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|December 31, 2002
||||The End of Bush the Bold
Sending the boy
|December 26, 2002
||||By Permission or by Right?
Who was the richest man who ever lived? Guess again.
|December 24, 2002
||||The Regime of the Sneaky
We have a fairly large vocabulary of words that recognize the conspiratorial aspects of social life.
|December 19, 2002
||||More Than a Slogan
According to Lincoln, the states were never what everyone had always thought they were.
|December 17, 2002
||||Thurmond, Lott, and Lincoln
Far be it from me to defend Trent Lott, who has hurt more people with his groveling apologies than with his offense, but we could use a bit of perspective.
|December 12, 2002
||||America the Hated
Weapons of mass destruction have fallen into the wrong hands: Bushs hands.
|December 10, 2002
In the mental universe of bogus rights, very few things are wrong in principle.
|December 5, 2002
||||Seeing Both Sides
Thinking is complicated enough, without being further complicated by personalities even ones own personality.
|December 3, 2002
||||History, Coming Up!
History is just loaded with cunning ironies.
|November 28, 2002
||||Paying for the Bullet
Paying for the murder of Arab children is now part of what it means to be an American.
|November 26, 2002
||||My Quest for Firefly
The happiest, most thrilling sound Ive ever heard
|November 21, 2002
||||Dont Blame Limbaugh
Theyre only fighting about power, not principle.
|November 19, 2002
||||Learning the Hard Way
No other Western government has been foolish enough to get so deeply entangled in Jewish-Muslim hostilities.
|November 14, 2002
||||The State and the Beehive
That rulers have killed such large numbers of their own subjects and citizens suggests that the state is unnatural.
|November 12, 2002
||||Shakespeare and the Directors
Entering into a world where the feudal and the supernatural co-exist naturally
|November 7, 2002
||||What Elections Mean
Changing your mind about which is the lesser evil
|November 5, 2002
||||Reflections on Elections
Oh, goody! More democracy!
|October 31, 2002
||||The Myth of the Tolerant Left
The Left screams only when its its ox thats being gored.
|October 29, 2002
||||The State: Evil and Idol
Sacrificing your life to save your bodyguard
|October 24, 2002
||||The Aura of Evil
Not quite supermen despising bourgeois success
|October 22, 2002
||||The Law of Force
The threat of death is implicit in every parking ticket.
|October 17, 2002
||||Anarchy without Fear
Which word is more frightening: anarchy or state?
|October 15, 2002
||||Taking Care of Peewee
When the government and the media are bluffing us
|October 10, 2002
||||Drugs and the Law
A mandate for limitless government
|October 8, 2002
||||War over Auxiliary Verbs
Forget would, could, and might. How does Saddam Hussein threaten Americans liberties?
|October 3, 2002
||||Why Not War?
Todays conservatives could have taught the old Communists a thing or two about purges.
|October 1, 2002
||||Before It Was Sausage
Dominion over the animals does not allow cruelty.
|September 26, 2002
||||Dreams and Nightmares
Suppose the war on Iraq proves to be a military disaster, or suppose it makes this chaotic world even more chaotic.
|September 24, 2002
||||Conservatism, Old and New
The wars favored by the young conservatives are aimed only at American empire.
|September 19, 2002
||||Burning the Constitution
Lets formalize it.
|September 17, 2002
||||Chosen for Conquest
All history is ancient history if you dont want to remember it.
|September 12, 2002
||||A Call for World War IV
Just what we need another faith-based initiative
|September 10, 2002
||||The First Saddam Hussein
Whats to conserve when conservatives lack a sense of history?
|September 5, 2002
Lets stop pretending we can endlessly feel the loss of 3,000 strangers.
|September 3, 2002
||||Bad News from Troy
Even the victors lives were disrupted in ways no one could have foreseen.
|August 29, 2002
||||Sticking with the Mets
The spirit of Major League Baseball has become disgustingly crass.
|August 27, 2002
||||The Empire Talks Back
If the administration were honest, it would own up to the risks of action and not disparage them.
|August 22, 2002
||||Honesty about the Middle East
The United States apparently has a solemn duty to overthrow dictatorships with lots of oil, but not democracies based on racial discrimination.
|August 20, 2002
||||Making the World Democratic
Freedom and democracy are not the same thing.
|August 15, 2002
||||If I Were President
The strained euphemism for aggressive
|August 13, 2002
||||War on Wogs
Their lives are worth less than our pets.
|August 8, 2002
A casual acceptace of war and indiscriminate killing
|August 6, 2002
||||Why This War?
All the alarm over Iraq rings false.
|August 1, 2002
||||A Kinder, Gentler Saddam Hussein
Moral lopsidedness should always make us suspicious.
|July 30, 2002
||||Laws and Kings
The harshest tyranny of yore had less control over its subjects than the mildest state has today.
|July 25, 2002
||||Why the Wolves Rule
The state is organized force, and it will be headed by those who dont mind using force.
|July 23, 2002
||||Niceness and the State
How we come to confuse obedience to force with social harmony
|July 18, 2002
||||The English Insult
A fine tradition
|July 16, 2002
||||John Lindh, Patriot
When did Americans lose the right to emigrate?
|July 11, 2002
||||State of the Union, Signs of the Times
Major League Baseball seems determined to rid itself of its remaining fans.
|July 9, 2002
||||Ted Williams: The Sequel
Terrifying news for pitchers?
|July 4, 2002
||||On to Victory!
