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Readers of this column know that during the GOP primaries, I threw my support behind Ron Paul.  Paul was a flawed candidate in several respects, but he not as flawed as his competitors.  Besides, most of Paul’s disadvantages were primarily […]

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The world’s largest religious tradition has had more than its share of critics over the centuries.  A not inconsiderable number of these have been men and women (but mostly men) of genius.  And the brightest and most constructive of critics […]

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Mitt Romney is now the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.  Mitt is also a Mormon.  There has already been much talk over whether this last fact should be of any relevance to his bid for the presidency.  A shocking number of […]

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This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. This morning, on Bill Bennett’s nationally syndicated radio program, his substitute host exchanged reflections upon the significance of patriotism with a fellow from the Claremont Review of Books.  I didn’t catch the latter’s name. […]

George S. Schuyler, a black cultural critic, was among the greatest popular writers that twentieth centuryAmerica had produced.  A particularly astute observer of political circumstances generally and race relations in particular, a staggering array of the nation’s most well known […]

George S. Schuyler was among the most distinguished American writers and pundits of the twentieth century.  He was also a conservative. And he was black. Today, it is on the rare occasion indeed that his name is mentioned.  Most of […]

You simply—and sadly—don’t hear much about George Schuyler these days. Schuyler was born in Rhode Islandin 1895.  From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, he was widely regarded as perhaps the most prominent black columnist in the country.  Yet it is […]

The death penalty is, as we say, “the ultimate penalty.”   Both its friends and foes alike acknowledge this. Traditionally, the debate over capital punishment has involved the notions of deterrence and retribution.    Those proponents of capital punishment who are […]

Connecticut just became the 17th state in the union to outlaw capital punishment.  It now joins the company of such illustrious former colonies as my own home state,New Jersey. This is a tragic turn of affairs. Call me quaint, but […]

One can only hope that all of this talk over the controversial issue of “the liberty” of homosexuals to “marry” will get us to thinking a little harder about marriage and liberty. Marriage is a more vulnerable institution today than […]

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