The Man Who Punctured Communism’s Lies about the Spanish Civil War
In 1986, the liberal weekly The Village Voice had its offices picketed by aged left-wing protesters. What occasioned this protest was an interview columnist Paul Berman conducted with William Herrick, who had served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish …
Carl’s Rock Songbook No. 97: Imagine No Possessions
NOTE: This was originally posted last summer. But since it was lost in the transition to the new NRO, and a new post of mine is going to be refer back to it, I present it again today.
What I …
If You Ever Wonder if America Has Been a Force for Good . . .
Over 60 years ago, my father served with the Army’s Third Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was always proud of the role that the U.S. and over 15 other nations played in keeping South Korea free of Communist …
With Friends Like These . . .
As part of the “deal” struck with the Castro regime by the Obama administration, the 53 prisoners have apparently been released as promised. Though of course this deal, even if nominally adhered too, doesn’t amount to much, even for the …
How Do the Dissidents Feel? Cinematic Thoughts on the Cuba Deal
“You have no idea how many people are in here due to senseless heroics.” That’s a line from The Lives of Others, in which Stasi interrogator Gerd Wiesler, speaking to Christa-Maria Sieland in the main Stasi prison, is trying …
Despite our mostly theoretical, retrospective, and cultural conversations hereabouts, the actual political situation is getting rather tense: the Border Disaster, the Big Amnesty Threat, the IRS-scandal, ISIS, the Gaza war, and my own peculiar fear that Obama perhaps pushing Republicans …
Burning Bush: Truth and Consequences
Here are more thoughts occasioned by the brilliant new Czech film Burning Bush. For my first post on the film, go here.
The drama of Burning Bush centers on a libel suit brought by Jan Palach’s brother and mother …
History is repeating itself as farce. Fresh off the roaring success of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century comes David Harvey’s Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, which Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer Scott Carlson describes as …
Do NBC Sports Anchors Know Anything About Communism?
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Communism Was the Worst Mistake in Human History. Do NBC Sports Anchors Know This?
What you think depends upon what you know.
You’re a smart, well-read, well-educated audience. (And handsome, too!) …
Sean Penn’s Household Gods
In case you’re in the market, Sean Penn’s 1.4-acre estate overlooking the Pacific is on the market, and Forbes offers a peek inside. Note the artwork.
“Che chic” is très chic — in the luxury of one’…
Bowdoin Professor Defends the Communists
After all, they were fighting the Nazis and wanted a nicer world, doncha know: Listen here.
Impromptus: The cruelty of comedy, &c.
I learned something about Saturday Night Live, in the articles about its recent 40th-anniversary special. Maybe I had known it, but forgotten it.
Eddie Murphy, a onetime star of the show, stayed away for years, because he was really mad …
What’s New in the New Political Correctness?
It’s frustrating thinking about political correctness. It all seems so shockingly and embarrassingly tired. The same slogans have been recycled again and again for over twenty years now. But perhaps this understandable response is mistaken. Perhaps there is something …
If you’ve been wondering what to get for your favorite child this non-denominational Christmas, a Teutonic author of kid lit is here to help.
Kreuzberg-based performance artist and writer Bini Adamczak’s 2004 Kommunismus: Kleine Geschichte, wie endlich alles anders wird will …
Tyranny and Responsibility: On Jan Palach’s Deed
This is my third and final post related to the brilliant Czech film Burning Bush (trailer is here). Here are posts one and two.
“We’re all stuck between millstones.” So says the cemetery manager to Jiří Palach (Jan’s …
Peter writes eloquently and often about the “relational” aspect of human nature — the joys of recognizing ourselves as limited beings with the need for powerful and enduring bonds with others. This recognition is untimely in the sense that it is …
Maria Conchita Alonso: Commie Fighter
You don’t see this every day: A Hollywood actress and musician took to the streets of Washington Friday to demand U.S. government action — not to mandate carbon-neutral toilets or provide universal health care for cats, but to take …