Tom Piatak

Tom Piatak

Tom Piatak writes from Cleveland, Ohio.


Modest Proposals

The National Review Sensitivity Cruise

Apr 21 2012

As many readers of Taki's Mag know, America has recently experienced a nasty outbreak of white racism. While the hate-mongering culprits have been duly punished,

Culture

Far From the Sea of Tranquility

Far From the Sea of Tranquility

Jul 16 2009

July 16, 2009 marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which led four days later to perhaps the signature American accomplishment of

Culture

Are We All Liberals Now?

Are We All Liberals Now?

Jun 10 2009

Kevin Gutzman, citing leftist historian Louis Hartz"€™ The Liberal Tradition in America, first informed Takimag readers that liberalism is the only political tradition in the

Life

What Notre Dame Taught

What Notre Dame Taught

May 17 2009

Notre Dame taught a clear lesson today, in its decision to have President Obama as a commencement speaker and to award him an honorary degree.

News

The Whipping Boy

The Whipping Boy

Apr 08 2009

Since the fall, auto sales have collapsed. This collapse has affected foreign manufacturers as well as American ones, and many countries are providing government loans

Culture

A Saint on Capitol Hill

A Saint on Capitol Hill

Feb 22 2009

When one reads the new atheists, one gets the impression that the influence of Christianity has been entirely baleful, that Christianity’s contribution to morality has

Religion

How Modern Wolves Attack

How Modern Wolves Attack

Feb 06 2009

In his homily at his inaugural Mass as Pope, Benedict XVI asked Catholics to “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of

World

Israel and Us

Israel and Us

Jan 19 2009

If I had to live in the Middle East, I would want to live in Israel, a modern, democratic country with a productive economy, including

Culture

Where Have You Gone, Sister Aloysius?

Where Have You Gone, Sister Aloysius?

Jan 09 2009

When my wife suggested that we go see Doubt, John Patrick Shanley’s film adaptation of his Tony-award winning play, I was skeptical. I never saw

Culture

Catching the Christmas Spirit

Catching the Christmas Spirit

Dec 23 2008

When I was young, there was much talk of “the Christmas spirit,” and I’ve always been fortunate enough to begin experiencing the joy appropriate for

Political Economy

What’s Good For General Motors Is Still Good For America

What’s Good For General Motors Is Still Good For America

Nov 11 2008

Back in the 1950s, when Americans knew from recent experience just how important it was to have a dominant manufacturing sector, Ike’s Defense Secretary, “Engine

Grassroots

Our Worthless Elites

Our Worthless Elites

Oct 21 2008

A lot of cyber-ink has been spilled over a post by Ross Douthat arguing that grassroots populists need elites.   At one level, of course, Douthat

Culture

Another Nobel Gone Wrong

Another Nobel Gone Wrong

Oct 04 2008

It has long been known that the Nobel Prizes in Peace and Literature are sometimes awarded to questionable characters such as Le Duc Tho, Yasser

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Condoleeza Rice Is Right  It Is Time To Move Beyond the Cold War

Condoleeza Rice Is Right It Is Time To Move Beyond the Cold War

Aug 14 2008

Every so often, someone in the Bush Administration actually makes a sensible point, though often not in the manner they intend.  Secretary of State Condoleeza

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The Truth About “€œThe X-Files”€

The Truth About “€œThe X-Files”€

Jul 21 2008

One of the most accurate assessments ever offered by a government official came when FCC chairman Newton Minow's described television as a "€œvast wasteland,"€ a

Religion

From Richard to Rowan

From Richard to Rowan

Jul 18 2008

The latest validation of James Burnham’s insight that “liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide” comes from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  As the

History

The Court Historian of The Neoconservatives

The Court Historian of The Neoconservatives

Jun 18 2008

Victor Davis Hanson has taken umbrage at Pat Buchanan’s description of him as “the court historian of the neoconservatives,” and even more umbrage at Buchanan’s

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I Confess I Don”€™t Understand Why Some Atheists Are So Angry

I Confess I Don”€™t Understand Why Some Atheists Are So Angry

May 10 2008

In response to my recent piece on science and religion, one of the commenters, GM, took me to task:  “you may want to consider and

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Darwin, Alone, Is Not Enough

Darwin, Alone, Is Not Enough

May 04 2008

Ben Stein’s movie Expelled has generated lots of commentary, most of it negative.  Many have claimed that it is obscurantist and hostile to science, a

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They Are The Hollow Men

They Are The Hollow Men

Apr 03 2008

Last week at NRO, cub reporter Stephen Spruiell announced that he had found what might be “the most deceptive ad” of the 2008 race, a

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Faith-Based Economy

Faith-Based Economy

Mar 18 2008

It is fitting that one of the signal events of what will likely become the second Bush recession has been the Federal Reserve's propping up

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Springtime for Fascism

Springtime for Fascism

Mar 02 2008

One of the stranger aspects of contemporary American "€œmainstream conservatism"€ is the obsession with "€œfascism,"€ a political philosophy one might have supposed was safely buried

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Is John McCain Really Pro-Life?

Is John McCain Really Pro-Life?

Feb 14 2008

In his recent address to CPAC, John McCain told the audience that "€œI believe...in ...the steadfast defense of our rights to life, liberty and the

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The Broken Compass

The Broken Compass

Dec 14 2007

It seems fitting that Hollywood has chosen to observe Christmas in the year Christopher Hitchens’ atheist manifesto became a best-seller by releasing The Golden Compass,

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Hitchens”€™ Hubris

Hitchens”€™ Hubris

Jul 24 2007

In July 1941, a political prisoner escaped from Auschwitz.  As a punishment, ten others were chosen by the Nazis to be killed in a starvation