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

By |2021-03-25T16:04:44-05:00March 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 [...]

John Winthrop as Imaginative Conservative

By |2021-03-15T12:41:35-05:00March 14th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Community, History, Senior Contributors, The Imaginative Conservative|

Though rooted in a certain time and a certain place, elements of John Winthrop’s teachings are timeless, and, whether we agree with him completely or not, we should recognize him as an important and imaginative conservative of yesteryear. Between 1629 and 1640, roughly 21,000 Puritans (and servants) immigrated from England (especially East Anglia) to New [...]

The Lost Meaning of Genealogy

By |2021-02-22T12:56:31-06:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Family, History|

Ancestry.com and 23andMe are brilliant modern genealogical tools. They are connected to various databases around the world, including the National Archives, and can fill in gaps of genealogical history. But genealogy is more than a collection of digitized documents and records; it is listening to stories at the dinner table, digging through dusty scrapbooks, and [...]

San Francisco’s Assault on History

By |2021-02-14T20:10:26-06:00February 14th, 2021|Categories: Education, History|

In late January, the San Francisco Board of Education declared that schools named after such people as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, and even Dianne Feinstein would be renamed. They said that such people were problematic and had ties to a variety of racist incidents. […]

Bernard Bailyn at Last: Illuminating History

By |2021-02-10T10:52:58-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Books, History|

Bernard Bailyn challenges card-carrying historians and interested citizens alike to embrace intellectual humility and amiability at a time when public discourse has taken a decisive turn away from such virtues. This challenge is evident in Bailyn’s final work, “Illuminating History.” Bernard Bailyn The American historian Bernard Bailyn, who died of heart failure at [...]

The End of “The End of History”?

By |2021-02-01T11:35:04-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Foreign Affairs, History|

Not only was Francis Fukuyama wrong about China, but it’s beginning to appear that he was wrong about us as well. The obvious fact that China is not becoming more Madisonian is only half of the story. The other half is that the United States is threatening to become less Madisonian and much more like [...]

Renewing the Clash & Combination of Western Education

By |2021-01-28T22:55:19-06:00January 28th, 2021|Categories: Books, Culture, David Deavel, Education, History, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

“The Heart of Culture” traces the success of Western education, rooted in the very nature of Western civilization as a historical “clash and combination” of Greek culture and Judeo-Christian religion. It is the perfect book for parents, teachers, and administrators who are dissatisfied with modern education but don’t know why. The Heart of Culture: A [...]

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