Strictly From Hunger

Editor’s Note: This article by Kevin Michael Grace about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) first appeared in Chronicles Magazine, June 1, 2004

IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, A Season For Justice, Morris Dees describes his 1967 epiphany in snowbound Cincinnati. Dees was, at the time, a millionaire 31-year-old lawyer, salesman, and publisher. While he had “sympathized with the Civil Rights Movement,” he “had not become actively involved.” By the time he arrived in Chicago, however, he was determined to “specialize in civil rights law.” The defiant Dees declared: “It did not matter what my neighbors would think, or the judges, the bankers, or even my relatives.” Morris Dees contra mundum. Four decades later, it may be confidently stated that, whatever neighbors, relatives, and judges might think, Dees’ bankers have no cause for complaint. Continue reading

Grace & Steel Podcast Episode 48: An Interview with Bumbling American

(Originally posted at Vdare)

Episode 48 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). My guest is the Twitter poster who goes by the handle Bumbling American. Yes, he is one of those pseudoanonymous “Twitter trolls” that the kids can’t stop talking about and our elite can’t stop being scandalized by. Despite his reputation, he is, as you will hear, quite a genial fellow. Continue reading

Peak Trudeau—Or, No Shirt, No Shoes, Yes, Service!

Many years ago, I read a rather good book by Edward Crankshaw called The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia’s Drift to Revolution, 1825–1917. It is, as the title suggests, an examination of Russian politics from the failure of the Decembrist revolt to the triumph of Lenin. Except that Crankshaw abandoned his narrative in December 1916 with the murder of Grigori Rasputin. Continue reading

Grace & Steel Podcast Episode 47: Everybody Hates Hillary

(Originally appeared on VDARE)

Episode 47 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). “She-Whose-Turn-It-Is” (as James Howard Kunstler calls her), having stolen the election from Bernie Sanders, was finally insinuated by the Democratic National Committee into the role of Democratic nominee for President, eight years after she was supposed to and 37 years after she first entered public life as First Lady of Arkansas. Continue reading