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Tom Woods has provided a vivid picture of the ideological hysteria that has gripped Harvard University. In "Memories of Harvard" he elaborates on how that institution celebrates Angela Davis and other Stalinists while treating self-identified conservatives (even low-octane ones like Scoop Jackson-Democrat Harvey Mansfield) as outcasts. Allow me though to make one critical observation regarding... Read More
On all side of contemporary political debate, one key shibboleth is both widely conceded and little examined: that we now decisively have entered a post-liberal phase of American political life. This belief, like all ideological maxims, gets wide assent because of the interests it advances and the ways it serves to strategically narrow debate. But... Read More
Commenting on Fox News Network on Aug. 8 about the selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as Democratic vice-presidential candidate, self-described liberal activist Ellen Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Studies described the Connecticut lawmaker as "my very favorite rightist." The interviewer, Sean Hannity, smiled at this praise with obvious pleasure, for though an embattled Republican... Read More
On September 23, we are told about a sign of change that the New York Times obviously approves of. The editors of the Loeb Greek and Latin classics (published at Harvard) are now offering translations of ancient authors that do justice to their homoerotic interests. Though the account makes it appear that the new enlightened... Read More
Having considered Lew Rockwell's probing comments on the waning Buchanan campaign, it seems that one further point might be noted. In addition to all the other factors weighing against Buchanan's candidacy, he is now undergoing cooptation by another protectionist and pro-labor candidate, Ralph Nader. This observation seems self-evident even if William Safire also made it... Read More
In the New York Post (November 9) John Podhoretz offers thoughtful observations about the dwindling American conservative presence as reflected in this year's elections. There is no reasonable way, notes Podhoretz, to read the election returns in the presidential race or in many of the congressional races except as a net plus for the liberal... Read More
It is time to ask whether a Republican president would actually benefit the Right. By the Right I mean those who view with anxiety or displeasure the growth of a highly centralized American welfare state, which, among its other tasks, has been used to reform social attitudes. Whether one dislikes this development for constitutional or... Read More
While the movement conservative press has played up her opposition to affirmative action as the reason for Democratic protests against Linda Chavez as Secretary of Labor, there is now a further reason to oppose her confirmation. This weekend the Washington Post revealed that Chavez had a Guatemalan illegal immigrant residing at her home in the... Read More
Although it is always good to see attacks on feminism, the remarks against "radical feminists" published by Kenneth Minogue in the New Criterion raise more questions than they answer. Is there, for example, a clear historical and conceptual demarcation, as Minogue seems to think, between the recent unpleasant forms of feminism and the stages of... Read More
In the latest issue of National Review, the usually sound John Derbyshire goes off the deep end in defending a double standard for the US and China in the matter of surveillance operations (aka spying). According to Derbyshire, whose rhetoric is reproduced with tremulous flattery in WFB's otherwise predictably unreadable column of April 18, it... Read More
The neocons are at it again, riding the hobbyhorses of the pc Left by calling for government action against Nazi-sounding abuses of internet freedom. In the Murdoch-owned and neocon-controlled New York Post (April 25), several pages of photographs, featuring white-power rap-singers, and frenetic commentary about "rabid, racist filth that passes for melody" are used to... Read More
A key point that my polemic on the neocons and free speech failed to make is that the issues being discussed go back a long way. Already in the seventies the Straussian wing of the neocon persuasion was expressing the judgment that the First Amendment only serves to protect "good" speech. Walter Berns, of Georgetown... Read More
A response by David Horowitz to David B. Mazel of North Adams State College in Colorado, who has investigated "conservative academic intolerance," may raise even more questions than Mazel's research. Bothered by Horowitz's recent demonstration that major universities are so politically correct that they would not put into student newspapers a paid advertisement for an... Read More
The remarks published on this website about David Horowitz aroused considerable comment, and it may be appropriate to respond to two of the recurrent censures that kept turning up on my email. Some readers felt that I was too harsh on a figure who has gone well beyond the neoconservatives, with whom he is generally... Read More
Reading the exchange between Harry Jaffa and Joe Sobran and the incisive commentary by David Gordon brought home the specifically Straussian silliness of Jaffa's portrait of Lincoln. Aside from the constitutional questions raised in this debate, there is a persistent methodological problem with Jaffa's argument, which should raise the hackles of a serious historian. Why,... Read More
"Be sure Norman and Midge are on your side!" was the sage advice that I received from an Israeli columnist at the Washington Times when I went to work in 1987 as senior editor at a sister publication The World and I. The friend (recently deceased) who furnished the advice was correct, as shown by... Read More
In recent weeks leftist colleagues have accused me of being a fast ally of Paul Wolfowitz, George Will, and Charles Krauthammer. I've also been told that "rightwingers like you" are trying to dump Secretary-of-State Colin Powell and to replace him with a Zionist hawk. (Someone who should know better, Robert Novak, attributed this position to... Read More
