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If President Bush achieved nothing else in his Inaugural Address lastweek, he at least provided fodder for media pundits to chew on for a solid week or more. This is an unusual accomplishment, even for inaugural addresses, most of which are endured and then ignored by those whose job it is to listen to them... Read More
Mr. Barone's advice was no criticism, since he fairly gushed with toasty sounds about the similarities between Wilson's beliefs and Mr. Bush's"vision of an America spreading freedom and democracy to new corners of the world." And in fact Mr. Barone was correct. Wilson is exactly who Mr. Bush sounded like in his speech yesterday. Woodrow... Read More
The Christmas wars just won't stop, even though Christmas is right upon us, at least for a year and maybe forever, if the anti-Christmas warriors have their way. While the warriors have been waging their crusade to make everyone from school kids to presidents say "the holidays" instead of"Christmas," their allies in the media have... Read More
A tip of the hat to Charles Krauthammer, Jewish neoconservative (not necessarily a redundancy, despite what many neocons claim) who last week lobbed a much-merited smack at the face of the anti-Christmas lobby. "The attempts to de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are relentless," he writes, and he's perfectly correct. [Goodbye Christmas? Charles Krauthammer,... Read More
December is not even half over, and already the war on Christmas has started. Out in the Red State of Colorado, where traditional culture supposedly thrives, the city of Denver has waded into a little cultural gunplay that is attracting national attention. But Denver is not the only battlefield. Increasingly it looks like Christmas may... Read More
It didn't take the neoconservatives long to figure out the real truth about the election and explain to us, hanging breathless, what we should think about it. David Brooks in the New York Times was perhaps the first to unveil it to the rest of us out here in the boonies. The truth, you see,... Read More
What will happen to American conservatism as a result of the 2004 election? Obviously, the answer depends largely on what happens in the election, and we won't know that until tomorrow (or later). But that doesn't stop pundits from telling us anyway. Pat Buchanan believes a "civil war" will break out inside the Republican Party... Read More
In politics, a wise man once told me, there are only two important questions: (1) Who should win? (2) Who will win? You don't have to be very wise to understand that the answers are not necessarily (or indeed very often) the same. As to the first question, my own wisdom, such as it is,... Read More
If neither of the two major presidential candidates excites you very much, maybe you should consider staying home on Election Day and reading a good book. A good book to read on that day or others isChilton Williamson Jr.'s just-published The Conservative Bookshelf.Even if you don't like it, it will tell you about a lot... Read More
A tip of the hat to the Department of State, which had the guts and good sense to express its opposition (sort of) to congressional legislation creating an office for monitoring "anti-Semitism." The bill passed both houses of Congress by voice vote and was signed into law by President Bush last week. It's a very... Read More
After nearly two years of bitter controversy about the role of neo-conservatives in dragging the country into a useless and apparently endless war in the Middle East, it has finally begun to dawn on some of the neo-cons' liberal enemies that their critics on the right have been warning about them for years. In Sunday's... Read More
Does it make any difference who wins the presidential election? Both major candidates are so close to each other on so many major issues—immigration, trade, even foreign policy—that it's very hard to tell, and many conservatives who usually vote Republican are asking why they should vote for President Bush at all. One reason they should,... Read More
With all the chest-thumping and flag-waving the Republican Conventioncontributed to Western civilization last month, President Bush finally got the bounce in the polls that may well keep him in the White House for the next four years. If so, what will he and his party do and where will they move? In the New York... Read More
The first reaction from Washington insiders to news reports that the FBI was hot on the trail of an Israeli spy inside the Pentagon was to wonder what a spy could possibly tell the Israelis they don't already know. Since this administration, most of the Congress and its staff, and much of the media are... Read More
After several weeks of fulminating about John Kerry's war record and the medals he presumably awarded to himself, Republicans finally got down to the real point about the man who would be president. Amazingly it was none other than the forgotten Robert Dole, himself something of a war hero from World War II, who seems... Read More
For the first presidential election since 1988, Pat Buchanan is not on the ballot this year, but his soul goes marching on in a new book just released on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Where the Right Went Wrong is not, as it is already being billed, an"attack" on George W. Bush, but... Read More
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After the American electorate wades through the scintillating debate about which presidential candidate is less patriotic than the other, some voters may display an interest in picking one of them to vote for. Many have already decided, and the bad news for President Bush is that a lot of them are the people who voted... Read More
If you'd like to cast a ballot for a conservative this year, forget George W. Bush and don't even blink an eye at the liberal drip from Massachusetts who's the hero of the week. Ralph Nader, believe it or not, actually has some interesting (not necessarily good or right) things to say, but it would... Read More
