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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
Ancient Greek mythology explained the origins of the great Trojan War by claiming that the goddess of jealousy incited a quarrel among other goddesses over the question of which one was the most beautiful. Probably not even the Greeks themselves ever really believed this, but perhaps it makes more sense than most democratic political theory... Read More
No sooner had America fluttered into the political twilight zone to which last Tuesday's election delivered it, that the sages who miscalled the Florida vote began to jabber about how we've just got to abolish the Electoral College. By the end of the week, the demand for transforming the country into one big happy land... Read More
Under Prime Minister Tony Blair and his cohorts, Great Britain is threatening to become almost as totalitarian, if not more, in its reconstruction of history as the United States under Bill Clinton. One such cohort is Ken Livingstone, the new mayor of London, whose contribution to constructing the new order is to propose that the... Read More
A tip of the hat to George W. Bush, who -- for all the press's preaching about the "sharp disagreements" that supposedly have emerged between him and Vice President Gore -- has managed to obfuscate whatever such differences exist and to advance, as his principal claim to being elected president, that he really doesn't disagree... Read More
Virtually unknown to (and unwanted by) most Americans, Congress may soon vote to grant a mass amnesty to more than 3 million illegal aliens. The reasons the impending vote is virtually unknown are obvious enough: The backers of the amnesty hope to push it through before anyone notices, and its opponents are afraid of the... Read More
One of the distinguishing characteristics of a totalitarian system is that not only does the state impose an official ideology throughout society but so do other institutions, as well. The "totality" at which the regime aims means that every sector of the society -- the economy, social and cultural institutions, as well as government --... Read More
After two full years of beating drums, blowing trumpets and waving torches in support of the inevitable presidential triumph of George W. Bush, it has suddenly begun to dawn on many in the American conservative community that Al Gore might very well be on the eve of kicking Bush's butt. What we can learn from... Read More
The most recent crusades for gun control seem to have fizzled, and that's just as well, not only for the sake of the freedom and safety of most Americans, but also for the public reputations of those who push the banning of firearms. There is an ever-increasing amount of evidence that gun control is a... Read More
"This is a conservative man," George W. Bush says he said to himself as he reviewed the voting record of his prospective running mate, Richard Cheney. And so Cheney is. With a 90 percent rating from the American Conservative Union for his votes in Congress between 1979 and 1988, Cheney enjoys a title as a... Read More
If there was ever any doubt, it's now beyond question that the American Civil War settled nothing and never even ended. Not only is the NAACP still waging war against the Confederate flag but now the Clinton administration is also waddling into the breach to make sure the nation's Civil War battlefields teach the right... Read More
Just because no federal buildings have been blown up in the last five years doesn't mean that extremists aren't still out there. A recent issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin carried an article on how to recognize them. It's too bad the Bulletin isn't on your coffee table, because, according to the article, you're... Read More
For all the happy chatter about the election of a new ruling party in Mexico for the first time in more than 70 years, you'd think something was actually about to change in El Basketcasa Grande south of border. The Mexican president-elect, Vicente Fox, is supposed to clean up corruption, modernize the economy and democratize... Read More
By an amazing coincidence, Mel Gibson's epic about the American Revolution, "The Patriot," just happened to open in theaters on Independence Day weekend. And cynics complain that Americans don't take national holidays seriously anymore! Most viewers may regard the film as one more wallow in fantasy and stale popcorn, but among the nation's literati it's... Read More
The Republican National Convention hasn't even convened yet, and already the party's leaders are licking their chops over selling out the GOP's conservative base and most of its principles. That, however, is not the big news. The big news is that the party's conservatives are licking their own chops over being sold out. The Washington... Read More
In the current crusade against the death penalty, one bad argument seems to be just as good as another. Having convinced various conservatives to doubt or actually oppose capital punishment because DNA testing shows some convicts to be innocent, the crusaders are now trying to work on the liberals with the argument that the death... Read More
All things considered, it's probably a good thing that police inform the people they arrest of their rights before questioning them. If I were arrested, I'd want to know my rights -- insofar as I have any left -- before spilling my guts to the cops. But just because it's a good idea doesn't mean... Read More
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to spend some $1 billion on behalf of the nation of Colombia, to help it fight drug dealers. The money will go to train Colombian police and military and equip them with helicopters and other fancy stuff. Meanwhile, as the senators spout and sputter over poor little Colombia and... Read More
Can it be only a coincidence that the mob attacks on women during the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City took place only a week or so after the controversy about the National Rifle Association's plan to open a cafe in Times Square? It's definitely not a coincidence that virtually no one has... Read More
The case for capital punishment used to be pretty much a no-brainer, at least for conservatives who believe in right and wrong, law and order, and the authority to reward and punish. But today, with conservative gurus like Pat Robertson, George Will and William F. Buckley Jr. casting doubt on the death penalty and a... Read More
If you read the New York Times last week, you may well know all about the ethnic tensions that mar the Pacific paradise of Fiji, where the native islanders are locked in a bitter and somewhat violent conflict with Indians and other foreign newcomers. All most interesting, no doubt, and well worth the front-page attention... Read More
If you like the illegal aliens now pouring across the borders of Arizona and points west to work as cheap labor for agribusiness, you'll love the most recent measure concocted by the Republicrats to import even more foreign workers to take high-tech jobs from Americans. The migrants coming in under the so-called H-1B program are... Read More
One of the most deeply cherished superstitions of modern science -- and, through science, law and public policy -- is that "race" doesn't exist. Because of that belief, supported by generations of social scientists, a good deal of what reformers thought was progress has turned out to be a nightmare. But at the end of... Read More
