Conflict makes people uncomfortable, so in mixed company, people watch what they say. Instead of speaking their minds on controversial issues, they trim their opinions to fit those around them—sometimes out of charity, sometimes out of prudence, but often out … Continue Reading →
Let’s see: They’re both very long, with lots of characters with lots of names, doing lots of things over many years. So yes, A Crown of Life is indeed like War and Peace. But this reader means a little more, … Continue Reading →
It seems, indeed, I’ve started a movement. Well, sort of. It’s called the Canton Movement, and you can find it here.
It appears to be a libertarian effort. Their concept of ideological cantons is new to me, so I won’t comment … Continue Reading →
You know you’ve hit a nerve when what you write brings a barrage of criticism from people who never should have noticed it. That’s what’s happened since The American Conservative posted my manifesto of Ethical Conservatism.
In less than a week, the … Continue Reading →
When Eight Ways to Run the Country was published in November 2006, I missed the chance to do much publicity. Shortly after the book appeared, I took a new and very demanding job that didn’t leave time for media interviews or … Continue Reading →
We were all taught in school that the English were descended from the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes who invaded Britain in the fourth and fifth centuries, bringing their lowland German language with them. Now that appears to be one of … Continue Reading →
Elsewhere I’ve written about a very unfortunate unintended consequence of anti-discrimination laws: They take away much of our freedom of association and with it much of our freedom of speech, because in mixed company, people must watch what they say.
The … Continue Reading →
What does it mean to be an American?
It’s a commonplace now to say that being an American has nothing to do with race, religion, ethnicity, or anything as practical and important as language. Instead, it is said that America is … Continue Reading →
Twenty years ago a friend of mine published a novel, and after reading it I thought, I can do better than that. So I started work on the kind of novel I like to read — an epic romance spanning … Continue Reading →
Poor Monsieur Dash! He was once so important and so popular. Writers loved him. Editors respected him. And everyone knew just what he meant. He was always in the middle of things, stopping us in our tracks every time we … Continue Reading →