Does Eastern Philosophy Hold the Solution to the West’s Crisis?

By |2017-05-21T10:19:35-05:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Confucius, Culture, Featured, History, Order, Philosophy, Politics|

Western conservatives should broaden their historical gaze, and look to Eastern as well as Western thinkers for direction and inspiration in our confusing world… Anyone who has ever been misled by a mistaken weather forecast knows that the world is full of chaos. Weather systems are influenced by the complex interactions of particles too [...]

Confusing Confucianism with Collectivism

By |2014-02-17T08:05:07-05:00February 17th, 2014|Categories: Confucius, Education, Tradition|

Respect for the notion of tradition comprises a core element within the paleoconservative bag of ideas. As it should. Respect for tradition constitutes one of those attitudes that separates the paleoconservative from both the neoconservative (for whom tradition begins some 200 years ago at most) and many libertarians (for whom the individual is an end [...]

Confucianism: The Conservatism of the East

By |2018-11-09T14:07:36-05:00March 11th, 2012|Categories: Confucius, Conservatism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

In 1912, the Meiji Emperor of Japan died. “On the night of the Imperial Funeral,” writes the preeminent Japanese novelist of the era, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916), “I sat in my study and listened to the booming of the cannon. To me, it sounded like the last lament for the passing of an age.”

Indeed, an age [...]

Confucian Proper Order and the Commonwealth

By |2016-11-26T09:52:19-05:00January 12th, 2012|Categories: Confucius, Quotation|

 The illustrious ancients, when they wished to make clear and to propagate the highest virtues in the world, put their states in proper order. Before putting their states in proper order, they regulated their families. Before regulating their families, they cultivated their own selves. Before cultivating their own selves, they perfected their souls. Before [...]