Third World

Welcome to Weimar America

Arthur Koestler is most famous for his Darkness at Noon, a book written in 1939 whose subject was the Stalin show trials of the thirties, when the Dictatorship of the Proletariat was exposed as the tyranny of a very bad man. Koestler wrote many other books, however, and one that I just read, Arrow in [...]

Out of darkness, light

I'm only just now reading through the full account of the charges being brought against Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was arrested yesterday and charged with eight counts of murder. It is painful, stomach-churning stuff. As the district attorney's office put it, "Pennsylvania is not a Third World country" -- and yet this man was [...]

It’s too late for ‘multicultural’ Europe

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel became the latest European politician to declare the end of multiculturalism. She was blunt: "Immigrants should learn to speak German," she said. "We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, some time they will be gone,' but this isn't reality. And of course, the approach [to build] [...]

Clothe the Naked

"Nake" is an extinct English word meaning to strip clothes off. To be "naked," therefore, is to be in a state of having had your clothes stripped off.Why does this bit of pedantry matter? Because it speaks volumes about what our ancestors regarded as the "natural state of man." It is not until after the [...]

Quodlibets: Ave (Maria) Atque Vale

In spring an old man's thoughts turn to apocalypse, of course, but in recent years he finds that many have been there before him. Indeed, for much of my adult life I have been hearing dire predictions of the imminent end of all we hold dear. There is even a kind of comfort to be [...]

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