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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  • March 7, 2014

    The Immoral Principle of Territorial Integrity

    5 ½ min

    The Crimean parliament decision to hold a referendum on whether or not to join the Russian Federation has raised the question of the legality and morality of secession.

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  • National Debtors
    April 2014

    National Debtors

    11 ¼ min

    The United States is a nation of debtors. Whatever sources you consult or trust, our per capita debt is extraordinarily high.

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  • Eugenio Corti, R.I.P.

    Eugenio Corti, R.I.P.

    0 ¼ min

    With the death of Eugenio Corti on February 4, Italian literature has lost the last of its great masters.

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  • February 26, 2014

    Lincoln's Slaves

    4 min

    A West Hollywood "Gay" Bar has announced it will not serve California legislators who stand up to the LGBT lobby's demands. Bar owner David Cooley defended his no-entry list.

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  • February 19, 2014

    Kansas Bleeds Again

    3 ¾ min

    The politically correct are breathing a sigh of relief. A proposed piece of Kansas legislation that would permit businesses not to provide services to same-sex "married" couples has been pronounced "dead in the water."

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  • February 14, 2014

    What Goes Around Comes Around

    3 min

    In the Netherlands, Els Borst has been found dead in her garage. A few hours earlier, the 81 year old physician and former deputy prime minister had attended a meeting of what is described by the Telegraph as her center-right political party.

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  • February 12, 2014

    Barry O. and Franky H. Cozy Up With a Few Friends

    1 ¾ min

    Some Americans are wondering, "Why all the hoopla over Hollande's courtesy call on Obama?" Is there something sinister or even serious going on? The obvious answer—and even some journalists are aware of it—is the natural affinity of two Marxist political hacks.

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  • February 10, 2014

    Jiggity Jig

    3 ½ min

    After 17 hours of travel--from the Hotel Atlantic Palace in Florence to the airport, from Florence airport to Zurich, Zurich to Chicago--the machines plus the foreigners herding the cattle were an unpleasant reminder that we were returning not to the land of the free or home of the brave but to "the first universal nation," where anyone who gets off the boat with 100 words of English can expect to go on the dole as a Federal employee empowered to push the natives around.

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  • In Search of the Bourgeoisie
    March 2014

    In Search of the Bourgeoisie

    12 ¼ min

    “How beastly the bourgeois is,” sneered D.H. Lawrence, “especially the male of the species.” What courage and imagination a writer must have to revile a social class that has been under attack for over a generation!

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  • January 31, 2014

    All the News From Tuscany

    4 min

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  • January 30, 2014

    Eternal Youth

    6 min

    Outsider movements attract a sprinkling of talented idealists but fill the ranks with losers who would happily join the left, if only the left would have them.

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  • January 30, 2014

    Obama's One Cheap Trick

    4 ½ min

    The purpose of political parties is to gain power by winning elections. Once in power, they have greater opportunities to enrich themselves and their friends at the expense of the taxpayer. If there is another purpose to democratic elections, no one I know of has ever demonstrated it.

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  • January 28, 2014

    The Road to Rome--and Back

    5 ¾ min

    Tripadvisor and Yelp epitomize all that is wrong with democracy.

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  • January 15, 2014

    Music--and Again Muslims

    7 ½ min

    Pisa's wars with the Muslims were conducted by individual admirals and trading consortiums rather than by the city itself, but they were not haphazard expeditions in search of booty. The Pisans, though working as entrepreneurs, were single-mindedly working to drive the Muslims out of Christian Europe.

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  • January 15, 2014

    America: Nation of Transients

    7 ½ min

    Read Part 2 of the English version of Thomas Fleming's interview with the Serbian magazine Geopolitika, on the decline of America.

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  • January 13, 2014

    America: A Growing Servility

    7 min

    Read Part 1 of the English version of Thomas Fleming's interview with the Serbian magazine Geopolitika, on the decline of America.

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  • January 10, 2014

    Muslims, Mussels, and the Duomo

    8 ¼ min

    Perhaps I'll find occasion to talk about the duomo later--by the way the word has nothing to do with our word "dome": but comes from Latin Domus, as in Domus Dei, house of God--but at this point let us be content with the bold statement that since the Fall of Western Empire, this was the most ambitious--and beautiful--church to be constructed. The Pisans seem to have begun planning it in 1063, the year they sailed off to support the Normans, who were reconquering Sicily from the Saracens.

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  • The Mandela Mandala
    February 2014

    The Mandela Mandala

    13 ¼ min

    That Mandela was a terrorist who promoted terrorism throughout most of his career is not open to question, nor is there any doubt about his support from communist regimes or of his open admiration for Marxist thugs like Fidel Castro.

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  • January 8, 2014

    The Grit, the Grime, and the Glory

    5 ¾ min

    Why do I prefer unrestored broken down cities to Rockefellerized fantasies like Williamsburg or that painted ugly delusion known as Southern California? Partly it is because the object of restoration, as my late friend Thomas Molnar once wrote, is to wipe out the intervening centuries, between the time a work of art or building was finished and the present. In the case of some masterpieces, the attempt is reasonable, but restorations are often flops...

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  • January 6, 2014

    In Pisa at Last

    5 ¼ min

    I have always found the Arno beautiful, looking upstream from the Ponte Solferino. For years, I thought that this was my own secret, how beautifully the river curved, until I read Leopardi's famous remark.

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