Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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  • December 18, 2014

    Cuber Libre

    1 ¾ min

    Here is my short history of Cuba since World War II. Once there was a stable (all things considered) and corrupt dictatorship that worked hand in glove with US criminal corporate interests.

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  • January 2015

    Aliens and Strangers

    14 ½ min

    “Pope Francis: Caring for the Poor Doesn’t Make You a Communist,” screamed the headline the day before Halloween.

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  • November 26, 2014

    Thugs and Tarbabies

    4 ¾ min

    Ferguson is on fire? Blacks are looting and trashing black stores, homes, and even churches? Who could have imagined? There is really nothing to be said about such events, as predictable as a celebrity face lift and as unsightly as a Kim Kardashian photo shoot.

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  • November 24, 2014

    Immigration—and the Politics of Hate

    4 min

    As luck would have it, we Chronicles editors were thinking about immigration, the theme of the January issue, when the President issued his marching orders on Univision.

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  • November 19, 2014

    Cos’ and Effect

    3 ¼ min

    The reemergence of rape accusations against Bill Cosby have divided this nation of TV-watchers. Most members of Mr. Cosby’s race and a large percentage of his fellow males have responded with a skepticism that is not entirely unjustified.

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  • November 14, 2014

    This Land is My Land

    3 min

    It occurred to me, as it has many times in the past, that humanitarians are willing to sacrifice the interests of their own people in order to help aliens who may be indolent, vicious, criminal, or hostile to the way of life of the country where he arrives seeking “asylum.”

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  • November 6, 2014

    Cuthbert J. Twillie and Other Bold American Warriors

    1 ¾ min

    Who killed Osama bin Laden? The question is almost as fraught with mystery as who killed JFK—or the man who shot Liberty Valance.

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  • December 2014

    Dante’s Path to Heaven

    13 ½ min

    Dante Alighieri died here in Ravenna, a little city where any sane man or woman might well choose to live and die. Like most people, I come here from time to time to stare stupidly at the Roman and Byzantine mosaics.

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  • October 30, 2014

    What, Me Worry? Part II A: Ebola, Ebola, Don't Touch Your Friend

    6 ¾ min

    For Americans, ebola is the new AIDS. It's not only the nightmare plague that is supposed to obsess our imaginations, all day long and every day, as we sip the first cup of coffee or the first martini.

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  • October 28, 2014

    What, Me Worry?, Part I

    4 ½ min

    During a long and less than spectacular lunch at a tourist joint on the Piazza Brà in Verona today, I could not help overhearing an American couple talking about their trip, their hopes, their dreams.

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  • November 2014

    Political Poltergeists

    14 ½ min

    As the midterm elections approach, I feel a bit like a migraine sufferer. Nonsense phrases start buzzing in the back of my head, and celebrity politicos begin to display a sinister aura.

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  • October 2014

    Rebuilding the Family Castle

    12 ½ min

    A police officer stops two black teenagers sashaying down the middle of a public street. According to law enforcement and at least one noninvolved witness, one of the two—a six-foot four-inch, 300-pound behemoth—charges the cop and goes for his gun.

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  • September 11, 2014

    Rumors of Wars

    4 ½ min

    The President of the United States is a politician, and as a politician he is a liar. Like all of his predecessors in my lifetime, the President stands up in front of the cameras and reads a prepared statement designed to elicit a positive response from the media and the general public.

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  • September 5, 2014

    Willie Sutton Answers Eric Holder

    5 ½ min

    Someone taught me this parody of “Davy Crockett,” when I was ten years old, I am not sure I remember the concluding words correctly. As I recall (and I hope someone can correct me), they are: “The man who knows no fear.”

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  • August 7, 2014

    The Alphaville Dictionary III

    2 ½ min

    In the simpler America at the end of the last millennium, you had to be really a star in the business of degrading American taste to be called iconic: Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, the Beatles.

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  • August 7, 2014

    Up to Our Eyeballs in Gaza

    5 min

    Every day since the Israelis counter-attacked in Gaza, Mr. Limbaugh has been railing against Hamas, the Palestinians generally, and anyone who criticizes anything done by Israel and describing them all as "anti-semitic."

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  • August 1, 2014

    The Gentile Church V

    3 ¼ min

    Instead of celebrating the Jewish Sabbath (the seventh day of the week), the faithful gradually broke with Jewish custom and assembled, instead, on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, which they identified with the first day of Creation.

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  • Thinking Outside the Boxes
    September 2014

    Thinking Outside the Boxes

    10 min

    In all these little boxes of the mind, the poor kids are immunized against nonconformity and carefully shielded from all those dangerous thoughts of Aristotle and Shakespeare and Vergil that might lead them to question the assumptions with which the regime has made itself impregnable.

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  • July 25, 2014

    The Death Throes of an Imperial Nation

    4 ¼ min

    Iowa is bracing itself for the storm. The danger is not coming from the tornadoes that sweep across the plains this time of year, but from the Central American illegal immigrant "children," eager to partake of the joys of life here in Middle America.

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  • July 21, 2014

    The Gentile Church IV: The Apostolic Church

    3 ½ min

    Following the Master’s instructions, about 120 of Jesus’ followers gathered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Peter. The first order of business was the selection of a replacement for Judas.

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