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Was Irving Kristol a CIA Plot?

Sure, we should all give “€œtwo (very qualified) cheers“€ for Irving Kristol (1920-2009), the tireless writer, political eminence grise, and longtime editor at Commentary, Encounter, The Public Interest, and The National Interest, who left this world last Friday. Kristol was, on many levels, emblematic of a whole generation of American Jewish intellectuals. His journey, recounted […]

Encountering Gottfried

Given the perpetual parade of “€œintellectuals”€ who are not intelligent in our media “”€ Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS and the “€œparrot press”€ “”€ I don”€™t expect many Americans to be familiar with political philosopher Paul E. Gottfried. Nevertheless, Paul (he’s a friend) is one of the most important intellectuals in the United States.  Historian […]

The Alternative Right

And the impossibility of conservatism. It’s 1964. A stranger approaches and tells you two political movements will arise in the near future, the New Left and the New Right. One of these movements will dominate American politics for a good quarter century. Indeed, political scientists will define the entire period in terms of the ascendancy […]

Remembering the Smoothies

As Charles Stuart is reported to have said when he returned to England after decades of exile, to restore the British monarchy and reign as Charles II after the Cromwell interregnum, “€œHey, y”€™all! It’s good to be back.”€ I just went through the editorial equivalent of purgatory: Thanks to a suddenly shortened publishing schedule, I […]

Cholera or Plague? You Decide!

Being an assortment of presidential endorsements, wild speculations, and cris de coeur by contributors to Taki’s Magazine

Making Sense of the American Right

Douglas A. Jeffrey and Claremont Review both deserve to be congratulated for violating the imperial ban that the neoconservative mafia has imposed on my book Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right. Unlike National Review, The Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, and other bona-fide members of the neocon agitprop empire, Jeffrey and his […]

The Edge We”€™re On: Contemporary Populism and Its Discontents

David Sirota begins his tour of American populism by telling how he hung around with leftists, got drunk, daydreamed for a while, and then threw up. Sirota’s The Uprising has ambitious aims”€”a no holds barred, behind the scenes look at the anti-Establishment movements of Left and Right grouped under the catchall term “€œpopulist.”€ Such movements and organizations include antiwar groups, Democratic politicians, progressive third parties, Lou Dobbs, the Minutemen, shareholder activists, and union organizers. Sirota deserves credit for capturing the vague Zeitgeist of these disparate actors and uniting them into a more or less coherent narrative. But unfortunately for Sirota, the real story behind contemporary American populism is not the one he wants to tell.

Rear-View Mirror Conservatism

Rear-view Mirror Conservatism We look at the present through a rear-view mirror.  We march backwards into the future.                                                              -Marshall McLuhan Dan Larison’s recent praise of George Grant reminds me of the reason that originally attracted […]

On Lukacs and Buchanan (Again)

Neocon.  Crank.  Appeaser.  Such are the terms that my colleagues have lately been heaping on John Lukacs in response to his review of Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War.  There is something powerful strange about complaints of oversimplification, tendentiousness and axe-grinding expressed through the use of such labels.  While I must defer to Paul Gottfried’s […]

The Limits of Lincoln Bashing

Between the warring camps vying for ownership of the true “€œAmerican conservatism,”€ a remarkable consensus has emerged around the status of Abraham Lincoln and his legacy. In the conservative house divided, almost everyone agrees that the president was the prophet of democratic imperialism and that his war with the South was a mere dress rehearsal for global crusades for democracy which began half a century after his assassination. Naturally, the so-called paleoconservatives and neoconservatives disagree on the merits of Lincoln’s putative policy, but they don”€™t disagree that he led the advance guard of this project to create the world in America’s image and likeness. This dispute is no mere academic matter, since those who control the Lincoln legacy also manufacture the grist for any number of ideological mills.

Three Strategies for the Right

A few weeks ago Jim Antle and I went a few rounds on our personal blogs over Antle’s criticisms of Sen. James Webb here at Taki’s Magazine. Antle showed that Webb is no conservative; if anything, Antle argued, Webb is to paleoconservatism, what Daniel Patrick Moynihan was to neoconservatism. My response: yes, but the neocons […]

Is There Conservatism Beyond Christianity? (or how to book a mental vacation in Athens or Valhalla)

Christians on the right are used to witnessing attacks on their faith from atheistic leftists. Ever since the highly influential “€œcultural Marxists”€ of the Frankfurt School, it has become de rigeur for the chattering classes in the media and academe to tear down the historic faith of Western civilization. What often goes unnoticed among conservative Christians is that large elements of the Right often despises Christianity as well. This right-wing attack on Christianity has become a cultural phenomenon on its own, and one not yet properly understood.

After Paleoconservatism

Paul Gottfried has written an epitaph for paleoconservatism, and it is sure to generate a fair amount of controversy among paleos and even among those who might identify more with what he calls the “post-paleo right.”  There is a lot in it to ponder.  I am not sure that I agree that paleoconservatism is dead […]

A Paleo Epitaph

There was a time, roughly between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s, when the paleoconservatives looked like an insurgent force. In 1992, they found in Pat Buchanan a powerful presidential contender, and one who listened to their advice. The paleoconservatives and the paleolibertarians had patched up old disputes and come together in the John Randolph Club, a group whose meetings in Washington drew journalistic dignitaries, including but by no means limited to Buchanan. At one such gathering on Jan. 18, 1992, Murray Rothbard gave legendary speech in which he famously envisioned the “€œrepealing the twentieth century.” The paleos were insurgent. But eventually the weaknesses of the paleo side eventually came to show: excruciatingly limited funding, exclusion from the national media, vilification as “€œracists”€ and “€œanti-Semites,”€ and finally, strife within their own ranks. In retrospect, this was all predictable, although for me it was hard to grasp how totally the fall came when it did.