No Cure for Impatience

As is well-known by the naive, science is the disinterested search for truth about the empirical world. Vanity, greed, pride, rivalry, enmity, thirst for fame and other human ...

Emperor Quianglong

Chinese Tribulations

The totalitarian nightmare of a prophylactic society is blurred by the stampede of spring. After 52 days of harsh house arrest, last Monday bars and restaurants opened in half of ...

Harvey Weinstein

The Real Racists

As everyone who has not been in strict isolation in hospital with the virus knows, Harvey Weinstein was recently condemned to death for sexual assaults against six Hollywood ...

Anthony van Dyck

Paper Chase

Someone—having reached the age of forgetfulness, I forget who—said to me a few weeks ago that the first sign of socialism is a shortage of toilet paper. This humble commodity ...

Kobe Bryant

Cows vs. White Girls

Like everyone who was alive back on Nov. 22, 1963, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when news of the president’s assassination flashed through. (I was coming ...

The Coronavirus Reveals Our Lack of Social Trust

If you’ve been to a supermarket recently, you’ve probably noticed how quickly people are buying up toilet paper, hand soap, dry goods, meats, and other necessities. More ...

Alexis de Tocqueville

The Politics of Grotesquery

According to Alexis de Tocqueville, “when inequality is the common law of a society, the strongest inequalities do not strike the eye; when everything is nearly on a level, the ...

The Lies That Sustain Us

What is it that holds our country together today? Perhaps nothing so much as lies, which, in some instances, are nonetheless effective because they are known to be ...

The Great Shoe Wars

This is not going to be another coronavirus column. Yes, the disease we’ve been saddled with thanks to the Dagwood Bumsteads of China will make an appearance later on. But ...

Viruses, Real and Imagined

A virus has emerged out of China and has spread to several countries, killing 300 people so far. Of course, the big problem here is not the threat of literal death; it’s the ...

Greta Thunberg

Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb

I write this from the once-upon-a-time small alpine village of Gstaad, Switzerland, now a mecca of the nouveaux riches and vulgar, snow and manners having gone with the wind. ...

The Unsalvageables

This week’s column starts in a Georgia ghetto, and ends in the Middle East. Some of you might remember Anthony Stokes. He was a 15-year-old DeKalb County, Ga., hood rat with a ...

William Christian Bullitt Jr.

Suicide (Final) Solution

In April 1936, Ambassador William Bullitt relayed an urgent message to Washington: “Enough with the Jews already.” I’m slightly paraphrasing. Bill Bullitt was one of the ...

To Hell With the Perpetually Offended

I began my journalistic career under strict censorship. It was imposed on the press and media by the Greek colonels who had seized power in a bloodless coup in Athens on April 21, ...

Angry Times

Arriving in Paris on one of the few trains still running in the middle of the strike by public sector workers who, as good socialists, were trying to preserve their privileged ...

Saviors of the Silver Screen

Superhero and comic-book movies are the new rock & roll. Like rock, they were originally a passing fad understood to be for children. Now, however, they are a ...


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