Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based, on an understanding of the Civil War. I believe that firmly. It defined us. The Revolution did what it did. Our involvement in European wars, beginning with the First World War, did what it did. But the Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things. And it is very necessary, if you are going to understand the American character in the twentieth century, to learn about this enormous catastrophe of the mid-nineteenth century. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads. — Shelby Foote (more…)
Tag: John F. Kennedy
“War is father of all, and king of all. He renders some gods, others men; he makes some slaves, others free.” — Heraclitus
Compliance measures and social trust are two key elements in any society, the ratio of which is a good indicator of how productive the people in it are and what the level of the general welfare looks like. Compliance measures usually come with threats to motivate compliant responses.
As compliance measures multiply, so do the threats that back them up. (more…)
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 418 The Writers’ Bloc with Endeavour on George Grant’s Lament for a Nation
On another exciting episode of The Writers’ Bloc, longtime friend of the show Endeavour joined host Nick Jeelvy to discuss the classic of Canadian nationalism, George Grant’s Lament for a Nation, also touching on current events in Canada and elsewhere, and it is now available for download and online listening.
Topics discussed include:
00:04:00 George Grant, Lament for a Nation
00:07:00 JFK and John Diefenbaker (more…)
The best thing to happen to the Kennedy political dynasty and its legacy took place over the course of 11.2 seconds at 12:30 PM on November 23, 1963. That is when an Antifa activist, acting totally on his own, fired three bullets from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository into the motorcade of the 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Two of the bullets hit Kennedy, and he was declared dead at Parkland Hospital at 1 PM. (more…)
Richard Nixon made a fateful decision on the afternoon of November 9, 1960. He telegrammed John F. Kennedy to formally concede the presidential race. This concession ensured that there was no nasty legal battle or potential constitutional crisis over the election. (more…)
Paul Matzko 
The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement
New York: Oxford University Press, 2020
The decade of the 1960s is laden with irony and contradictions. On the one hand, especially in the early days of the decade, there was the appearance of national unity and calm across America. But just under the surface, explosive forces were gathering. (more…)
Jia Lynn Yang
One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924 — 1965
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2020
Jia Lynn Yang’s new book One Mighty and Irresistible Tide is a basic, pro-“civil rights,” pro-immigration narrative book. (more…)
Blood in the Water: How the US and Israel Conspired to Ambush the USS Liberty
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2018.
Joan Mellen’s Blood in the Water is the most comprehensive account available on the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, and deserves national recognition. Ms. Mellen, a professor at Temple University, is a poor writer; she repeats herself in several places, and fails to adhere to her organizational structure. (more…)
A Phone Call for Mayhem:
How JFK Caused the 1960s Race Riots
To borrow from the wit of Edward Gibbon:
If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the white race in North America was most foolish and short sighted regarding managing the non-white races in their midst, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the second term of Eisenhower to the accession of Nixon.
Do you remember that John F. Kennedy was among those who questioned the legal validity of the Nuremberg trials? Do you remember, further, that, unlike the British political leadership, he opposed the Indian invasion which led to the end of Portuguese sovereignty over Goa? It is also useful to recall that immediately after he was assassinated, “a climate of euphoria” prevailed in the stock markets and among the “great capitalists” as well, and that he wanted to apply a “fairer tax system.” (more…)
After decades of blessed obscurity, the Dulles brothers have splashed back into the news of late. There are big books, little books, forthcoming books: all leading to a flurry of newspaper and online articles (notably Alex Beam’s March 8 essay in The Wall Street Journal).
The two major volumes that have led the way are The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World (2013) by onetime New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer; and The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (2015) by David Talbot (more…)
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 65
Greg Johnson Interviews Andy Nowicki about Oswald, Kennedy, & Lost Violent Souls
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Greg Johnson interviews Andy Nowicki on:
- His new Counter-Currents volume Lost Violent Souls (more…)