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by Revilo P. Oliver AT THE BEGINNING of this century, the decadent Turkish Empire was preserved from Russian aggression only by Russia’s knowledge that the British Empire would never permit a potentially hostile nation to take Constantinople and control the Hellespont (also called the Dardanelles).…
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by Revilo P. Oliver THE CONTINUING civil war in Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka according to the dubious tradition that the island is the Lanka of the Ramayana) and the frequent reports of riots and massacres there remind me that thirty years ago, in 1958, I read with appreciation a charming little book,…
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by Revilo P. Oliver BY COINCIDENCE, the January issue of Liberty Bell, which contained a notice of Professor James A. Van Allen’s strictures on a “space program” designed for publicity rather than practical scientific results, was in press when a publicity stunt at Cape Canaveral…
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by Revilo P. Oliver AN ARTICLE in a magazine at which I glanced the other day repeated the trite and hackneyed denunciation of the Inquisitors in Rome, who forced Galileo to recant his belief in Copernican astronomy and thus gave him an opportunity, if tradition is to be trusted, to mutter his immortal…
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Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes by Revilo P. Oliver THE December issue of The Smithsonian, a periodical that oddly seems to be striving for popularity with “human interest” stories, contains a long article about the astonishingly extensive activities of organizations that have made…
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by Revilo P. Oliver LAST APRIL, National Review carried a significant article. Professor William R. Hawkins, a professional economist, in Neomercantilism: Is there a Case for Tariffs? took his departure from the fact that America’s industrial potential has been partly destroyed already…
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by Revilo P. Oliver DURING THE PAST several years, every month or six weeks on the average, I have received an impassioned essay from some gentleman who has discovered a way to restore the American Republic by Constitutional means. The essays range from twenty to two hundred or more pages; some are loose…
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Robert “Bob” Richards, the Presidential candidate of Willis Carto’s Populist Party in 1984 by Revilo P. Oliver WHEN, after a flourish from the orchestra, an actor, bedight in a kimono and his face glistening with grease paint, appears on the stage and sings, “A wand’ring…
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by Revilo P. Oliver THE FIRST QUARTER of the new year has been a gloomy season for the Roman Catholics who hope to preserve something of the religion with which they are imbued in their youth. In New York, Bantam published (in both cloth-bound and paperback editions) David Yallop’s In God’s
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by Revilo P. Oliver AN ODD COINCIDENCE has brought me The “F” Certificate, by David Gurney (London, Bernard Geis, s.a. [1968?]). It is not literature – but who would expect to find great art of any kind in the nightfall of civilization? It is what is called “a novel of suspense,”…
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