Mencken on Church and State

REMARKS OF GEORGE W. LIEBMANN BEFORE THE MENCKEN SOCIETY, AT THE MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MENCKEN DAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 MENCKEN ON CHURCH AND STATE I am honored to be asked to deliver this talk, but in some measure your presence here is due to false advertising. I am a lawyer who has written about constitutional […]

America’s Paramount Foreign Policy Goal: Minimizing Refugees

G. Liebmann,,December 1, 2017

Baltimore Under Mob Rule

To the Editor: Once this City had a newspaperman, H. L. Mencken, who deemed it his duty to quench public passions, not to feed them, and who fought the Anti-Saloon League and Prohibition Amendment, lynching, and the Red Scare. Today it has editors who in at least six disgraceful editorials and without any fair discussion […]

The Federal Takeover of Local Law Enforcement

The Federal Takeover of Local Law Enforcement America’s Founders warned against national police, for good reason. by George W. Liebmann   The American Conservative, July 6, 2017 Few propositions about American history are clearer than that the framers of our Constitution wanted to preclude the creation of a national law-enforcement authority in any way resembling […]

John Paton Davies: Foreign Policy Prophet A Prophet Remembered John Paton Davies’ memoir, China Hand, was posthumously published, to some critical acclaim, several years ago. His name is usually bracketed with other, more left-wing ‘defrocked diplomats’ of the Mc Carthy period, including O. Edmund Clubb, Owen Lattimore, and John Stewart Service. The later lives of these folk are mostly remembered […]

17 Rules for Foreign Interventions       17 Rules for Foreign Interventions Lessons from America’s lost wars By George Liebmann April 17, 2017   After trillions of dollars spent, thousands of dead and wounded, and the creation of myriad new terrorist enemies, Washington could learn a few lessons when considering future interventions. 1. Do not attempt to establish […]

A Statue that Must Remain

A Statue that Must Remain by George W. Liebmann   Baltimore Sun, February 20, 2016     In its editorial supporting the removal of the memorial to Chief Justice Taney in Mount Vernon Place, the Sun referred to the Dred Scott decision as Justice Taney’s “best known achievement in life” as though the monument was […]

The State of the Parties

The state of the parties By George W. Liebmann Baltimore Sun Online AUGUST 21, 2015, 10:17 AM Twenty–five years ago, an eminent legal scholar, the late Philip Kurland, suggested that the tone of American politics was  reminiscent of that in inter-war continental Europe. Democrats devote themselves to appeals on lines of race, gender, and nationality. […]

Political Pitfalls and Dreadful Demographics: Israel and Palestine

Political Pitfalls and Dreadful Demographics Achieving a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will require, among other things, two moves that should have been made long ago. July 15, 2003 by George W. Liebmann Two important causes of the continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians do not receive sufficient attention. The first is […]

Book Review, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Living History

Reading Between the Lines Hillary Rodham Clinton, Living History (Simon and Schuster, 2003), 562 pages, $28 American Outlook, December 15, 2003 by George W. Liebmann This campaign autobiography is Mrs. Clinton’s effort to establish that she knows “how Congress really works” and that she “developed relationships with foreign leaders.” In her acknowledgments, buried at the […]