Paul Gottfried

Paul Gottfried

Paul Gottfried is the Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and the author of nine books, most recently an autobiography, Encounters, as well as several tons of essays on European social and intellectual history and the history of political movements. He contributes to Taki's Magazine, per request of his physician, as a means of releasing pent-up bile and vexation.


Wolfe’s Howl

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Wolfe’s Howl

If Russell Kirk is guilty of reading too much of European conservatism into the American founding, Allan Wolfe goes even farther in the other direction, by assuming that the American Constitution from the beginning prepared the way for the kind of left-liberal regime that he fancies. But the alternative for Wolfe may be too unsettling to think about, a country of disgruntled gentiles sitting around in drugstores in places like Mecosta, Michigan and venting their “€œbigotry”€ and “€œsmall-mindedness.”€ Thank Heavens for broadminded, worldly intellectuals like Wolfe occupying endowed chairs at Boston University!

“€œIslamophobia”€ and “€œAnti-Fascist”€ Frauds

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“€œIslamophobia”€ and “€œAnti-Fascist”€ Frauds

A recent exchange held on WDAY’s Hot Talk with Scott Hennan between Serb journalist and author of Sword of the Prophet, Srdja Trifkovic and best-selling neocon celebrity Dinesh D’souza underscores the silliness of what today passes for high-toned political discussion. In a widely discussed book, The Enemy Within (Doubleday, January 2007), D’souza, a John M. Olin Scholar at American Enterprise Institute,”€ contends that orthodox Islam and “€œAmerican conservatism”€ (whatever that may mean at the present moment) are eminently compatible. Traditional Muslims, we are told, object not to Christianity or to traditional Western values but to American pop culture. But Trifkovic, a multilingual critic who seems to know some Arabic and a great deal of Near Eastern history, revealed in less than a minute of questioning that D’souza had no idea of what was in the Koran. He also reproduced the radio conversation (which I actually listened to) for the May issue of Chronicles. Any fair judge would have to conclude with Trifkovic that “€œD’souza has not studied the Koran, and that he may never have even held one in his hand.”€

Puritans or Habsburgs

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Puritans or Habsburgs

Among its idiosyncrasies, the neocon imperial idea, which according to Gamble is especially tempting for Protestant Americans, assumes the inherent depravity of the Habsburg Empire, a regime that that paradigmatic neocon hero Woodrow Wilson had hated as authoritarian, and Teutonic. This hatred came to the fore in Wilson’s letter sent to the Empire’s “€œsubject nationalities”€ on June 24, 1918, in which the American president looked forward to the “€œdismemberment”€ and “€œpartition”€ of a structure that did not deserve to exist: “€œThe Austro-Hungarian monarchy was organized on the principle of conquest and not on the principle of self-determination.”€ Moreover, by fighting with the German Empire, it added insult to injury by becoming “€œvassals of the Hohenzollerns.”€ Needless to say, the “€œpeace treaty”€ that Wilson signed on to denied “€œself-determination”€ to all the historical nationalities that had bet on the wrong horse in the War. It also typically placed those minorities, including my Central European relatives, under far more oppressive regimes than those nationalities who had lived under the Empire.

The New Face of National Review

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The New Face of National Review

National Review won’t publish paleocons or principled libertarians, but it will publish perorations like this: “€œTo my last breath, I will defend Trotsky who alone and pursued from country to country and finally laid low in his own blood in a hideously hot house in Mexico City, said no to Soviet coddling to Hitlerism, to the Moscow purges, and to the betrayal of the Spanish Republic, and who had the capacity to admit that he had been wrong about the imposition of a single-party state as well as about the fate of the Jewish people. To my last breath, and without apology. Let the neofascists and Stalinists in their second childhood make of it what they will.”€

War Whore

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War Whore

I might find Ann Coulter minimally bearable if only she had the honesty to point out that the two parties are for the most part indistinguishable. They are both big-government, welfare-state parties, which truckle to designated minorities and which engage equally in such moronic rituals as pulling down Confederate flags to please black race-hustlers and the liberal media. If Ann told us that she hates both parties but considers the Stupid Party slightly less obnoxious than the Evil one, I would find her diatribes less disgusting.

The Southern Poverty Smearbund

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The Southern Poverty Smearbund

The posturing of the Southern Poverty Law Center is symptomatic of the “€œanti-fascist”€ hysteria that has already swept over Western and Central Europe. By now the current anti-fascist fury has resulted in the destruction of civil liberties and in the eradication of academic freedom, trends that far-sighted groups like the Vlaams Belang are trying to escape from, together with the unrestricted Third World immigration that has contributed to European civil unrest.

Should the Government Constrain Cults?

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Should the Government Constrain Cults?

The current black Democratic candidate for the presidency, Senator Obama of Illinois, belongs to a black church in Chicago that is openly and emphatically hostile to my race (and to Obama’s white mother). As far as I can tell, the other presidential candidates are trying not to notice that Obama’s congregation features a platform that is full of references to the African race and to its sacred ethnic integrity.

Jonah Jumps the Whale – for Giuliani

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Jonah Jumps the Whale – for Giuliani

Self-proclaimed conservatives and the entire “€œconservative movement”€ have had their minds or arms twisted to vote for a leftist who is “€œgood”€ on Israel and foreign crusades for democracy.

Crunchy Calumny

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Crunchy Calumny

Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. This explains why so many of those who leapt on the bandwagon, or led the parade, that marched American soldiers off to war in Iraq are now disclaiming paternity, or screaming for blood tests. (No matter that many of these same folks are priming the pumps for yet another war with Iran, using the same sort of dreary agitprop that lied us into the last one.) One particularly juicy case is that of blogger and author Rod Dreher…


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