The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary


Wednesday’s Child: Casting the Die

Like a young father who can’t keep himself from telling everyone it’s a boy, or – to put a current events spin on it – like Western politicians who have been shown that the arms control agreements they negotiated were unverifiable and never observed by the other side, I’m still reeling from the news I shared here last week.


Born Out of Due Time, Chapter II, Part 3


In which Anterus Smith finds out more about the Veritas Foundation than his informant realizes and begins to wonder if he is really safe in the obscure refuge he has found.


15 Results from the Iraq War Started 15 Years Ago

Here are 15 results from the Iraq War, which President George W. Bush launched 15 years ago: 1. As a veteran – Cold War generation – I sometimes use the VA Hospital in Long Beach. Every time I go there, I see a young man suffering injuries from the war, such as blown-off limbs. Once I saw a young guy, about 25, who was a paraplegic in a wheel chair. No doubt others I see suffer from PTSD. 2. The war showed America was a “paper tiger,” as the ChiComs used to say. Its military, which Neocons in the 1990s...


The Inconvenience of Truth

In its original Latin use, inconvenient, meaning not accordant or unsuitable, was—as far as I know—innocent of sinister implication; but in the six hundred years since its importation into English via French, it has tended to take on the coloring of a euphemism.  Although the Oxford Dictionary shows no awareness of the fact, in the days of Elizabeth I, if her Lord Treasurer William Cecil began to think that someone’s presence or behavior was inconvenient, then it was probably time for that person to start thinking seriously about putting his property in trust, and planning a trip overseas. In contemporary...


Wednesday’s Child: Stranger Than Fiction

I wrote for Tom Fleming for the better part of thirty years.  In all that time, here as elsewhere, I never asked my editor to bless a sketch or an essay that raised the spectre of self-promotion, or for that matter of any other kind of base interest or material gain.  One might almost think I was biding my time, waiting for the right moment to pounce on my readers.  Well, I’m afraid I have some bad news, ladies and gentlemen. That moment has come.


Mystery and Detective Stories: Autodidact, Episode 1


In this first episode of our new series Autodidact, Dr. Fleming explores mystery and detective stories, from Oedipus to Agatha Christie to Edgar Allen Poe. Original Air Date: March 20, 2018 Show Run Time: 41 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner Autodidact episodes are available to Gold subscribers and higher.   Autodidact℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2018. All Rights are Reserved.


Jeremiah’s Job

What should be the posture of a solitary reactionary, who disagrees with every progressive policy promoted by both parties—or at least promoted by the one and resisted feebly by the other?  I shall not presume to give advice, but I would invite our attention to an ancient parallel case:  The people of Judah in the time of Jeremiah