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Decline and Fall: The Grim Message of The Camp of the Saints

In the first part of this series, we recalled Edward Gibbon’s magisterial history from the 18th century, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and noted the ominous parallels for America today. In the second part of this series, we will recall a more recent—and perhaps even scarier—work from the 20th century, Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints. Nov 24, 2014 6:24 AM PT

America Has Been Warned: Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

What can a chronicler of barbarian invasions, writing in the 18th century, explain to Americans in the 21st century? What lessons can we learn today from the fall of an ancient empire? Plenty. Many. Indeed, as immigration is a hot issue today, we might look to long-ago scholarship to remind us that the basic patriotic loyalty of the home population can never be taken for granted. In particular, if the demography of the population changes, its loyalties will change. Nov 22, 2014 6:57 PM PT

A Republic, If We Can Keep It: The Founders vs. 'Emperor Obama'

As “Emperor Obama”—to cite a title applied to Barack Obama by House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Jeff Sessions, and others—proceeds with his plan to trample the Constitution by issuing an Executive Order on amnesty for illegals, perhaps it’s worth looking back to see how the authors of the Constitution might have reacted to such a crisis. Nov 21, 2014 7:21 AM PT

A Hundred Years After World War One, Americans Have a Lot to Learn

On the centennial of World War One, perhaps the most urgent question is this: Could we fall into another such global war? Could we end up in another conflict such as the one, a century ago, that took 20 million lives? Essayist Roger Cohen, writing for, has his glum answer: “Yes, It Could Happen Again.” Aug 1, 2014 2:31 PM PT

You Can Trust the Russians to Be Russians

In their own way, the Russians are trustworthy: You can always trust them to remind you as to what kind of people they are, and what kind of political system they create. As we shall see, Americans got a bitter lesson about Russian behavior seven decades ago, during World War II—although we were painfully slow to learn that lesson. Jul 18, 2014 10:09 AM PT

Who Is the Real David Brat?

So who is the real David Brat? Is he a Randian Tea Partier, the scourge of RINOs, bent on taking the Republican Party further to the right? Or is he a populist crusader, determined to defend the middle class against all its enemies and predators, wherever they might lurk? Which is he? Jun 13, 2014 7:12 PM PT

China Takes the Lead in Africa

Sometimes big geopolitical news gets tucked away in a mere clause. We can see this phenomenon in, for example, a recent AFP story on the Nigerian terror-kidnaping: “World powers, including the United States and China, have joined in the search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists.” May 11, 2014 4:17 PM PT

Welcome to the Alternate Green Universe: National Security, Meh! Let’s Talk About Climate Change!

Okay, so the US seems to be losing in Syria and in Ukraine. And not doing too well at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. Nor is it bringing peace to the Israelis and Palestinians. And the economy doesn’t look too good, either. But in the Alternate Green Universe, those issues aren’t important. What really matters, as we learned in the Washington Post the other day, is climate change. May 6, 2014 5:35 PM PT

Conservative Nationalism vs. Liberal Multiculturalism: The Revolts of the Masses in Britain and India—And What They Mean for the US

Americans should take note: Upcoming elections in two English-speaking countries, the United Kingdom and India, are likely to tell a common story; in both nations, conservative nationalism is likely to defeat liberal multiculturalism. That’s good news for conservatives, and an inspiration for Americans, as they look to their own November 2014 elections. And yet, as we shall see, it’s not obvious that the Republican Party will draw the same positive lessons. May 4, 2014 7:05 PM PT


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