Yearly Archives: 2020

Fascism Past and Present: Richard Drake interviewed on The PAMU Podcast

On Tuesday, 1 December, Richard participated in a podcast hosted by the Philosophy Anti-Marginalization Union. Other participants in the podcast were Julia Schiwal, a research analyst for the United States Institute of Peace at The George Washington University, and Jason Uexhell. The idea of the podcast is to interview historians, philosophers, and pop culture philosophy […]

Robert Zaller’s Jeffer Studies Review of Charles Austin Beard

Charles A. Beard was an historian; Robinson Jeffers a poet. They never met or corresponded, and only once referred to each other in print. Yet their paths crossed fatefully in their opposition to World War II, and, although no one has hitherto sought to systematically compare them, their names remain coupled by this to the […]

The Exact Moment ‘Plot Against America’ Takes A Nose Dive

As a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in New Jersey during the 1930s, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America delivers a vivid account of how this major American writer perceived the formative influences in his life. From childhood, it seemed to him that Jews in America faced myriad threats. His prize-winning novel depicts for that time and […]

The Plot Against America

Charles Austin Beard and Robinson Jeffers: A Historian and a Poet Against the American Empire

I became interested in the work of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) while doing research for a book on the life of the American historian Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Jeffers and Beard both published books in 1948 that denounced the foreign policy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for what they believed to be its warmongering character. Beard’s […]

Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire

The following article was first published by Responsible Statecraft under the title “An Appreciation: Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire” on April 12, 2020. It has been nearly ten years since Chalmers Johnson died, and twice that long since the publication of “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.” That Johnson’s condemnation of American imperialism […]

Camillo Olivetti in the 1930s

Book Review: The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti by Meryle Secrest 1

Meryle Secrest The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer Alfred A. Knopf. 304 pp., $30 The following review first appeared on Washington Decoded, February 11, 2020 under the title “An Industrial Saga Marred by Conspiracy-Mongering.”   An award-winning author […]

Book Review: Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana 1

Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, Marc C. Johnson, University of Oklahoma Press, 486 pages The following book review first appeared in January/February print edition of The American Conservative under the title A Forgotten Rugged Patriot For ‘America First’ From his election in 1922 as United States senator from […]

Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler