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David T. Wright

Those who savored David T. Wright’s pungent commentaries in the print version of TLD will be delighted to discover that he has joined the fray here on the Website. He took no prisoners then, and he takes no prisoners now.

Our offerings by Mr. Wright include his series of occasional observances — Wright from Washington City — as well as other items.

Also, don’t miss Mr. Wright’s own blog, Life and Death in Bizarro World, which you can access by hitting the graphic to the right.



• Mr. Wright returns with a Wright from Washington City dispatch arguing compellingly that the “universal hegemon” has lumbered into big, big trouble — dragging us hapless helots along with it, of course.

Ukraine and the U.S. Empire
The worm turns

(March 6, 2022)

• California’s unsleeping menaces to the innocent joys and pleasures of being alive have discovered another way to tighten the noose around the necks of naïfs who thought to find the good life in that vortex of tyranny. And Mr. Wright is onto them. It’s not just the state; some “free-market” cat’s paws are in on the immiseration, too.

Along the way, Mr. Wright reflects on a time when boys were allowed to grow up to be men.

Freedom and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

(March 25, 2021)

• Launching TLD in 1994, I wrote: “... [A]lthough we may think of ourselves as old bones, our rulers regard us as children — wayward, unloved, casually abusable children, at that. But we are adults. We are men and women who ought to be free. We must purge ourselves of illusions, lest we be children, as well as slaves. We must attempt to see and speak of our world as it is, in all its horror.”

Mr. Wright speaks of our country as it now is, and as it is apparently destined to be, in all its horror:

"The bonfire of America."

(June 10, 2020)

• Some of us have concluded that the U.S. Empire has entered its dotage. Its superiority in advanced weaponry has helped to preserve its swagger even in its old age, as it has continued to push other countries around or even invade them. But Mr. Wright's assessment of the current competition in advanced armaments makes the old Empire's swagger look more like a stagger.

"Watch out: Russia can defend itself."

(September 26, 2018)

• This piece first appeared as a "Stop and think" installment on our home page, but it has now subsided into the S&t archives, and it deserves more prominence than that. Mr. Wright tells a horror story from the world of government schooling, this time set in Ohio. Don't read it and weep. Read it and steam.

"Big Teacher is watching them"

(May 10, 2017; added here June 21, 2017)

• From the beginning I've found Donald Trump a somewhat slippery and amorphous concept. Yes, it's easy enough — and certainly correct — to label him a giant-government authoritarian of chaotic mind, but where do we go from there? Well, when I saw the title that Mr. Wright proposed for his report on Trump's speech to the joint session, I said to myself, Oh, yeah! That guy! Right!

"Every man a king"

(March 5, 2017)

• Mr. Wright takes on the Women's March on Washington, trans-exclusionary radical feminism, pussy hats, and other extremely grave issues of moment in this piece that first appeared as a "Stop and think" installment in January:

"Nassssty womyn, female and otherwise."

(February 4, 2017)

• Heh heh heh, as Joe Sobran used to say.

In this Wright from Washington City dispatch, Mr. Wright surveys Minitrue's immediate response to the Trump Apocalypse. And he comes to the job clinking great big jars of acid. Mr. Wright's title may remind you of the late, great Joe:

"World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit."
(Mr. Wright wrote this piece on November 9. I have kept his time references intact.)

(November 10, 2016)

&149; In a column chock-full of crimethink, Mr. Wright unflinchingly examines a paradigmatic horror: "Calais and the destruction of Western womanhood." And he winds things up with a real slammer.

(October 3, 2016)

• Mr. Wright offers comment on Steve Sniegoski's essay of August 27, "Russia and Israel: the unmentioned relationship."

(September 5, 2016)

• It's likely that, despite all, Barack Obama will continue as president for another three years, less a month or so. What a nightmare. In this offering, Mr. Wright describes the state of the Emperor's wardrobe (if you catch my drift), keying on the State of the Union address but touching also on calamities past and future:

"Out of gas
... and nowhere to go, anyway"
Mr. Wright is in fine form, and his needles are sharpened to a fine point.

