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Podcasts from Spectator writers
Can the Wyoming congresswoman face down a cowboy rebellion?
By Chilton Williamson, Jr.
The English language as written today is often nearly incomprehensible on first reading
Formality at each level of society and in every social venue is an indispensable source and preserver of morale
Perry Mason personified the country that won World War Two and was enjoying well-deserved prosperity
The prevailing assumption has been that the natural historical trend is leftward
Idealism comes naturally to liberal societies because it has no inherent principles and no rules to follow
Progressives claim to abhor the concept of class, yet no group in this country is as conscious of it as they are
Was Flannery O’Connor a racist, or was she not?
In his own mind, every celebrity fancies himself or herself as a Philosopher King- or Queen-in-Waiting
Politicians as a class are almost without exception second- or third-rate people
For an artist to qualify as a genius, he only has to do create a single masterpiece once. Twain did it twice
Words and phrases we could do without
The true scientist ‘believes the science’ only provisionally
A great, even a good, novel has somehow the whole world in it, or even worlds
There is indeed greatness in much of Wagner’s music. Pace Herr Nietzsche, he could write rhythm
Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
Are you tired of experts?
A Cheney imperiled
The soul of Flannery O’Connor
Whatever happened to the heroes?
The problem with progressives
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