Joseph Sobran

Joseph Sobran

M. Joseph Sobran, Jr. (born February 23, 1946, Ypsilanti, Michigan) is an American journalist and writer, formerly with "National Review" and currently a syndicated columnist.

Academic and professional career

Sobran graduated from Eastern Michigan University and received a bachelor's degree in English. He studied for a graduate degree in English, concentrating on Shakespearean studies, following his graduation. In the late 1960s, Sobran spent time lecturing on Shakespeare and English on a fellowship with the university.

In 1972, Sobran started working at William F. Buckley Jr's "National Review" magazine. (During the 1970s, he frequently used the byline M.J. Sobran.) He stayed twenty-one years, eighteen of them as senior editor, before being removed from the publication amidst controversial charges.

Along with his work at "National Review", Sobran spent 21 years as a commentator on the CBS Radio "Spectrum" program series, and is still a syndicated columnist, first with the "Los Angeles Times", and later with the Universal Press Syndicate. His newsletter is currently distributed by the Griffin Internet Syndicate, a public relations firm.

Sobran wrote a column for the Catholic newsweekly "The Wanderer" entitled "Washington Watch" from 1986 to 2007. He also has a monthly column which appears in "Catholic Family News". He writes the "Bare Bodkin" column for "Chronicles".

Sobran was named the Constitution Party's vice presidential nominee in 2000, but withdrew in April 2000 citing scheduling conflicts with his journalistic career [] .

In 2001 and 2003 Sobran spoke at conferences organized by Holocaust denier David Irving. [ [ CityBeat: Porkopolis (2003-08-27) ] ] Other speakers from the Holocaust denial movement sharing the podium with Sobran included Paul Fromm, Charles D. Provan, and Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review.

National Review Controversy

Sobran was fired from "National Review" in 1993 and was accused of being an anti-Semite (most notably by Jewish neoconservative writer Norman Podhoretz). Podhoretz wrote that "Joe Sobran's columns ... [are] anti-Semitic in themselves, and not merely 'contextually.'" Buckley disagreed with Podhoretz's accusation, noting that he "deemed Joe Sobran's six columns contextually anti-Semitic. By this I mean that if he had been talking, let us say, about the lobbying interests of the Arabs or of the Chinese, he would not have raised eyebrows as an anti-Arab or an anti-Chinese." [William F. Buckley, Jr., " [ In search of anti-Semitism: what Christians provoke what Jews? Why? By doing what? - And vice versa] ", National Review", 30 December 1991.]

One such comment was that the "New York Times" "really ought to change its name to "Holocaust Update"." [Jim Naureckas, " [ The Philadelphia Inquirer's New Spectrum: From Centrism to Anti-Semitism] ," FAIR, November/December 1995.] Sobran claimed that founder William F. Buckley told him to "stop antagonizing the Zionist crowd," and Buckley accused him of libel and moral incapacitation. [Ralph Z. Hallow, "War of words raging at National Review," "Washington Times", October 7, 1993.] Sobran also complained of "a more or less official national obsession with a tiny, faraway socialist ethnocracy." ["In Pursuit of Anti-Semitism", "National Review", March 16, 1992.]

Shortly after Buckley's death, Sobran wrote that the two had reconciled: "My employment ended unhappily, much to my regret now, but I rejoice to say we patched things up a year or so ago." [cite web|url= | last=Sobran |first=Joseph |title=A Great Spirit Gone | accessdate=2008-05-16 |date=March 6, 2008 ]

Political philosophy

Through much of his career, Sobran identified as a paleoconservative and supported strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. In 2002, Joseph Sobran announced his philosophical and political shift to libertarianism (paleolibertarian anarcho-capitalism) citing inspiration by theorists Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe. [Joseph Sobran, " [ The Reluctant Anarchist] ", "Sobran's", December 2002.] He has referred to himself as a "theo-anarchist." [ [ Scott Horton interview with Sobran] ]

Sobran says Catholic teachings are consistent with his opposition to abortion and the Iraq War. He also argues that the 9/11 attacks were a result of the U.S. Government's policies regarding the Middle East. He claims those policies are formed by the "Jewish-Zionist powers that be in the United States." [Joseph Sobran, " [ West Meets East, Again] ", "Sobran's", April 2002.]

Books and other publications

Sobran is the author of many books, including one about William Shakespeare, "Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time" (1997), where he endorses the Oxfordian theory that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author of the plays usually attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon.

He is currently working on two books: one concerning Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the United States Constitution, and another about de Vere's poetry.

He is also the author of:

* "Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions" - Human Life Press - 1983
* "Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time" - Free Press 1997
* "Hustler: The Clinton Legacy" - Griffin Communications 2000

Sobran has produced a number of published articles and speeches, including:

* "Anything Called a Program is Unconstitutional" - Griffin Communications - 2001
* "The Church Today: Less Catholic Than the Pope?" - National Committee of Catholic Laymen - 1979
* [ "How Tyranny Came to America"] , "Sobran's", n.d.
* [ "Pensees: Notes for the reactionary of tomorrow"] "National Review", December 31, 1985. (extended essay)
* "Power and Betrayal" - Griffin Communications - 1998

External links

obran's writings

* [ Sobran's: The Real News of the Month] — Official site.
* [ Archive of Joseph Sobran's articles]
* [ Archive of Joseph Sobran's newsletter]
* [ The Writings of Joseph Sobran] hosted on David Irving's Focal Point Publications website.

Articles dealing with the anti-Semitism charge

* [ Joe Sobran: Anti-Jewish?] by Charles A. Morse
* [ How I Was Fired By Bill Buckley] by Joseph Sobran.
* [ Joseph Sobran and Historical Revisionism] by Mark Weber published in the Journal of Historical Review of the Institute for Historical Review, Fall 1987.
* [ For Fear of The Jews] presentation at the 14th conference of the Institute for Historical Review 2002
* [ In search of anti-semitism, National Review, 12/30/91, William F. Buckley, Jr.]
*Joseph Sobran. "Jewish Power." "Journal of Historical Review" 18, no. 1 (January/February 1999): 28.


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