• Comrade Sanders

      Even Senator Sanders’ severest critics have readily credited him with being, however politically mistaken, a “man of principle.” His recently voiced claim that it is “unfair” to say that “everything is bad” about Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution in Cuba because El Caballo, as “Fidel” was  known to his supporters, seized power with a literacy… Read More

  • Coronavirus and the Future of Europe

    Nature has given assistance to Europe.  Douglas Murray’s brilliant The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (2017) was well if controversially received.  It is still on the index of banned books by The Economist and The Guardian, those beacons of the Liberal Enlightenment.  Murray saw a continent and culture bent on suicide through mass… Read More

  • Papagueria: 2

      Past Robles Junction, where the road coming north from Sasabe meets Highway 86, we crossed onto the Papago reservation heading west toward the Indian capital of Sells, no lights ahead save the constellation­ of the Kitt Peak Observatory lifted high against the night sky by the bulk of the Baboquivari Mountains, and almost no traffic…. Read More

  • Is It a Foaming River Yet?

      On April 20, 1968 Enoch Powell, the Shadow Defence Minister in Prime Minister Edward Heath’s Shadow Cabinet and a former Minister of Health, delivered a  speech to the Conservative Association Meeting in Birmingham. Several days before, Powell had predicted to his friend Clement Jones, the editor of the Wolverhampton Express & Star, that his… Read More

  • Raj Politics in Downing Street

      In the days of the Raj, the imperial power was understood to employ the tactics of divide-and-rule.  Britain, it was alleged, used the differences between Hindu and Muslim to cement its rule, and it is an understatement to say that the two great religions and their believers do not always get very well together. … Read More

  • Papagueria 1

    “The whole place would be abandoned if it weren’t an Indian reservation,” Bernard Fontana was saying, “like so much of rural America these days. There are a lot of people on the reser­vation who wake up in the morning knowing that what they’re going to do today isn’t worth shit. That may be true of… Read More

  • The Land of Oil and Water

      A sign above the café adjacent to the motel across the highway from the railroad tracks in Lordsburg, New Mexico, proclaimed the good news in faded red letters on a flaking white background. “Whiskey and water,” I told the waitress when she came with her pen­cil and pad. “No bar,” she explained. “But there’s… Read More

  • Shakespeare Canceled

        And then they came for Shakespeare….  A distinguished and widely respected newsreader for Independent Television News, Alistair Stewart, quoted these lines on Twitter:   “But man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assured— His glassy essence—like an angry ape Plays such fantastic tricks before high… Read More

  • Liberalism on Notice

      G.K. Chesterton described a coincidence as a spiritual pun. Is it significant that Boris Johnson, Great Britain’s new Prime Minister, “got Brexit done,” as he’d promised to do, last Friday; while, on the same day, the U.S. Senate voted against hearing further witnesses in the impeachment trial, thus effectively acquitting President Trump of the… Read More

  • Brexit Day

    ‘Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.’   Tennyson, laureate of the great era, speaks for Britain as we leave the European Union.  At 11 o’clock on Friday evening, we quit that union. … Read More