Cockran: A Great Contemporary

November 22, 2016

Q: How important was Congressman Bourke Cockran’s influence on the young Churchill?  A: Very. The late Curt Zoller was the first to write in depth about Bourke Cockran. This man played a vital but little understood role in forming young Churchill’s political philosophy. In 1895, Zoller wrote, when young Churchill traveled to New York on his way to Cuba, …he […]

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Justice Thomas on Antonin Scalia

November 20, 2016

He spoke to us about Winston Churchill in San Francisco in 2009. Ever since, I have sought out the uncommon speeches of Justice Clarence Thomas. Invariably I find them moving, eloquent, and instructive on things I haven’t considered sufficiently. Such was his November 2016 tribute to Antonin Scalia, given to the Federalist Society. He began with examples of the […]

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Churchill on the Broadcast

November 17, 2016

The question arises, has anything been written on Churchill’s radio technique? Did he treat radio differently from other kinds of public speaking? How quickly did he take to the broadcast? “The Art of the Microphone” An excellent piece on this subject was by Richard Dimbleby (1913-1965), the BBC’s first war correspondent and later its leading TV news […]

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The Churchill Bust: Not Again!?

November 15, 2016

The election of Mr. Trump promises a surprise around every corner. But I never expected the old Churchill bust business to come flying back on the wings of petty outrage. Lest it be thought pedantic, let me start with two modest proposals: 1) For any U.S. president to keep a bust of Winston Churchill in the […]

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Mosul and Churchill’s Wisdom: Put a Lid on It!

October 24, 2016

Churchill’s wisdom speaks to us across the years. Take the controversy of whether we blab too much in advance about military operations, like Mosul. In the October 19th presidential debate, Mr. Trump said the U.S. and Iraqis forfeited “the element of surprise” in publicizing the coming offensive against Mosul. This, he insisted, allowed Islamic State […]

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