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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

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  1. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Sorry about the rough voice. A piddling cold turned into laryngitis.

  2. Dot says:

    I don’t think a man is interested in a woman who has been used, but times have changed. It changes the integrity of what should be such that the relationship is weakened from the start.

  3. Michael Strenk says:

    Faulkner was very good on the sexual objectification of young women and the emasculation of young men and the infantilization of both sexes, in Soldier’s Pay, Mosquitos and Sanctuary, that was being promoted in an organized way in the 1920’s as the commercial power’s first attempt in creating a teen “culture” to separate the generations, the better to defeat family and local power and to profit. The Depression somewhat subverted the first effort, while the “Greatest Generation” went almost totally to sleep as the second effort has succeeded, and continues to succeed beyond the corrupters’ wildest dreams.

  4. Frank Brownlow says:

    To focus a moment on the pedophiliac aspect of this plague, some years ago now a pair of books opened my eyes to the fact that well-managed pedophiliac services existed to assure America’s rulers and managers of their more-or-less absolute power: (1) John W. DeCamp, The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska, & (2) Nick Bryant, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Power brokers,. Child Abuse & Betrayal. In this context, too, Satanism is a fact, not merely a figure of speech, and just a couple of weeks ago the journalist Celia Farber, writing on Substack, announced that “The Balenciaga Scandal Blows Open Portal To 100% Vindication Of “Pizzagate” Conspiracy Theorists.” I think she’s probably right about that.

  5. Michael Strenk says:

    I agree with Dr. Fleming that Trump’s unregulated mouth has asked some inconvenient questions and made some inconvenient statements from the perspective of the ruling oligarchy, but his judgement and the quality of his advice continues to be abysmal. As evidence we can point to his recent dinner with Balanciaga runway model Kanye West, who despite supporting Trump for years has continued to market their products. With friends like West and Epstein…

  6. Robert Reavis says:

    Yes, but Trump is finished now and it’s a waste of time to denigrate or praise him. They have regrouped after his surprise attack in 2016 and will now finally bury him —dead or alive.
    They will certainly select another for us that will be much better . Pence ? Bolton? Assa Hutchinson? The young Floridian? Nicki Haley?
    Joe Biden x 2 ? Michele Obama? Trump was louder, more arrogant but turns out only a minor threat. It will soon be two years that his most avid supporters in solitary confinement haven’t even received a Christmas card. Why pile on him now?

  7. Michael Strenk says:

    My intention is not to pile on, but to shake any still attached to Trump out of their malaise and into positive action to protect themselves and to build an alternative to what the celebrity oligarchs assure us is our irresistible fate, i.e. transhuman technocracy. This is what all of this LG… (oh, I give up!) and pedophilia pushing is all about. I suspect that they want everything human to become so sticky and disgusting and chaotic that we will all run into the machine. Robots have no sex. This will soon seem like a dream world to those tossed about on the storm of filth.

    I have a dream ticket; Col Douglas MacGregor with Larry Johnson as his VP. This would give us a man who knows the intimate workings of the MIC with a man who knows the intimate workings of the intelligence morass and the State Department. To root out the rats you have to know their habits, where they live, and what they live on. Combine this with Rand Paul leading the Senate and Thomas Massie leading the House and we might even have a country again. This is a pipe dream, I know, and I put no hope on it. Our only hope is the seemingly inevitable dissolution and a subsequent clean-up, town by town, but to do this we will need ground to stand on. I’ve got my sleeves rolled up.

  8. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    As a satire on the futility of movement politics, this is quite good. Is this Larry Johnson the athalete or the ex-CIA blogger/analyst. In a political race, I’d definitely put my money on the basketball player over the alleged hoaxer. If we have to consider electoral politics–instead of the far more interesting subject I put on the table–let us stick to the reality of actual men and women who have done something other than talk or work for the government. Someone with so little insight into the world situation that he eagerly supported Bush’s immoral and illegal attack on Iraq is someone not to be considered for any responsible position even–as it must be here–in jest.

  9. Robert Reavis says:

    Yes Michael I agree with you. I always enjoy your comments and mine wasn’t meant to accuse you of piling on as a serious infraction.
    No one that I know around this group ever took Trump too seriously because you can’t take any of it very seriously.

  10. Allen Wilson says:

    I wonder how much truth there might be to the notion that certain government agencies, domestic and foreign, produce child pornography for the purposes of blackmail or getting revenge on those who have run a fowl of the powers that be? In the bad old days of “sexual repression”, they used to use such mundane things as adultery and closet homosexuality for such purposes. What will they do if and when the stigma is removed from pedophilia in our sick “sociey”? One might be tempted to say incest or bestiality, but if messing with children becomes “acceptable”, then who will care about incest or the abuse of animals?

  11. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Ah, incest no but abuse of animals yes. In the foreseeable future, they will play the game from both ends: Promoting toleration of the vice while reserving the right to be shocked, absolutely shocked by practitioners. Something I have been predicting for a long time, as a result of debates with Libertarians, is that they would come up with “harmless” ways of allowing pedophiles to find satisfaction in pornography in which no real children are used and–I am not making this up–with childish sex dolls now being recommended by “experts.” The understanding that certain appetites are criminally vicious and only grow in response to satisfaction appears to be beyond them. The one thing I remember from William Burroughs is his formula for drug use: The more you have, the more you need. And, of course, the price continues to go up.