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by | Feb 20, 2020

History reveals the constant competition among nations. That competition is comprised of the creation and destruction of alliances, enmities, and marriages of convenience, in all of which frequent betrayals and double-crosses are an essential part. George MacDonald Fraser had perhaps the…

by | Feb 7, 2020

What do the apps on your phone have to do with the fate of American society and culture? Quite a lot, if Josh Hawley has anything to say about it. The 39-year-old freshman Republican senator from Missouri has quickly built…

by | Feb 6, 2020

Consider what follows a thought experiment, or a hypothetical, if you will, as an August 28 Economist/YouGov poll of the Democratic primary race had Joe Biden holding a 24-to-20 advantage over Elizabeth Warren for the pole position, with just 14…

by | Feb 3, 2020

When he wrote The Making of a Fly, biologist Peter Lawrence probably did not expect his investigation into developmental genetics to rival the Magna Carta. But in 2011, copies of this book were listed for sale at Amazon for $23.6…

by | Feb 1, 2020

After Robert Mueller laid his egg in March, filing a much-anticipated report that contained no evidence of Trump–Russia collusion, John Brennan, Barack Obama’s CIA director, admitted, if only for a nanosecond, that he had blown it. “I don’t know if…

by | Feb 1, 2020

Joseph de Maistre said that he had never met a man. He knew Frenchmen, Italians, and so on, but as for “man,” he’d never met one. Similarly, I have never met a “nationalist,” so I can’t say anything about nationalism…

by | Feb 1, 2020

Lately I have been watching Netflix as fast as my old eyes will let me. Not just the usual Netflix about who was Himmler’s favorite accountant at Auschwitz or how gay Ernst Röhm was. Nor about Hitler sneering as Berlin…

by | Feb 1, 2020

As a longtime and deep-dyed fan of the Grand Old Game, I’ve been asked more than once if I think baseball is still “the national pastime.” Well, clearly not as much as it used to be. Watching a game takes…

by | Jan 30, 2020

A few times over the years, I’ve taught seminars about social media. Facebook, I’d explain, is like a planned community. People view it as a safe neighborhood. Your page is your house, and your friend’s page is his house. There…

by | Jan 5, 2020

It’s official: America is losing its religion. According to the Pew Forum, Gallup, the General Social Survey, and several other studies in recent years, this downward trajectory in American religious belief has been the trend for decades. But since 2001,…

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