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Small Beginnings

Written by Gary North on June 11, 2016

For who hath despised the day of small things? (Zech. 4:10a). One of the most difficult things to imagine is a modern proponent of political liberalism standing up to pass the hat for some local social action project. What he will attempt to do is to create a grass-roots pressure group to promote the financing […]

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Conservatism’s Shaky Foundations

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2016

Years ago, conservative scholar Richard Weaver was induced to publish a book under the title, Ideas Have Consequences. It became his most famous book, and his most oft-quoted phrase. The conservative movement has always been intellectual in its orientation, beginning with the seminal work, Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). Conservatism’s influence […]

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The Eschatological Crisis of the Moral Majority

Written by Gary North on May 28, 2016

I wrote about this in 1981, in the month that Ronald Reagan Was inaugurated. I knew that his fundamentalist supporters were intellectually schizophrenic. The Moral Majority was shut down before Reagan left office. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Last summer, I had the opportunity of […]

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Video: Nigel Farage’s Rhetoric — Disloyal Opposition

Written by Gary North on May 7, 2016

Nigel Farage is a public speaker in the old British tradition. He is reminiscent of Dr. Enoch Powell, the master of confrontational rhetoric in the 1960’s: “Take no prisoners.” He is not in the Parliament of the European Union as a member of the loyal opposition. He is there to expose it as deceptive and […]

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The Paralysis of Pessimism

Written by Gary North on May 7, 2016

The prophets of Israel came to the people and rulers with a triple message. They first pointed to Israelis history. God had delivered them from the bondage of Egypt, thereby fulfilling the promises given to Abraham. It was a strictly historical act, in time and on earth. Second, they warned the people of impending judgment […]

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Et Tu, Marco? Rubio Stabs the Conservatives Who Elected Him.

Written by Gary North on March 19, 2016

“When our friends get into power, they aren’t our friends any more.”– M. Stanton Evans This has become known as “Evans’ law of political perfidy.” My friend Stan Evans was a wise and eloquent man. He was an intellectual leader within the conservative political movement, beginning around 1960. He arrived at Yale in the year […]

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Video: Turning Mediocre into Terrific for an Extra $5

Written by Gary North on January 23, 2016

George Orwell was correct in 1946 when he wrote the following: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” I would add this insight: “If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask for help.” The problem is: the vast majority of people don’t know that they don’t know what they’re […]

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Extremism in the Pursuit of Historical Truth

Written by Gary North on January 16, 2016

This week, The New Yorker published an article on the John Birch Society. It goes into the background of the forgotten missionary to China, John Birch. For this reason alone, the article deserves to be archived in your Evernote files. The article also provides a reasonable summary of the influence of the JBS on the […]

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Ideas Have Consequences: First-Rate Title, Third-Rate Book

Written by Gary North on October 24, 2015

I begin with an aphorism: “Moral ideas without institutional sanctions are impotent. Institutional sanctions without moral ideas are tyrannical.” Every civilization attempts to deal with this aphorism. So does every political movement. There is never universal agreement on either the content of morality or the efficiency of the sanctions. This is a battle for the […]

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