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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  • January 4, 2014

    A Few Days in Florence

    4 ¾ min

    The trip to Florence took a long and unpleasant day. It was cold the day we left, and there was so much snow it required a bit of nerve just to drive to my office to pick up a few things I had forgotten. We caught the bus to O'Hare an hour earlier than we should have needed, and in the event, we should have missed the plane had we allowed only a normal time for the ride.

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  • December 31, 2013

    January in Tuscany

    5 ¾ min

    I am going to be posting comments and photos over the next month, and when I have nothing to say--as I do today, the day before we are leaving--I can insert some paragraphs from the little history of Pisa I prepared for our fellow-travelers.

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  • December 30, 2013

    Pope Francis and the Liberal Delusions II

    5 ½ min

    According to one interpretation of the scene, Judas went away from this encounter disgruntled with Jesus' failure to lead a social revolution. It is certainly true that Jesus' answer remains a powerful rebuke to those who would confound the gospel with one or another form of state-imposed socialism.

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  • December 26, 2013

    Pope Francis and the Liberal Delusions

    5 ¼ min

    Christians are supposed to follow the teachings of their Master, who firmly informed the Roman authorities he was accused of challenging, "My kingdom is not of this world." That should have been the final world on both Christian socialism and Christian democracy.

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  • January 2014


    12 ¼ min

    The American home-mortgage crisis, though it is only a little less urgent than it was a year ago, has taken second place, in the ambulance-chasing media, to Obama­Care, same-sex “marriage,” and even the wars in Syria and Afghanistan.

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  • December 6, 2013

    Nelson Mandela, RIP or RIH?

    2 min

    The South African economy is in ruins, the rule of law has so broken down that Johannesburg is recording murder rates several times the rate in Mexico City, and young black professionals are leaving in droves. Interviewed even on NPR, they explain there is no future for them in South Africa.

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  • November 21, 2013

    Oh Well, Life's Not All Bad...

    3 ½ min

    What a week it has been for the ambulance-chasing media! Anticipated highs in their schedule were anniversaries of the Gettysburg address and the Kennedy assassination. What that pair really should be remembered for are cheap rhetoric to camouflage mass murder and cheap idealism to camouflage not just the libido dominandi but plain old raw libido.

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  • November 12, 2013

    Obamacare: Marxism not Charity, the conclusion

    6 ½ min

    As important as our civic duties are or can or should be, our moral life we have a higher duty, comprehended in that one word charity (agape). The Greeks had another word, philia, which means, very roughly, friendship, though the first friends a Greek probably thought of when he heard this word were family members.

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  • November 7, 2013

    Obamacare: Charity or Marxism, II

    6 ½ min

    Later in the course or his ministry, He will condemn the legalistic conformists--"scribes, pharisees--actors"--as whited sepulchers: They are painted prettily enough on the outside, but within there is nothing but death and putrefaction. But any attempt to create or impose a semblance of the Christian moral order on non-Christians must suffer the same condemnation. A socialist experiment on unwilling subjects turns entire nations into whited sepulchers.

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  • November 6, 2013

    Obamacare: Charity or Marxism? I

    5 ¼ min

    Like most Americans (including the President and members of Congress), I have made up my mind about Obamacare without actually reading the document(s). For me, there is basically one question to answer: Is Obamacare an exercise in state charity aimed at relieving the necessities of the poor, or is it a Marxist-inspired experiment in state socialism? Even though we have good reason to oppose both alternatives, we have to recognize them as different in motivation and in results.

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  • December 2013

    The Making of Books

    11 ¼ min

    When I came to Chronicles, I looked forward to the arrival of a steady stream of books for review: new fiction and poetry, histories and biographies, and the occasional works of popular scholarship or science.

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  • November 2013

    Answering Islam

    12 ¾ min

    According to President Obama, “Islam has always been part of America . . . American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.” This is a preposterous lie, though a President who knows so little of our history can be pardoned for telling it. Indeed, he probably believes it.

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  • October 29, 2013

    Women and Children First

    0 ½ min

    A Federal judge in Austin (Lee Yeakel--or is it yokel) has struck down provisions in Texas' new abortion law requiring abortionists to have hospital privileges within 30 miles of their murder site.

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  • October 28, 2013

    All Liars Ain't Spiers but All Spiers is Liars

    3 ¼ min

    Caught red-handed spying on the private life of Angela Merkel, the Obama administration and its supporters in both parties have chanted the same responses: "Allies always spy on each other," and "our monitoring activities in Europe have thwarted terrorist attacks." True enough, but as everyone knows, politicians only tell the truth when it serves a lie.

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  • September 13, 2013

    Christian Punishment

    7 ½ min

    There is a case to be made against the death penalty, but it is rooted in non-Christian and anti-Christian theories of the human person. There is no Christian and, in particular, no Catholic argument to be made except by a round-robins-barn tortured exegesis of passages ripped out of context.

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  • September 11, 2013

    Liar's War

    4 min

    John Kerry has pinned his case for killing Syrian civilians on an op ed in the Wall Street Journal, written by "Dr. Elizabeth O'Bagy," a 20-something researcher who turns out to be a propagandist for the Syrian opposition without the sacred Ph.D from Georgetown that got her a job at a propaganda mill masquerading as a think tank.

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  • October 2013

    Terminators, Inc.

    15 min

    The cover of the August issue of The Atlantic Monthly, titled “Drone Warrior,” features a picture of President Obama and the question, “Has It Become Too Easy for a President to Kill?”

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  • August 30, 2013

    Six Paragraphs In Search of an Author

    4 ¼ min

    Everyone I know is asking me why we are going to bomb Syria. There is a rarely a simple answer to such questions, but if we look closely at the would-be bombers--the leaders of Turkey and France for example, perhaps we can gain some insight. The latest coalition of the willing might be more accurately described as the conspiracy to kill Christians. Erdogan and his party have two reasons for hating the Assad regime.

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  • August 23, 2013

    Lincoln and the Chelsea Girl

    3 ¾ min

    Chelsea, otherwise known as Bradley Manning, has petitioned the US Army to give him transgender procedures that will enable him to spend his 35 years pretending to be a woman in a woman's prison. Apart from the surgeries and hormone therapy involved, it sounds like a great idea.

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  • August 21, 2013

    Boredom in the Leisure Class

    2 ½ min

    In Duncan Oklahoma, two black "teens," driven by a white teen driver, murdered a complete stranger--an Australian student and baseball player. The only motive given so far is that they were bored. Since the victim was white and at least one of the three a devotee of the racist thug doggerel known as rap, there may have been other motives, but let us take the statement, given to the police by one of the thugs, at face value.

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