Monthly Archives: November 2010

Defeating Edward Said & The Politics Of Partisan Passion

In the intervening years before the Bush administration committed political and national capital in promoting Democracy in Iraq through invasion, President Bush spent many personal hours with two distinct men, discussing Islam, Medieval Islam and the intrinsic cultural receptivity Islam … Continue reading

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The True Spirit Of A Counterrevolutionary: Whittaker Chambers A Tormented Man

Most readers of this very blog are not old enough to remember the vapid ideological atmosphere that gripped the 1930’s as examined throughout the writings of Norman Podhoretz or Irving Kristol.  Both men ruthlessly examined the shape and commitment of … Continue reading

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Shariah: Threat To America

The C.I.A. has developed a competitive threat analysis team to examine policy analysis regarding Islamic terrorism.  This past September the CIA released its report titled ‘Sharia:  Threat To America’.  This 177 page report is lethal in its realism regarding the … Continue reading

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Partisan Humanism, Ideology & The Limits Of Political Passion

Edmund Burke and Lord Acton were the first to meaningfully engage the eclipse of Christian transcendence that was the French Revolution.  Many other writers throughout the West have done the same in articulating the humanism that embodied Soviet Marxism:  Raymond … Continue reading

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Amir Taheri: Inscrutable Taliban Nomads Can Defeat U.S. In ‘The Long War’

Amir Taheri was executive editor (1972-1979) of the pro-western Iranian newspaper Kayhan which shut down with the arrival of the Islamic Revolution.  Taheri is known the world over as an erudite international relations expert specializing in Persian affairs.  If Oriana … Continue reading

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The Failed Secular Savior: The Politics Of Redemption & The Civics Of Transcendance

Their are two contemporary writers who have glimpsed and contained the intellectual errors that dominate contemporary American politics:  Dorothy Rabinowitz and Dr. Shelby Steele.  Ms. Rabinowitz is a member of the editorial board of the Wall St. Journal, Dr. Steele … Continue reading

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Eisenhower’s Pitbull

The biographies of World War II Generals have filled the shelves of bookstores for years.  What remains to be written are the biographies of men who were the Chief’s of Staff to such generals.  The University of Kentucky has released … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve: Out Of Ammunition

What exactly does the U.S. Federal Reserve wish to achieve with its ‘quantitative easing’ (printing money)? Two things. 1.  Raise the rate of inflation AND 2.  By so doing, raise consumer expenditures. The Kingpins of the Economy think that we … Continue reading

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Huxley, Orwell & The Challenge Islam Faces

Electronic media decentralizes.  It permits every single individual to be a center without margins.  There is no analogue in the natural world that can challenge its scope or authority.  The problem is when we permit such innovation to eclipse the … Continue reading

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The Challenge Of Divided Government

There is a reason why both Napoleon and Lyndon Johnson admonished the authority of newspaper editorials:  writing is a craft that shapes strong thinking.  Strong thinking threatens the visual stress of embodied success. The editorial board of the Wall St. … Continue reading

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