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Late in August 1965, a young boy not yet eight-years-old stood with his father on the field at Gettysburg near the spot where Pickett’s men formed in the woods. The boy’s father was not a learned...
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Americans have long mistrusted intellectuals, nowhere more so than when intellectuals have had access to power. There is considerable irony in this apprehension, for the Founding Fathers were themselves men of intellect and learning. Refined and...
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It requires no special genius to observe that the American political system has become dysfunctional. Although never fond of those who sit across the aisle, Democrats and Republicans have rarely vilified and demonized each other...
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(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mark Malvasi as he examines corruption and The Godfather trilogy. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) America, that bright, shining...
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M.E. Bradford Ideas about property, language, and memory established the contours and parameters of M. E. Bradford's Southern inheritance. In Bradford's thought, property, language, and memory were linked in defense of what his mentor, Donald...

“America is hard to see,” wrote Robert Frost, not least because there is a duality to the American mind. Americans have long exalted freedom, often depicting themselves as its unique beneficiaries. At the same time, they have...

While recuperating from a knee and shoulder injury, I used my forced idleness to read two very different English writers: the eighteenth-century historian Edward Gibbon and the twentieth-century mystery novelist John Buchan. Despite the gravity of his magisterial...
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Americans have long mistrusted great power, which they regard as the enemy of freedom. They have not been as consistent in their mistrust of great wealth. This discrepancy, born alike of innocence and ambition, has provided...
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When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, he promised to undo as much of the remaining New Deal legislation as it was possible to eliminate. By then, the constituencies that had supported Franklin Roosevelt during the...
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Russell Kirk America is the land of progress, speculative, contingent, pragmatic, experimental, traditionless. An American conservatism, accordingly, is oxymoronic, blundering, graceless, and embarrassing in a society devoted to change and forgetful of the past. "The...
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Few books invite such potential misunderstanding as Cry Wolf. Paul Lake’s political allegory, the literary antecedents of which include Aesop’s Fables, the medieval bestiaries of Theobaldus and Phillippe de Thaün, and Orwell’s Animal Farm, contrasts...
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March 1, 2012, marked the 175th anniversary of William Dean Howells’s birth. In 1912 400 eminent writers, journalists, editors, social reformers, university presidents, and public men, including William Howard Taft, who had altered his schedule to...
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The theme of this “historical meditation” is the crisis and decline of civilization in the West during the twentieth century. That perspective is the product both of an individual temperament and also of a historical consciousness. One...

The best that E. L. Godkin, the editor of the liberal journal The Nation, could say about United States congressmen in 1874 was that "we underrate their honesty, but we overrate their intelligence." Henry Adams, another patrician critic...