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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As any old newspaperman can tell you, crafting headlines is a rare skill quite distinct from ordinary good writing. A New York Post example, "Headless Body in Topless Bar," is a work of art. Or when rural American...
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Bring forth thine children one and all! Call out the old from attic rooms! Down tools! Hang aprons in the hall! Fetch all not resting in their tombs! Don what finery thou might wear! Abandon, ye, thy work or play! Bear...
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Kathmandu – From Nepal’s Yeti-infested Himalayan peaks to her lowland, tiger-ridden jungles, two thousand people embracing trees do not seem a lot. More Nepalis are on motor bikes between my home and the airport. Yet the tree-huggers outnumber their...
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To a Clever Atheist It happened all by chance you said, I’ve read your tired libretto:
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We tend to look back at great talent and forget the ambition and business acumen that let artistry shine through the ages. Nobody should ignore George Frideric Handel’s (1685-1759) eye for the main chance. The young...
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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...