The Iconoclasm and Profanity of Roger Scruton’s Sacking

By |2019-05-03T10:08:53-05:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, England, Free Speech, Paul Krause, Roger Scruton|

The impetuous call to sack Roger Scruton shows those who clamored for the blade of the guillotine to fall on his head for what they are. His sacking also shows the concerted effort to demonize and silence anyone outside the public orthodoxy of thought... Sir Roger Scruton is one of the preeminent conservative intellectuals in [...]

Banning Books and Burning Heretics

By |2019-01-24T22:31:46-05:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, England, Ethics, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Rights, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

Advocates of the liberal arts include “heretical” books in the great conversation, whereas political liberals seek to silence them as dangerous. As we have seen in Nazi Germany and in communist countries, the banning of “heretical” books ends with the burning of “heretics”… Several years ago, I visited the two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, [...]

Thomas More on Conscience, Courage, & the Comedy of Politics

By |2019-06-13T12:38:35-05:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Civil Society, England, History, Natural Law, Philosophy, Politics, Thomas More, Wisdom|

As the gulf between classical and postmodern notions of conscience and government grows ever wider and their clashes more explosive, it is high time for the jury to give renewed attention to the nuances of Thomas More’s understanding of the apparently competing, but ultimately harmonious, demands of divine, natural, and human law… In August of 1534 Margaret [...]

The Underground Shakespeare

By |2018-12-22T09:16:58-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, England, History, Literature, Mystery, Senior Contributors, Theater, William Shakespeare|

Despite their obscurity, The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis were Shakespeare’s best-sellers. But why were these poems so wildly popular? In Shadowplay—her first book about the secret messages in Shakespeare’s plays—Clare Asquith explains what sparked first her imagination and then her research: In the early 1980s she and her husband attended a [...]

Thomas Gray’s Desperate Pastoral

By |2018-08-15T09:54:33-05:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: England, History, Literature, Poetry|

In his "Elegy," Thomas Gray wrote a great, some­times mystifying and troubling poem, and, where the pastoral impulse is concerned, an admonishing one... No one born after the French Revolution, said the durable Talleyrand, can know how sweet life can be. This sentiment was quoted in his book about Metternich by that unsuspected romantic Henry [...]

G.K. Chesterton’s “What’s Wrong With the World”

By |2019-04-18T11:17:36-05:00August 8th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Culture, England, G.K. Chesterton, Politics|

The next time someone tells you that reactionaries and other assorted defenders of the family and private property do not care about the poor, invite them to read G.K. Chesterton’s final words in What’s Wrong with the World… A man of great good cheer, G. K. Chesterton was well known for his sunny disposition [...]

Rebuilding Western Civilization: A Tale of Two Monasteries

By |2019-07-18T12:11:27-05:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Community, Dwight Longenecker, England, John Senior, St. Benedict, Tradition|

The three vows of the Benedictine monk are obedience, stability, and conversion of life. In our own ways, we can follow this example, making it real by paying attention to prayer, cracking the books in solid study, and rolling up our sleeves in the honest, hard work of rebuilding what has fallen into despair [...]

The Fourth of July: An Englishman’s Perspective

By |2018-07-04T11:37:26-05:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, England, Independence Day, Joseph Pearce|

Many moons ago, for this very journal, I wrote an essay entitled “Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving,” offering an Englishman’s perspective on the singularly American feast that ushers in the holiday season. In that article I compared my enthusiasm for Thanksgiving with “my relative indifference to the Fourth of July:” What is an Englishman, living [...]

Is America an Idea?

By |2019-02-05T16:17:11-05:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, England, Patriotism|

The civic-nationalist view holds that subscribing to the philosophy of the Founding—equality, opportunity, individualism—is the defining trait of the American people. But others argue that it is those uniquely American practices that order the rhythms of life that make us love the United States as our home… This past weekend, there was a wedding [...]