Francis P. Sempa

Author Archive

  • Nov 25, 2020
    On Nov. 25, 1863, an 18-year-old Union lieutenant from Wisconsin grabbed the flag of his regiment (the 24th Wisconsin) from an exhausted color bearer and exhorted his men to continue...
  • Nov 18, 2020
    War breeds revolution. The Russian Revolution of February-March 1917 resulted in large part from Russia’s bitter experience in the First World War. Revolution had earlier...
  • Nov 11, 2020
    At the end of election day, Nov. 7, 1876, Democratic presidential candidate Samuel Tilden, the Governor of New York, had accumulated 184 electoral votes — one short of a...
  • Oct 28, 2020
    Most Americans associate pumpkins with Halloween. But on a cold autumn day in 1948, a certain pumpkin located on a Westminster, Md. farm set in motion a criminal case that exposed to...
  • Oct 15, 2020
    The island of Leyte in the Philippines is roughly 115 miles long and ranges in width from 15-45 miles. It is mostly mountainous with two plains in the north — the Leyte Valley...
  • Oct 2, 2020
    The rioting, looting, and violence in the streets of some of our major cities have not stopped. The Leftist, anarchist, revolutionary movements continue their self-proclaimed program...
  • Sep 24, 2020
    The popular novelist and historian Winston Groom died on Sept. 16, 2020, at the age of 77. The obituaries mostly focused on his authorship of "Forrest Gump," which was made into a...
  • Sep 14, 2020
    Seventy years ago, on Sept. 15, 1950, at 5 a.m., Wolmi-do and Sowolmi-do Islands, which guarded the harbor at the South Korean port of Inchon, came under air and naval bombardment by...
  • Sep 8, 2020
    In early September 1940, what historians call the “Battle of Britain,” the air war between British and German warplanes in the skies over Britain and the English Channel,...
  • Sep 3, 2020
    On Aug. 31, 1939, Winston Churchill was at Chartwell, his home in Kent, working to complete his manuscript for A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. He wrote to his publisher...
  • Aug 26, 2020
    On Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Non-Aggression Pact, which in reality was an agreement to begin the European phase of the Second World War, to conquer...
  • Aug 19, 2020
    In 1983, British historian Paul Johnson wrote "Modern Times," perhaps the most insightful analysis of world history from the First World War to the 1980s. One of the chapters in that...
  • Aug 13, 2020
    On Aug. 17, 1992, Patrick J. Buchanan addressed the Republican National Convention in Houston after losing the party’s nomination to incumbent President George H. W. Bush....
  • Aug 7, 2020
    In the midst of President Harry Truman’s controversial firing of General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War, Air Force General George Kenny, who brilliantly led...
  • Jul 30, 2020
    The current civil unrest in this country involves violent Marxist and left-wing rioters assaulting and sometimes killing police, vandalizing businesses, defacing and destroying...
  • Jul 23, 2020
    In 1885, Alfred Thayer Mahan, an American naval officer, joined the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. His lectures were popular among students, and the...
  • Jul 8, 2020
    “Liberalism,” wrote James Burnham in his 1964 classic Suicide of the West, “is the ideology of Western suicide.” Western civilization and the police that...
  • Jul 2, 2020
    Seventy years ago on June 25, 1950, communist North Korean armed forces, encouraged, supported, and equipped by the Soviet Union and Communist China, invaded South Korea. William...
  • Jun 19, 2020
    Forty years ago, Norman Podhoretz, then editor of Commentary magazine, wrote a book entitled The Present Danger. It was a small book—a little over a hundred pages—but its...
  • May 14, 2020
    As Americans continue to suffer deaths and economic carnage as a result of a virus unleashed on the world by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) , a growing anticommunism is...
  • Apr 29, 2020
    America’s economy has been shutdown and more than 50,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a virus either recklessly or deliberately unleashed on the world by the Chinese...
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Almost 70 years ago, the University of Chicago Press published George F. Kennan’s American Diplomacy, a book that traced U.S. diplomatic history from the Spanish-American War...
  • Apr 15, 2020
    eopolitical analysis is partly based on geographical perspective. Writers on geopolitics tend to view the world from their home country’s perspective. Australian national...
  • Apr 14, 2020
    Seventy-five years ago, near the end of the Second World War when Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union was America’s ally against Nazi Germany, two of the most perceptive American...
  • Mar 31, 2020
    The political geographer Saul B. Cohen defined geopolitics as the relation of international politics to its geographical setting. Since Britain’s Halford J. Mackinder in 1904...
  • Mar 26, 2020
    Sir Halford Mackinder (1861-1947), educator, geographer, statesman, and geopolitical thinker, was best known for three geopolitical works: “The Geographical Pivot of...
  • Mar 19, 2020
    In February 1945, in the wake of Germany’s unsuccessful offensive in the Ardennes Forest known as the Battle of the Bulge, the Allied armies in northwest Europe launched their...