The Political Imagination of Charles Sarolea

By |2016-06-22T10:53:54-05:00March 20th, 2015|Categories: Books, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Russia|

“The patriotic Englishman is largely unconscious that about three quarters of his native prejudices were taught to him by a German spy,” recounts G.K. Chesterton in his introduction to Charles Sarolea’s Letters from Poland. Along the same train of thought, in Natural Right and History, Leo Strauss notes that never had a regime suffered [...]

The Russian “Conservative Mind”

By |2020-03-19T12:38:27-05:00February 28th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Europe, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Russia, The Conservative Mind|

Like Russell Kirk, Andrzej Walicki ought to occupy a prominent place in the history of conservative thought for his unmatched “In the Circles of Conservative Utopia.” It could be called the Russian “Conservative Mind.” Russell Kirk did more than any American in the twentieth century to revive and refine British conservative thought and make [...]

A Lesson for America: Józef Oleksy RIP

By |2015-01-14T08:02:09-06:00January 14th, 2015|Categories: Europe, History, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland|

Of the recently deceased former Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Józef Oleksy, Lech Wałęsa said: “He was extremely talkative. Because he was so talkative, he was sucked into being a secret Russian agent. But of course he was never a secret Russian agent. Those rumors about him being a Russian agent were all complete lies. [...]

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

By |2016-08-03T10:36:41-05:00November 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 [...]

Poland’s Poet-Bard: Zygmunt Krasiński

By |2014-11-07T12:56:47-06:00November 7th, 2014|Categories: Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poetry, Poland, Religion|

Zygmunt Krasiński In June of 1974, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła (soon to be Pope John Paul II) organized a seminar in Krakow. Amongst those invited to speak was Major Henryk Krzeczkowski, the father of post-war Polish conservatism, who delivered the following address. The Major was a Polish nationalist and a realist. This is [...]

Tragic Conservatism: Lessons from Poland’s Last Marshal

By |2018-09-25T15:29:18-05:00October 24th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Winston Churchill, World War II|

On December 3rd, 1945, the President of the United States awarded the Legion of Merit to Marshal Michał Rola Żymierski. Marshal Żymierski would die in 1989 as the last Pole to carry the honorific rank of Marshal. He would also die either forgotten or despised by his people. If he is remembered at all [...]

Tragic Conservatism: Lessons from Poland’s Disraeli

By |2014-11-07T13:04:37-06:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Russia|

The Soothsayer proclaiming “beware the Ides of March” was never presumed by Shakespeare to be a happy man for making his proclamation. When Caesar says “set him before me: let me see his face,” I cannot imagine any but a grave, solemn face. Had a modern, liberal democrat written the play in Shakespeare’s stead, [...]

Last of the Great Libertines

By |2016-06-15T15:29:22-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: England, Liberalism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland|

Bertrand Russell Of the great variety of essays written by the father of post-war Polish conservatism, why premiere with a translation of Henryk Krzeczkowski’s “Last of the Great Libertines” about Bertrand Russell? Two reasons: first, I trust the Anglo-American mind will appreciate a foreigner’s view of one of England’s principle British thinkers. [...]

Quiet Desperation and the Continental Way

By |2015-12-06T23:01:27-06:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Science|Tags: |

Given the complexity of the subject matter treated in Ms. Christoff-Kurapovna’s excellent essay, “Quiet Desperation & the English Way,” I hope to avoid unnecessary grand standing in my response, opting for taut rebuttal. To be clear: I rather disagree with her argument, and by implication, with Sir John Carew Eccles whose views on the [...]

Benedict XVI: Feminist

By |2018-11-14T17:50:17-06:00September 14th, 2014|Categories: Communio, Feminism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

One of the greatest lies propagated by Western liberal media is that Pope Benedict XVI was a crusty old miser and “patriarchal” figure who upheld ideas and practices demeaning to women. This lie is, of course, most harmful to women, who—in Benedict XVI—had an advocate unlike any Pope in recent history. Nothing could be [...]

Solzhenitsyn & The Return of the False Dimitris

By |2014-11-07T16:13:50-06:00September 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 |2014-08-21T09:52:50-05:00August 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 [...]