Ideas Have Consequences is the title of a 1948 book by conservative thinker Richard Weaver that in recent years has become a kind of slogan for movement conservatives trying to convince themselves and their financial angels that their beliefs have triumphed at last. The lesson we learn from a recent New York Times article on... Read More
By no means the least of Ronald Reagan's achievements as man and president was that he may well have been the first chief executive since Herbert Hoover who did not deserve a prison term for his crimes. He also managed to hold the presidency twice, hand his office over to a designated successor and remain... Read More
OK, I've seen Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ and am therefore entitled to pronounce the definitive and final word on a subject over which more ink has already been spilled than cuttlefish can squirt. I have to confess the film did nothing for me religiously and even less aesthetically. It's a well-made... Read More
In its lead story analyzing President Bush's endorsement of a constitutional amendment to ban "gay marriage" last week, TheWashington Post wrote, "With President Bush's embrace yesterday of a marriage amendment, the compassionate conservative of 2000 has shown he is willing, if necessary, to rekindle the culture wars in 2004."[A Move To Satisfy Conservative Base, By... Read More
If the country is going to have a New World Order population, which is what President Bush's open invitation to mass Third World immigration will create, it ought also to have a New World Order educational system, which the administration is in the process of setting up. Last week the Washington Times reported just how... Read More
Where do you begin to take apart the evasions, half-truths and outright lies that merrily danced from the lips of the President of the United States in his State of the Union address this week? One place to begin is to listen to the inanities uttered by his Democratic rivals in response. Interviewed by NBC... Read More
Saddam Hussein unintentionally gave President Bush a little bump in the polls last week, though it's beginning to look like the president didn't need his help anyway. The only people besides the Democratic presidential candidates who seem disgruntled with Mr. Bush are the almost-always unhappy sages and sagamores of the "Conservative Movement." But those gentlemen... Read More
Thanksgiving is over, but the country is probably lucky it took place at all. Various reports disclose that the war against Thanksgiving is almost as ferocious as those against such other evil institutions as Christmasand the Confederate Flag. A story in the Washington Times last week discussed the war and who's behind it. As you... Read More
If you wanted to prove that American universities are places wherefree speech and open discussion prevail, you probably wouldn't visit the University of Texas at Austin. There, as the Washington Post reported last week, normal students are fed up with the anti-American, anti-white and anti-conservativedogmas their professors insist on stuffing into their noodles. The students... Read More
Well, I guess Jesse Jackson won't be endorsing Howard Dean after all. After suggesting in a recent column (before Mr. Dean's now famous Confederate flag remark) that the ex-governor of Vermont might be on his way to winning the bloc support of black Democrats and therefore the party nomination, I must now predict that such... Read More
You don't hear so much about gun control any more, largely because, one has to suspect, even the Democrats have tumbled to the truth that it's a big loser at the polls. In 2000 Al Gore lost a good many white male voters because he failed to distance himself from his party's record on gun... Read More
Well, so much for what passes for "democracy" in the merry old New World Order. With a flick of their Bics, three federal judges succeeded in smothering("postponing," in the euphemism favored by the press) the most recent breath of grassroots political wind that was blowing the recall movement in California and the campaigns of 135... Read More
After slapping themselves on the back for the last decade or so, the elders of the "conservative movement" now seem to have glimpsed the dreadful truth: Conservatism as they defined and led it for the last 30 years is at best only a partial success and may even be a flop. Last week reporter Ralph... Read More
It tells us a great deal about what is known as "neoconservatism" that more than 30 years after the term became fashionable, those who adhere to it still need to explain it. The latest explanation appears in the Aug. 25 Weekly Standard in an article entitled "The Neoconservative Persuasion: What it was and what it... Read More
Far be it from me to leap to the defense of an author whose latest book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks and whose next book has already fetched her the tidy sum of $3 million. Nevertheless, given the viciousness of the attacks on conservative columnist Ann Coulter by... Read More
The South remains a breed apart. You really have to tip your hat to American academics, who display an imperishable talent for rediscovering the obvious. The major discovery announced this week comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where an erudite soul named Scott Keeter, speaking at the school's Center for the... Read More
The New York Times magazine is not exactly a citadel of conservative thinking, so at first glance it was a bit odd that last Sunday's issue sported a sizeable article about the new generation of conservative leaders at colleges and universities across the country. Yet, as you read John Colapinto's friendly account of "The Armies... Read More
More than a month after National Review published ex-White House speechwriter David Frum's ill-advised attack on the various writers and journalists he dubbed "unpatriotic conservatives" (mainly because they disagreed with him and his fellow pro-Israel Likudniks on the desirability of war against Iraq), what remains of the "conservative movement" that neo-conservatives like Mr. Frum helped... Read More
