What Does Chesterton Have To Do with Solzhenitsyn?

By |2018-11-09T11:35:32-06:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

At first sight, it would seem that G.K. Chesterton and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have very little in common. The one has a reputation for jollity and rambunctiousness, the other for sobriety and solemn sternness. One penned swashbuckling fantasies about lovable eccentrics, the other wrote gritty works of realism set in prison camps or cancer wards. [...]

Putting Putin in Perspective

By |2016-08-03T21:39:42-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce, Russia, Senior Contributors|

In these days of acrimonious political mud-slinging, there seems to be almost nothing upon which the radicals on the left and the reactionaries on the right can agree. There is, however, one thing on which both ends of the political spectrum are in absolute agreement, and that’s their univocal and unadulterated disdain for Russian [...]

Our Hero: Socrates in the Underworld

By |2020-05-13T15:58:59-05:00June 26th, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Featured, Peter A. Lawler, Senior Contributors, Socrates, Timeless Essays, Truth|

Socrates in the Underworld: On Plato’s Gorgia, by Nalin Ranasinghe (192 pages, St. Augustine Press, 2009) Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Augustine Lawler as he reflects on how Socrates models both rightly-ordered eros and logos, in contrast to the Stoics and Sophists. —W. Winston Elliott III, [...]

Prison: From Racial Hatred to Rational Love

By |2016-06-14T09:22:55-05:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Faith, Featured, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Religion|

Joseph Pearce, author of the bestselling book, Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, has recently returned from a brief speaking tour of Spain promoting the Spanish edition of the book. This is an interview that he gave to a Spanish magazine, published for the first time in the [...]

Beauty and the Enlivening of the Russian Literary Imagination

By |2019-07-16T21:15:41-05:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Beauty, Christendom, Featured, Glenn Davis, Russia, Timeless Essays, Truth, Virtue|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Glenn Davis as he discusses Fyodor Dostoevsky and the concept that “beauty will save the world.” —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Readers of The Imaginative Conservative know well the phrase “beauty will save the world.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn borrowed it from Fyodor [...]

The Mark of True Greatness: In Memory of Stanley Jaki

By |2019-09-28T09:50:37-05:00February 24th, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Christianity, Joseph Pearce, StAR|

I only met the late, great scientist-philosopher Father Jaki once. It was at a Chesterton Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, at which both of us were speaking. I had breakfast with him and recall feeling a little apprehensive. He had a reputation for being somewhat abrasive and for [...]

The Cologne Riots & the Loss of a Moral Language

By |2016-01-28T12:21:28-06:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Europe, Immanuel Kant, Immigration, Winston Churchill, World War II|

On December 31, 2015, a mob of young Arab and North African men, perhaps as many as 1,000, assaulted, groped, harassed, and in some cases even raped European women in Cologne, Germany. It took almost a week for police to corroborate social media reports of the crime wave, and even longer for authorities to [...]

Mass Murder and Modern Ideological Regimes

By |2019-09-12T11:29:32-05:00February 24th, 2015|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Ideology, Religion, Revolution, T.S. Eliot|

The twentieth century witnessed the shattering of the traditional social and moral order among nations as the infection of the ideologues and their murderous ideological regimes spread throughout the civilized world. It began in earnest with the assassination of a central European archduke and the consequent destruction of the Old World in 1914. But in truth, [...]

The Elite of Will & Duty: An Interview with Marek Jurek

By |2020-06-01T15:27:32-05:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Christendom, Nationalism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland|

Poland’s conservative Prime Minister, Jarosław Kaczyński, described Marek Jurek as “extremely well read. His opinions are the result of a truly in-depth life time of reflection upon the human condition in the modern world, as well as the condition of our nation and Church.” Marek Jurek was born in 1960. He became active in [...]

Why Did the Berlin Wall Fall?

By |2019-11-10T22:51:20-06:00November 9th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Barbara J. Elliott, Communism, Europe, Poland, Russia|

The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain seemed to be permanent fixtures of the political landscape of Europe after 1961. But to everyone’s surprise, the Berlin Wall opened on November 9, 1989. This stunning event triggered a chain reaction throughout Eastern Europe, accelerating a process that had begun a decade earlier. Using a little [...]

Solzhenitsyn & The Return of the False Dimitris

By |2020-06-02T12:11:53-05:00September 6th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Catholicism, Cold War, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Russia|

As a Catholic and a Pole, it is not easy to translate and publish these letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Ukraine crisis. Solzhenitsyn writes about a common experience of suffering by Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russians not only at the hands of Communism, but at the hands of Catholicism and Poles. Yet anyone who has [...]

Solzhenitsyn: Russia Will Never Abandon Its People in Ukraine

By |2020-06-02T12:30:44-05:00August 24th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Russia|

Numerous rather unintelligent Western media often pretend that those who wish to unite Russia, Bielorus and Ukraine or at least strengthen relations between them are all necessarily ideologues in the mould of Alexander Dugin or resurgant Soviet communists. This is not the place for an elaborate meditation on Dugin. Rather, I should like to [...]

On Freedom, the Law, and Human Obligations

By |2019-07-30T16:17:55-05:00July 24th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Featured, Freedom, Government|Tags: |

“God created things which had free will. That means creatures, which can go wrong or right… If a thing is free to be good it’s also free to be bad. And free will… though it makes evil1 possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” 2 [...]

What is Honor?

By |2018-10-16T15:25:58-05:00June 7th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Aristotle, Classics, Culture|Tags: |

I. Introduction There was a time in days gone by when honor was the driving force behind the life of every great, good, and decent man. Every action of his hand, every thought that found its way from the mind to the mouth and past the lips, every motivation for every endeavor worthy of [...]

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