An Idea that Made Milwaukee Famous

by Patrick J. Buchanan – June 12, 1998 …If the poor get $5,000 vouchers to escape the blackboard jungles, while near-poor neighbors, whose taxes subsidize those vouchers, do not — is that just?… Historians may well mark June 9 as the D-Day of the school-choice movement in America. On this day, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruled […]

Let Russia Default!

By Patrick J. Buchanan – June 9, 1998 Why would Republicans even think of throwing half of 1999’s surplus down an IMF rat hole, into a Russian regime even its chief financial officer says is shot through with larceny and corruption?… The last six months have exposed the Global Economy as a vast poker game […]

World’s Last Superpower — R.I.P

by Patrick J. Buchanan – June 6, 1998 What are we to make of all of this? Has America become the “pitiful, helpless giant” Richard Nixon predicted it would if we allowed ourselves to be defeated in Vietnam? No. America remains the first economic and military power on Earth, but U.S. influence is in steep […]

Death of a Patriarch

By Patrick J. Buchanan – June 2, 1998 Conservatism triumphed in the GOP in 1964, and in the nation in 1980, because Goldwater and Reagan unapologetically championed the ideas — and reflected the fighting spirit — of the army on the ground. But even the staunchest defenders of the leaders of this Congress cannot say […]

Spiro Agnew: Prophet Without Honor

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 29, 1998 In an era when professors were surrendering by battalions to student radicals, Agnew denounced the “levelers and ideologists” and attacked affirmative action and reverse discrimination policies that some Republicans, even today, lack the courage to oppose… “New York City University Tightens Admissions Policy,” read the headline. The […]

Free Trade vs. National Security

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 26, 1998 A strict interpretation of patriotism [is] injurious to business,” wrote famed artillery maker Alfred Krupp. True to his word, Krupp sold to both sides in the Franco-Prussian war. On the eve of World War I, Krupp’s firm was filling “Russian orders for the latest artillery pieces and […]

It’s All About Greed, Folks

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 22, 1998 A single vote in the Senate last week told us all we need to know about the real motives behind the $516 billion tobacco bill. An amendment was offered by Sen. Lauch Faircloth to cap the fees of trial lawyers involved in this deal at $250 an […]

A New Era Arrives — With a Bang

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 19, 1998 Now that India has blown the doors off of the world’s nuclear club, we may just see a membership explosion. And though the CIA was caught with its satellites down by those five blasts in 72 hours, President Clinton should not have been surprised. The Pakistanis warned […]

Remedial Economic Nationalism 101

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 18, 1998 Letter to The Wall Street Journal Reading the five letters to the Editor (May 18) deployed to counter my lonely missive (May 12) celebrating the Protectionist Era (1865-1913) and rebutting the Smoot-Hawley myth, I am persuaded that remedial history should be a required course for all economists. […]

Do the “Declinists” Have a Point?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 15, 1998 “Lo, all our pomp of yesterday is one with Nineveh and Tyre!” So wrote Rudyard Kipling in “Recessional,” his 1897 poem penned at the peak of the British empire for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Two decades later, in 1918, a fateful year for Germany, the […]