After building up the image of George W. Bush as a conservative in the2000 presidential campaign and sedulously supporting him during his presidency, what remains today of the American conservative movement was dumbfounded to find that the president they adored has betrayed them. The betrayal was not on amnesty for illegal immigrants or war with... Read More
If you wanted to prove that not all neo-conservatives are Jewish, which seems to be a burning issue in some quarters these days, one of the first names you'd mention would be that of William Bennett, once famous as the nation's self-appointed instructor in virtue but this week better known as the main character out... Read More
The wars among conservatives, if that's the right term for them, are by no means concluded. After neo-conservative David Frum's ill-conceived and even more ill-executed National Review article attacking "paleo-conservatives" (including me) earlier this month, we now have yet another installment of what passes for a neo-con idea by none other than professional gumbeater for... Read More
With American troops nearing the precincts of Baghdad, the end of the war in Iraq may be coming fairly soon. In this country the war within the American right shows no signs of a ceasefire whatsoever. Two weeks after National Review published neo-conservative Likudnik David Frum's attack on "paleo-conservatives" (including me) as"unpatriotic conservatives," an aging... Read More
With their own national loyalties now being openly challenged by left and right, the Likudnik neo-conservatives who have dragged this country into war are fighting back by attacking the patriotism of the real conservatives who have questioned the wisdom of going to war and exposed the neo-cons as the political poseurs they are. But now... Read More
Great Britain and the United States may not be quite prepared to crack down on dangerous thinkers, but where those guardians of Anglo-Saxon liberties fear to tread, the European Union is ready to gallop. This week the London Daily Telegraph reported that the Union is even now sprucing up new laws against "xenophobia and racism"... Read More
Whatever else emerged from the crisis endured by Republicans because of Strom Thurmond's birthday party, intellectual coherence didn't. The controversy within the Republican right itself over what Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott meant and what should be done about it merely served to confuse even those who pronounced their opinions on the matter. Mainly what... Read More
Trent Lott teetered to the brink of ruin simply because of one possible interpretation of a stray remark he made earlier in the month. But others whose views are far more bizarre than anything Mr. Lott has ever said are being groomed to fill the citadels of power he may have to vacate. Only a... Read More
One by one, the superstitions of liberalism are crumbling into the sea like the towers of lost Atlantis. Last month anthropologist Franz Boas, a patron saint of the liberal view of race, bit the deep waters when one of his major studies turned out to be a fraud. So did Margaret Mead, one of Boas's... Read More
With the defeat last week of New Hampshire's conservative stalwart, Sen. Bob Smith, in a Republican senatorial primary, it began to dawn on the Washington Post that American conservatism is changing. In point of fact, the Post for once is correct, though the change in the American right hardly began last week. It's been going... Read More
Somehow congressional delay in passing the administration'sHomeland Security bill, which creates yet another appendage of the vast federal leviathan, supposedly to protect us from terrorists and their colleagues, has not yet resulted in the destruction of the Republic. While senators are bickering over the managerial details of the new department, they might also want to... Read More
The Supreme Court is on a rip against the death penalty, ruling last week that mentally retarded convicts can't be executed and this week that only juries, not judges, can decide the facts that justify imposing death. Neither decision appears to be very good law, but it's the former decision that takes the prize for... Read More
Ever since Sept. 11, it should have been obvious that the federal government is unable to protect us against foreign terrorism. With the recent discovery of the grisly remains of 24-year-old intern Chandra Levy in a Washington public park, we should now know that even local government is not only no more competent to protect... Read More
Back in the days when people believed in witches, there were folks who made a pretty good living by setting themselves up as professional "witch hunters." They claimed to know all about what witches looked like and how to ferret them out -- for a hefty fee, of course. The witch hunters of old were... Read More
Sam Francis
About Sam Francis

Dr. Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005) was a leading paleoconservative columnist and intellectual theorist, serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan and as an editorial writer, columnist, and editor at The Washington Times. He received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990, while being a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation those same years. His undergraduate education was at Johns Hopkins and he later earned his Ph.D. in modern history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His books include The Soviet Strategy of Terror(1981, rev.1985), Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984); Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1993); Revolution from the Middle: Essays and Articles from Chronicles, 1989–1996 (1997); and Thinkers of Our Time: James Burnham (1999). His published articles or reviews appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The New American, The Occidental Quarterly, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, of which he was political editor and for which he wrote a monthly column, “Principalities and Powers.”