Category: Fleming


The Prince

Anyone who does not own a copy of the work can easily get one online from many sources including  It is a short book, which can be read in the matter of a few hours.  We’ll take a few weeks.


The Government We Deserve, Part II (of 4)

In the off chance that this screed might be read by people who do not already know the score, I ask such imaginary readers  to imagine a visit from Jefferson or Twain or Mencken or even some reasonable politician like Robert Taft or Sam Ervin, who asks us to take him on a guided tour of these United States.  We might begin their tour by taking them to see New York or San Francisco or Chicago or Portland, in fact to  any major city in to witness the complete breakdown of law and order, sanitation, and public decency.   


Trump-Musk in ’24

A lot of my friends, wife included, are outraged by the purge trials against Donald Trump. I certainly agree with them that the American legal system is making a flashy display of its contempt for law, confirming the global expression that the US has joined the ranks of the banana republics.



I am reviving our Book of the Month in a less pedantic and exhaustive format.  We’ll put up a list of books in the probable order in which we shall take them up.  I’ll post an introduction.  We can have as much or little commentary as readers wish to provide, though I do ask everyone who is reading one of the books to put up a brief comment to that effect.  


The Crusading Pirates of Pisa

Pisa helped the maritime cities in Southern Italy to resist Saracen attacks.  As early as 828 Pisan vessels were raiding North Africa and in 871 they defended Salerno  Her ships fought them in Calabria in the 10th century and drove the infidels out of Reggio in Calabria.