Having received cartloads of responses to "The Dilemma of the Right," it may be useful to expound further on the views therein expressed. My attempt to underscore the marginalization of the genuine Right by bringing up the now respectable conservative movement's picture of Israel was not a veiled attack on Israel's right to exist. I... Read More
A commentary published by Daniel McCarthy on this website (January 7) made the perceptive point that what is now officially viewed as "conservatism" bears no resemblance to the historical right in the US or anywhere else. This bogus Right is not only in no way conservative, but has little connection to the nineteenth and early... Read More
What may seem an utterly baffling mystery is the thinking of Martin Peretz and of other neocons who are presently pulling out all stops to attack Christianity. At least some of this group wish to have their cake and to eat it at the same time: to incite American Christians against a Muslim danger to... Read More
Having received multiple responses to a controversial opinion about the Goldhagen-Peretz connection, allow me to offer these rejoinders to my critics. Contrary to the statements of one reader, I did not express any categorical rejection of taking military action against demonstrated terrorists. What I pointed out in my comments are the different positions that advocates... Read More
An Old Wife's Tale by Midge Decter New York: HarperCollins; 256pp., $26.00 An Old Wife's Tale is one of the least offensive but also one of the least instructive books I've ever tried to read. Neither its colloquial style, which resembles nothing so much as the chatter of elderly Jewish women taking the sun in... Read More
The publication of Pat Buchanan's latest book The Death of the West (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002) has allowed some long-standing ideological divisions to surface. While much of the Old Right, together with black conservatives Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, heaped praise on Buchanan's work, liberal and neoconservative journalists have attacked Buchanan for his... Read More
The announcement that a majority of Spanish bishops are urging the pope to canonize Queen Isabella I has brought forth bellowing objections from the usual sources, namely, leftwing victimologists who are appalled that they have not been asked to endorse such decisions. A man identified as the secretary general of the Spanish Jewish Federation, Carlos... Read More
Stephen Yates's touching story about a North Carolina history teacher Jack Perdue, who was professionally ruined and "murdered by the media" for lecturing in a junior college about North Carolina's "second war of independence," brought to mind a problem that paleo educators are now increasingly facing. What there is of a conservative movement, which by... Read More
Now that Taki has said it, perhaps it should be said again. The Western world could not have done worse, and might have done better, if the Central Powers had triumphed in World War One. The suspicion that I had really meant that when in some articles in the 1970s I had blamed both sides... Read More
Having received a note from an inquiring graduate student, Mitch, who is "banging out a Master's thesis," and cannot comprehend why I have insisted that Straussians and paleos are irreconcilably divided, I wish to offer the following friendly clarification. At the very least my explanation may be help to relieve the "cognitive dissonance" that Mitch... Read More
Although frank and open discussion of Zionist issues in a Jewish or any other circle is a good thing, it is not clear that Orthodox Jews show the strong, consistent opposition to Jewish nationalism that Sheldon Richman ascribes to them. According to the at least partly anecdotal tradition to which Sheldon appeals, one that is... Read More
Having taught for many years a course in US government, I was always struck by the kind of triumphalist textbooks used to teach the material. The standard text when I began teaching the course, by Theodor Lowi and Benjamin Ginsburg, one that is still being periodically updated by their graduate assistants, celebrates in more than... Read More
A few kind readers sent notes to me about their experiences in teaching high school and college courses in US Government; and it may be useful to offer the following collective response. I was not suggesting that my students could not recognize "American democracy" in the way their textbooks depicted it. To whatever extent they... Read More
Looking at this year's surprising and in some cases surprised recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it seems fair to divide them into three categories: well-considered objects of deference, such as Nancy Reagan, tenor Placido Domingo, medical humanitarian D.A. Henderson, and management theorist Peter Drucker; excuses for meaningless ideological gestures, namely Irving Kristol; and... Read More
Having just seen the latest exercise in neocon academic grandstanding, a widely publicized letter to "German colleagues" by defenders of the US war against terror, I am driven ineluctably to the following observation. Although the reasoning offered by the Red-Green coalition government in Germany for not contributing to a US attack on Iraq is both... Read More
At the urging of Lew Rockwell, I am offering these afterthoughts about my newest book Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt, which the University of Missouri Press began distributing earlier this month. While thematically related to two other books, one published by Princeton two and a half years ago and the other still in the... Read More
Editor Washington Times To the editor: The worlds Herb Greer and I inhabit are apparently so different that we see nothing the same way, including the numeration in my last book, which he over-counts by more than a hundred pages. In my world, the federal government, and its state administration extensions, require the creation and... Read More
Marching to the music of his Midtown Manhattan dinner companions, Bill Buckley, in a recent syndicated column, called on the US government to issue an ultimatum to the Iraqi government: either deliver your terrorists or face our collective anger. Although there is no available evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11 bombings, according to... Read More