(February 26, 2014)

• Freedom-eating crocodiles are weeping again, or pretending to do so, but Mr. Wright, our veteran herpetologist, urges us to focus not on their cheeks but on their teeth: "The Sandy Hook massacre: Guns and the Emperor's bloody tears."

(December 18, 2012)

• My rule of thumb is to laugh at any promise a politician makes — except when he pledges to promote evil and foster catastrophe. It's something to consider as you read Mr. Wright's merciless dissection of Candidate Romney's recent speech at the VFW convention: "Mitt promises he'll be even worse than Barry."

(July 30, 2012)

• "Even while George Zimmerman is prepared as a ritual sacrifice to the race mob, another poor sap has stuck his foot in it good and proper." Thus does Mr. Wright open his commentary on the latest commotion disturbing the peace of our multicultural utopia, or of our multicultural utopians, at least. The supertitle of the piece is, "Again the old question: Fools or charlatans?"

Main title: "Derbyshire, the Trayvon shooting, and the Ministry of Error"

(April 21, 2012)

• It's taken Mr. Wright a few years to recover from last time, but once again he's put his sanity and blood pressure at risk, and essayed a translation of an Emperor's Big January Oration. As always, Mr. Wright administers his truth-telling with a sharp needle:

"'But we have to do more.'
Noooo! Pleeeease!
The State of the Union address for 2011"

(February 11, 2011)

• These are "strange days — strange days, indeed," and to do justice to them you really need a chronicler with a sharp sense of humor and a healthy sense of the normal. Comes now our redoubtable Mr. Wright, puncturing balloons with characteristic élan: "Silly but deadly." (July 26, 2010)

• One of the more peculiar "patriotic" displays that have evolved in the wake of the Empire's wars of the past forty years is the biker extravaganza known as "Rolling Thunder." In this installment, inspired by the spectacle of Memorial Day, 2010, Mr. Wright kicks a tire or two, and — yikes! — the wheels fall right off: "Rolling Flatulence: Biker dudes and empire dupes." (June 9, 2010)

• As tyrants and their servants plot something rotten in the state of Denmark, Mr. Wright heats things up hereabouts with "Climategate: The biggest swindle ever." This is a major piece, packed with sharp analysis and intellectual ammunition.

Sidebar: "Erik the Red and the case of the discredited hockey stick "

(December 13, 2009)

• If you've caught mention on the telescreen of some outfit called United against Nuclear Iran, let Mr. Wright tell you the rest of the story. He begins this installment: "Think the passing from power of Bush Jong-il sounded the death knell for the neo-Trots? Think that the growing unpopularity of Bush's (now Obama's) wars — wars that the neo-Trots were instrumental in starting — would force them to keep their head down? Don't you believe it."

"Bizarro World resurgent: Neo-Trots in Corporationland" (October 19)

• So now we've got a really smart guy in the Palace — saintly, too — and he's surrounded by all manner of perceptive, cautious, highly rational bigdomes, and therefore we're bound to see a beneficent revolution in Imperial foreign policy, right? Alas, the hard-to-satisfy Mr. Wright insists on offering a more-nuanced view: "The War on the Afghans: Into the graveyard with Barack & Co."

As you'll see, the piece comes with a little something extra, confected for your entertainment by the many-talented Mr. Wright. (June 6)

• As has occurred so often in our history, domestic worries are distracting Americans from imperial adventurism abroad, including the crimes being perpetrated by "our" Best Ally Ever. Mr. Wright has a few emphatic observations to make about the latest heroism on the part of brave little Israel: "Death and more death in Gaza."

