Articles by N. S. Palmer

History Both Repeats and Rhymes

“Encore, c’est la meme chose” means “Again, it’s the same thing.” Or as the American meme puts it, “same stuff, different day.” Actually, that’s the cleaned-up version. You can guess which word to substitute for “stuff.” The point is that similar social problems occur again and again across time and space. First-World Drugs The U.S. […]

Reclaiming Common Sense

In a healthy society, defending common sense wouldn’t be necessary. But in 2019 America, it is. Robert Curry offers just such a defense in his book Reclaiming Common Sense. Despite its brevity (107 pages), it covers the issues clearly and effectively. Curry’s previous book, Common Sense Nation, showed how the American founders used common sense […]

‘Hope’ and History

Clear, accurate, and inspiring, Wilfred McClay’s Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story is a welcome antidote for agenda-driven history textbooks that paint the United States as an illegitimate nation born of evil. What is the purpose of history? Is it merely a record of facts—of dates and kings, wars and voyages? […]

The Spanish Inquisition: Back by Popular Demand

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,” said Monty Python, the great British comedy troupe that the BBC now dismisses as unwanted “Oxbridge white blokes.” In his book The Anatomy of Evil, psychiatrist Michael H. Stone reassures us that: There are no longer many people who endorse the goals of the Spanish Inquisition, claiming that its victims […]

Why Sarah Jeong Hates White People

Sarah Jeong, newly hired member of the New York Times’s editorial board, hates white people. And Christians. And police officers. And heterosexuals. And men. May God have mercy on any white, heterosexual, Christian male police officer who falls under the gaze of the New York Times. Because Jeong certainly won’t. The fact of her obsessive […]