John David Lewis

John David Lewis (website) is a Visiting Professor of Political Science, Duke University. He has been a Senior Research Scholar in History and Classics at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, and an Anthem Fellow.

On The Rise of Islamic Rule in Turkey

Any “interpretation” of Islam that is consistent with the Koran as a revealed, unquestioned authority will end in a reversion to its brute, fundamental meaning: the subordination of women and non-Muslims to dictatorial rule by a clerical elite.

The Meaning of Jihad

To counter such mystically motivated fanatics, we who wish to uphold reason, civilization, and individual rights must understand our own case thoroughly and oppose the forces of the dark ages with forthright conviction.

America’s Sanction of its Enemies

On March 1, 1973, eight Palestinian Black September killers stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum during a send-off party for American Charges d'Affairs George C. Moore. They took Moore, U.S. Ambassador Cleo A. Noel, Jr., Belgian Charges d'Affairs Guy Eid, and...

An Open Letter to Republicans

There are two things that all Republicans know today: that you lost the mid-term election, and that the loss was a repudiation of President Bush's policies. What you must now figure out is why. Why did Americans vote as they did? What specific policies did they...

Why I Will Not Vote for Any Republican

In the upcoming election, I will not vote for any Republican. My reasons are based on those offered by philosopher Leonard Peikoff, and I agree with him completely. A straight Democratic vote in this election is the only rational choice I can make. I would not,...

The Military Doctrine of Altruism

A New York Times article recently described the military skills our soldiers will need to engage in the operations our politicians are asking them to perform ("Military Hones a New Strategy on Insurgency," October 5, 2006). The new doctrine renounces overwhelming...

On a Deluded America

Diana West has written a fiery op-ed that, on its face, seems to provide a well-needed antidote to the moral platitudes that are preventing America from ridding the world of savage brutes ("Deluded America," Washington Times, June 23, 2006). Certainly the defenders of...

Notes on the Near Eastern Legacy of Islam

I just finished teaching an undergraduate university class on the Ancient Near East: 15 weeks on Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. I read as many original documents and modern histories--and looked at as much art--as I had time to do. I became intrigued by the many...

The Society for Military History: A Report from the Front

I just returned from the national conference of the Society for Military History (SMH), held at Kansas State University. I presented a paper on the military campaigns of the Roman Emperor Aurelian, arguing that his use of overwhelming force had resulted in a bloodless...

The Little Dictators

America is the land in which productive individuals were largely set free of the coercive power of the government. The result was the most prosperous nation the world has ever seen. But, over the past two generations, our freedom has been subordinated, in myriad ways,...

Tribute to Iran

The High Muckety-Muck (HMM) of Iran sent President Bush an 18 page letter this week, doubtless with very tiny writing, in which he wrote: Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have...

The Moral Lesson of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the American Air Force incinerated Hiroshima, Japan with an atomic bomb. On August 9 Nagasaki was obliterated. The fireballs killed some 175,000 people. They followed months of horror, when American airplanes firebombed civilians and reduced cities...

Remember Sam Waksal

Remember ImClone? This was the company founded by physician Sam Waksal, an immunologist who worked for years to develop a drug to treat colon and other cancers. His company had one product--Erbitrux--and it promised to extend the lives of thousands of terminally ill...

The HAMAS Pledge of Global Warfare

Many western intellectuals and politicians claim that the Middle East groups advocating violence are not really religious, but rather political fascists. This directly contradicts the claims made by these groups themselves, who do not separate religion from politics,...

The Impractical, Immoral, Forward Strategy of Freedom

The Forward Strategy of Freedom is impractical and immoral. It is destroying American lives for the sake of strangers while making us more vulnerable to attack. Of course America is safe when other nations are free--free nations do not attack one another--and we...

Leave Our Borders Open!

It is impossible to seal America's 19,857 miles of borders. But to gain a few votes and look "tough," politicians today have no qualms against throwing money at an impossible task. But it would be wrong to seal our borders, even if we could, beyond a defined period of...

 

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