Peter S. Rieth

About Peter S. Rieth

Peter S. Rieth is a political scientist educated at Hillsdale College. He has written on political subjects for conservative American and foreign outlets.

The Charms of a Conservative Disposition

By |2016-12-29T13:43:57-06:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, War|

Author’s Note: This essay—translated from the original Polish—is an excellent summary of Henryk Krzeczkowski’s definition of conservatism. Exoterically, it is a rumination about two conservative Men of Letters, Evelyn Waugh and Stanisław “Cat” Mackiewicz*, who found themselves taking opposing views during World War II—the first uncompromisingly against Nazi Germany, the second willing to compromise [...]

Orthodox Christianity in Slavophilic Thought

By |2015-04-05T03:05:44-05:00April 5th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Russia|Tags: |

The conservative, by definition, is an opponent of utopia and utopianism. His bedrock is tradition. His thought, though certainly abstract by the practical standards of capitalist democracy, is rooted in history and recognizes that even if it were desirable to lift one foot forward, in order to do it, our second foot must first [...]

The Russian “Conservative Mind”

By |2020-03-19T12:38:27-05:00February 28th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Europe, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Russia, The Conservative Mind|

Like Russell Kirk, Andrzej Walicki ought to occupy a prominent place in the history of conservative thought for his unmatched “In the Circles of Conservative Utopia.” It could be called the Russian “Conservative Mind.” Russell Kirk did more than any American in the twentieth century to revive and refine British conservative thought and make [...]

A Lesson for America: Józef Oleksy RIP

By |2020-06-01T12:03:54-05:00January 14th, 2015|Categories: Europe, History, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland|

Americans should take heed: The case of Józef Oleksy, somewhat insignificant in the grand scheme of European history, is nonetheless a case study in all of the ills of political life in Eastern Europe and the pitfalls of rushing to judgment in foreign affairs. Of the recently deceased former Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Józef [...]

The Elite of Will & Duty: An Interview with Marek Jurek

By |2020-06-01T15:27:32-05:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Christendom, Nationalism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland|

Poland’s conservative Prime Minister, Jarosław Kaczyński, described Marek Jurek as “extremely well read. His opinions are the result of a truly in-depth life time of reflection upon the human condition in the modern world, as well as the condition of our nation and Church.” Marek Jurek was born in 1960. He became active in [...]

Poland’s Poet-Bard: Zygmunt Krasiński

By |2020-06-01T15:49:52-05:00November 7th, 2014|Categories: Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poetry, Poland, Religion|

In June of 1974, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła (soon to be Pope John Paul II) organized a seminar in Krakow. Amongst those invited to speak was Major Henryk Krzeczkowski, the father of post-war Polish conservatism, who delivered the following address. The Major was a Polish nationalist and a realist. This is unusual, for Polish realists [...]

Last of the Great Libertines

By |2020-06-01T16:53:20-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: England, Liberalism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland|

Of the great variety of essays written by the father of post-war Polish conservatism, why premiere with a translation of Henryk Krzeczkowski’s “Last of the Great Libertines” about Bertrand Russell? Two reasons: first, I trust the Anglo-American mind will appreciate a foreigner’s view of one of England’s principle British thinkers. Secondly, what becomes apparent [...]

Quiet Desperation and the Continental Way

By |2015-12-06T23:01:27-06:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Science|Tags: |

Given the complexity of the subject matter treated in Ms. Christoff-Kurapovna’s excellent essay, “Quiet Desperation & the English Way,” I hope to avoid unnecessary grand standing in my response, opting for taut rebuttal. To be clear: I rather disagree with her argument, and by implication, with Sir John Carew Eccles whose views on the [...]

Benedict XVI: Feminist

By |2018-11-14T17:50:17-06:00September 14th, 2014|Categories: Communio, Feminism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

One of the greatest lies propagated by Western liberal media is that Pope Benedict XVI was a crusty old miser and “patriarchal” figure who upheld ideas and practices demeaning to women. This lie is, of course, most harmful to women, who—in Benedict XVI—had an advocate unlike any Pope in recent history. Nothing could be [...]

Solzhenitsyn & The Return of the False Dimitris

By |2020-06-02T12:11:53-05:00September 6th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Catholicism, Cold War, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Russia|

As a Catholic and a Pole, it is not easy to translate and publish these letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Ukraine crisis. Solzhenitsyn writes about a common experience of suffering by Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russians not only at the hands of Communism, but at the hands of Catholicism and Poles. Yet anyone who has [...]

Solzhenitsyn: Russia Will Never Abandon Its People in Ukraine

By |2020-06-02T12:30:44-05:00August 24th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Russia|

Numerous rather unintelligent Western media often pretend that those who wish to unite Russia, Bielorus and Ukraine or at least strengthen relations between them are all necessarily ideologues in the mould of Alexander Dugin or resurgant Soviet communists. This is not the place for an elaborate meditation on Dugin. Rather, I should like to [...]

Overcoming Evil With Goodness

By |2020-03-22T11:32:09-05:00August 17th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Cold War, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Truth|

Looking at Father Jerzy Popieluszko’s life, let us ask ourselves: How many of the nation-builders spent time considering that a humble Catholic priest—his prayers and acts of love—might have actually stood behind the miraculous end of the Soviet Union and of tyranny? “Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign [...]

Poland’s George Washington: Roman Dmowski

By |2020-06-04T17:08:55-05:00August 13th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Russia|

President George Washington was the one indispensable individual in the story of the American founding. Even more than his military leadership during the revolution, his presidency ensured that America would exist. Americans honored Washington’s example as president to such an extent that no American statesman until Franklin D. Roosevelt dared attempt to extend his own presidency beyond two [...]

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