One reason there's not much of a debate about the mass immigration that has swept into the country during the last 30 years is that most of the eggheads who expound on immigration harbor the fond illusion that the immigrants will assimilate -- that is, learn the English language, adopt Western and American values and... Read More
With both George W. Bush and Al Gore running around the country gobbling tacos and jabbering in pidgin Spanish, the 2000 presidential race is beginning to look more like a Cisco Kid rerun than an American election. The reason for all the pandering to Hispanics is that one of the common assumptions of both parties... Read More
In case you're alarmed at the xenophobic trend in this country that prevents us from accepting more than a mere million legal immigrants per year, a new coalition has been formed that you might want to look up. Last week, the New York Times unveiled the plans of two washed-up politicos and a variety of... Read More
The great South Carolina battle over the Confederate flag ended last week, not with a bang but -- quite literally -- a whimper. House Majority Leader Richard Quinn, the Republican who led the movement to remove the flag from the capitol dome where it has flown since 1962, actually burst into tears. "My vote was... Read More
What is there to say about several hundred thousand women who supposedly are mothers, who choose to spend Mother's Day far from home and family yelling about an issue about which most of them seemed to be perfectly ignorant? Perhaps the first thing to say is to express sorrow at the sad fate of the... Read More
Winners take what they want; losers take what they can get. In California, the losers are white people, now known, at least to some, as "European-Americans," and what they can get is their own month, at least in an obscure school district. Everywhere else in the state -- and, before too long, the nation --... Read More
Despite Virginia Gov. James Gilmore's bleating about the joys of "diversity," the race warriors of the NAACP in the Old Dominion are doing all they can to bring to Virginia the same racial bitterness they've already injected into South Carolina. Virginia has been more accommodating to black "sensitivities" about its Confederate heritage than any other... Read More
White Southerners who defend the Confederate flag are generally accused of wanting to fight "the war" all over again. In fact, most of them just want to defend the heritage the flag symbolizes, but if it's a war you're looking for, the enemies of the Confederate flag, white as well as black, are eager to... Read More
It's going to be a close fight to keep the Confederate flag flying above South Carolina's capitol, with the NAACP economic boycott of the state, Big Business pressure to abandon the flag as a symbol of the state's heritage and the naked political hunger of many Republicans. But even if the flag in Columbia vanishes,... Read More
One of the cliches of American politics holds that a political party out of power tends to move to the extreme of the ideological spectrum. Thus, the Republicans moved toward Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan during the Kennedy-Johnson presidencies and the Carter administration, while the Democrats moved toward George McGovern when Richard Nixon was president.... Read More
With thousands of black "squatters" seizing every acre of white-owned land they can squat on, with at least five white farmers butchered by black terrorists since February, with most of the white population seriously thinking about or actually trying to flee the country, and with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe doing nothing whatsoever to curtail the... Read More
Unknown to most Americans, but widely noticed in the Spanish-language media of immigrant communities, the Clinton administration has endorsed legislation that would grant amnesty to some 500,000 illegal aliens already in the country. The administration's endorsement, announced late last month by Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, is transparently politically motivated -- Gore needs the vast... Read More
One of the sneakier tactics of the anti-death penalty lobby, led by the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups, is to claim that capital punishment ought to be abolished because blacks are sentenced to death more often than whites or because poor people get the hot juice more frequently than rich people. Because everybody... Read More
While the multiracial democracy of Zimbabwe is experiencing a virtual breakdown because black mobs, with government encouragement, are seizing white-owned farm lands without compensation to their legal owners, the African continent's other multiracial democracy in South Africa is sporting its own crisis over the supposed "racism" of the country's newspapers. Now the black-controlled government is... Read More
If there's any good reason to vote for one major party candidate over the other this year, it's probably the appointments to the Supreme Court he's likely to make. The court is the staple reason the Republicans have invoked for the last eight years to argue why conservatives should vote for them instead of a... Read More
A "racist," immigration expert Peter Brimelow once quipped, is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. For years, the liberal left has claimed that anyone who opposed immigration was a "racist," a "xenophobe," a "nativist" and all sorts of other unpleasant things to be. Now, the libertarian-neo-conservative right has learned how to sling... Read More
You really have to feel sorry for the Stupid Party. Even when handed an opportunity to make their Democratic rivals shut up about Republican "insensitivity" and "tolerance for bigotry" and embarrass the Democrats for their own embrace of hatemongers, the Republicans still manage to blow it -- mainly because they refuse to denounce anti-white hatred... Read More
It's not often these days that the American media pays attention to what's going on in places like South Africa or Zimbabwe. Once ruled by white minority governments that enforced racial segregation, both countries are now ruled by blacks. That makes the American media happy, so there's no particular reason to pay these two countries... Read More
The Demon of the Week is Bob Jones University, a relatively obscure Baptist educational institution in South Carolina that has suddenly become the political equivalent of the hanta virus. New Jersey's liberal Democratic Sen. Bob Torricelli plans to introduce a resolution condemning the school, and after the unpleasantness attending Texas Gov. George W. Bush's recent... Read More
For the last decade or so, the United Nations has enjoyed throwing its weight around the world, trying to set itself up as the world's peacemaker as well as a global lawmaker. Last month, it got some of its own weight thrown back in its face when North Carolina's Sen. Jesse Helms became the first... Read More
If there is any columnist in the country that conservative Southerners should pay no attention to, it's George Will, whose Big Government, Union First political philosophy of "statecraft as soulcraft" is the exact opposite of everything Thomas Jefferson, John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis fought for. Nevertheless, Mr. Will evidently expects to be attended to... 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.”