Samuel Francis

Latest by Samuel Francis in Chronicles

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  • September 2004

    Holding the Pass

    10 ½ min

    It has been ten years since the death, at his home in the village of Mecosta, Michigan, of Russell Kirk, author of The Conservative Mind and one of the main spokesmen for organized American conservatism as it was known throughout his life.

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  • Queen of the Damned

    10 ½ min

    “What I like best about the Order of the Garter,” Lord Melbourne is reported to have remarked, “is that there is no damned merit about it.” Had the Philadelphia Society existed in Melbourne’s day, he would have found damned little merit in it either, though the society is not on quite the same level of social prestige as the unmeritorious Knights of the Garter.

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  • August 2004

    A Nonconservative "Godfather"

    3 ¾ min

    Norman Podhoretz, Doris Day, and Arnold Palmer were among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 23, and it is by no means easy to say who deserves the award the most—or, for that matter, the least.

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  • July 2004

    The Dialectic of Suicide

    10 ½ min

    The ambush was prepared and actually triggered several months before Samuel Huntington’s Who Are We? appeared in print.

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  • Porno War

    4 ¾ min

    Just how high did authorization go for the Abu Ghraib “abuses,” as the deliberate torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by American troops are demurely called?

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  • Ronald Reagan, R.I.P.

    4 min

    By no means the least of Ronald Reagan’s achievements as man and president was that he may well have been the first chief executive since Herbert Hoover who did not deserve a prison term for his crimes.

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  • An Unappetizing Prospect

    3 ¼ min

    John Kerry may have blown it already. After an impressive come-from-behind nab of the Democratic nomination this winter, the Massachusetts senator seemed ready to offer a formidable threat to the bubblehead who currently takes up space in the White House.

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  • A Question of Power

    11 min

    Movies come and movies go, but probably never in the history of American film has more controversy greeted any movie than that which met Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ before and after its debut on Ash Wednesday.

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  • Smear Campaign
    May 2004

    Smear Campaign

    14 ¼ min

    On April 14, 1996, the Washington Post published a 2,700-word article by liberal journalist Nicholas von Hoffman entitled “Was McCarthy Right about the Left? The Reds Were Under the Bed While the Liberals Looked Away.”

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  • Amnesty

    10 ½ min

    Conservatives who saw through the fraud of the “temporary worker visa” program that President Bush unveiled in January and recognized it for the mass amnesty of illegal aliens it is might want to consider muting their fulminations against the concept of amnesty.

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  • (Con)fusion on the Right

    10 ¾ min

    For the last year or so, neoconservatism has been the subject of an astonishing number of discussions, examinations, and denunciations by the far and “mainstream” left as well as by the right, soft and not so soft.

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  • February 2004

    The Dean Delusion

    4 ¾ min

    What is wrong with Howard Dean? Not much, if you listen to many Republicans and some conservatives. Republicans are salivating over the prospect of a Dean nomination because it seems to be the best way to ensure that President Bush stays where he is.

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  • February 2004

    Enthusiastic Democracy

    10 ½ min

    Less than a month after President Bush unbosomed his latest reflections on political philosophy before the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, one of the latest victims of his administration’s crusade to foster the “global democratic revolution” in Iraq was grousing that what the administration planned for his country simply wasn’t democratic enough.

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  • The Cabal Strikes Back

    10 ¼ min

    The cabal (or, at least, its major leaders in government) ought to be standing in the same dock that Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg once occupied, but that outcome cannot—yet—be realized.

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  • January 2004

    Passing for Democracy

    4 min

    Howard Dean almost blew it. With a slight edge in the polls and a strong following among both blacks and young, college-trained white professionals, the ex-governor of Vermont was beginning to look like the next nominee of the Democratic Party.

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  • December 2003

    Turning Away

    10 ¼ min

    By the end of last summer, it had become transparently obvious, even to the graying stallions of the “conservative movement,” that organized conservatism in the United States since the 1950’s has been a colossal failure.

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  • December 2003

    The Untergang of Our Gang

    5 ¼ min

    The Bush administration and its heavyweights spent the latter portion of this past summer trying to explain to themselves, to one another, and to American voters why the policies it has inflicted on the nation have not really been the unmitigated disaster they have proved to be.

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  • A Monopoly of Violence
    November 2003

    A Monopoly of Violence

    21 min

    Contrary to the claims of a number of mid-20th-century historians of the Tudor age, the Tudors and their servants did not invent the modern state.

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  • November 2003

    Not An Ordinary Criminal

    3 ½ min

    Kathy Boudin, by the time she walked out of the New York state penitentiary on parole last summer after serving 22 years for murder and bank robbery, should have been a forgotten name, but, thanks to the New York Times and similar organs, she was probably better known when she left prison than when she entered.

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  • The GOP’s Secret Weapon

    10 ¾ min

    If the war with Iraq was largely the work of the Likudnik faction that has commandeered the Bush administration’s Middle East policies, the liberation of Liberia on which the President suddenly embarked the nation last summer seems to have originated at least in part with yet another lobby of questionable loyalties.

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