Category Archives: History

Stalinism was no corruption of communism

Historian Anne Applebaum reviews for The Atlantic a nearly 1,000-page book on the first 50 years of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s life. Among author Stephen Kotkin’s most interesting observations: Stalin’s murderous regime did not result from some perversion of a communist ideal. Unlike the uneducated cynic of Trotsky’s imagination, the real Stalin justified each andContinue Reading

Lobotomy and the post-World War II incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder

Long before post-traumatic stress disorder gained its name, society dealt with soldiers who returned from combat with “battle fatigue,” “shell shock,” or other mental problems. One of the more disturbing responses to those problems was the frontal lobotomy surgery. Dr. Philip Miller practiced internal medicine and cardiology for 34 years with Wake Internal Medicine ConsultantsContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online some oversight concerns from reform-minded members of UNC’s Board of Governors. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains that 50 years of economic data contradict key tenets of North Carolina exceptionalism.

Hanson thinks the Obama administration admires the French style of revolution

Both the American and French revolutions rocked the late 18th-century world. Victor Davis Hanson explains for National Review Online readers why he believes President Obama and his administration prefer the French form of revolution. At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Americans optedContinue Reading

Shlaes wants to see a more complete picture of the Roosevelts

Amity Shlaes‘ most recent column for Forbes magazine discusses a key element missing from film producer Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. When it came to activity, the 32nd President outdid the 26th. FDR created numerous agencies, including the National Recovery Administration to manage business and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration toContinue Reading

Novak revisits the Battle of Lepanto

Those who wonder about the evolution of extreme Islam would do well to read Michael Novak‘s latest article at National Review Online, which celebrates the 16th-century Battle of Lepanto. For those who know little history, today’s battle with ISIS in the Middle East may seem new and unprecedented. It is not. In a.d. 622, MohammedContinue Reading

Making Warren Harding look good

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column for National Review Online explains why the scandal-plagued Obama administration is helping to boost the reputation of one of America’s least-loved presidents. [T]he proper Obama comparison is not Carter, but rather Warren G. Harding. By that I mean not that Obama’s scandals have matched Harding’s, but rather that by anyContinue Reading

Administrative law compared to the power of kings

Earlier this year, George Mason University law professor Frank Buckley suggested in a speech to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society that American government is growing closer to the type of royal government the Founders rejected more than 230 years ago. Buckley’s speech came to mind as this reader perused the latest issue of HillsdaleContinue Reading