John Zmirak

John Zmirak

Dr. John Zmirak is editor of a series of guides to American higher education, and author of four books: one on economics, two humorous guides to Catholic doctrine and devotions, and the blank-verse graphic novel, The Grand Inquisitor. He teaches writing in New Hampshire.


Kill More Canadians

Life

Kill More Canadians

Finally, someone has worked up the courage to say it. We’ve all been thinking it. It...
Almost Famous

Zeitgeist

Almost Famous

Last week in this space I was grossly unfair to a vast swathe of our country, one of Ameri...
Mapquest to Serfdom

Culture

Mapquest to Serfdom

There’s nothing to shake your residual faith in journalists than to see a news repor...
Anarcho-Fantasy”€”The Dream of a World Without the State

Uncategorized

Anarcho-Fantasy”€”The Dream of a World Without the State

And part of the picture is all you really see in Woods’ analysis. He attributes the notion of sovereignty to an early modern advocate of royal absolutism. And perhaps he’s right about the term. But I doubt that a Roman emperor would have had much trouble articulating his claim to arbitrary power without Jean Bodin’s neologism. (Indeed, the thinkers who advocated quasi-divine powers for kings looked to Roman law, which they wielded to liquidate feudal customs and Common Law”€”Teutonic holdovers which are the origin of our liberties.) The reality that rulers will seek to liquidate every obstacle to their “€œliberty”€ of action is a perennial observation. You can find it in the Old Testament and in the writings of Roman republicans. That’s where our Founding Fathers found it.

Vengeance is Mine

Alcohol

Vengeance is Mine

This might surprise you, but I wasn’t always such a mild, soft-spoken guy. Before ...
Patrick Buchanan and the Necessary Book

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Patrick Buchanan and the Necessary Book

Neocons think in news cycles, the Vatican in centuries”€”and Patrick J. Buchanan? In the body of worthy, provocative books he has produced, his thought ranges over decades. Having nobly failed to affect American elections and nudge our policies closer to prudence, it’s clear that Buchanan has withdrawn from the dismal business of trying to sober up the Republican party”€”and decided instead to work at dismantling the historical myths and moral fetishes of the center-left publicists who now dominate the “€œconservative”€ movement. His books are clearly written and remarkably persuasive”€”which explains the hysteria they have occasioned. His genial public persona, the ease with which he can engage the likes of Stephen Colbert and Ali G (remember “€œI don”€™t think Saddam was a threat even if he had BLTs”€), guarantee him a broad readership. Indeed, his works are bestsellers and hence impossible to dismiss. They make an impact, and threaten to shatter the groupthink so carefully cultivated over the course of the 1990s, when dissenting voices of the Right were systematically purged and persecuted. They are a species of samizdat.

The American Con

Media

The American Con

I’ll admit this up front: On the subject of Pat Buchanan, I’m not an objective...
Nicotine and Me

Alcohol

Nicotine and Me

Tomorrow I take my first driving lesson: New Hampshire be warned! I did once drive, in Bat...

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