The Musings of a Professor

By |2018-11-21T08:38:51-06:00September 29th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Language, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

For the first time in nearly a decade I again have the great pleasure of teaching a freshman language tutorial. I am myself a believer in the "spirit" of a tutorial, because I am convinced that what happens in class for well or ill is nothing beyond the accumulated effect of the goodness or deficiency [...]

On Belarus: A Martyrdom & a Model for the West

By |2018-12-12T15:30:30-06:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Language, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Politics|

The young woman closed her eyes on the night just prior to her wedding and found herself being addressed by Mary, the Mother of God. The young woman was promised a wedding in a red dress. She dutifully and tearfully left her fiancé and embarked upon a life of prayer in search of the answer [...]

The New Cold War: Keeping Globalization Safe for Hot Media

By |2016-10-13T13:45:39-06:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Language, Science, Senior Contributors|

Modern technological innovation has made globalization possible. And globalization’s new social reality is unparalleled in history. Accordingly, it presents politics with new challenges. But it also presents politics with unprecedented technological power to deal with these new challenges. However, the power of these technologies is ambiguous, since they can create two types of experiences: [...]

The Language of Lincoln

By |2016-07-07T15:29:00-06:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Language, M. E. Bradford, The Imaginative Conservative|

As a promising young centralist, Abraham Lincoln played the role of champion for what Professor Michael Oakeshott has called the “enterprise associa­tion” theory of the state.[21] While serving as the elected representative of Sangamon (1834—1842), he first made a name for himself by enacting this part. Joining with other soon-to­-be forefathers of the Republican [...]

Understanding the Bohemian Conservative

By |2019-06-06T11:29:43-06:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Conservation, Conservatism, Featured, Language, Natural Rights Tradition, Ted McAllister, Western Tradition|

Half-knowledge is more victorious than whole knowledge: it understands things as being more simple than they are and this renders its opinions more easily intelligible and more convincing. –Nietzsche Several years ago, I heard a scientist being interviewed on NPR declare that humans are “just sacks of rapidly degenerating amino acids,” or something similar. [...]

M.E. Bradford: Traditionalist as Rememberer

By |2016-06-11T09:26:54-06:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Featured, Language, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, South, Southern Agrarians, Tradition|

We spoke of much else besides [our business of the day]: of friends and mentors and the tumors of both—their fortunes and misfortunes, their origins and our own; of illustrative stories, many of them drawn from outside the narrow confines of the academy; of adversaries ancient and modern; of our delight in the progress [...]

Foul Language, Decorum, & the Soul

By |2016-01-10T22:41:27-06:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Featured, Language, Modernity, Morality|

While my memories might verge on the edge of fuzzy nostalgia from time to time, I remember quite clearly what the women and men of the 1970s did, said, and believed in small-town American neighborhoods. In those years, I absolutely loved reading (and researching and writing), but I also loved running, biking, and exploring. [...]

What is the Vocation of the Language Teacher?

By |2019-03-10T09:54:21-06:00August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Christian Kopff, Classics, Education, Featured, Language|Tags: , |

At first glance, there would seem to be much work awaiting the teacher and scholar of language in the twenty-first century. The powers that be are obsessed with the industrial pollution of water, land, and air. The case seems to be clearer, or foggier, for pollution of language. Useful old words are no longer [...]

The Myth of Privilege

By |2016-05-03T22:40:13-06:00July 25th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Equality, Language|

Throughout time, our settled norms of political discourse adopt philosophical notions that are simply considered unchallengeable by the majority of humanity. A few hundred years ago, the idea of divine kingship was a well-accepted worldview, alongside the idea that only kings had the right to rule over countries. A few decades ago, it was also [...]

Let Us Make Some Struggles for Our Language

By |2016-11-26T09:52:05-06:00April 15th, 2015|Categories: Education, Language, Quotation|Tags: |

“If the changes that we fear be thus irresistible, what remains but to acquiesce with silence, as in the other insurmountable distresses of humanity? It remains that we retard what we cannot repel, that we palliate what we cannot cure. Life may be lengthened by care, though death cannot be ultimately defeated: tongues, like [...]

Tolkien, Trees, and Tradition

By |2019-11-14T09:56:06-06:00February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Language, Progressivism, Relativism|

My wife has just sent me two links showing a linguistic family tree illustrating the relationship of the various modern European and Oriental languages with their Indo-European roots.[1] This use of a tree-metaphor to encapsulate the living traditionalism at the heart of language was one of the imaginative roots of J.R.R. Tolkien’s creation of the [...]

Should America Invade the Hendiadys?

By |2015-01-01T08:21:11-06:00January 1st, 2015|Categories: Classics, Language, Stephen Masty|

In the unlikely event that any neo-cons read this, some will pore through the atlas with sound and fury; others will try and reroute the Pacific Fleet; while a few more will summon the 82nd Airborne to drop and rain down mass destruction. But they will be disappointed. The Hendiadys is not a group [...]