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The birth of a new American aristocracy

I’ve joined a new aristocracy now, even if we still call ourselves meritocratic winners. If you are a typical reader of The Atlantic, you may well be a member too. (And if you’re not a member, my hope ... read more

Can ‘the French Scorsese’ Pull Off a Western?

For Audiard — one of France’s greatest living filmmakers — the movie marks his English-language debut and first sortie into the American moviemaking arena ... in a 20th-century Parisian cultural arist... read more

Russian Oligarchs are a Problem, But Let’s Not Forget American Ones

For instance, if we turn to the supposed ‘birth of democracy’ in Ancient Athens ... but also including the United States. American oligarchy is nothing new, but has seen its electoral influence and po... read more

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The Romanoffs

Mere minutes after the last notes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Refugee” close out the credits, we’re subjected to an almost unbearable torrent of racist invective — in subtitled French, no les... read more

The hijacking of liberalism in America

Early 17th century liberal philosophers like John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, argued against the absolute power of government because in those days government meant aristocracy. Continual strife ... read more

The Hereditary Aristocracy of Citizenship

And citizenship itself is largely determined by birth ... new aristocracy of citizenship is not a totally hermetically sealed class. Just as a commoner could sometimes join the nobility by marrying an ... read more

Are you descended from royalty? Six things to consider

A 2002 article offers more clarifying examples: “Almost everyone in the New World [aka the Americas, including Bermuda and the Caribbean must be descended from English royalty – even people of predomi... read more

'Million Dollar American Princesses': Television review

The American families pumped in the cash and in return became instant aristocracy themselves ... Street hustler who couldn't crack New York society, married Lord Randolph Churchill in 1874 and shortly ... read more

The Birth Of The Monster MIC

The birth of this monster ... with its hubris of American exceptionalism, still carries out the craven, amoral policies of NSC-68, that aspires to command the world, is killing not only nations, but i... read more

The Birth Of Art Colonies: Old Lyme And Greenwich Were Key Locations For American Impressionism

"The founder of the colony said it reminded him of the Dutch lowlands and the coastal area of Holland, with the estuaries," said Jeff Andersen, director of the museum and a scholar of American impress... read more

Birth of the Super Bowl

This event was followed up in 1965 by the AFL New York Jets signing western Pennsylvania (Beaver Falls High School) and Alabama All-American quarterback Joe ... by Roman Numerals to give it a percepti... read more

The US establishment swoons over the royal birth

The American news and entertainment ... frenzy about the royal birth. If the billionaires who run the US could install a hereditary nobility to ensure their wealth and power, they would do so without ... read more

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