Lew Rockwell got it right when he introduced David Corn's commentary for The Nation (November 11) by explaining that Corn was "defending his fellow social democrats [the neocons]." Corn emphatically rejects Ronald Radosh's statements about a "convergence" between the anti-war Left and the isolationist Right. He also showers contempt on Buchanan's talk about the need... Read More
Having forced myself, for the sake of understanding the "conservative movement," to read the statement on the midterm election drafted by NR editors and made available online on November 6, I came away, like neoconservative publicist David Frum, struck by the "restrained" character of the new conservative wish list. Beyond the "first priority for Republicans,... Read More
I drafted the following defense after being passionately attacked by an outside evaluator who was supposedly assessing the department in which I teach about half of my courses. This evaluator, Shirley Anne Warshaw of Gettysburg College, spent about ten minutes out of a two-day visitation talking to me. She was apparently familiar with my writings,... Read More
Having worked my way through the neocon interpretations of la grande affaire, it may be appropriate to add my two cents, particularly since Lew Rockwell has been prodding me for some time to do so. Most striking about the present name-calling, arising from neocon efforts to punish Lott for jollying up Thurmond at his centennial... Read More
In the latest issue of the Mises Review, David Gordon has published an informative as well as flattering study of my new book on multiculturalism, in which he undertakes to investigate the pedigree of my historical analysis. David is correct about my drawing upon the political theories of Carl Schmitt and the German-Jewish historian of... Read More
A question that might be worth asking is what exactly do the liberal media know about the intellectual Right. Do the New York Times' editors or the TV spinners of news have any awareness of real conservatives and real libertarians? Do liberals know about the non-neocon rightists who have created a vast running body of... Read More
However strange it may seem, I've begun to pity Jonah Goldberg. Despite the inherited silver spoon in his Beltway mouth, and despite his anointed status as one of Bill Buckley's handpicked successors, this pubescent verbalizer can go nowhere these days without running into detractors. I wish my acolytes would show this kid some respect and... Read More
This morning, when I turned on FoxNews for our three dogs, who seem to like the staccato sounds on Rupert Murdoch Central, I caught sight of the well-publicized visage of David Frum. Apparently Frum was being asked to comment on the Christian faith of George W. Bush, a spiritual disposition that had just received high... Read More
My cascading invectives may have suggested to some of my readers that I believe that neoconservatives provide a sufficient reason for the collapse of the American Right. If so, it may be necessary to offer clarification. Although neocon advocates of permanent revolution have dragged Trotskyist themes, along with other baggage, into the conservative movement, one... Read More
In his comment "Jews and the War: Listening to Ugly Losers" (NRO March 13, 2003), Jonah Goldberg comes closer to sounding coherent than he does in any other piece of his that I've read until now. Not to say that he's developed the dispassionate discourse style of a C.S. Lewis or a George Santayana. But... Read More
Responding to David Frum (who may soon become the first non-Catholic editor-in-chief of National Review) is a bit like wading through a cesspool. His writing is wall-to-wall toxic waste, though apparently smelly enough to scare Bob Novak into denouncing the "unknown" paleos with whom he was being linked. Novak assured his readers, before Frum went... Read More
The following response was written to a detailed review of Brian Bond's Trinity College Lectures dealing with the First World War. The reviewer Ted Rawes prepared his commentary for the twentieth-anniversary issue of the Salisbury Review, in which my rejoinder will appear during the summer. Nothing in my remarks should be interpreted as casting aspersions... Read More
In the summer issue of The Occidental Quarterly, my longtime friend Sam Francis undertakes to review my study of multiculturalism, with mixed results. Bluntly put, Dr. Francis drowns our methodological differences in a sea of bile. According to my esteemed critic, I have wrongly traced the managerial-therapeutic state to liberal Protestantism, into which I have... Read More
Conservatism in America Since 1930, edited by Gregory L. Schneider (New York: NYU Press, 2003), 446+X pp. Gregory L. Schneider, an associate professor of history at Emporia State University, has followed up his monograph on the conservative youth organization Young Americans for Freedom with this book of readings, and useful introductions, on American conservatism. As... Read More
My comments regarding Sam Francis and his review of my book have occasioned such a flood of responses that it might be helpful to offer these clarifications. Nowhere did I say that Dr. Francis had it coming when the Washington Times fired him, as a prize-winning columnist, for not sounding nice enough to designated minorities.... Read More
Paul Gottfried
About Paul Gottfried

Paul Edward Gottfried (b. 1941) has been one of America's leading intellectual historians and paleoconservative thinkers for over 40 years, and is the author of many books, including Conservatism in America (2007), The Strange Death of Marxism (2005), After Liberalism (1999), Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt (2002), and Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (2012) . A critic of the neoconservative movement, he has warned against the growing lack of distinctions between the Democratic and Republican parties and the rise of the managerial state. He has been acquainted with many of the leading American political figures of recent decades, including Richard Nixon and Patrick Buchanan. He is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient.