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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Lee Kuan Yew Imagine a modern free country in which aspiring politicians, before the most prominent political party lets them run for office as its nominees, must pass interviews and psychometric tests evaluating...
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Does God jest, and does He enjoy the joke? Do the angels and saints hear chuckles booming through the firmament and know that He’s amused again? If so, what tickles His fancy? The issue is more complex than...
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Clocks and spirals and quotations in forgotten alphabets whirl through animated outer space until a door appears. The eerie old theme music fades to Russell Kirk’s voice: "You unlock this door with the...
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Sometimes you just have to laugh. What delighted presstitutes call “atheist mega-churches” have crossed the pond from Britain to America. “What would happen if they set up a ‘godless congregation’ that met to celebrate life, with...

The average person checks their (sic) phone every six-and-a-half minutes a day. One in four of us admits to spending longer online each day than we do asleep, while 73 percent say that we...
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Up to their rooms squabbling children were sent, The toys are all broken, the money is spent, The credit-cards maxed and the beer has gone flat, She swears the new negligee makes her look fat, The overcooked goose, like an old...
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We all know the arguments against the notion, but somewhat reluctantly I conclude that libertarians are indeed human. After all, our species contains the incontinent, the mentally disabled, the incurably giddy, and Mr. Walter Block.

Wonder what to give loved ones for Christmas, especially our fellow Imaginative Conservatives? The Imaginative Conservative's Chief Elf (and respected Assistant Editor), Shelby Tankersley, recommends to contributors, “Book suggestions, leisure activities, and fine cigars would all...
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Let’s play 20 Questions! Take the following simple diagnostic test to see if you are an Imaginative Conservative or something else. Or better yet, try it on your friends so you’ll know whether to pay for...
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Tinkering in your cellar to build a time machine, as many of our readers claim to do, you’ll eventually require an operator’s manual. Much frustration can be avoided by reading a clever short story that is in many...
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Today we mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013. Something drove a man to silence As immortal anger raged, Then another kind of violence Kept him on an island caged; What Grace brought amid restraint: In a sinner, out a saint.

Thank you for the Brussels sprouts Tepid, limp and giving gas, And my in-laws, chiefly louts, And the turkey that, alas, Roasted dry from dawn ‘til dark Now resembles Joan of Arc; Thank you for the stuffing with Celery long past its prime, A bolus...
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It’s not every day that a 500 year old clam confirms so many prejudices of real conservatives, much less is affirmed by other species that aren’t nearly as extinct as we suppose. Ming, as...
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It was a peculiar board-meeting, thought Daphne, because all of its members were women. It’s most uncommon there, although many small Greek companies are headed by women and most big national conglomerates employ a few female directors....