I wish Americans were as aware as the Mohammedans are of whose money is paying for most of it. Hint: it's not the Israelis'. (January 1, 2009)

• "The impending bailout of the Big Three auto companies will be a disaster for Americans in more ways than one," begins Mr. Wright in this installment. Big government programs produce disaster as surely as rain clouds produce rain, and Mr. Wright predicts in vivid fashion what cats and dogs will come pounding down on your head this time, and how hard, in "Brother, can you spare a few billion?" (December 11, 2008)

• In recognition of Memorial Day Weekend's celebration of war, militarism, and imperialism, I post this piece by Mr. Wright, who assesses wars present and future. He argues that the imperialists, and imperialism itself, may be in trouble if resistance fighters ever obtain some advanced defensive weapons that are already on offer: "Will Bush upset the applecart?" (May 25, 2008)

• TLD's master machinist applies his acetylene torch to the dented tin of imperial propaganda: "Persia: Threat or menace?" Any war of aggression necessitates a war of lies against the home front. (September 7, 2007)

• If you have to fly, as a commercial passenger, you will appreciate Mr. Wright's genial and public-spirited survey of the latest conveniences the System is offering its air-traveling subjects: "The concourse to serfdom." (August 27)

• It may seem odd to describe an essay about mass death as being lively, but that's exactly how I'm describing Mr. Wright's new essay: "Blacksburg: The mask of tears." The article comes complete with a sidebar, equally lively, since it's also by Mr. Wright.

Sidebar: "Meanwhile, back at Dead Man's Gulch ..."
(April 21)

• Now here's a big old tasty treat for you, delivered in fine style by Mr. Wright. It's nothing less than a translation of the State of the Union speech the Empty Suit was assigned to read aloud on January 23: "Incurious George goes to Capitol Hill." Imagine the horror — the horror! — involved in putting this together. You'd better be grateful. (January 30, 2007)

• Just before I was to post this article, a secure and blessed peace descended over happy Lebanon. I thought about not posting it at all, since for most of the handful of Americans who paid any attention to the late unpleasantness, the time for forgetting had arrived! However, a much tinier handful of people — the non-amnesiacs who venture into The Ditch — may benefit from Mr. Wright's tremendous accomplishment in marshaling evidence and framing an indictment of "The new Nazis."

Those readers, if I may borrow a slogan, will Never Forget. (August 14, 2006)

• The dust-up over Harriet Miers having finally concluded, Mr. Wright offers a new "Wright from Washington City" dispatch in which he assesses the imbroglio itself and some wider issues, in his characteristically refreshing and unsentimental style: "No priestess robe for Harriet Miers: Sturm und Drang about stuff and nonsense." (October 30, 2005)

• Mr. Wright weighs in again, with a "Wright from Washington City" dispatch about the latest flap in media circles, involving a CNN honcho who was de-honchofied because of some remarks about the Empire's saintly and heroic legionaries: "Eason Jordan said an upsetting thing: But is it true?" (February 15)

• Have we ever got a treat for — No, wait, I'd better put on my Sober and Respectable face ... hang on ... Ahem. The TLD Ministry of Good-Citizen Training is proud to present this Document Resource prepared by Professor Wright of the Greater Trantor Free University for the use of students of the Imperial Utterances: "The Emperor translated: The State of the Union address for 2005." (February 10, 2005)

• Mr. Wright has committed lèse majesté in words over and over here at TLD. Now he does so in an image, which may be the first in a series, assuming the new Minister of Love doesn't consign him to a Free Speech Zone behind the wire. (December 14, 2004)

• In this "Wright from Washington City" penned during the height of the 2004 campaign for World Emperor, Mr. Wright demonstrates his awe at the eloquence and sincerity of our modern Pericles, Demosthenes, Cicero, and Cato. We'll leave it to you to decide which is which: "The great debates: Aiming beer bottles at the telescreen." (October 11)

• In a wickedly funny "Wright from Washington City" report, Mr. Wright reviews the latest extravaganza staged by the Orange Meanies: "Are we scared enough yet?" (August 14)

