Recovering Sobran

Joe Sobran’s website, though no longer active, is still archived on the Internet. While some of the features on that website are no longer available (e.g., getting text versions of the columns mailed to the reader) and some of the button links no longer work, the essays and columns he wrote for it are all still available.

What are not always still available, however, are many of the essays that were listed as being hosted on other sites. For various reasons, the sites no longer exist or have been reorganized and the corresponding links on are now broken. It is the purpose of this page to find those essays and list them here with links that work.

I will also be on the lookout for essays or columns that were never published or listed on the website.

I should mention that I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the text on any websites except for those that appear on or this one. I am confident, however, that if you find infelicities of grammar or sentence structure, they are errors that crept into the publishing process. They are not Joe’s. Moreover, the dates shown below are the dates given by the site on which the article appears; many of them are certainly wrong, but they indicate that the article was published before that date.

Also included are three specialty collections.

The centerpiece of this collection is (finally!) a carefully proofread edition of “Pensées,” a long essay that appeared in the 30th anniversary issue of National Review and which is otherwise available on the Internet only in incomplete texts and on subscriber-based sites.

With the exception of Alias Shakespeare (in the blue border and available from, Joe's books and booklets are available from the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation.

A guide to the columns on the Sobran website and to the text editions of Joe’s monthly newsletter, SOBRAN’S: The Real News of the Month, is available here. 







  • Joe Sobran on ‘Shakespeare’
    Collecting articles and columns on one of his favorite subjects.  
  • Introducing the Hive 
    The queen bee doesn’t have to give the workers their instructions.  
  • Sobran’s Cynosure 
    Sparkling definitions to guide you through the morass of modern political jargon.

  •  American Palestinian Boy Tortured, Slain (8/28/1989)
    No blustering congressmen are demanding retaliation.
  •  The Babe’s Edge (5/31/2006)
    Everything you’d want your hero to be
  •  Bobby Fischer’s Dumbest Move (10/19/1992)
    Publicly provoking the State Department, the IRS, and Mossad all at once.
  •  The Case for the Confederacy (date unknown; posted 8/30/1999)
    A controversy settled by force, not reason
  •  Conserving and Destroying (9/1/1995)
    We have become such people as would have appalled our ancestors.
  •  Crime and Mercy (6/24/2008)
    Snatch this deal while you still can!
  •  The Da Vinci Gospel (5/29/2006)
    The truth that no drunken bishop in 2000 years ever let slip.
  •  Did Israel Deliberately Allow 241 American Marines to Die? (10/1990[?])
    Mounting a direct attack on America’s freedom of the press
  •  Empire, Anyone?
    Remarks to the Libertarian National Convention, July 6, 1996
  •  Fear of the Smear (4/8/2006)
    Even if youu’re innocent, you’re guilty of having been accused.
  •  The Flying Clintons (7/1996)
    If one of them gets caught, the act is finished.
  •  Free Pollard, Our Scapegoat (1/1/1991)
    The Pollard case — a tip without an iceberg.
  •  Getting to Know WFB (10/3/2010)
    His final statement
  •  Hard Sayings ( gives the date as 11/17/1998; my source gives 12/03/1998.)
    He just kept saying things liberals would find, well, severely disappointing.
  •  How I Got Fired by Bill Buckley (10/2/2010) (Center for Libertarian Studies pamphlet published 1994) (At Joe’s request, this essay was never carried on his website.)
    All it took was applying the conservative principles National Review stood for to Israel.
  •  In Defense of Lon Horiuchi (2/9/95)
    The power of the state is ultimately the power to kill.
  •   Is the Government ‘Us’? (11/5/01) 
    Given the certainty that you will be oppressed by your own government, just what are we supposed to be loyal to? [Editor’s NOTE: This is an immensely important essay, and the link to it from is now dead.]
  •  Johnson’s Conduct toward Israel Approached Treason (1/1/1989)
    If we understood it, we might learn a good dea1 about how American politics really works.
  •  Let’s Represent U.S. Interests for Once, Instead of Israel’s (11/1/2081)
    The charge of dual loyalty should be directed aat its America¤s elected representatives.
  •  Near-Victims (9/1/1997)
    Progressivist sympathy was never intended to apply to them.
  •  Summoning the Spirit of James Madison (5/1995) — You have to scroll down a little way before coming to Joe’s piece.
    The Constitution — it seemed like a good idea at the time.
  •  Teach Your Children Well (8/23/1999)
    Abuse is the best preparation for adult life under our form of government.
  •  Why We Few Criticize Israel (1/1/2001)
    Making Americans, in their own country, afraid to speak their mind.
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