Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

PATRICKLAWRENCE.US serves several purposes. As an archive of the columns, commentary, and essays, it makes this work available in one place for the first time. The site also introduces my books and provides readers or those with professional queries several ways to connect. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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                      ——Sam Francis

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On Day One, Trump Faces Two Huge Foreign Policy Challenges - January 16, 2017 3:12 PM - Barack Obama isn’t handing Donald Trump any portfolio of foreign-policy successes as he passes the baton the next president. Trump is about to step into a world that his peace-prize-winning predecessor has made measurably more unstable and dangerous than it...
Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition - January 11, 2017 3:03 PM - Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and we have no reason...
Trump’s Job No. 1: Recoup the Jobs, Wages and Security Lost to Trade Deals - January 6, 2017 2:29 PM - President-elect Trump’s choice of Robert Lighthizer as his special trade representative, announced Tuesday afternoon, completes the first string of the new administration’s trade team. So it’s time to draw a couple of clear conclusions. Conclusion No. 1: Trump is a...

Cú Chulainn.

        Ah! now he is running down to the sea…
             holding up his sword…
        O! he is fighting the waves.
                      ——Yeats, On Baile’s Strand

Journal Entry - January 9, 2017 3:00 PM - NORFOLK, Conn., January 9—A new year, a new time—though I won’t say “a new era.” This incessant insistence among the liberals that “this isn’t normal”—meaning all that proceeds from Donald Trump’s victory last November 8th—is sheer nonsense. What does one...
Journal Entry - July 5, 2016 3:17 PM - GALÁPAGOS—I can tell you a few facts about these nowhere-else-on-earth islands, but it would be impossible adequately to describe the experience of wandering for a week among them. Providing one pays attention, one leaves at the end of a time...