History: Always fascinating, occasionally worth a comment (usually on the anniversary of something or other).
Religion: As a lapsed Anglican ("like falling out of a first-floor window"), my comments on religion — mainly on Christianity and Islam — are those of an outsider. My general attitude is that of an unwilling unbeliever: broadly sympathetic to religious feeling and experience, without ever having had much of either myself.
It seems plain to me in any case that religious feeling is a key component of human nature — though of course, like other components, stronger in some, weaker in others, and absent altogether in a few. There is therefore little point in railing against religion, since, at least until the "posthuman future" arrives, humanity is not going to be other than what it is.
Philosophy: Having no taste for academic philosophy, and having read very little, I really have nothing to say that I don't say under Human Sciences. The heading here should probably be "Other Humanities" or some such.
|June 11, 2015||Taki's Magazine||Two Great Wars||Very nasty work.|
|May 14, 2015||Taki's Magazine||300 Years of Prime Ministers||De facto if not de jure.|
|January 8, 2015||Taki's Magazine||The Waters That Are Under the Earth||Metaphysics, mysticism, and woodworking.|
|January/February 2014||The American Spectator||Occasionalism Isn't Science||The problems with Intelligent Design.|
|November 21, 2013||Taki's Magazine||The Stupid Wars||The myth of the rational actor.|
|October 23, 2013||VDARE||A White Flight from Christianity?||Could it become a ghetto religion?|
|October 10, 2013||Taki's Magazine||The War Against the Past||Nathan Bedford Forrest remembered.|
|September 26, 2013||Taki's Magazine||Climbing Mount Appomattox||What a lot there is to know about
the War Between the States!
|July 25, 2013||Taki's Magazine||The View from Nowhere||Nutty beliefs and empirical skepticism.|
|August 8, 2012||VDARE||A Curious Anniversary||What Abraham Lincoln told the black freedmen.|
|July 26, 2012||Taki's Magazine||Birth of a Civil War Buff||One set of lectures and I'm hooked.|
|March 10, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Listening to Louis||"Minister Farrakhan" to you.|
|January 5, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Loyalty to the Tribe||Churchgoing for functional atheists|
|September 15, 2010||Taki's Magazine||Is Islam The New Communism?||If it is, can we proscribe it?|
|March 16, 2010||NRO||Exceptionally Yours||Exceptionalism, like fire, needs
to be kept firmly in its place.
|April 28, 2008||NRO||A Blood Libel
on Our Civilization
|Did Darwin inspire the Holocaust?|
|December 19, 2007||NRO||Attack and Counterattack||Do I mock Evangelicals?|
|September 20, 2007||NRO||Islamophobophobia||Not much sympathy for Islamophobes.|
|February 20, 2007||NRO||Religion & politics||Banned in officers' messes,
|October 30, 2006||NRO||Faith FAQ||What people ask, what I say.|
|July 13, 2006||NRO||George Gilder, Metaphysician||Yet another whack at the creationists.|
|December 14, 2005||NRO||The Sea of Faith||Melancholy, long withdrawing roar, etc.|
|November 4, 2005||NRO||Fifth of November||Guy Fawkes and his plot.|
|April 7, 2005||NRO||Rearguard Pope||Death of John Paul II.|
|February 14, 2005||National Review||But Is It Science?||Intelligent Design in
the Age of Biology.
|August 27, 2004||NRO||Kaiser Bill and Me||WW1 was personal.|
|May 27, 2004||NRO||Seismic 1979||The year the ice cracked.|
|May 19, 2004||NRO||The Ancient Enemy||Civilization vs. barbarism.|
|December 8, 2003||National Review||Witnesses: A Greatest Generation
|Those born in the 1900s.|
|November 17, 2003||NRO||The Last Christian Nation||Forget about them Brits.|
|September 1, 2003||National Review||An Empire Like No Other||The British — what else?|
|August 25, 2003||NRO||Affronts and Provocations||Against Christians, that is.|
|August 12, 2003||NRO||The Eternal Heresy||Immanentizing the eschaton.|
|January 13, 2003||NRO||A Barbarian's Barbarian||Attila T. Hun.|
|August 15, 2002||NRO||Vae victis!||Plain speaking from Rumsfeld.|
|August 6, 2002||NRO||March of the Godless||God-haters storm the capital.|
|July 26, 2002||NRO||Grief and Shame||New York's Irish famine memorial.|
|July 11, 2002||NRO||Don't Blame Islam||There must be some good in it.|
|May 3, 2002||NRO||The Missing Element||Priestly celibacy.|
|March 6, 2002||NRO||Three Historians||Herodotus, Sima Qian, and S.D. Goitein.|
|December 3, 2001||National Review||Crusading They Went||Godfrey de Bouillon was a Republican.|
|November 13, 2001||NRO||O Valiant Hearts||Remembering Remembrance Day.|
|October 11, 2001||NRO||United States of Islam||King John was not a good king ….|
|May 29, 2001||NRO||A Day That Will Live
|That terrible May 29, 1453.|
|April 10, 2001||NRO||The Jews and I||Confessions of a philosemite.|