Books

A new birth of fusionism

April 22nd, 2015|

Charles C.W. Cooke’s The Conservatarian Manifesto is a delightful call for a fusion of conserva(tive) and (liber)tarian ideals into a new synthesis that can lead the right to victory after eight years under George W. […]

The happy history buff's holiday reading list

January 10th, 2015|

(Boston) One of the delights of Holidays- beyond the joy of reunions with family and friends- is that by lifting us out of familiar settings and routines they provide the space to catch up on our reading.

For those enamored of well written History on substantive topics I offer the following “mini-reviews” of three books that brightened my Holidays. […]

'Flight of Eagle' a primer for choosing against decline

October 16th, 2014|

(’76 Editor) How swiftly did the United States of America burgeon from a handful of settlements on the edge of a wilderness to its dominance today as a superpower bestriding the globe like no other in history? Consider a typical American […]

Hewitt to young conservatives: Here's how to exert influence

July 11th, 2014|

When 120 students aged 16-20 gather from across the country next week at Colorado Christian University for the Young Conservatives Leadership Conference, lead instructor Hugh Hewitt will offer them a toolbox for influencing the world spiritually, culturally, and politically. […]

JFK, Conservative: “Johnny, we hardly knew ye”

March 8th, 2014|

(Boston) Ah, Boston, so much History in such a small space. As I walk from Copley Square up Beacon Hill and down toward Quincy Market for a luncheon at the Union Oyster House the history I reflect upon is that of the last of Massachusetts’ four Presidents- John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963). […]

Big brother really is watching

June 10th, 2013|

The outrage is palpable and the sudden realization by the average American that they really, truly are now living in an Orwellian surveillance state has been an eye-opening experience for many across the fruited plain. The once mocked conspiracy theory of the all-knowing Big Brother state has shown itself to be far more of an ugly reality than a silly fantasy. He who has called the War on Terror basically over has now been forced to admit that his administration has vastly expanded the concept of the security state in the name of ‘public safety.’ […]

Unchecked government, once England’s nemesis, now threatens America

December 31st, 2012|

Government’s responsibility “is to preserve the independence of property, on which is founded all human liberty and all human excellence,” explained Princeton history professor Lawrence Stone in his book The Causes of the English Revolution: 1529–1642. He continued, “but to govern is to wield power and power has a natural tendency to encroach. It is more important to supervise government than to support it because the preservation of independence is the ultimate political good.” […]

Andrews book looks past 2012 to 2076. Will we get there?

October 26th, 2012|

(‘76 Contributor) The impermanence of political systems and political glory has never been better portrayed than in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet, “Ozymandias.” It depicts a toppled, broken statue in the desert, on whose base some long-forgotten tyrant had inscribed his title as “king of kings” and boasted: “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”

What the poet dramatized in 14 ironic lines, the writer of Ecclesiastes had earlier captured in a single word: vanity. […]

Bumbling negoriator-in-chief exposed in Woodward book

September 18th, 2012|

Bob Woodward has been telling on presidents since he and Carl Bernstein teamed up to reveal the Watergate misdeeds of President Richard Nixon in the mid-1970s, and he’s at it again. This time, it’s President Barack Obama who is feeling the sting, not because of criminal acts, but because of ineptness, arrogance and other attributes that in combination spell peril for America. […]

Exceptional or Entitled: Which America?

July 14th, 2012|

(Salem, Massachusetts) Weather allowing, Salem is a fairly short and pleasant sailing trip from Boston to the Bay State’s rocky North Shore. If a visitor has history on his mind, there is virtue in perusing Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables or Jonathan Edwards fiery sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. […]