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Tom Bethell
Tom Bethell is a senior editor of The American Spectator and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science, The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages, and most recentlyQuestioning Einstein: Is Relativity Necessary? (2009).
by | Feb 10, 2017

February 12 is Darwin Day, and this year the international celebration falls on a Sunday. Look for theistic Darwinists to reassure churches that Charles Darwin believed in God, or at least that his theory of evolution harmonizes beautifully with Christian…

by | Jun 26, 2014

It was my first visit to the United Nations building, and no doubt my last. Many times I had seen the forty-story, Le Corbusier-designed flat slab, but never had reason to go there. As we drove by taxi through the…

by | Apr 30, 2014

Dan Balz of the Washington Post strikes me as one of the least biased reporters in the mainstream media. So his lengthy, page-one article at the end of 2013 attracted my attention. It addressed the growing division between the red,…

by | Apr 28, 2014

Ortega y Gasset’s Revolt of the Masses was published in 1930, but don’t be misled—its author was hostile to the masses. They had attained “complete social power,” and he resented that. The masses “neither should nor can direct their own…

by | May 20, 2013

A few words first about Downton Abbey. I’ll assume that its upstairs/downstairs formula is familiar to readers. One of the BBC show’s great merits is that its creator, Julian Fellowes, does not indulge in class war. Lord Grantham is “probably…

by | Dec 12, 2012

THE CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS erupted soon after I arrived in America. I was teaching at an excellent school in Virginia, Woodberry Forest, which still flourishes today. The forcible integration of Ole Miss took place at about the same time. But…

by | Nov 8, 2012

I WAS AT THE WATERGATE THE OTHER EVENING for a book party, held in the apartment of John Wohlstetter. He has a grand piano, a beautiful view over the Potomac River, and a book to sell. Actually there were two…

by | Oct 30, 2012

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE WRITTEN quite a few budget articles. Then I stopped because the readers stopped. Budget numbers are dull, and complications quickly multiply. Most people have a hard time keeping their family’s budget straight, let alone the…

by | Oct 12, 2012

Recently I spent a few days on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. If you haven’t been there, it’s a beautiful place. In the old days, well-off San Franciscans would move to Berkeley in the summer to…

by | Sep 24, 2012

I DON’T BELIEVE I EVER WROTE an article about medical care. Now I will, mainly because my own health became an issue overnight. First I’ll say something about that, then I’ll take a quick look at the new health care…

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