Five Defenses of Classical Education in a Time of Civil Unrest

By |2020-09-23T15:11:06-05:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Classical Education, Education, Liberal Learning|

Classical education is in a unique position to acknowledge in humility that every person is a sinner, and that some people and institutions in the West have been monstrously evil. Yet the Western heritage includes that which can never itself be complicit in evil: the true and the good, those inexhaustible resources that set us [...]

Core Exercises and the Coming Election

By |2020-09-22T11:16:18-05:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Glenn Arbery, Wyoming Catholic College|

Does our modern body politic, like the human body, have a core? Obviously not. In fact, it seems fair to say that no one, culturally speaking, feels anything but disorientation and dislocation in this world of COVID and radical political division. Indeed, this election season rouses more dread of coming unrest, regardless of who wins, [...]

Life Is Risky Business

By |2020-09-14T15:04:08-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Freedom|

Life entails taking risks. The failure to see that seems to be behind the readiness of so many adults in our society to accept what seem to me to be criminal limitations on our economic and social freedoms in the name of security. If there is anything I do not wish to write about anymore, [...]

Can Cities Be Held Liable for the Riots?

By |2020-09-08T15:37:24-05:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Constitution, Rule of Law|

Can the residents of Seattle whose property and businesses were destroyed, vandalized, or shut down in June, when the city for three weeks allowed and approved of the “autonomous zone,” now sue the city? Two such lawsuits have in fact already been filed in federal court; and in one of them, seventeen different persons and [...]

Instant Justice Is No Justice

By |2020-08-30T16:18:23-05:00August 30th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, David Deavel, Rule of Law|

Until our elected officials, media, and “activists” stop rendering sentences on the basis of assumed verdicts garnered from piecing together a few time-bound, one-sided video clips and a truckload of assumptions about a “racist” or “white supremacist” country, we will not wake up from an increasingly horrific national nightmare for Americans of every race, creed, [...]

The Good Man’s Crusade: The Frog Is Getting Hot

By |2020-08-24T16:56:47-05:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Civilization|

There are cultural battles that cannot be taken for granted without seriously risking freedom. The left clearly feels comfortable with conflict. Their campaign slogan is always the same: Change, no matter what. It reminds me of those shampoo brands that present a "new formula" and stop making the old one just as you had gotten [...]

Augustine’s “City of God”: The First Culture War

By |2020-08-15T17:14:32-05:00August 15th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Culture War, Love, Paul Krause, Rome, Senior Contributors, St. Augustine|

In “The City of God,” Augustine systematically lays bare the empty ideology of the city of man and the Roman empire in a breathtaking counter-narrative that remains remarkably modern and relevant for today. In contrast to the city of man, the City of Love, Augustine argues, is the godly city to which Christians belong [...]

How Will the Rioting End?

By |2020-08-11T13:41:25-05:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Order, Pat Buchanan|

Today, people watch their leaders in city after city fail to keep the peace and restore order as protesters riot at will, and they make plans to move out. In the suburbs and country, they quietly observe the inability of cops to quell the violence, and they buy guns. Since the death of George Floyd [...]

Honoring Reconciliation, Not Secession

By |2020-08-11T16:51:29-05:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Civil War|

The symbolic honor given to Confederate leaders through statuary does not need to be interpreted as racism or an endorsement of slavery. It can also be understood as a process of reconciliation and a refusal to deny the primordial unity of the country. It is peace-making instead of imposing a public memory of defeat and [...]

Hybrid Home Schools and Civil Society

By |2020-07-28T11:28:57-05:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Classical Education, Community, Education, Family, Liberal Learning|

As states and localities battle over issues from how or even whether to re-open schools, all the way to defining the circumstances under which small children will be required to wear masks, a devolution of decision-making is certainly welcome. Hybrid homeschools can provide many more families with a way to both get past virus-related [...]

Is the United States on the Verge of a New Migration?

By |2020-07-28T16:42:33-05:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Community, Immigration, Politics|

Long have political theorists argued that people naturally congregate with the similarly-minded. We haven’t seen yet a large-scale, purposeful internal migration based primarily upon cultural and religious beliefs, but in our current polarized society, overwhelmed with growing social chaos, it appears that we are about to. As Americans, we are accustomed to a variety [...]

Woke Baseball Forgets Life’s Most Important Lesson: “It’s Not About You”

By |2020-07-24T19:21:41-05:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Baseball, Civil Society, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players —As You Like It, William Shakespeare In a sadly predictable development, Major League Baseball is going the way of the Woke, with players kneeling during, or before, the playing of the National Anthem, donning Black Lives Matter T-shirts and uniform patches, and [...]

A Culture War Battle President Trump Can Win

By |2020-07-07T10:29:13-05:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

Where was Joe Biden when President Trump was standing up for America on Independence Day? As his Party tweeted that Mr. Trump's trip to Mount Rushmore was aimed at "glorifying white supremacy," Mr. Biden was wailing about the need "to rip the roots of systemic racism" out of America. Speaking at Mount Rushmore on Friday, [...]

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