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.

“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...
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The Pentagon’s $800 million spent on Afghan economic development has “accomplished nothing,” says the intrepid gumshoe hunting down waste, corruption and inefficiency. Meanwhile, he has 322 investigations still underway, across the US government’s similar $120 billion...
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Is there another academic as broadly educated, thought-provoking, understandable and just good-hearted as Deirdre McCloskey? There can't be many. In her scholarly breadth, if not her conclusions exactly, she rivals meta-historian Christopher Dawson. She...
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Some years back, a Florida preacher, who seemed to have a neck that was 17-inches long and a goitre the size of a musk-melon, looked like ten generations of first-cousin marriages and probably handled snakes in church....
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When I heard the bad news, I was struggling with a mug of particularly nasty instant coffee in Kathmandu, trying to get my head around a report that gadgets now outnumber human beings; and while our...
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“This year’s first meeting is ending today, So what do you think all the bishops will say?” “Hunh? Why do you wait for the prelates to speak— Reporters predicted it fully last week!” “They’ll skip the formality, blessings and fuss And marry their...
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Today, 21st October, is the Feast Day of the Blessed Charles (or Karl) of Austria, beatified in 2004 by the pope Saint John Paul the Great. Revealing, startling and moving in equal measure, this is...
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Born of Magi, one of three wise men, His distant rumblings now the hopeful hear, A king to save poor Christendom again; From heathen troops without, from death and fear Is God’s own mercy surely drawing near. Whence comes our rescue...
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It is Dashain, the biggest, longest and most auspicious holiday in Nepal, so my young friend and neighbor is already growing edgy. Call him Krishna, his father is Nepal’s dean of civil engineers and his mother is...
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The deadliest tree I know lives in the middle of a cornfield, ten feet below a hairpin turn on a road between the southern Michigan towns of Jonesville and Hillsdale. Every few years since the dawn of motoring...