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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
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
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
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
"Right Wing Sees Betrayals," the headline in the Washington Timesshouted last week, and it's about time the right wing did. This particular headline referred to what had been going on inside the Republican Convention's platform committee, where conservatives were given the run-around by the party establishment on several issues dear to them. One such issue... 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
Is the American conservative movement as totally bankrupt as it appears to be? For the last four years, conservatives have whimpered and whined about the insufficient conservative principles of George W. Bush, and properly so. What they don't want to remember, of course, is that they're the oneswho picked Mr. Bush in the first place—and... Read More
Somewhat breathlessly, the New York Times has discovered, as a headline this week informed us, that "Lack of Resolution In Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided." [by David D. Kilpatrick, April 19, 2004]. Translated into American, that means many conservatives are less than enchanted with the quick and easy cakewalk to peace and democracy in Iraq on... 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
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
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 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
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
Beltway conservatives are in a flutter over the stalled nomination of Carol Iannone to the National Humanities Council, and already they're murmuring that the well-known slapstick comic, Sen. Ted Kennedy, is planning to pitch a pie in her face. Miss Iannone has made the show-stopping error of not giggling along with the liberal laugh track,... 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
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.”