Real Families Don’t Need Government Programs

By |2019-03-24T21:58:51-05:00March 24th, 2019|

Studies confirm that traditional families result in less delinquency, criminality, illness, drug use, sexual promiscuity and stress. The best family policy is carried out by the family itself. Those who need the “family” aid offered by liberal policymakers are not truly “families.” As the next national elections loom on the horizon, many liberal candidates [...]

The State vs. the Normal Good of Normal People

By |2018-12-22T21:57:23-05:00December 22nd, 2018|

What happens when our nation’s fundamental principles or standards are rejected? Jennifer Roback Morse’s new book, The Sexual State, is a lively and forceful examination of where we came from, where we are now, and where we ought to be on matters of human life… Genesis tells us that man was created “male and female.” [...]

Love, Ancient and Modern

By |2018-12-08T21:36:00-05:00December 8th, 2018|

“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.” The opening words to Homer’s Odyssey are among the most famous and recognizable in Western literature. That beginning stanza captures so much of the human condition and [...]

“The Wedding Knell”

By |2018-10-21T14:37:40-05:00October 21st, 2018|

The whole scene expressed the vain struggle of the gilded vanities of this world, when opposed to age, infirmity, sorrow, and death… There is a certain church in the city of New York which I have always regarded with peculiar interest, on account of a marriage there solemnized, under very singular circumstances, in my grandmother’s girlhood. That [...]

Proper Matches, Romantic Elopements, & True Love in Jane Austen’s Novels

By |2018-09-04T22:21:36-05:00September 4th, 2018|

Jane Austen’s heroines live, choose, and marry according to the highest wisdom about love that is ruled by principle, not convention—by the prudent mind, pure heart, and informed conscience rather than by the false prudence of the world preoccupied by money, image, lust, or self-interest… Readers of Jane Austen’s novels recognize the plot that [...]

Falling in Like: An Alzheimer Odyssey

By |2018-08-30T08:34:37-05:00August 29th, 2018|

I sometimes yearn nostalgically for that old fire in her eyes. More twists and turns await my wife and me on this strange voyage to the very ends of sanity and the edges of madness. I know—but hope she does not know—that, as in many adventures, there lurk many more monsters to slay and unspeakable [...]

The Right to Create Your Own Universe?

By |2018-10-08T14:34:14-05:00August 17th, 2018|

The Supreme Court apotheosized the right of privacy in its now-famous words: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life”… Editor’s Note: This essay continues a discussion of the Supreme Court’s sexual “right of privacy” cases, [...]

Chaucer & the Heresy of Courtly Love

By |2018-08-16T00:22:35-05:00August 15th, 2018|

Chaucer’s satire on innovative theories of marriage and the heresy of courtly love validates the wisdom of the Church’s teaching on hierarchy, fidelity, and indissolubility… The great books or classics of Western civilization reflect the enduring ideals and universal truths that represent a Perennial Philosophy, that is, the sum of the world’s accumulated wisdom [...]

How T.S. Eliot Predicted the Coming of Male Millennials

By |2018-08-01T16:46:00-05:00August 9th, 2018|

T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” shows that men do not need more pleasurable escapes or more time, but loving friends and an introduction to reality. They need to listen to human voices instead of the illusive mermaids out in the ocean. And they need to do this before the [...]

“Radical Marriage” & the Modern Heresies of Love

By |2019-03-11T14:42:59-05:00August 1st, 2018|

In Natalie Fenollera Sanmartin’s bestseller The Awakening of Miss Prim, Miss Prudencia Prim has accepted a position as a gentleman’s personal librarian in the small village of San Ireneo. In the course of the several months she lives among these countercultural, politically- incorrect inhabitants who homeschool their families, practice old-world gracious hospitality, live balanced [...]

Does the Supreme Court Really Respect Precedent?

By |2018-10-08T14:40:19-05:00July 30th, 2018|

Would the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh have a profound impact on the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court? In other words, would his addition to the Court eventually have a broad and historic impact equal to that of Justice Anthony Kennedy himself? Responding to President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal appeals-court Judge Kavanaugh to the [...]

Sacred Truths in a Profane World

By |2018-07-19T07:43:31-05:00July 18th, 2018|

One after another, the sacred spaces that our customs have protected are invaded and spoiled. That which has been assumed to be unquestionable, indeed protected from the questions that might profane it, is for that very reason subjected to question... In America and across Europe, the business of government has been detached from religious faith. This [...]

On Being Conservative

By |2019-01-11T13:02:18-05:00March 28th, 2018|

To be a conservative is first and foremost to defend or to conserve something good: to protect family, neighborhood, local community, and region… Louis de Bonald Of the many attempts to define conservatism in recent decades, one of the most compelling is Robert Nisbet’s: “The essence of this body of ideas is the [...]

Hedonism in Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”

By |2018-11-04T23:28:07-05:00March 5th, 2018|

What was Ernest Hemingway illustrating about the emptiness of the generation in which he lived when he wrote A Farewell to Arms in 1929? If we unthinkingly pursue pleasure and live for nothing except ourselves, what are we left with?… In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway portrays the character of Frederic Henry as [...]