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 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. Prof. Kent Jones writes […]

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 […]

Merger With Portent?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 12, 1998 To any with a nodding acquaintance of history, this nation is taking an incredible gamble. When Spain, Holland, and Britain began to import what they once produced, and rely on finance and trade for their prosperity, not manufacturing and production, terminal decline set in. By 1917, free-trade […]

How Clinton Survives

by Patrick J. Buchanan – May 8, 1998 “How does this guy survive?” As I learned on an April book tour, that question perplexes and puzzles. How does the president continue to ride so high in public approval, despite revelations that would end the career of a college or corporate president? How? A few reflections. […]