Yet there...
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Another Christmas, another dilemma! What to give friends and distant relatives when money is tight? How to give a gift without unnecessary commercialism; or without it escalating into undesired mandatory reciprocity? Fear not, and give...
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Mein Führer! Put down that pistol! Eva! Relax! It is not all finished! No! I have it figured out! Really! It came to me in a dream. Your Thousand Year Reich is not over! The Amerikaner pig-dogs...
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Famously, Oscar Wilde said “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Fair enough, while others of us are gazing hungrily at the McDonalds across the street, or peering up the...