Category Archives: Gregory on History

Bad History on Broadway and Elsewhere: Hollywood and Broadway don’t “do” history very well. Be careful where you get your history. Avoid movie and play “history (sic)”

Where you get your history does matter. It matters a lot. This was brought home to me about 20 years ago. A copy editor named Jeff was reviewing my story at a trade publication. He routinely told me that “Lyndon Johnson was part of the plot in assassinating President Kennedy.” Really, I asked, how do…

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The Rechtsstaat and the Fate of American Liberty: History catches up to America. The hypocrisy of some of the critics of Donald Trump. This is not a defense of Trump.

The great philosopher of morality Immanuel Kant believed one of the critical elements of freedom under law was the concept of the righteous state, the Rechtsstaat. This is the concept of government under law. Just as we as individuals are subject to law so too, Kant, and other philosophers of liberty, believed that governments should…

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Reversing the Suicide of the West? Terrorist attacks around the globe won’t end unless extraordinary men and women come forward

How many more attacks, how many more children killed, how many more Western ideas of tolerance will be trampled on before the leaders of the biggest nations say enough and stamp out the sources of these horrific acts? As we wail for the dead and wounded of Nice, as we become inured and hardened to…

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Still Another Massacre in France: Is the West ready to defend its values?

The disastrous first World War—what was once called “the Great War” until an even bigger one 25 years later—gutted Europe and made the tyranny of Communism and Fascism possible in the 1920s and 1930s. The terrible second World War left the Soviet Union in command of huge portions of Central and Eastern Europe. These nations…

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What Next? And Next? (i): A shorthand history of Modern America at war. After Vietnam, the Imperial Presidency continues to expand. Part VII, the end of the series.

President Johnson and other presidents, who had taken the country into seemingly endless wars, had often lied to the American people. It was the people who paid for these wars in countless ways. The Bundy brothers, William and McGeorge, two Johnson advisers and the architects of the Vietnam War, were supporters of an America acting…

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Je suis Charlie: The spirit of liberty is under attack. Will it survive?

“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Free thought either means that—-people are free to publish and write…

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