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About Thomas Bertonneau

Thomas F. Bertonneau teaches Literature at the State University of New York, Oswego.

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: From Romantic Fallacy to Holocaustic Imagination

By |2019-03-21T10:45:39-05:00May 1st, 2013|Tags: , |

“The only authentic epochê is . . . victory over desire, victory over Promethean pride.”—René Girard[1] “When the SS torturer becomes the villain of the war film, he is turned into a sacrificial figure, a scapegoat, [he becomes the] structural equivalent of the Jud Süss in Nazi cinema.”—Eric Gans[2] No account of Ayn Rand’s [...]

Decline and Fall: At the End of an Age

By |2014-03-19T16:27:57-05:00January 20th, 2012|Tags: |

  At the End of an Age by John Lukacs. In his book, At the End of an Age, historian John Lukacs argues that the Modern Era, which began about five hundred years ago, is rapidly coming to its terminus, or might indeed already have given way to a new era, the outlines of which do [...]