Thomas Fleming Retires from Rockford Institute/Chronicles Magazine, Starts the Fleming Foundation

Well, this is seismic news in the paleosphere. Thomas Fleming posted this on his Facebook page:

As a few of my friends are aware, I am very recently retired from The Rockford Institute and Chronicles magazine. With my former colleague, I have started an organization known as The Fleming Foundation. We have thrown up a very crude website posting our mission and publishing commentaries. Check out Fleming.Foundation. You can also be put on our email list either on our website or replying to me here.

Here is the link to the new website.

http://www.fleming.foundation/ (Yeah, there is no .com or .org. Weird.)

Reading between the lines in the comments on his Facebook page, this retirement was not planned. This puts CHT in an awkward position. We have always been friendly with Dr. Fleming and with new Rockford Institute President Tom Piatak, and wish to remain so with both. (We don’t even know that there is any bad blood, just that the retirement was not planned.) We are just reporting the news here, and are not taking sides. We foresee patronizing both sites, and remaining friendly with all involved.

Read the Welcome Message at the FF website. It returns to a similar theme that Dr. Fleming has stated before, that America is in terminal decline and politics is not going to save us.

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19 thoughts on “Thomas Fleming Retires from Rockford Institute/Chronicles Magazine, Starts the Fleming Foundation

  1. weavercht

    I’ve signed up. I hope he dedicates himself to the website. If he puts in even a month of work, it’ll be incredible, something that can be linked to other related groups who’ll pick up some of the ideas, reject others.

    Dr. Fleming is “someone who matters” 🙂

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  2. weavercht

    I hope he puts up a recommended reading list for home schooling (elementary to high school). And perhaps a music, art, great architecture list would be interesting as well.

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  3. M.E.L. Booker

    I’m disappointed there’s no opportunity to post writebacks on Fleming.Foundation.org. I always enjoyed the freewheeling conversations at ChroniclesMagazine.org.

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  4. James Kabala

    The Chronicles website says Dr. Fleming will continue to contribute to the magazine. He is seventy years old (I believe) and probably tired of the grind of editing a monthly magazine. I would not assume that this is an unplanned or forced retirement – at least, I hope not.

    (Also, the website is already down – maybe the ugly and primitive version others mentioned was just a test site.)

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  5. redphillips

    Mr. Booker, I didn’t see anything posted yet that you could comment on, unless I missed something. All I saw was the welcome message.

    Mr. Kabala, on Dr. Fleming’s Facebook post, in one of the comments, he says he wasn’t intending to retire this soon. You may have to be FB friends with him to see the post.

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  6. redphillips

    I now see he has posted one thing new since yesterday. I suspect the site is very much a work in progress.

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  7. hawthornecht

    Politics exposed himself and his family–then with young children–to local scorn and battles that could not be won in the mid-90s (there was some local school issue where he tried to weigh in, only to get the typical smear campaign.) Timing wise, it happened right after Rothbard died, and Hoppe (and Lew) were extremely unhelpful. The man is a Stoic.

    As to race, I have no reason to not take their word, but they tried to get a debate with Taylor together–but AmRen wouldn’t take one. In my foundational opinion, it was all about rogue Regnery money (he funded Occidental Quartley, and now funds Rich Spencer/NPI) not being let in–which is fair. Fleming didn’t want their lecture tours being filled with IHR pro-Lincoln sorts, White Nationalists, and cheapskate libertarian flim-flammers.

    But they could have helped shaped thinking and action–much like Peter Brimlow at Vdare, they just didn’t seem to try. Their take on marriage and divorce in the early Oughts was just not clever–Devlin, a powerful intellectual–was not welcome there, but Joe Sobran was given page space (I have heard for free, while Lew Rockwell still paid for columns out of respect to Rothbard’s friendship with Joe) in exchange for a mailing list. Taki–who I love–gave them decent money and wrote a piece about Dr. Fleming one time–insiders will have to tell me if Taki money will still come (and if Raimondo will continue on.)

    I wish great things for Dr. Fleming, who taught me a lot about our situation, and was generally good about sending a personal e-mail on this topic or that topic (e.g. Duke lax) when I responded on the website. But like I said, the man is a Stoic, and I didn’t really know–for real–what that meant. I am wiser for it, if not my path.

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  8. James Kabala

    Thank you for the update. Any more is none of our business unless someone chooses to reveal it. (I doubt if anyone will.) I wish the best to everyone involved.

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  9. James Easton

    Gentlemen:
    I volunteered to help Dr. Fleming get a website and blog running; your aesthetic criticism is spot on. It is painfully obvious that I have never done something like this before. My only defense is to beg for another volunteer to step in and handle the job, preferably someone with web design experience. I do hope that you will revisit the site and subscribe to Dr. Fleming’s updates.
    I do know that he plans on adding an autodidact’s reading list and would suggest to you that you suggest to him something you would like to see.

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    1. weavercht

      Mr. Easton,

      It needn’t be fancy. The current background image is too distracting, though pretty. It should be shrunk and relocated to a corner or header.

      Here’s Peter Gemma’s blog. I believe his is designed well enough to be practical. You don’t even really need the “Tags” and “Categories” on the right, which Gemma’s blog includes.:

      http://www.peterbgemma.com/

      Buchanan’s website has a “Quotes” tab which is wonderful to me. I keep a notebook of [other people’s] quotes, but I don’t have any by Dr. Fleming currently (though I’m sure he’s made many memorable and original (to the extent anything political/philosophical is original) quotes. Often Dr. Fleming seems to be teaching what he has read rather than striving to be “original”, however, which speaks highly of him.)

      Anyway, the website design style should be easy.

      What would be a little more difficult is integrating the publishing of each new article with software like: RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and similar things. People use them to follow multiple websites and blogs, and they tend to broadcast into a wider community. I don’t personally have any experience with them, though I doubt they’re difficult to use.

      Oh, you need a PayPal donation button. I doubt he would receive much, but it might help. On the other hand, he might prefer not to receive donations as a point of principle or honour.

      Finally, have a contingency plan for the inevitable hacking. Back the site up, or at least the articles, so that if (when) the website is hacked, it can be easily restored. And keep the software you use updated to reduce vulnerability.

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  10. Rollo

    This is all disturbing, sorry. The summer school on Homer is cancelled. Fleming seems to have gone out on his own and maybe not simply stepped down as president and editor. I was hoping he would be contributing regularly to Chronicles and is still might happen. The so called paleosphere is a small place and I hope this doesn’t end up weakening the best and maybe only print publication we have.

    I am a total outsider and know no one in paleo circles personally, am privy to no inside stuff, so all I can do is sit here and feel bad about the future.

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  11. Publius

    I agree with the comments above. While his blog is a little ambivalent, he seems to say that he will still be a contributor.

    I certainly hope so. For me, Chronicles without Tom Fleming would just not be the same.

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