Poland & the European Union: The Nation State, the Empire

By |2018-07-04T08:31:48-05:00July 4th, 2018|

But all is not well between the nation state and empire: centre and periphery have their rules which at times collide, as witnessed of late. Are there any possible guiding principles that could minimize the force of collision?… In 1887 the optometrist Ludwik Zamenhof published the fruits of his passion for constructing an artificial [...]

Recovering the Sacred in Music

By |2019-01-04T11:40:41-05:00September 2nd, 2017|

The music of Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt, and John Tavener is the music of a new civilization. These composers have gone against the prevailing grain of the twentieth twcentury for the sake of a greater love… The attempted suicide of Western classical music has failed. The patient is recovering, no thanks to the efforts of [...]

An Amateur’s Week With Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet

By |2018-12-15T02:25:18-05:00August 9th, 2017|

What a treat is it for a group of amateur string players, busy in their everyday lives, to spend a week in a far-off place and inundate themselves in practice and education concerning a single piece of music and its composer—the sort of exercise usually reserved for professionals. […]

The New West: Poland, America, and Christianity

By |2017-07-19T22:50:53-05:00July 19th, 2017|

Michał Krupa and Dr. Malloch (on left) at Jasna Góra Editor’s Note: Contributor Peter S. Rieth has transcribed below his interview with Michal Krupa, the deputy director of the Polish National Party, concerning relations among Poland, the United States, the European Union, France, and Russia.  Peter S. Rieth: You hosted President Trump’s [...]

A Ringing Defense of the West: President Trump’s Warsaw Speech

By |2017-10-07T17:08:51-05:00July 17th, 2017|

On July 6 in Warsaw, the President of the United States spoke with timeless eloquence about the need to defend the West against those who “threaten over time to undermine our individual freedom and sovereignty and to erase the bonds of culture, faith, and tradition that make us who we are”… In the mid-nineteenth [...]

A Polite Warning to the French President

By |2017-06-10T07:33:16-05:00June 9th, 2017|

Real Europeans see history as a battle: first, to organize human life in accordance with national and popular principles, with traditions and habits; and second, not to be ruled by even the most perfect ideas thought up by foreigners… Author’s Note: French President Macron had harsh words for Poland, threatening the country with sanctions. [...]

A Nation’s Suicide: The Coming Collapse of Poland

By |2017-03-23T13:12:29-05:00March 22nd, 2017|

Poland is ruled by the same sort of people who brought her to ruin in 1939, and if they do not change course soon, Poland will be forgotten and cease to exist... This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a [...]

On Belarus: A Martyrdom & a Model for the West

By |2018-12-12T15:30:30-05:00September 15th, 2016|

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 [...]

Europe’s Founding Mother

By |2016-08-07T00:16:41-05:00August 6th, 2016|

Born on Easter in April of 1865, Saint Urszula Ledóchowska taught that great men and women are brought up on the holy laps of Christian mothers. This Austrian-born Countess had a most holy mother who brought up two saints (one beatified, the other canonized), a Polish General, and a General of the Jesuit Order. [...]

What Does the Rise of Europe’s New Right Mean for Christians?

By |2016-07-05T21:47:14-05:00June 17th, 2016|

These are troubling times. Europe is apparently on the verge of meltdown. Unable to withstand the heat caused by the growing friction between the European Union and its member states, especially as the former tries to force an open-door immigration policy on its subject nations, there are fears that the melting pot might be [...]

Laws Divine and Human: Considerations on the Government of Poland

By |2016-06-08T11:24:01-05:00June 7th, 2016|

I do not hide my ambition to follow directly in the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose 1772 treatment, titled Considerations On the Government of Poland, is now one of the classic works of political science. I hope that in 100 years, my essay will be considered a fitting continuation of Rousseau’s original, and that [...]

How God Used Poland to Save the World from Darkness

By |2019-01-16T11:37:44-05:00May 7th, 2016|

As we traveled across Poland on a recent parish pilgrimage, we watched two films about Pope St. John Paul the Great. The first was Karol: The Man Who Became Pope. The second was Pope John Paul II,  starring Cary Elwes and Jon Voight. The first film concentrates on John Paul’s life up to his [...]

Overcoming Evil with Goodness

By |2019-01-07T14:11:52-05:00March 21st, 2016|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter S. Rieth as he discusses Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr who was murdered while loving his enemies. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign of strength, only of weakness. He who [...]

Anti-Putin Liberal Losers and Historical Folly

By |2016-01-14T09:47:44-05:00December 11th, 2015|

Poland’s foremost liberal thinker Adam Michnik, has been known to quote the XIXth century Russian liberal Alexander Hercen’’s attacks against Tsar Nicholas I while accusing President Vladimir Putin of the sort of despotism that Hercen saw in the Tsar. Mr. Michnik and Poland’s foremost conservative patriot, Henryk Krzeczkowski, both wrote fascinating reflections about Russian [...]