Instead of an egalitarian world revolution, the American experience was a local affair. As Kirk says, it was a revolution made but one prevented.… Read More Reactionary Thoughts on America
Mexican history is inevitably one of lost opportunities and ruined possibilities. While Maximilano was a flawed man, I can’t help but think maybe it was lost juncture for Mexico, possibly a more peaceful and just one.… Read More Now Let Us Praise Tragic Men: Maximilano of México
This is a subject that has been on my mind for some time, a defense of the Spanish language. Over time I’ve noticed attacks from two very, very separate quarters. With only a few days left until Cinco De Mayo, I figured now is as good as time as any. The first is the most… Read More En defensa de español; in defense of Spanish.
(Photo credit: MCW News) President Trump (truly one of the strangest phrases in English after “Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California…”) today followed through on a simulacrum of his promised ban on Muslims. The executive order prohibits the entry of individuals from Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Iran. (Updated: a judge has recently… Read More Trump’s “Muslim Ban” & Iran
It’s predictable. Every 9/11, there’s two responses. The over the top star spangled .gifs proclaiming we’ll never forget (despite the fact we totally will), and the snarky “Heh, you actually care about this country? What about the [insert X event that they largely simplify and pretend is somehow unique to the history of the United… Read More The Other September 11th: Chile
Less than a week ago was the anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. One of the podcasts I love listening to is The Writer’s Almanac which is narrated by Garrison Keillor, whose voice is an American treasure which needs to be given its own Secret Service detail. The program consists in 5-6… Read More Spanish Civil War: Democracy Murdered or Tragedy Avoided?
I wrote up a quick piece on the Puerto Rican debt crisis for Cafe Con Leche Republicans, a pro-immigration Republican advocacy group. The fact that the bureaucrats and dimwitted legislators in Washington micromanaged and abetted San Juan into committing fiscal suicide hardly seems surprising. However after visiting San Juan last month, I did become interested… Read More Puerto Rico: Where Did It Go Wrong?