Author Archives: Lafayette Paoli

Absent core principles, GOP would be a Tower of Babel

(’76 Contributor) All the recent talk about the need to build the GOP up into a permanent philosophical “Big Tent” to accommodate both liberals and conservatives in the wake of the Congressional election in District 23 in New York State earlier this month reminded me of the reasoning put forward by John Gresham Machen in Christianity and Liberalism about the injudiciousness of allowing liberal and conservative preachers to co-exist within evangelical churches. Continue reading

Young skulls full of green mush

(’76 Contributor) As any visitor to Cuba will tell you, slogans like “Hasta la victoria siempre” (towards victory, always) or “Socialismo or muerte” (socialism or death) are dotted here and there all over the Caribbean island for fear that the long-suffering local population might lose sight of the ill-fated goals of the communist revolution that took place there under the leadership of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1959.

The way things are going in France right now, pockets of little Cubas are very likely to sprout up all over the country as the summit on climate change in Copenhagen next month looms larger and larger. I personally know of one such Cuban-like ideological treadmill: the High School in Lyon, France’s second-largest city, where I am completing my third year as a teacher of Anglo-American Studies. Continue reading