Month: June 2011

Churchill’s “Make a Life” Non-Quote

Churchill’s “Make a Life” Non-Quote

Next to the var­i­ous “suc­cess” quotes, one of the most pop­u­lar Churchill mis­quo­ta­tions that bedi­zen the Inter­net is: “You make a liv­ing by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”

This cropped up in sev­er­al poor­ly researched Churchill quote books and was tak­en up in a 2005 TV ad by Lock­heed Mar­tin. No one ever lists a ref­er­ence, because there is none: It can­not be tracked to Churchill and is an old saw put in his mouth to make it more inter­est­ing. List­ed with oth­er “red her­rings” in Churchill By Him­self.…

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“The Truth is Great, and Shall Prevail”: Remembering Bill Rusher 1923-2011

“The Truth is Great, and Shall Prevail”: Remembering Bill Rusher 1923-2011

William A. Rusher …

came to our aid in a pinch. Striv­ing to “bal­ance” our polit­i­cal speak­ers, we Churchill Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers plan­ning the 1994 event in Banff, Alber­ta want­ed a con­ser­v­a­tive. We had wel­comed the lib­er­al Roy Jenk­ins on our Scot­tish Churchill Tour that sum­mer. We’d invit­ed Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and William Man­ches­ter to address our 1995 con­fer­ence. So to Banff we invit­ed Mil­ton Fried­man, to explain why Churchill was right (yes!) to put Britain back on the gold stan­dard when he was Chan­cel­lor of the Exche­quer in the Twen­ties. (It was what Churchill didn’t do, in wage and tax pol­i­cy, Dr.…

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Murder (“The West”) Incorporated

Murder (“The West”) Incorporated

“Is World War II Still ‘the Good War’?” by Adam Kirsch. The New York Times Sun­day Book Review, 27 May 2011. Adam Kirsch, a senior edi­tor at The New Repub­lic, offers a thought­ful piece of decon­struc­tion which dredges up every major Churchill crit­ic of the past five years, all in one handy if ver­bose arti­cle. As a sam­pling of the Churchill fever swamps, it is unsur­passed.

The ques­tion we are asked to con­sid­er is whether World War II was real­ly a “good war.” War is hell, which is why west­ern democ­ra­cies like Britain and France spent six years try­ing to avoid it.…

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