Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher’s Thought & Work

By |2021-01-26T15:13:08-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Communism, Freedom, Philosophy, Politics|

In a time of social and political radicalization, Eric Hoffer remained a free and independent thinker and identified the threat that Marxism posed for citizens. He reflects on human nature, individuality, and the responsibility and duty of thoughtful and informed citizens to upkeep open, democratic societies. Eric Hoffer The American philosopher, Eric Hoffer [...]

Divorcing John Dewey

By |2021-01-14T11:00:25-06:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Communism, Education|

John Dewey believed that education is synonymous with instilling progressive ideas into the consciousness of the child, and that the purpose of schools is to indoctrinate the young and construct a communist society. These are the foundations for disaster. For a hundred years the American education system has been married to the philosophy of John [...]

The Specter Haunting Marxism

By |2020-09-14T14:20:46-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Communism, Equality, Ethnicity, Political Philosophy|

Marx and Engels’ endorsement of the racially-charged project of European imperialism, their casual dismissal of vast swathes of racialized humanity as ‘backward’ or immutably despotic, their indifference to the enslavement of millions of black Africans, and above all their unshakeable belief in the superiority of the white Germanic races, should leave no doubt in anyone’s [...]

John Paul II & the Spiritual Victory Over Communism

By |2020-06-04T17:17:17-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Christianity, Communism, Poland, Politics, Senior Contributors, St. John Paul II|

It might be tempting to characterize Pope John Paul II as the political foe who vanquished communism. But that would be untrue. His position challenged communism in the metaphysical realm, not in the political arena. He understood that the error of communism lay in its fundamental understanding of man, who is not merely a unit [...]

The Shortcomings of Libertarianism

By |2020-03-15T00:38:53-05:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: Communism, Conservatism, Libertarianism, Politics|

In our new social paradigm, moral confusion abounds. Two popular ideologies—Marxism and Libertarianism—attempt to address this confusion. However, neither accounts for the fundamentally social nature of the human person: the way shared values conceive culture and art, how the primacy of belief binds communities together, or that we are born knowing we were created to [...]

The Revival of Socialism

By |2020-03-10T11:08:13-05:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Communism, Conservatism, Economics, Ideology, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors, Socialism, St. John Paul II|

The evidence is more than clear: Communism, socialism, and progressivism have each made huge comebacks, re-entering political discourse. Even their titles have reacquired respect and a semblance of dignity in many circles of public thought. What happened? The West won the Cold War in 1989, didn’t she? I am fiercely proud of the fact that [...]

Poland, Russia, Globalism, and the Legacy of World War II

By |2020-03-01T18:50:12-06:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Communism, Conservatism, Joseph Pearce, Poland, Politics, Russia, Senior Contributors, World War II|

Though they should be on the same side in their opposition to globalism, Russia and Poland have recently entered into an unholy spat over the history of World War II. The Russian Ambassador to Poland stated recently in an interview with the Russian news site rbc.ru that relations between Russia and Poland are “the worst [...]

Making Sense of a Chaotic World: “Red Metal”

By |2020-02-05T23:52:25-06:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Cold War, Communism, Politics, Senior Contributors, War|

“Red Metal” fully understands that we live in a post-Communist world, a world of fundamentalisms as well as of nation-states and tenuous alliances. I highly recommend the novel, not only for its entertainment value, but also for its ability to ask all the right questions we Americans need to be asking. Red Metal, by Mark [...]

“The Act of Killing”: Unquiet Graves and Troubled Consciences

By |2020-01-24T15:16:28-06:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Communism, Culture, Fascism, Film, History, Politics, StAR|

A few years back, a film, The Act of Killing (2012), ran at a London cinema for 52 weeks. Such a run is unusual for any film: even more so for a documentary feature about Indonesia. The film’s subject matter revolves around one man, Anwar Congo, who is convivial, charming even, and with real screen [...]

HBO’s “Chernobyl” and Solzhenitsyn

By |2019-12-12T01:56:31-06:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Civilization, Communism, Culture, History, Ideology, Television|

The new HBO series “Chernobyl” serves to warn us about the danger of persistent lies in a society that refuses to acknowledge truth. It would be a grave error not to take stock of our own tendencies toward deceit, as if our lies are radically different from those that underpinned the Soviet Union. Over several [...]

A Manifesto of Neo-Romanticism

By |2019-12-05T17:08:25-06:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Communism, Conservatism, Ideology, Politics, Western Civilization|

He is thinking: “See how God writes straight on crooked lines.” —Machado de Assis What realistic form can a manifesto of Neo-Romanticism take in a positivistic age? How many people will even recognize it as such? In a time when life has been cheapened by the talons of radical ideology, those who cultivate a sense [...]

The Brothers Gracchi: Reformers, Not Revolutionaries

By |2019-11-20T10:10:05-06:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Communism, Conservatism, History, Ideology|

Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus have long held the reputation of proto-Communists. However, it is time we re-examine this label and determine for ourselves the inadequacy of this nomenclature, and the false impression that it gives to men whose reputation has been sullied by false accusations of Revolution. Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus are known as the [...]

The Totalitarian Temptation in the Groves of Academe

By |2019-11-21T19:44:16-06:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Communism, David Deavel, Democracy, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Ryszard Legutko gained fame this spring when he was informed by Middlebury College’s president that his lecture was canceled. Though 40 brave students gathered to hear Prof. Legutko speak in a classroom, the irony was that the episode confirmed his very point that liberal democratic societies have become in many ways just as barbarous and oppressive [...]

Why Did the Berlin Wall Fall?

By |2020-11-09T00:28:02-06:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Barbara J. Elliott, Communism, Europe, Poland, Russia, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

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 poetic [...]

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