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Language, Nation, & Race

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The Lord’s Prayer in Scottish Gaelic

In 1766, English writer Samuel Johnson penned a letter to William Drummond, an Edinburgh bookseller, regarding the translation of the Bible into the “Erse or Gaelic language” as biographer James Boswell put it in The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).

Certain members of “the society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge” (undoubtedly meaning the Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SSPCK), opposed translation of the Bible into Scottish Gaelic because it would be contrary to national unity.  Read more …

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Benjamin Franklin on Sex, Marriage, & Family

Norman Rockwell, “The Marriage License,” 1955

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“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” — Poor Richard’s Almanac (June 1738)

Benjamin Franklin had a remarkable mind, perhaps the most powerful among the founding fathers. Reading his papers, and accounts of his life, quickly persuades one that his IQ was very high.

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Benjamin Franklin & the Jews

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(For a note on sources, see end of article.)

Franklin’s racialism was evident in the demographic pamphlet “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, Etc.” (1751) Read more …

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Benjamin Franklin on Demography & Whiteness

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A short paper on demography by Benjamin Franklin consisting of 24 numbered paragraphs, “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, Etc.” (1751), provides interesting insight into the thoughts of one of the most astute and discerning of the Founding Fathers. I will focus primarily upon Franklin’s demographic insights and perceptions of race and whiteness, though he also discussed economics. Read more …

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

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Editor’s Note:

The North American New Right is a “metapolitical” not a political movement. There are many ways to draw that distinction, but the most important is in terms of values.

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