Christopher Orlet

Christopher Orlet writes from St. Louis and is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator Online.

The End of Jobs

 

In the early days of the Industrial Revolution a number of English textile workers saw their livelihoods replaced by automated machines. Faced with joblessness, poverty, and starvation the group, calling itself the Luddites, protested by writing ballads, broadsides and, most notoriously, by destroying a few automated textile looms. Today, the Luddites are generally seen as […]

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The End of Jobs

 

In the early days of the Industrial Revolution a number of English textile workers saw their livelihoods replaced by automated machines. Faced with joblessness, poverty, and starvation the group, calling itself the Luddites, protested by writing ballads, broadsides and, most notoriously, by destroying a few automated textile looms. Today, the Luddites are generally seen as […]

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The Improbable Return of the Family Farm

 

A subtle shift in demographics is taking place in America. Too subtle for the mainstream media and politicians to notice. Americans are getting back to the land. They are selling their townhouses and suburban McMansions and returning to the farm. These prodigals are hobby farmers: retired financial planners, accountants, and CEOs who made a small […]

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Walking Back the Red Line

 

This was never about chemical weapons. This has always been about regime change. A case in point: This week as Secretary of State John Kerry praised Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the speed in which it was destroying its chemical weapon stockpiles, President Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was once again rattling her […]

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Getting Pope Francis Wrong

 

Writing in the American Conservative, John Zmirak had a few choice words regarding Pope Francis’ recent interview with an Italian Jesuit journal: “We ought to greet papal mistakes with solemn sadness, earnest prayer, and respectful attempts at correction.” Big of him. Now, in these very pages, we get this curious, Jane-Fonda-obsessed, anti-Jesuit attack from George […]

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Sharing the Harvest

 

Out here in the boondocks people use their guns to feed their neighbors — not to kill them. I’ll admit having just spent the last several years living in the inner-city the idea of folks using their guns for good is a bit unintuitive. Generally speaking, in the inner-city people — most often young men […]

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Every Farm Boy a Doughboy

 

This past weekend while exploring antique shops in south St. Louis I came across a quaint circa World War II poster adorned with a fetching Lady Liberty patriotically sowing seeds. The caption read: “Every Garden a Munitions Plant.” If the Obama Administration had a jazzy slogan like that it might read: Every Farm Boy a […]

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Why Syria?

 

Which of the following describes the civil war in Syria? 1. The civil war in this ancient country drags on and on. At the center of the war is a Russian-backed government fighting militant Islamists hoping to carve out an Islamic state. Suspected rebels have been tortured and kidnapped, their ancestral homes burnt to the […]

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The Rwanda Legacy

 

In 1994, tribal tensions between Rwanda’s Hutus and Tutsis exploded into violence. For 100 days the slaughter of Tutsi men, women, and children continued unabated. The Free World, feeling complacent over the end of the Cold War, scarcely noticed. Bill Clinton would later say that doing nothing during what is now known as the Rwandan […]

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The U.S. Military as Western Union

 

Last November, United Nations human rights investigators accused the Free Syrian Army of war crimes after video emerged showing a group of rebels executing 10 captured government soldiers. The soldiers were videotaped begging for their lives before being executed. In April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused a rebel battalion of torturing civilians and […]

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