Summer Lovin’, Mount Rushmore Style

By |2021-06-18T15:37:27-05:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Books, History|

Richard Cerasani’s book, "Love Letters from Mount Rushmore," provides an antidote to cancel culture in its depiction of the monumental sculpture not as an intrusion defacing nature, but a means of restoring the souls of spiritless and restless Americans. Richard Cerasani, Love Letters from Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a [...]

Tools: Work Done Right

By |2021-06-14T15:02:14-05:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Books, History, John Willson, Labor/Work, Timeless Essays|

Tools are a significant part of the permanent things, but they are also relative to time, place, and function. That is, we are tool-using animals, whether it is a flint-edged knife, or the one supposedly developed by Jim Bowie, or the Swiss Army knife. Or to put it another way, we are an ingenious species, [...]

Why We Didn’t Need the 1776 Commission Anyway

By |2021-06-15T20:49:49-05:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Civil War, Constitution, History|

The vision presented by the 1776 Commission—established by President Trump and recently quashed by President Biden—suggested that it would prove ultimately irrelevant in combatting the efforts of the 1619 Project. In fact, the 1776 Commission offered an interpretation of American history that is not only wrong-headed, but completely self-destructive. To anyone devoted to the political [...]

Anna Julia Cooper: Uplifting the Oppressed With Liberal Arts Education

By |2021-06-10T16:14:10-05:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Classical Education, Education, History, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

Anna Julia Cooper passionately defended classical education during the Reconstruction Era when the dilemma of how to educate former slaves arose. Cooper, a former slave herself, preached the virtue of classics and their necessary vitality to the soul. Anna Julia Cooper Why would a Black American female ex-slave revere the wisdom of dead [...]

Advancing in Darkness: Some Reflections on our Ahistorical Present

By |2021-05-11T09:24:48-05:00May 9th, 2021|Categories: Civilization, Education, History, Liberal Learning, Modernity|

The study of history in public schools should be conducted with an eye to “fostering good citizenship.” But it should do more than that. It should foster good human beings—human beings with broad minds and contemplative souls who appreciate the power of ideas. “If history be, in truth, the self consciousness of humanity, the ‘self [...]

Prohibition, Democracy, and the State

By |2021-05-04T16:30:38-05:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, History, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

Prohibition had cultivated both a growing mistrust and a growing acceptance of state power. It was becoming not only a legal and political mechanism to regulate personal habits and to modify social customs but also a means to impose cultural unity. Whatever dangers it posed to liberty, government regulation was by the 1920s a fact [...]

Brutus: An Honorable Hero?

By |2021-04-23T07:33:45-05:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: Character, Herman Melville, History, Literature, Virtue, William Shakespeare|

In his last moments, Brutus voiced a sentiment about the ultimate tragedy of the virtuous life in those evil days, in which the good was punished and the evil rewarded. This does not make virtue worthless for the individual; it just may place him on the losing side. [E]veryone knows that some young bucks among [...]

Was the Postwar U.S. International Order Truly Liberal?

By |2021-04-26T19:52:25-05:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Books, Foreign Affairs, History, Liberal, Politics, World War II|

“The False Promise of Liberal Order” and “Tomorrow, the World” provide a useful two-dose vaccine against the now-viral view that something ambitious must be done to repair and revitalize the fraying liberal international order. Both books counsel against doubling down on a postwar order that was more imperial than liberal. The False Promise of Liberal [...]

On Fixity and Fluidity in the Modern West

By |2021-04-20T13:50:37-05:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Culture, History, Modernity, Western Civilization|

In virtually every major field of thought today, Westerners are advocating conflicting paradigms concerning change. In some areas, there is a dogmatic insistence on infinite fluidity. In other areas, there is an equally dogmatic insistence on inflexible fixity. This indicates that we moderns have not thought much about change at all. All of Western philosophy—all [...]

Owen Barfield’s “History, Guilt, and Habit”

By |2021-04-27T22:01:03-05:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, History, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

Vague collective guilt leads to societal disorder and societal evils greater than the ones that originally caused the problems. Owen Barfield suggests that by re-imagining not only the glorious dignity of each individual person but also by recognizing the sin of which the person is capable, we can move out of the deadly cycle of [...]

The Liberation of Auschwitz: Playing the Blame Game

By |2021-03-24T08:08:06-05:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: History, Joseph Pearce, Russia, Senior Contributors, War, World War II|

It is necessary for President Vladimir Putin to restore his previous and proper focus on what it means to be Russian in the twenty-first century. At the heart of this healthy focus is the absolute necessity of Russia separating herself psychologically from the Soviet Union. On January 27, 1945, advancing Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz concentration [...]

Boston’s Bohemian Tory

By |2021-03-21T23:21:01-05:00March 21st, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Culture, History|

Thomas Gold Appleton was Boston’s Bohemian Tory, the merry wit of the “Athens of America.” He evinced a joyful Tory sensibility that disdained class consciousness, rejected the conception of liberty as the absence of restraint, critiqued fashionable ideas of equality and democracy, and believed the best life was loyalty to people and places. In the [...]

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