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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  • August 15, 2013

    Voting Wrongs

    3 ¼ min

    If politics is ever going to matter in this country, the conservatives will have to set one initial and all-important priority: They have to take away the vote from people who are not really citizens.

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  • August 5, 2013

    Obama Saves America Again

    5 ¼ min

    The Obama administration, citing an ominous increase in online chatter in the terrorist community, has closed down 19 diplomatic posts in Muslim countries, and this morning (5 August) the State Department revealed that they will stay closed because of the continuing threat.

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  • September 2013

    The Best Schooling Money Can Buy

    10 ½ min

    Poor Rachel Jeantel has been ridiculed for her diction, elocution, and irrationality, but in her interview with Piers Morgan she makes a valid point in contrasting “old-school people” who “see their facts” with her own “new-school generation” for whom facts, if they have any significance at all, are subordinated to considerations of race, age, and “gender.”

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  • August 2013

    Goodbye to All What?

    12 min

    As far back as I can remember, I had the feeling that I had been born some time after the end of everything that mattered.

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  • July 31, 2013

    What Is To Be Done About "Gay Marriage"?

    7 ¾ min

    Where power can be shifted from Washington to the states, from the states to the counties and cities, from cities to neighborhoods and families, then that is the policy to support. That was the deal I cut with Rothbard years ago. The only progress is devolution.

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  • July 29, 2013

    Gay Times on the Right

    3 ¾ min

    Hardly a day goes by that someone does not email or telephone me with the news that some allegedly conservative writer has finally endorsed "Gay Marriage." I'd rather not name names, but the most amusing so far has been an online screed declaring Andrew Sullivan the "most important political writer of his generation."

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  • July 3, 2013

    Egypt: The Script Plays Out

    2 ¼ min

    It is almost as if Mohammed Morsi has been reading Chronicles--or at least studying Egyptian history. (And if he fails—as I hope he does--to take decisive action, he will soon be an unimportant piece of that history.)

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  • July 1, 2013

    Egypt--Playing By the Rules

    1 ½ min

    It is almost as if Mohammed Morsi has been reading Chronicles--or at least studying Egyptian history. (And if he fails--as I hope he does--to take decisive action, he will soon be an unimportant piece of that history.)

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  • Looking Backwards

    11 ¼ min

    Gil Santana had it all: He was the model conservative for the new millennium.

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  • June 19, 2013

    Liars, Children, and the NSA

    4 ¼ min

    Yesterday's congressional performances by the head of the National Security Administration and the deputy director of the FBI deserve an award, but it is the KIDS awards handed out for best children's TV programs. Even an American adolescent should be able to spot the lies and contradictions.

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  • June 17, 2013

    USA Against America: Arming Jihad

    2 ¾ min

    Living in America these days is something like being a character in a Philip K. Dick novel: Instead of learning from our mistakes and moving on, our leaders continue to hit the replay button, over and over and over.

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  • June 2013


    12 min

    “Oh, horror!” cry the addlepated young noblemen in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Horror, indeed. Their world will be turned upside down if the Queen of the Fairies carries out her threat to turn the House of Lords into a meritocracy.

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  • May 29, 2013

    Treason From the Top Down

    4 min

    French police have arrested a suspect in the knife attack on a French soldier. The suspect is 22 year old male "fairly recently converted to Islam." The attack in a Paris suburb recalls the recent beheading of an English soldier in the London suburb of Woolwich, where the attacker, again, appears to have been a recent convert to Islam.

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  • May 24, 2013

    Boys Will Be Toys

    9 min

    Only in America. Only in America could religious conservatives get worked up over the Boy Scouts' decision to admit openly homosexual boys to their ranks.

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  • May 22, 2013

    I Need to Take a Fifth

    3 ¾ min

    If we lived in a real (not to say free) country, then we would be reading something like the following exchanges: Congressman Issa: So, Ms Lerner, how and when exactly did you learn that your department was illegally targeting conservative and pro-life groups.

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  • May 16, 2013

    After the Fall

    2 min

    Obama administration officials have convenient ways of evading responsibility. Hilary made her getaway before some of the truth about Benghazi began to ooze out from the cracks, and Holder not only has recused himself from the investigation of the AP story but he blames subordinates for all his woes.

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  • May 1, 2013

    Ella, again

    0 ¼ min

    Let me second Tom Piatak.

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  • May 2013

    Classical Christian Marriage

    12 ¼ min

    You can almost always rely on conservative politicians to surrender their principles, even before the first shot is fired. Within a month of President Obama’s second inauguration, Republicans were already selling out on the marriage issue.

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  • April 19, 2013

    Chechen Surprise

    4 min

    Last night's shoot-out in Boston must have brought as much joy to the Kremlin as it has dampened the spirits of the White House. Thrilled with the announcement that the primary suspects in the Boston Marathon Massacre were white, anti-American leftists were hoping for the big score, another Tim McVeigh to prove that Tea Partiers and Militiamen are violent terrorists.

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  • April 2013

    Fiat Values

    12 ½ min

    The American publishing industry—academic presses in particular—is proof of Pope’s observation on the bliss that rewards ignorance and condemns wisdom as folly.

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