Paul Kengor

Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. His books include Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century and the forthcoming book A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.

Remembering Thomas Craughwell, Faithful Storyteller


The American Spectator and I lost a friend with the unexpected death last week of Thomas Craughwell. His death, at age 61, came as a big surprise, and we have no details as to the cause. In fact, the way I learned about Tom’s death shows my surprise: I had just received a copy of his […]

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Going Fatherless on Father’s Day


When I opened Google this Sunday, I was wished a happy Father’s Day by the mighty search engine’s anonymous powers. It was a sharp change of pace from recent Google greetings celebrating Gay Pride Month. Gay Pride Month, if you somehow haven’t noticed, is this June. It happens to coincide with the Obergefell decision, June 26, […]

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Dupes and Deals with North Korea


North Korea has long been not merely a communist state but a Stalinist state. For 70 years, it has been a political-ideological horror show, a nation of persecuted people captive to a totalitarian monarchy. Each of the three Kims who have run this ideological asylum was schooled in propaganda, agitation, manipulation, and disinformation — a skill […]

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On the Politics and Fate of RFK


It was 50 years ago, June 5, 1968, that Robert F. Kennedy was shot by a 24-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian immigrant looking to exact revenge upon the New York senator for his support of Israel a year earlier in the Six Day War. “My determination to eliminate R.F.K. is becoming more and more of an unshakable obsession,” […]

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The Marxist-Progressive War on the Boy Scouts


The title of this article will raise eyebrows even among conservatives, but read on. The title is accurate and undeniable. The left has succeeded in driving a final nail in the coffin of the Boy Scouts as it once was. The organization is now a shell of its self. It capitulated first on “gay” scout […]

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With God and Richard Pipes


The most respected academic authority on the Russian Revolution, 20thcentury communism, and the Cold War has died. He was Richard Pipes, longtime professor of Russian history at Harvard, and a remarkable man. Where to start with an adequate tribute to Professor Pipes? I’ll start with some biographical observations and then finish with personal reflections. Richard […]

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John Kerry: Reporting for Duty… From Vietnam to Iran


I’ve been asked a number of times about John Kerry’s unauthorized actions with Iran compared to Ted Kennedy’s unauthorized actions with the Kremlin. Kerry, this spring 2018, sought to undermine President Trump’s policies, whereas Kennedy, spring 1983, sought to undermine President Reagan’s policies. Many people — including the president of the United States — want […]

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Cultural Workers, Unite! Today’s Marxist Revolution


This Saturday, May 5, marks the bicentennial of Karl Marx’ birth, a cause for literal celebration in various quarters of the academy. It’s often charged among the political right that America is going communist, or at least socialist, or toward some form of Marxism. My concern is less classical Marxism than cultural Marxism, a strain of […]

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Bruno Sammartino

Death of a Legend… Goodbye to Bruno Sammartino


They were lined up out the door on Sunday at the Freyvogel Sons Funeral Home on Centre Avenue in the North Oakland section of Pittsburgh. It’s a picturesque part of the Oakland-Shadyside area, with stately old houses aplenty. South Oakland, by contrast, has always been blue collar, marked by row houses, corner restaurants, bars, and […]

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Barbara Bush Robin Bush Religious Faith

Remembering Barbara Bush — and Robin


Only two women were both wife to a president and mother to a president. One was Abigail Adams, who died 200 years ago, October 28, 1818; the other was Barbara Bush, who died yesterday, April 17, 2018. Mrs. Bush was 92 years old. Barbara Bush will be remembered as simple and unpretentious, especially following Nancy […]

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