Lets make the United States harmless.
|July 2, 2002
How presidents are supposed to think, talk, and act
|June 27, 2002
||||Church, State, and School
Apparently, theres nothing wrong with instilling mindless obedience to the Federal Government into young children, as long as God is kept out of it
|June 25, 2002
||||The American Future
The background is already here.
|June 20, 2002
A cottage industry of Shakespeare forgeries
|June 18, 2002
||||How Americans Have Changed
The Second Amendment implies the right of secession.
|June 13, 2002
||||The Optional Constitution
The Constitution is not something separable from the government it is supposed to constitute.
|June 11, 2002
The war the American people have already lost
|June 6, 2002
||||A Palestinian State?
What good would it do, really?
|June 4, 2002
||||The Hollow President
What did the president know? Wrong question!
|May 30, 2002
Excess? or policy?
|May 28, 2002
||||A Common Language?
We may think we grasp The Federalist Papers and the Constitution it expounds when we are only grasping some of the pieces, not the whole.
|May 23, 2002
Raising anew the old question of the exact relation of the Old Testament to the New
|May 21, 2002
||||The Great Problem-Solver
The people who are supposed to be protecting us are continuing policies that put our lives in danger.
|May 16, 2002
||||Your Friend, the State
The state is our enemy, no matter who is in power. Tyranny and freedom are equally nonpartisan.
|May 14, 2002
||||Lowering Our Guard
Ariel Sharon consistently puts his country first though this doesnt really distinguish him from most American politicians, who also, just as consistently, put his country first.
|May 9, 2002
||||Our Boy Bill
The genius of Americas greatest talker will have to find other outlets.
|May 7, 2002
||||The New Believers
You have to admire the raw courage of journalists who defend Israel.
|May 2, 2002
||||Addicts of the State
A state is considered a success when it inflicts more harm on foreigners than on its natives.
|April 30, 2002
||||An Apocalyptic Foreign Policy
Like economists and sportswriters, theologians rarely pay for their erroneous predictions.
|April 25, 2002
||||The Catholic Ogre
The enemies of the Church eschew obvious nonsense; they prefer oblique nonsense.
|April 23, 2002
Israels most Stakhanovite American apologists arent stupid enough to pretend that Sharon is a man of peace. They insult our intelligence with more subtlety and plausibility.
|April 18, 2002
||||Where to Look for Evil
It takes no moral insight to condemn your enemies as evil.
|April 16, 2002
||||The Zionist Dream
So what inviolable rights does Sharon think Arabs should have in Israel? Any?
|April 11, 2002
You know whats wrong with the conflict in the Middle East? Neither Sharon nor Arafat is a Protestant. Really.
|April 9, 2002
||||Shakespeare and the Snobs
If William of Stratford had been a genius, he might have written wonderful plays, but they would have been very different from Hamlet, even if they were greater.
|April 4, 2002
||||The Catholic Position
When the Church disagrees with the world and its demands that she change her teachings on sex, its the Church whos obsessed with sex.
|April 2, 2002
||||From Eban to Sharon
According to Sharon, there seems to be a difference between a democratic state and a Jewish democratic state.
|March 28, 2002
What the war on terrorism and the pedophile priests scandal have in common
|March 26, 2002
||||Bad Hair Night
What happens if they give the Three Stooges a Lifetime Achievement Award?
|March 21, 2002
In this country, facts that induce conscientious introspection are generally considered unfit for patriotic consumption.
|March 19, 2002
||||Can This War Be Won?
The war on terrorism must, in the end, be a war on terrorisms victims; after all, theyre easier targets.
|March 14, 2002
||||My Two Conversions
The Churchs persecutors ancient and modern sense the truth: that she is a threat to unbelief.
|March 12, 2002
Anyone with a spark of decency would be ashamed to treat Jews the way Jews treat Gentiles.
|March 7, 2002
||||How Might Makes Right
The Constitution sounds great on paper. But how is the Federal Government to be prevented from exceeding its allotted powers?
|March 5, 2002
||||The Rise of Tax Slavery
The great bait-and-switch
|February 28, 2002||||The Duty of Lying
If journalists defend lying, you have to wonder what theyre lying about. Terrorists certainly will.
|February 26, 2002||||Am I Anti-American?
The Anti-American Constitution
|February 21, 2002||||Since September 11
Cutting the government a lot of slack
|February 19, 2002||||Our Chesterton
You not only trust him; you feel that he trusts you.
|February 14, 2002||||Genocide and Wisecracks
You can make a good case that Israel has defeated the very purpose of Zionism.
|February 12, 2002||||In Search of Lincoln
A man oddly hard to pin down
|February 7, 2002||||O Canada!
Why should the ventriloquist let the dummy get all the credit?
|February 5, 2002||||The Cross and the Swastika
How odd: an anti-Semitic Church that has never warned the faithful against Jewish influence!
|January 31, 2002||||On with the War!
Democracy the best disguise yet devised for minority rule
|January 29, 2002||||Words
Its no use issuing dire predictions and warnings when people cant even see what has already happened.
|January 24, 2002||||Anarchism, Reason, and History
The best argument for anarchism is the twentieth century.
|January 22, 2002||||The Art of the Applause Line
All he has to do is be poised, dignified, inspiring, hopeful, and if possible sober.
|January 17, 2002||||Lincolns Feet of Clay
The real Lincoln was a politician of humdrum concerns.
|January 15, 2002||||How Killing Became a Right
The pro-abortion movement has been consistent only in its inconsistency.
|January 10, 2002||||The Powers That Be
How can rebels expect obedience?
|January 8, 2002||||What Do We Owe the State?
Once the right to command is conceded, there are no limits on its power.
|January 3, 2002||||Defining Conservatism
You cant equate Reagans minor gains with the radical and lasting changes Franklin Roosevelt effected.
|January 1, 2002||||The Greatest, Joyless
A movie that just doesnt come to life
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