• "Things fall apart" is Mr. Wright's gripping three-part series on the Occupation, its crimes, and its criminals:

"Things fall apart," part one. (April 29)

"Things fall apart," part two. (May 6)

"Things fall apart," part three. (May 20)

• In a powerful "Wright from Washington City" dispatch, Mr. Wright takes on the Vacant One's embarrassing encounter with the media on April 13: "The emperor's news conference: Caligula as doofus." (April 19, 2004)

• There everyone was, dancing in the streets in the wake of Saddam's capture, but you just might know that mean old David T. Wright would have to go and rain on the parade: "O frabjous day!" (December 16, 2003)

• 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451, but we really should have posted David T. Wright's penetrating review long before now. Better late than never: here's "The incendiary prophet," from the August 1995 issue of TLD. (August 9)

• In the latest installment of Wright from Washington City, Wright pokes a sharp stick into the Empire's slimy mess of lies and nonsense, and advances our understanding of how our rulers smother inconvenient truths, in "Weapons of mass distraction." (June 11)

• In an installment of Wright from Washington City, Wright says some awfully strange critters have appeared in the "conservative" zoo: "Bizarro World apotheosis: Neo-Trots in the ascendancy." (May 3)

• Wright (along with Nicholas Strakon and Ronn Neff) participated in our "Encounter with a reader on war and empire." Look for Wright's contributions on the "Encounter" table of contents page. (April 30)

• The regime tells us that the Iraqis are the Enemy and that various other distant peoples are Enemies-To-Be, but let's not forget that there's an Enemy far closer to home. As Wright shows in vivid colors: "You are the Enemy." (March 28)

• A reader having taken us to task for loving and defending the white West, Wright and Nicholas Strakon reply. Here is that exchange, posted March 24, 2003.

• Wright raises a few wee questions about the ability of the regime — despite its well-known godlike omniscience — to anticipate and provide for all types of terrorist attack, in "Living the fever-dream." The main piece is accompanied by a sidebar. Both posted July 29, 2002.

"Why did they do it?" Wright says it's not exactly a brain-twister. (September 22, 2001)

• Wright says the Imperial City is in shock, and that dread — and possibly-trained MPs — walk the streets. (September 15, 2001)

• Get a load of Wright's modest proposal — one that, if enacted, wouldn't merely diminish the influence of politicians but actually diminish the politicians themselves! (November 15, 2000)

• What lessons of empire have the Israelis learned, and whom did they learn them from? (November 15)

• In the wake of the attack on the U.S. warship Cole,  Wright updates his take on the crimes of Power, in "Bizarro World, continued." (October 16)

• Crimes of Power in Washington and Israel receive white-hot illumination in this installment of Wright from Washington City, posted October 7: "Life and death in Bizarro World."

• Ink-stained no longer, the media are showing new class, as our sardonic observer shows in this installment of Wright from Washington. A good read and a must read! (July 17)

• The Safety Nazis scream, "No guns & ammo for you!"  But are they screaming at the right people? (May 25)

• The Powers That Be instruct Wright and all Washingtonians to have a nice day — or else! (April 18)

"You didn't really  think the Net would stay free, did you?" Wright strikes again. We theorists of Polite Totalitarianism hereabouts have long recognized that the Internet is a major nuisance for the ruling class and the Gatekeepers of Truth they employ, but we couldn't quite figure out how they might succeed in reducing the Net under the iron heel. In a masterpiece of Polite Totalitarian analysis, Wright shows how new technology that we're going to want  will give our masters new tools of oppression. (January 24)

• This withering look at the Ministry of Truth and its approved candidates marked Wright's arrival on the site. (January 17, 2000)

• A review-essay on Walter Karp's Politics of War  from TLD 13. Wright, grandson of a World War I fighter pilot, didn't think too much of William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson before reading Karp, and he thinks less now.

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