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Samuel Francis

Samuel Francis (1947-2005) was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (BA, 1969) and the University of North Carolina (MA, 1971; PhD, 1979) and former policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation, as well as a former U.S. Senate staff member. He served as an award-winning staff columnist, editorial writer (1986-1991) and deputy editorial page editor (1987-1991) for The Washington Times, and served as editor-in-chief of the Citizens Informer and as book review editor and associate editor of The Occidental Quarterly. He wrote a bi-weekly syndicated column for Creators Syndicate and a monthly column for Chronicles. Dr. Francis was the author of seven books. His writings have appeared in major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The American Conservative, and American Renaissance. He served on the Board of Editorial Advisors for Modern Age: A Quarterly Review and was a member of the Philadelphia Society.
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The Ruling Class

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One of the ironies of American political discussion in the last generation or so — indeed, of the last century — has been that, for all our boasting and braggadocio about being a nation founded on the proposition that all men are created equal, it is almost impossible to find any significant American social thinker who really believes it. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Nine
The Life of Reilly

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One good way to ruin your Christmas this year would be to spend the holidays reading a new book entitled Abandoned: The Betrayal of the American Middle Class since World War II, by two law professors at the University of South Carolina, William J. Quirk and R. Randall Bridwell. Maybe you don’t want to ruin your Christmas, and that’s understandable, but if you do read the book, you will at least be prepared to understand what is likely to happen to you and to what remains of your country in the coming years. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Eight:
Peasant Politics

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Even the weariest presidential campaign winds somewhere to the sea, and this month, as the ever dwindling number of American voters meanders into the voting booths, the sea is exactly where the political vessels in which the nation sails have wound up. Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Seven:
The Buchanan Revolution, Part II

Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ross Perot at a 1992 presidential debate

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Perhaps the greatest irony of the periodic political revolutions that occur in American democracy is that most of the voters who make them possible have not the foggiest notion of what they are doing. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt won the White House by running on a platform that promised to balance the budget and reduce the scale and power of the federal government, and there is no doubt that most of the Americans who sent him to Washington supported him simply because of the desperate economic straits in which they found themselves and their country, not because of any passion they shared with him for the socialist and internationalist experiments that he and his brood immediately imposed. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Six:
Mayday

A National Guardsman on patrol in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots.

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“Revolutions often succeed,” wrote historian Lewis Namier, “merely because the men in power despair of themselves, and at the decisive moment dare not order the troops to fire.” For four days in May last spring, revolution or something frighteningly close to it rapped hard on America’s door. Not only did the “man in power” — namely, President Bush — dare not order the troops to fire, to judge from his remarks about the so-called “Rodney King verdict,” the country was lucky the President didn’t get out into the streets and start stealing furniture for his Camp David retreat. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Five:
The Buchanan Revolution

Patrick Buchanan in 1992

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Nothing churns the entrails of the professional democracy priesthood more than the rancid taste of a little real democracy. Since one of the main dishes on the 1992 political menu has been a generous serving of authentic popular rebellion, the sages have spent a good part of the last year lurching for their lavatories. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Four:
New World Baseball

Wal-Mart on Black Friday, the free trade utopia

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For all of the subtle grace that distinguishes Japanese civilization, the esoteric gabble of Western diplomacy seems to elude its leaders. Every few months, some titan of Tokyo pronounces his low opinion of America and Americans, unveiling his view that our schools are dreadful, our racial minorities backward, our politicians crooks, or our workers lazy. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Three:
The Jungle of Empire

President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, two leading figureheads of the globalist elite.

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One of the redeeming features of imperialism is that it makes for great adventure stories. The works of H. Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling and the literature of the American West from James Fenimore Cooper to Louis L’Amour would not have been possible without the empires and imperial problems that provide the setting for their tales. The reason for the relationship ought to be fairly obvious.

Empires offer all the standard fare of blood, guts, intrigue, romance, and action: villains plotting to overthrow civilization, heroes striving to protect it; Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part Two:
The Middle-Class Moment

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With a whoop and a holler, politicians have suddenly discovered that there’s a wild animal called the American middle class prowling around the voting booths, and officeholders are pounding down the stairs to make sure the rough beast does no damage once it gets inside the house. Read more …

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Principalities & Powers, Part One:
The Education of David Duke

David Duke in 1989

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The time has come, to paraphrase Caspar Gutman in Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, for plain speaking and clear understanding. Last November, David Duke failed to win the  governorship of Louisiana, but he did gain some 39 percent of the popular vote and carried a majority — about 55 percent — of the white vote. Read more …

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